Holding Space Support Groups

This spring, the Institute launches its Holding Space Support Group program with a support group focusing on Thresholds/Life Changes.

In this group, skilled/trained facilitators strive to:
Hold a safe and brave space for your stories
Invite you to deepen your understanding of how your loss has influenced or impacted you
Offer an opportunity to transform your relationship with your grief
Cultivate the healing power of personally meaningful ritual and honoring sadness, despair, disbelief, frustration or anger
Begin to make meaning from our losses and exploring how it has transformed us
Strengthen the circles of support surrounding us
Experience the power of human connection and bearing witness to our stories

The Institute welcomes people of all gender identities, cultures, racial groups, socio-economic experiences, family structures, sexual orientations, and parenting experiences.


Each Holding Space Support Group is 6-weeks in length. Participants gather for 2-hour sessions each week. All of the following groups will be led in English. Support groups led in Spanish are forthcoming.

Each group is $120 per 6-week session.
All groups meet online ~ Zoom link provided upon registration.


To register,
please fill out this form.

Thresholds: Navigating Life Changes Support Group
Co-Facilitated by Heather Tolley & Anne Crook
Thursdays April 22 – May 27
7-9pm EST

Watch a 5-minute video featuring Heather and Anne speaking about the purpose & benefits of this group.

Are you currently navigating a significant change in your life? Are you experiencing painful emotions related to these changes? For example: a recent divorce/breakup, job change, relocation, new diagnosis, or shifts in identity. Major life changes bring grief, which often goes unacknowledged by our broader culture and we are left to grapple with difficult emotions largely on our own. If you’re struggling to make sense of changes in your life, we warmly invite you to join our Thresholds: Navigating Life Changes support group. Come experience compassionate presence, a safe space, and professional guidance, to navigate these transitions in a supportive community.


We would love to hold space for you and all of your experience.




Holding Space Support Group Facilitators



Anne Ferrier Crook holds a B.A. from American University in French Language and Western European Studies.  She is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AADP, Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA), and Certified Medical Interpreter, CMI-Spanish.  She has worked in many facets of healthcare for the past 20 years with regard to holding space for life’s sacred thresholds. Being a “birth worker” in both a traditional and non-traditional sense, she is passionate about supporting clients to heal and transform their body-mind-spirit from the inside out.  Anne taught nutritional healing and provided wellness consults to clients from all over the world at Onsite — a therapeutic retreat center world-renowned for trauma resolution. She specializes in emotional healing from post-traumatic stress bringing a compassionate presence to clients as they explore the deeper meaning of “soul care” while courageously navigating life transitions.  Her writing has been featured in childbirth magazines, online publications, and a best-seller book called “Thresholds: 75 Stories of How Changing Your Perspective Can Change Your Life.”  Anne offers consultations in English and Spanish.  Learn more.

Heather Tolley holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Utah, has completed graduate level counseling training as an interfaith healthcare chaplain (Clinical Pastoral Education), and specialized training in supporting survivors of abuse and sexual assault. Heather offers compassion and skilled emotional support to those going through life’s most challenging experiences and specializes in assisting individuals and families who are in the midst of crisis and grief. Through her work as an interfaith hospice chaplain, she has helped many people transition through physical decline and prepare for the end of life. Having also trained as a birth and bereavement doula, Heather has offered support to individuals and families through both birth and death. Heather is honored to support those experiencing faith crisis, spiritual transition, and survivors of religious trauma. She supports the healing process by bringing softness to sharp moments through skilled listening and loving kindness.