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Holding Space

Holding Space has been born from a need for practitioners to have an ability to effectively support their clients emotionally. We become skilled at this when we work through our own challenges and learn how to manage them consciously.


Why Holding Space?

Supporting Others

“Holding space” means being physically, mentally, and emotionally present for someone. It means putting your focus on someone to support them as they feel their feelings and being able to process your own triggers and remain entirely non-judgemental.


Becoming conscious in every area of your life is liberating. It will help you break through conditioning, fear, co-dependency, people pleasing and running yourself ragged. You can learn to live a life of honesty and authenticity with the ability to go after your deepest desires confidently whilst holding healthy boundaries.

Stops the Numbing

This course changes everything - work/life balance, how you parent, how you connect with partners, friends and family. You are no longer drawn to “numbing” yourself with food, alcohol, shopping, sex, or gambling. No longer living in a place of self-criticism or self-attack.
And, when you live in this place you can support other people to do the same.

Learn how to Self Parent

Learning how to master your reactions, communicate non-violently and parent your wounded inner children is becoming an essential part of becoming fully conscious and living in this modern world. Self parenting is a core part of this training and this inner relationship with yourself transforms your responses to the world.


Course Content

This course is a 9 month journey involving 

Who is this course for?

Existing Therapists

Are you a therapist of any modality wanting to 'hold space' for clients and be deeply comfortable with any client emotion that surfaces? Do you want to help your clients explore their blocks more deeply and work through them to come to a place of deep inner fulfilment?

Working with Others

Do you work in an industry such as personal training, hairdressing or nursing where you deal with people and their emotional experiences every day? Would you like to feel comfortable having those deeper conversations and being able to support them better?

Searching for Something?

Are you looking for deep self transformation that changes an deepens your relationship with everything - those you love, work, family, yourself? Are you wanting to release the grips of the past so you can embrace a brighter future?

Includes a 5 Day Retreat

The lifechanging five day immersive retreat is in Hampshire, UK each year. It designed to equip you to support your clients emotionally.

The structure of the retreat is

  • Day 1 – Understanding our emotional landscape including behaviours, conditioning, survival strategies and core wounds
  • Day 2 – Inner parenting and dealing with the past
  • Day 3 – Developing self love and boundaries
  • Day 4 – Sexuality and intimacy
  • Day 5 – Conscious relationships and communication

Includes Foundation Coaching Skills

This course is 60 hours including 

  1. 36 online lessons with end of module quizzes
  2. 15 peer coaching sessions
  3. 15 coaching sessions overseen by a tutor
  4. 12 hours of self development course called 'Reclaim Your Life'  
  5. 8 coaching case studies 
  6. Self reflection per module
  7. Recommended book reading plus 1 book review
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What is the course format?

This course uses a variety of different teaching methods to fully immese you in the experience. There is home learning online, the immersive retreat which is attendance. There are mentoring calls and group support on zoom and a private Facebook group. 

How long will it take me to complete from start to finish?

The course is estimated to be 9 months if you attend the lessons each month. You will attend a 5 day retreat, have monthly mentoring and group support. You will send in case studies during this time which we will mark and give feedback on. At the end of the course there is an assessment which can be attended or done from home. 

Is Kinesiology included in this training?

Yes there is a very small amount of muscle testing included in this training which is taught in the retreat. It is not a compulsory part of your training and is your choice as a practitioner whether you use Kinesiology in your practice. 

Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

No, this course is designed to give you everything you need to be able to hold emotional space for a client. If you have previous training - great! But it is not necessary.

How many hours is this course?

This course is 150 hours and is made up of the 6 day retreat, online lessons, mentoring, assessments, group calls, peer coaching, homework, case studies. Everything is designed to embed this knowledge and give you the confidence to use it with clients or in a work situation.

What happens if I need to defer?

This course can be studied at your pace. We will allocate you a tutor who will encourage you to create a diary timeline of when you want to have completed your training by.

What does a Holding Space coach do?

A Holding Space coach will see clients in private practice, either face to face or over the phone. This qualification can be added to an existing therapy easily. You will be supporting individuals with their emotional issues and facilitating their ability to become emotionally resilient. 

Is it a trustworthy qualification?

Yes very much so. This course has been accredited and recognised by the Federation of Holistic Therapists, the Kinesiology Federation and insured with Balens.

Who is this course not for?

This course does not allow for you to diagnose or treat mental health issues and is not a qualification that will be able to get you a job working in the NHS.


Do you make allowances for learning challenges?

Yes we do. All the learning is in different formats, including written documents, images, diagrams and videos that are able to be watched on repeat. All the assessments are not time prohibited so you can go at your own pace and take your notes in. If you have particular learning challenges that you wish to discuss with us, please contact us directly and we would be very happy to help.

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Is there an exam?

At the end of the online training there is an approx. 30 minute multiple choice assessment to ensure you have understood the content. The pass rate is 70%. If however, you don't pass, you will be given the option to resit. You will be required to submit a clinical assessment case study on video but there is no formal exam as part of this training.


Course Syllabus

What qualification do I receive?

You will be given the 'Holding Space Coach' certificate and the opportunity to register with a recommended governing body, get insurance to practice and start charging for consultations should you wish.

Governing Bodies

When can I start?

We are currently enrolling students for the next training. As soon as you have paid your deposit or paid in full, you will be given access to the online portal and can begin your training!

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How do I get started?

Make a decision on the best pricing option for you and either pay for the course in full or pay your deposit to receive your first months study programme.

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Who is my mentor?

Claire Snowdon-Darling and Laura Knowles are the senior tutors on this course. They have years experience teaching emotional growth and coaching students as well as clients. 

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Where is the retreat held?

The venue is in a beautiful retreat centre called Park Place Centre in Hampshire.

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When is the retreat?

The retreat is held each year. The next retreat is 11th - 17th September 2023.

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What our practitioner students say

Kiron Collett

Second to none expert teachers. Their approach is professional, empathetic and truly connects with all levels of students ensuring that everyone fully understands the course material. 

Abi Adams

I highly recommend for their phenomenal knowledge and guidance when it comes to studying health.

Gayle Jordan

Extremely knowledgeable and engaging educators. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the thought provoking training that I have had  and look forward to more in the future.

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification is for those looking to become Holding Space practitioners in private practice or include this training into an existing therapy or fill a coaching role in a corporate setting. 

There is a great demand for knowledgeable emotional coaches. Anxiety and depression are at record highs and emotionally trained coaches fill a gap in the healthcare system that is underserved. This is where you will come in. 

Pricing Options

Pay in Full


  • Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • 6 day immersive retreat including food and accommodation 
  • Online learning portal
  • Monthly mentoring 
  • Monthly group calls
  • Peer coaching
  • Assessments 
  • Case study support
  • Personal development logs to track your progress

Pay Monthly

£300 per month

£300 for 12 months, £3,600 in total

  • Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists
  • 6 day immersive retreat including food and accommodation 
  • Online learning portal
  • Monthly mentoring 
  • Monthly group calls
  • Peer coaching
  • Assessments 
  • Case study support
  • Personal development logs to track your progress

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