Holding Space Training


In her book, “Holding Space ~ On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go,” Amy Wright Glenn defines holding space as the capacity to bring compassionate presence to what is. What does it mean to bring compassionate presence to a heartbreaking situation? How can we hold space more skillfully, listen more deeply, and love more courageously when facing loss?

This course supports participants to strengthen their capacity to hold space, both in their personal and professional lives. The Holding Space Training is open to all and specifically designed for those in caretaking professions working with families, individuals, and communities facing grief.

*Institute members receive 50% off of their tuition. Simply apply the membership code upon check out. All are welcome to join the Institute at the full or scholarship rate. Membership is lifelong.


In the spring of 2020, Institute founder/director Amy Wright Glenn led a 12-hour training for experienced birth/death doulas and mental health professionals who felt called to offer one-on-one Holding Space 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 continues. Offering quality one-on-one consultation is at the heart of the Institute’s presence in our world.

Now, you can benefit from a Holding Space training that is open to all. Learn the basic techniques central to what it means to effectively and compassionately hold space for another. Learn to apply key skills to your personal and professional life.

Holding Space Training
Open to All

Tuesdays ~ September 3, 17 & October 1, 15
6-8pm EST

*Presented live via Zoom. Recorded for all participants.

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 of grief supports the continued emergence of compassionate presence in our world.

Our study is centered upon deep inquiry and committed practice. In our study, we consider:

*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 strengthen 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 the mystery of life?

Join Amy Wright Glenn this fall for a transformative 12-hour training featuring 8-hours of live, online study (recorded for all participants) and 4 hours of holding space practice (the timing determined by participants).

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.

  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