The Holding Space is a generative experiential learning space for people who coach, mentor or facilitate others. The intent is to build a community and organise events to build ongoing professional capabilities.
What can I expect?
At a Holding Space event you can expect guest coaches or facilitators to explore with you in-depth a coaching skill or topic, followed by practice and exercises. The learning is mainly experiential. That means working on your own with yourself, with others in pairs, small groups or in open space-type activities.
Why do we care about ‘holding space’?
We all affect space, whether we are aware of it or not. Through our coaching role, presence and behaviour, we determine the quality of space that we interact in with others. Holding space is a subtle skill. It is not taught to us at school. It’s something about stepping out of the centre of the conversation and ‘taking in’ the wider field. By being aware of the wider field, we can create spaces that feel held, purposeful and charged with energy, so people are called forward to do things they never thought they could do.
What is our focus?
Applying our work in context People practice coaching in a variety of circumstances. From being a parent or teacher through to supporting people be their best version of themselves be it at work, rest or play. The Holding Space is an inclusive environment where we can learn from different contexts.
Ongoing skills development The Holding Space is about deepening our coaching skills beyond the standard coaching education. We often have limited access to connect with other practitioners and ongoing coaching skills development, whether you are: ● a successful coach, ● transitioning into coaching or ● you are employed in a role where you apply coaching
Expanding awareness Coaching models and tools are one thing - it’s our way of being that attracts people to work with us. The Holding Space is about how we shape ‘our way of being’ so that we can thrive individually and in the community.
By calling it the Holding Space we set the intention to co-create the conditions for a light, generative and safe holding space where you can just be, grow and resource yourself to thrive and in so doing also the people you touch.