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Two day masterclass Holding Space Advanced – Take a deep dive in Holding Space with Heather Plett

16 november 2023 @ 09:30 – 17 november 2023 @ 17:00
HUMMUS Mechelen
Hendrik Consciencestraat 8
2800 Mechelen
725 euro excl btw

As a sequel to the three-day Holding Space masterclass of Mensj  from 9th till 11th October, HUMMUS is organizing an advanced two-day masterclass, also with Heather,  in which we will focus primarily on "navigating the complexities of liminal space" and "being trauma-informed".

Content of the masterclass

At this masterclass, 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 transformational time and space, where there is chaos or disruption. We'll explore the concept of transition instead of change and the importance of liminal space and how to hold space when people, organisations or a society goes through those liminal spaces. 

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 masterclass, 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, in public fora, in community organizations, families, etc. 

In the return meeting, there's the possibility to reflect on your learnings and share your experience to deepen with each other the concepts of holding space in daily life.

For who?

As we will be covering more advanced topics, this class is intended for those with prior understanding of the concepts of holding space, either from having studied previously with the Centre for Holding Space, or from having studied the Art of Deep Democracy.


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"

Who is Heather Plett?

Heather Plett is the author of the book The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership and the co-founder of the international Centre for Holding Space. She is an international speaker, facilitator, writer, and life-long learner whose work has been translated into a dozen languages and quoted in such notable publications as Harvard Business Review. She has trained people from six continents, both in person and online. Before launching her work in holding space, Heather worked in leadership and communications in government and non-profit. 


  • Dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 November 2023 from 9.30* till 5pm, followed by an online return moment on the 5th December from 4 till 5.30 pm. *You are welcome from 9 am for coffee/tea/talks or just silence 🙂.
  • Place: HUMMUS Mechelen, Hendrik Consciensestraat 8
  • With: Heather Plett is our honourable guest. Fanny Matheusen and Fran Asselberghs will be assisting her throughout the masterclass.
  • Price: 725 euro excl vat (KMO-portefeuille mogelijk)
  • Included: vegetarian lunch
  • Language: the main language will be English; we will translate into Dutch when needed. In small group work each can talk his/her/their own mother tongue.
  • Minimum number of participants: 12
  • Please bring with you:
    • notebook and pencils
    • drinking bottle

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