Holding space workshop

Heather Plett

Heather Plett 

in Camperduin, the Netherlands



November 9-10-11, 2022


    Holding Space Workshop


Because holding space for personal processes is also a fundamental part of the systemic-dialogic work, Davotes is more than happy to organize and facilitate the third edition of this workshop with Heather, 


This workshop is especially for you if you want to be more intentional about how you live in the world and how you engage with the people around you. 


Whether you are a caregiver, facilitator, spiritual leader, parent, friend, teacher, healthcare professional or simply an openhearted person who wants to bring more goodness into the world, you can benefit from this time spent learning the art of holding space.



What does it mean to hold space for ourselves? 


When we hold space for our own open hearts, we become stronger, more creative, more courageous, and more in touch with our own intuitive, spiritual selves. We make better contributions to society and to our families, our minds think more clearly, we are able to make healthier decisions, and we develop greater resilience for when challenges show up. Through self-care, spiritual practices, personal development, and boundary-keeping, we create space for openheartedness.


What does it mean to hold space for others?


When we hold space for others, it means that we are willing to walk alongside them in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. While still respecting our own boundaries, we open our hearts to them, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control. Because we’ve held space for ourselves first we are more able to do it for others.



At this workshop, Heather will teach about the concepts she has spent years researching, teaching, and writing about and which make up the content of the online program: Holding Space Foundation ProgramThe Circle Way will be used as the primary container for learning and community-building at this workshop. Participants at this workshop will learn how to hold space for similar conversations using the principles and practices of The Circle Way.


Heather Plett is an international speaker, facilitator and co-founder of the Centre for Holding Space in Canada. Her book "The art of holding space" is recently translated in dutch by Mayke Smit and Pasha Elstak, "De kunst van holding space". We recommend reading the book if you're interested in Heathers work.  This will be the third time that Heather comes to the Netherlands to do workshops that are organized by Brenda Zwinkels. Brenda is hosting the workshop and will also facilitate the workshop together with Heather.


Our conversations will focus on such topics as:


·       The basics of holding space (ie. how to “be the bowl”)

·       How to let go of the outcome and practice healthy and compassionate detachment from other people’s stories

·       How to hold space in difficult contexts, when complex emotions and conflict may be present.

·       How to recognize when you’re not the right person to hold space for someone. 

·       What’s the opposite of holding space?


Come spend some time with like-minded people in a comfortable space, where we will practice self-care and other-care in gentle and inspiring ways. You’ll leave refreshed, with new ideas about how you can hold space for yourself and others in an openhearted way.



We’ll gather at a beautiful beach setting in Camperduin,  the Netherlands.

The workshop location is Strandpaviljoen Struin in Schoorl – Camperduin.

Acommodations is available at The Beach Hotel, which is just 100 metres away. Accommodation is not included in the cost of the workshop


Wednesday to Friday, November 9-10-11, 2022

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

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



Registration cost: €895,-

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

Maximum number of participants will be 25.

Brenda Zwinkels is hosting this workshop and will facilitate together with Heather. 


If you sign up before October 9, you will receive free registration for the online self-study program '52 weeks of holding space' It's a beautiful addition to the three days that we worked together in person. You will receive an email each week for a full year to deepen the concepts of holding space.


Click here for the registration form 


People who participate in the year-training 'Systemisch-dialogische Procesbegeleiding' (language of communication will be in Dutch), starting at december 12, 2022 receive a discount of 20 percent.




Refund policy: Refunds will be granted up to September 8 2022! 

!! In the event of cancellation after September 8, 2022 by Davotes due to no possibility for Heather Plett to travel and join the workshop in person, approximately two-third of the paid amount will be refunded. In this exceptional situation Davotes will provide an alternative workshop. Davotes can not make any exceptions in this refund policy after September 8, 2022.


By signing up for the workshop, you agree with the refund policy of Davotes. Please make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.  Read further refund policy terms here.



Contact Brenda if you have any questions. 









 Heather and Brenda in Camperduin, February 2020, our last workshop in person before the pandamic started.

Experiences from participants in the workshop Holding Space in 20218 en 2020 with Heather Plett in Camperduin:

Anita- Coach

"It was a wonderful opportunity that Brenda offered: a 3-day workshop with Heather Plett, to learn about the concept of holding space for others and for yourself. I knew Heather’s blog and was intrigued by what she wrote. To have the possibility to be in this workshop at the seaside, working in a circle, talking and listening to Heather and each other was very inspiring. Through that and the exercises new insights popped up for me. And we were an amazing group of interesting and enthusiastic coaches and trainers! We all gave ourselves this gift of time and to really be there and participate. Thank you Brenda!"



Emma (from France)- Business Psychologist

"I'm purely here for myself. I felt I need to have an experience of holding space for myself.

After three days, I'm walking away with some peace, some language around what Holding Space is. And the confidence how that I know how to check how to hold brave space for myself."

Noemi (from Barcelona)- teamcoach and consultant

"I got tools and language in order to be able to promote the skills of Holding Space more within my client . The most treasure thing I take with me from this workshop is an amazing experience I embodied that we all went through. It was a personal experience, but also a collective experience. For me, there has been really a turning point."

Carla- Supervisor, coach, trainer, author

"I have experienced the Holding Space training as very inspiring on several levels. The content was enriching and the form of work provided many extras, such as exercises to use in my work setting and a solid foundation for the fine connection within the group.


Heather's personal style and way of working showed me how you can do this work with a large group and stay close to yourself. Extra nutrition and a role model for my work on the theme of 'self-care'. The training was well and professionally organized by Davotes in the personal hands of Brenda, carried out from an inner commitment to the subject, brought to the attention in an authentic way and designed in connection with Heather and the group."


Roeland - consultant

"What I take home? I think it's already said at the back of this leaflet: Often the hardest thing about Holding Space, is that it can feels like you're doing nothing. And that's something that I  wanted to explore.  And now, at the end of the third day, I find myself writing down that I have added something in my toolbox about Holding Space: it's not only                                                                  the power of words, but also of silence."

Annelie - working at the ministry of agriculture

"I did the workshop for myself. I realise it's also very usefull for the place that I work at the government. We don't know what it will take from people to evolve to circular agriculture. And just holding space for the process is so important, because it will requires change from all of us."

Esther- Coach

"Do you want to withdraw from your daily busy life for 3 days and also gain some beautiful lessons? Then this workshop is the perfect combination for that! It felt like a mini retreat where I learned new lessons from Heather Plett about Holding Space. All the skills, the pitfalls and the profit that come with it. Holding Space for someone else and for yourself. All in all a wonderful 3 days with the beautiful location by the sea as the icing on the cake."

Marc - coach and trainer 

"I came here with the question ‘How do I deal with emptiness? How do I deal with not knowing?' What this worskhop has brought me is that movement is important to me. That I have to get into movement, out of the freezing and flee. With that I will move and the group will move."

Jet - trainer and coach 

"The workshop gave me a lot more insides about what's Holding Space about. It's so much more then I thought it was. It's really about deep listening, a deep connection and still being an individual. Being able to make your own space in order to create space for someone else. "

Linda and Karin - coach, mindfulnesstrainer and both work with systemic constellations

Linda: "What this workshop is about, is staying close to yourself. First create Holding Space for yourself. And having the courage to do that in a large group takes courage. I have felt that it is possible. So I actually take courage home with me. Courage to dare to do that when I stand in front of a group that I supervise." Karin: "I had all kinds of expectations about the program, about Heather, about the group and about myself. I really met myself and got completely confused. I thought 'all I can do is hold space for myself'. Let it be first and then let the 'not knowing' also be. I am very good at reflecting and analyzing and always want to understand everything. And I was able to let that go. That was an extra step for me and I will really take that with me."



Liesbeth- Consultant organizational development 


'Holding Space' is three days of quietly moving mountains of work. If only we could do that more often in our work setting: Create tranquility to move mountains of work. And that's exactly what these three days contributed to; I have been enriched with an extra dose of baggage and insights to be able to offer peace & space in my own work for development & transformation.

Eelco - systemic-dialogic process facilitator in Viena en trainer at Davotes

"What I especially learned from Heather is how important it is that you as a facilitator have the courage to stick with it. With all the differences in the space and with everything that is there, not to be tempted to do something about it So to really keep the space open, in the broadest sense of the word, for all the human movement that we have between us and with each other. Heather does that in a very authentic way. She doesn't shy away from difficulties "I am impressed by this workshop. I think it enriches the systemic-dialogical work."


Brenda - systemic-dialogic process facilitator and owner of Davotes

"I have learned what it means to step into 'brave space'. Organizing the first workshop in 2018 with Heather Plett in Europe was exciting. I knew I wanted to do this and did it. I gave voice to what matters to me "And when it is received so enthusiastically, it gives me a lot of confidence and that encourages me to continue. Holding Space fits so well within the systemic-dialogical work that I'm looking forward to continue organizing workshops with Heather Plett in the coming years." ."