How to Hold Space:

Compassionate Systems Facilitation for Cultivating Generative Social Fields

Blended program with multiple virtual convenings plus one week-long, in-person retreat

Timeframe: September 25, 2024 – March 27, 2025

In-person Module: January 12-17, 2025 in Garrison, NY

Eligibility: Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners

Facilitator: Mette Miriam Boell & Roger Burton, with contemplative faculty Hanneli Ågotsdatter and Søren Munk

Holding space Retreat at Garrison(1)

Over the past years, The Center for Systems Awareness has offered an advanced toolkit for Compassionate Systems Master Practitioners through the “How to Hold Space” program. This program is designed for those who are engaged in leading Compassionate Systems workshops or systems change processes in their local settings, and who would like to learn how to more intentionally and consistently cultivate generative social fields in their work and life in general.

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 the most essential and fundamental practices we can share.

For this year’s offering we want to integrate a more explicit focus on cultivating unconditional positive regard, on processes of interoception (for greater self-, other- and field awareness) and on contemplative facilitation. We have therefore included Roger in the lead faculty team, and he and Mette will have the primary roles as facilitators of How to Hold Space 2024-2025.

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 skillsets 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.

Alumni of the Hold Space program are invited to join the in-person retreat free of charge every year and are welcome to join the program calls as well.

Application deadline: August 10, 2024

For any questions, please email Miho Kito at