Masterclass Heather Plett “Holding Space”

Masterclass Heather Plett “Holding Space”

Making Holding Space is a necessary skill for facilitators, coaches and constellators in systemic work. We talk about it a lot, but what exactly is it and how do you use it? What do you have to do and what do you have to leave? How do you create the space for your coachee or client that can accomplish what needs/wants to be accomplished? That what wants to be seen, can be seen? That can be accepted, what is revealed? That the client can stay or come into his/her full adult position? Without unintentionally trying to occupy that space as a facilitator, in order to help or to remove something from the pain of the coachee or client?

What do you learn in this workshop?

Heather knows, like none other, how to give words and deeds to it. She takes us into all the ins and outs of Holding Space, and above all: how to make Holding Space for people with complicated issues in (personal/organizational) systems. We receive language and exercises to further sharpen our facilitating in systemic work.

Ingredients include:

– The basic principles of Holding Space (for example: how ‘to be the bowl’)

– How do you make Holding Space in difficult situations, for example with complex emotions and conflicts?

– How do you recognize when you are not the right person to make Holding Space for someone?

– What is the opposite of making Holding Space?


In short: by learning more about Holding Space, you sharpen your (systemic) facilitatorship.


About Heather Plett

Heather is from Canada and is a writer, coach, facilitator and international speaker.

In March 2015 she wrote a blog on her website, after her experience with the palliative nurse who accompanied her mother. She called this blog ‘Holding Space for others’ and it went viral in no time. This did not go unnoticed by the Bert Hellinger Institute Netherlands. We followed her from that moment on, and since then she wrote several blogs about Holding Space, and gave ‘language’ to what we felt we were – also – doing.

In the meantime, she has made ‘Holding space’ her specialism, and gives training courses about this subject.

Her articles on ‘Holding Space’ have appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review and Grist magazine. Her work has been used in various books and programs for nurses, palliative care workers, yoga teachers, facilitators and military chaplains.



Day 1 at De Zeven Linden, Groningen
Trainer: Heather Plett

Thursday, May 30, 2019: 10.00 – 18.00

Day 2 at De Zeven Linden, Groningen
Trainer: Heather Plett

Friday, May 31, 2019: 9.30 – 17.30 


  • Startdate: May 30, 2019
  • Trainer: Heather Plett
  • Location: Groningen
  • Price: € 375,-
  • Included: coffee, tea and lunches
  • Participants: minimum 15 – maximum 40