Holding Space


Designed to help you put your Holding Space training into practice.

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Certification is available to those who have completed the Foundation Program (at the Leader, Facilitator, or Coach levels). As we desire to keep this group as intimate and high-touch as possible, we will be accepting only 20 applicants for the session that runs October 26, 2020 to June 4, 2021. Depending on demand and our resources, we may open a second certification session (possibly starting in January 2021).

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There is an application process for acceptance into this program.
Applications will be reviewed by the teaching team and
you may be invited to a one-on-one interview in order
to better explore your fitness for this program.
This is largely an online program (8 months of Zoom calls + self-reflection + practicum) with a final 5-day in-person gathering.


This eight-month program will be light on content
and high on practical learning, conversation and self-reflection.

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The Four Pillars of this Program


Each participant will develop their own Holding Space practicum, related to their particular area of interest. It might be a coaching practice, a facilitated group, or a course – anything that’s rooted in the practice of holding space. Practicums will be designed to stretch participants’ learning and capacity, and feedback will be provided by peers, mentors, and those participating in the practicum. The practicum will culminate in a presentation, workshop, or facilitated session at the final in-person gathering at the end of the program.

Peer Support

Participants will gather on weekly Zoom calls where they will contribute to collective learning, offer peer mentorship and feedback, and participate in group coaching sessions. Participants will also contribute to an online space, in support of other participants’ self-reflection.


Each participant will be expected to keep a personal journal (with journal prompts and creative exercises provided) in which they reflect on their own growth, identify their blindspots and barriers, and practice holding space for themselves. Some of that self- reflection will be shared in a group space, on a weekly basis, where other participants can reflect back what they’re witnessing.


Teaching and mentorship in this program will be provided by Heather, Krista, and our Master Practitioner candidates. Guest teachers will occasionally be invited to help us go deeper into particular, complex topics. Mentors will host the weekly calls and online spaces, meet one-on-one with participants, and provide feedback
on practicums.

“I have a habit of acquiring knowledge and then sitting with it while I make my mind up what to do – for way too long. Sometimes I take course after course and then ‘don’t have time’ to use the skills at all – imagine!

“Deeper Quest has pushed me to use the skills and deepened understanding of myself that I now have. My courage has been tested, as has my willingness to step up and stand behind who I now know myself to be. I am closer to living the life I know I am capable of than I have ever been before. And I am filled with gratitude for all of the experiences the programme has brought me, comfortable and otherwise.”

– Linda Pentland (participant of A Deeper Quest, a precursor to the certification program)

What Will Be Required

• Regular attendance on weekly calls (at least 75% of calls attended).
• Regularly submitted self-reflection onto a group portal (which other participants will be encouraged to respond to).
• Completion of a practicum. (The first month will be design, the last month will be completion and reflection, and the six months in between will be active practice.)
• Attendance at a 5 day in-person gathering* at the end (likely in Canada, but location and details TBD) where each participant will be required to host/teach some type of holding space practice with the group.
• Contribution to peer feedback, peer mentorship/support.
• Feedback from peers, mentors, self, and those receiving the services offered by the applicant.

*If participants are unable to attend the in-person gathering (or if the pandemic or other circumstances make travel difficult), we will negotiate an alternative online version of this requirement.

The learning and growth in the program will be rooted in the same principles and values as the foundation program (which participants will have completed). We believe that each individual is sovereign and unique and that we each have the wisdom to find the path most suited to us. While we will support you, hold space for your learning, and provide selective guidance in helping you find your path, we, as your mentors and teachers, will not function in authoritative ways, directing you, evaluating you, or holding your hand through the program.

As such, the evaluation process used in this program will not be “top-down” feedback, but rather will consist of a feedback loop that will be rooted first in self-reflection, then in community-reflection, and finally (and not always) in mentorship-reflection.

It will hold your growth, dignity and autonomy at the centre.

Participants will be self-directed learners who are passionate about holding space. They will be actively engaged in supporting other learners and in co-creating generative learning spaces. They will show humility and grace in accepting challenges and in identifying their own biases and blindspots. They will have the maturity to stay in conversations even when they are difficult. They will be excited about promoting other people’s learning and success along with their own. They will ask for what they need and offer what they can. They will be committed to building a culture rooted in equity, anti-oppression and justice.

About the final in-person gathering

We will gather for 5 days (4 nights) at a retreat centre in Canada (details to be confirmed).
The tentative dates for the gathering are:
June 9 – 13, 2021
This gathering will be many things:

• A celebration of the completion of your hard work
• A chance to move our relationships off the screen and into physical space
• A time to practice in-person circles, in addition to the virtual ones as part of the online course
• An opportunity to learn from each other
• An opportunity to present your learning to the group
• A community-building time that will help equip us for the work moving forward
• A ceremonial way of marking the end of this journey and the beginning of the next one

Program Dates: October 26, 2020 – June 4, 2021
Program Cost  $5,000 CAD
Complete the Practitioner Certification Program Application
And Pay the $500 Reservation Fee

The remaining balance can be paid in full or by instalments once your application has been accepted.


A certified practitioner will have a license to
use the content of the course/book in their
own work (but not to teach a full program under the banner of the CFHS). Once you have been certified, you will be asked to pay a yearly fee to maintain your certification. This fee will provide you access to a community of certified practitioners for continued feedback and connection, a site where we will host calls/webinars throughout the year, and a resource portal where we’ll share new things like workshop tools, tips, etc.

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Holding Space

Certified Practitioner