How to Hold Space:
Compassionate Systems Facilitation for Cultivating Generative Social Fields

By Mette Boell

A new learning opportunity for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners

The Center for Systems Awareness is offering an advanced toolkit for master practitioners who are engaged in leading Compassionate Systems workshops or systems change processes on the ground, and who would like to learn how to more intentionally and consistently cultivate generative social fields in their work and life in general.

In 2021, we prototyped a “Holding Space” program with a group of 10 master practitioners. Based on their feedback, we have developed this new offering in the hopes of meeting the needs of many additional master practitioners.

The How to Hold Space program is particularly relevant for master practitioners who aspire to teach the Compassionate Systems Framework to others, for those who are in positions of decision-making authority in complex change processes, and for those who want to stabilize and deepen their contemplative systems awareness practice. From our perspective, these are some of the most essential and fundamental practices we can share.

To lead the Compassionate Systems Framework well, whether through a workshop or more indirectly through process work, it is essential to have an inner anchor of emotional grounding and an intentional awareness of the quality of the social field that is present in any given situation. These are skill sets that are often implicit to masterful facilitators. Through this advanced program, we will explore what personalized, embodied facilitation looks and feels like, and in the process make more explicit what it means to hold space for people and processes. This particular orientation is what we call “systems awareness”, and it is grounded in contemplative cultivation as a necessary bridge to become clearer about one’s inner landscape in order to be able to be with others as “legitimate others”, practicing neutral present awareness with more consistency.

This blended program runs from October 2022 through February 2023. Only master practitioners who are currently attending, or who have previously completed, the year-long Certification Program for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners are eligible to apply.


For more information, including program dates, locations and the application form, please visit our website >>



Mette Boell
Co-founder and Executive Director
Center for Systems Awareness | USA


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