Advanced Workshop

Personal preparation for complexity

Heather Plett

Heather Plett 


November 6-7-8, 2023


                   Katwijk aan Zee


          & Online Follow-up meeting 


                December 13, 2023




Holding Space Advanced – Personal Preparations for the complexity


This advanced workshop is for anyone who has attended at least one workshop on Holding Space with Heather Plett (either in-person or online) and who wants to go beyond the basic concepts.


At this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of what it means to hold space. Building on the basic concepts learned in introductory holding space workshops, we will explore what it means to hold space in complexity, when there is conflict, when there is an imbalance of power and/or privilege, when there is trauma, and/or when there is chaos or disruption. The Circle Way will be used as the primary container for learning and connecting.  We’ll talk about what it takes to increase the amount of safety and belonging available to people in our spaces so that they are able to step into brave conversations that bring about meaningful transformation.


In this interactive workshop, advanced practitioners will have the opportunity to practice hosting and participating in challenging conversations so that they are more prepared to offer this skill in their workplaces, churches, community organizations, families, etc. 


At the heart of this work is “love, liberation, and leadership”, and in this workshop we will explore what it means for us, as leaders, to invite people to step off the Cycle of Shame and onto the Cycle of Liberation so that we can transform our systems and cultures into more liberated and loving spaces. 


In order to deepen our capacity for holding space in times of complexity and disruption, we need not only self-reflection and self-care, but also a great deal of tenderness with ourselves. At this workshop, you'll learn how to develop a Tenderness Practice which will help sustain and strengthen you for your work in holding space. Heather will draw from her new book, 'Where Tenderness Lives: on healing, liberation, and holding space for oneself' to guide us in this practice."


If you are an advance practitioner and have participated in one of Heather Plett’s workshops in the past, we welcome you to join us for this deeper dive into the practice of holding space.  



For the advanced workshop, we’ll gather at the beautiful beach setting Surf and Beach in Katwijk aan Zee,  the Netherlands. 

Many acommodations to stay overnight are available right at the coast. Hotel Noordzee, which is just 100 metres away from the beach setting, offers a discount to participants of this workshop. Accommodation is not included in the cost of the workshop


In the online follow-up meeting on Zoom, you will reflect on your learnings and share your experience with other participants. 


Monday to Wednesday, November 6-7-8, 2023

Online Follow-up meeting Wednesday December 13, 2023

Workshop days are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Online Follow-up meeting from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (online on Zoom)

Note: Though this workshop is in the Netherlands, the language of communication will be in English.


Registration cost €895,- for individuals

Registration cost €985,- for organizations

The workshop price includes lunch. Davotes is exempt from VAT through CRKBO recognition.

Maximum number of participants in this workshop will be 20.



We recommend reading the book of Heather : "The art of holding space" , also translated in dutch by Mayke Smit and Pasha Elstak, "De kunst van holding space"


Click here for the registration form 


People who joined the first Advanced in 2022 receive a discount of 20 percent.


Contact Brenda if you have any questions. 






In leading this workshop, Heather will be supported by Brenda Zwinkels and Pasha Elstak, both Certified Holding Space Practitioners at the Centre for Holding Space.

Reflections of Participants

Kirstin- Coach 

 "The workshop has been with me for a long time. And actually it still does. I regularly go back to Heather's working method in the circle. In the first workshop about Holding Space, I was mainly concerned with the content that Heather shared. This time I've been much more aware of how Heather herself is the spaceholder and how working in the circle contributes greatly to the process. I also really liked the space I felt in it to do it my way and at my pace. Those are things that I also took with me in the training sessions that I gave myself afterwards. Where the expectations of the group are very different, it is difficult to bring that in. But in the groups where there is already more curiosity about it, I have also had fantastic feedback on its effect on the group. Super nice.



Kirstin, coach and trainer

Participant of the Advanced Course, November 2022



"I've invested a lot in personal development in my life, but the Advanced Workshop Holding Space was truly life-changing. I have experienced what it is like to move in a group in which everyone is completely different and speaks exactly the same language. Everyone comes from completely different worlds and sees the same world and wants to contribute to it. And what 'a leader in every chair' means in practice: everyone supports themselves and everyone supports the group. We have built a mini-world, enriched with ancient rituals that re-emerged in the moment over and over again. Although I will never see Brenda, Heather, Pacha and my fellow trainees again, I know I will never do my job alone again." 


Participant of the Advanced Course, November 2022