Experiencing Holding Spaces and Guiding Contemplative Practices

By Suchitra Sarda


The Center introduced the Holding Spaces and Guiding Contemplative Practices program in October 2021 for its master practitioners to give them an opportunity to deepen their daily practice and develop the skills and ability to hold spaces for their teams. Mette Boell, Hanneli Ågotsdatter, Soren Munk facilitated the program and Peter Senge joined the group during the retreats.

Hanneli Ågotsdatter, Soren Munk and Mette Boell

The Holding spaces practice integrates the contemplative practices with facilitation. Hannelli calls it, “The bridge that has the potential to influence our contemplative practice to go deeper.” She feels that, “there is a precious opportunity in a program like that to deepen contemplative practice and our awareness of systems, how we stand as individuals in a system and how we show up in local and global systems”.

The first holding spaces program came to a close in March 2022. When talking about the program and the participants, Soren shared that, “it was very moving to be with them and engage in their life and to see how open they were”. The facilitators called it a rewarding experience that touched their hearts. 

We have taken our first steps towards this aspiration of building capacity for holding spaces with this first cohort. Troy Selvey, one of our master practitioners, who attended the first cohort shares that, “It has been enlightening and insightful ”. He believes that the program has enhanced his ability to “intentionally incorporate” these practices in his personal and professional life. 

Troy Selvey leading his first in-person Holding Spaces Workshop for the California After School Network.


The next program will begin in October 2022.  Stay tuned for more details about registrations.

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