Holding Spaces Safely

Trauma prevention and aftercare for workshop leaders/facilitators 21./22.11.2020

 (Workshop held in german language)

When we attend workshops, we not only expect the facilitator (of the workshop) to be competent regarding the topic. We also want to feel safe and submit – at least partly and for a certain time – the responsibility for our feeling of safety to the facilitator of the workshop.


Every one of us is probably going through life with traumatizing incidents that left wounds. These wounds can rip open in self-experience workshops. Participants of seminars e.g. in massage, Tantra, BDSM or wilderness courses sometimes go through a tough time after seemingly banal experiences. They can´t „function“ anymore und find themselves in a state of emergency. This on the other hand can prove to be an extreme challenge for the facilitator.


In this interactive workshop now we will learn what workshop facilitators can do to provide a minimal-trauma-trigger space for participants to have safe experiences of personal growth.

Detecting early signs of trauma

Keeping healthy boundaries

Trauma first aid

Tools to create safer spaces for experiences

Providing a good aftercare

Case examples

Fees: until 21.10.2020 200 Euro (early bird price)

          from 22.10.2020 270 Euro

Booking: info@coachlea.de

Venue:  Zur Börse 2 (Eingang über Thaerstr.) 10247 Berlin


Facilitator: Dipl. Psych. Dietmar Lucas


highly sensitive


Assistant: Lea M. Immer

Health Practitioner, Sexologist


Date: Saturday, 21. November 2020

from 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm

Sunday, 22. November 2020

from 11 am to 3 pm


On Saturday there will be a longer break for lunch, on Sunday there will be a short break with nuts and fruits. Water and tea will be available.




The topic „holding space“ doesn’t refer to a location. It’s a special form of supporting a personal growth process. In this process (let it be a workshop, seminar or a one-on-one session) people are involved that (may) feel vulnerable due to their personal situation or internal processes and have the full permission to feel that way. They on the other hand give permission that the supporting person takes responsibility  for the participants to feel safe. The trust and the permission to take the responsibility can be revoked by the participants at any time. 

This process support includes:


Providing enough time for the participants to conclude their process and keeping track of a prearranged time frame. 

Supporting with inner presence and often unconditionally.

Respecting the boundaries of the participants both clearly expressed and assumed.

No shaming of the participants by expecting them to know more or by asking them too much and giving too much informations. 

Becoming aware and caring for the needs of the participants.

Communicating clearly, consciously and transparently.

Letting emotions show and being a witness to what is happening (not necessarily being in charge to (re)act, but being able to give support). 

What the facilitator brings in:




Attention and clarity

An unfocused (all-around) view 

The ability to get into resonance

A professional competence

Knowledge about the own limitations and determination to respect own boundaries

Takes action only if there is a contract to do so


The facilitator takes responsibility for the feeling of safety of the participants after asking them for permission to do so and aquiring their permission.