The Becoming Podcast – Season 3; Episode 10: Heather Plett on holding space for transformation + taking up the call to greater authenticity

Oct 26, 2021


Welcome to Season 3, Episode 10 of The Becoming Podcast!


The conversation I had with Heather Plett on this month’s episode of The Becoming Podcast was so incredibly rich and beautiful.  Ever since we recorded it a couple weeks ago, I’ve been dying to share it with you.  In fact, many of the threads of conversation we shared have been woven through other conversations and teachings I’ve been a part of since then.  I’m excited to hear about your reflections and insights from our interview.


Heather Plett is the author of the book The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership and the co-founder of the international Centre for Holding Space. She is an international speaker, facilitator, writer, and life-long learner whose work has been translated into a dozen languages and quoted in such notable publications as Harvard Business Review. She has trained people from six continents, both in person and online. Before launching her work in holding space, Heather worked in leadership and communications in government and non-profit. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her three daughters.


During our conversation, Heather and I talk about the “liminal space” or that “space between” that is a necessary and uncomfortable part of every major transition – and so much a part of what we’re all experiencing in these times of uncertainty.  We talk about how major “disruptions” in our lives can be a powerful call that we have the opportunity to answer.  Heather and I consider what it means to have agency as we answer that call, and how we can dance with both the discomfort and the potential of transformation.  We talk about how we can resource ourselves well enough to embark on a transformative journey, and to hold space for others who are in that process.  Heather shares how our loss of the “village” and a sense of community affects how well-resourced we are.  She also shares her “Spiral of Authenticity,” which is a model of how major transformations can help us to become more of who we are.  I could literally keep going on and on for another two paragraphs *just summarizing* the depths of our beautiful conversation, but I’m going to let you go ahead and listen for yourself.  Be sure to grab a paper and pen for this one – Heather shares some incredible insight that you’re not going to want to miss.



Listen to the episode on iTunes



Show Notes…


The Centre for Holding Space

Heather’s Website


The Art of Holding Space – Heather’s book!

Spiral Dynamics (as Heather mentions in the show)


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