The Art of Holding Space
A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership
By Heather Plett
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Holding space is the practice of compassionately
witnessing, accepting, and supporting someone without judgement,
while retaining your boundaries and sense of self.
But, with the right tools, you and your circle can become part of the solution. In this profound book, facilitator and speaker Heather Plett empowers you with constructive, actionable practices for transforming conflict, building boundaries, and increasing sovereignty in your own life – and the lives of those closest to you.
- How to create a non-judgmental space for yourself and others
- How to build trust and autonomy
- How to create and refine your circle of trust
- How to move through trauma
- How to reawaken your authentic identity
- How to work through conflict
- How to create “brave spaces” that allow for free expression
By holding space, you create a container for liberation to occur in your life and in society. The Art of Holding Space is an instrument for hope, transition, and positive change in our time of near-constant transition, as we yearn to emerge into a new story.
Advance praise for The Art of Holding Space
—Desiree Adaway, trainer, facilitator, and principal of The Adaway Group
—Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work
—Christina Baldwin, author of Life’s Companion and Storycatcher
—Tu Bears, author, poet, and artist
—Dr. Robin Youngson, author of Time to Care: How to love your patients and your job
—David Drake, PhD, author of Narrative Coaching:
The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life
—Steve Bell, singer-songwriter and author
—Francesca Mason Boring, facilitator and author of Connecting to Our Ancestral Past
—Christa Couture, author of How to Lose Everything
—Alana Sheeren, documentary filmmaker, Listen Closely
Meet The Author
Heather is an international speaker, facilitator, and writer who specializes in the art of holding space. Participants of her Holding Space Practitioner Program have come from six continents to join her online and at in-person workshops around the world. Her writing on the subject of holding space has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review and Grist magazine and has been quoted in multiple books as well as curriculum for nurses, hospice care workers, yoga teachers, facilitators, and military chaplains. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her three daughters.