Section 1 - The Fundamentals of Holding Space
Chapter 1 - What is Holding Space
Chapter 2 - Liminal Space
Chapter 3 - The Container for Holding Space
Chapter 4 - Refining Your Container
Chapter 5 - Hijacking Space
Chapter 6 - When Close is Too Close
Chapter 7 - Problem Personalities
Chapter 8 - Bypassing the Liminal SpaceSection 2 - Strengthening the Container
Chapter 9 - Your Psychic Membrane
Chapter 10 - Psychic Membranes in Relationship
Chapter 11 - Circles of Trust
Chapter 12 - The Spiral of Authenticity
Chapter 13 - Recognizing Shock Absorbers
Chapter 14 - Holding Space and Your Unmet Needs
Chapter 15 - Practices that Strengthen the Container
Chapter 16 - Our Bodies and Holding Space
Chapter 17 - Letting Others be Your Bowl
Chapter 18 - The Shadow
Section 3 - Advanced Concepts
Chapter 19 - From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces
Chapter 20 - Understanding Power
Chapter 21 - Privilege, Oppression, and Intersectionality
Chapter 22 - Holding Space at the Intersection
Chapter 23 - When There is Conflict
Chapter 24 - The Circle as Container
Chapter 25 - Seeking Sovereignty
Chapter 26 - Holding Space for Human Evolution
Heather is an international speaker, facilitator, and writer who specializes in the art of holding space. Participants of her Holding Space Practitioner Program have come from six continents to join her online and at in-person workshops around the world. Her writing on the subject of holding space has appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review and Grist magazine and has been quoted in multiple books as well as curriculum for nurses, hospice care workers, yoga teachers, facilitators, and military chaplains. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her three daughters.
Heather Plett brings so much grace, care, and accountability to
this book and her teachings. She leaves us with hard-earned lessons
and skills intended to support people and help lead us toward
-Desiree Adaway, trainer, facilitator, and principal of The Adaway Group
The Art of Holding Space provides the missing link for those of us who do any kind of transformational work. Heather Plett has done a great service by writing this book, which should be required reading for anyone who works with other humans.
- Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work
Reading this book will teach you to engage in the possibilities for transformational listening and speaking as they appear in daily life. Read it. Trust yourself. Show up. Repeat.
- Christina Baldwin, author of Life's Companion and Storycatcher
This beautifully written book will give you a reason to discover your authenticity, and hold space for yourself and those around you. As our world continues to change, The Art of Holding Space is a roadmap to negotiate the future.
- Tu Bears, author, poet, and artist
What I love about Heather Plett is that she brings so much compassion to her own mistakes and traumas, which she shares with deep honesty and courage. This book is a great gift to the world in this time of turmoil and crisis, and is exactly what we need.
- Dr. Robin Youngson, author of Time to Care: How to love your patients and your job
I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to foster connections and conversations in a world that often feels fractured. It will help restore your faith in what is possible.
-David Drake, author of Narrative Coaching: The Definitive Guide to Bringing New Stories to Life
There is deep and timely wisdom in these pages. With uncommon tenderness and care, Heather Plett has managed to write a book that seems to be the very thing it is pointing us toward.
- Steve Bell, singer-songwriter and author
We cannot help but be left with the impression that as we were reading The Art of Holding Space, we were being artfully held.
-Francesca Mason Boring, facilitator and author of Connecting to Our Ancestral Past
The Art of Holding Space will transform your relationships with friends, family, colleagues, strangers-and yourself. Here you will find insightful and practical guidance, elegantly illustrated through Heather Plett's personal experiences, research, and professional path, to bring more kindness, curiosity, and meaning to all your interactions. I can't think of an 'art' we need more right now.
-Christa Couture, author of How to Lose Everything
This wise and compassionate book has the potential to forever change the way we show up for each other as individuals and in community. Read it, absorb it, practice it. Repeat.
- Alana Sheeren, documentary filmmaker, YouTube Listen Closely