Holding Space Consultant Training


For the first time, the Institute’s 12-hour, online, live Holding Space Consultant Training is open to all.

Learn the skills central to the work of the Institute’s Holding Space Consultant and apply them to your personal story, work, family, friendship, and community life.

*Institute members receive 50% off of tuition. Scholarships available.


In the spring of 2020, Institute founder/director Amy Wright Glenn led a 12-hour training for seasoned doulas and mental health professionals who felt called to offer one-on-one Holding Space Consultant services during the pandemic. Together, they committed to a scope of practice for their work and each consultant agreed to offer a portion of their time for pro-bono sessions as we all navigated the grief and struggle of Covid-19.

Today, the work of Holding Space Consultants continues. Offering quality one-on-one consultation is at the heart of the Institute’s presence in our world.

Now, for the first time, the Holding Space Consultant training is open to all.

Holding Space Consultant Training
Open to All

Wednesday evenings
November 2, 9, 16, & 30
7-9pm EST

It is more apparent than ever that the skill set central to holding space benefits everyone, not only doulas and mental health professionals. Being more adept at listening, being more comfortable with the uncomfortable, and being present to the heartbreak and grief present in life will support the continued emergence of compassionate presence in our world.

Our study is centered upon deep inquiry and committed practice.


What does it mean to hold space?
How can we strengthen our capacity to show up with compassion, especially when we are called to be present to grief?
What specific skills strength our patience and capacity to listen?
How do we hold space for our own failures, faults, and grief?
How can we apply lessons drawn from holding space to our family lives, personal relationships, work/vocation, and connection to to the mystery of life?


Join Amy Wright Glenn this November for a transformative 12-hour training featuring 8-hours of live, online study and 4 hours of holding space practice in partners. We will draw upon the work of Alan Wolfelt, the founder of the Center for Loss and Life Transitions and combine it with the insights drawn from Amy’s work with birth & death presented in her book Holding Space. Participants will practice key Holding Space skills and strengthen their capacity to show up to what it is with courage and compassion.


Two books are required reading for this training. Participants are welcome to read both books prior to our first gathering in November.

  1. Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn
  2. Counseling Skills for Companioning the Mourner ~ The Fundamentals of Effective Grief Counseling by Alan D. Wolfelt

“Sorrow is an inseparable dimension of our human experience.
We suffer after a loss because we are human.
And in our suffering, we are transformed.”

― Alan D. Wolfelt