A community of spaceholders gathering as peers to co-create an environment that supports our growth as humans,  masters of our craft and conscious entrepreneurs.

ECOLOGY OF GROWTH

Co-creating an online environment that supports our growth as humans, spaceholders and business owners

HEART CENTERED MASTERY

Expanding our heart’s capacity for holding others as parts of ourselves and creating the conditions supporting their growth

AUTHENTIC SERVICE

Deepening our understanding, embodiment and ownership of the gifts that are ours to share in service to the sacredness of life​

BRINGING THE POWER OF COMMUNITY TO OUR

Unfolding as Spaceholders

Who is this for?

This is first and foremost a peer space held in humility and acknowledgement of our equality as humans and the wisdom that is held in each of us and each stage of our journeys. At the same time, we acknowledge that there is also a peer time, a time in which we can resonate, support and relate with one another more deeply and so can experience one another as peers. 

In this context, this is an advanced to experienced (beginners) spaceholder space, where we carefully select people with a certain quality of presence, values, spaceholding and business experience. These are people who have an established business or practice around coaching, therapy, healing, energy work, group process facilitation and other professions that involve deeply holding others. We will follow our hearts and intuition in this process, rather than a clearly defined set of criteria. It might help for you to review our profiles following the button below to get a sense as to whether you could regard us and resonate with us as peers. You are also welcome to suggest this circle to people you feel would appreciate and benefit from this container.

An introduction to Widening Circles

Would you like to join us?

FILL IN OUR APPLICATION FORM, WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU SHORTLY

What does it involve?

LIVE PEER SUPPORT

Step into a peer-held intimate container, starting with a group of 12 carefully selected individuals and 4 live zoom circles/month, with 6 to 8 options to choose from.

EMERGENT TOPICS

We collectively select and explore monthly present themes related to our growth as humans, spaceholders and business owners.

CROSS-POLLINATION

Shape together a sacred space for group and 1:1 support, ritual, sharing practices, tools and perspectives and getting things done for our projects.

COMMUNITY SPACE

Share experiences, challenges, questions, reflections, offer and receive supportat your own pace and time via our shared group channel.

INSPIRATION

Engage in an open dialogue space with masters of this craft we look up to, selected and invited by our community.

PLAY

(Optional) Experiment and promote your offerings in the Connection Playground online community, as well as support spaceholders in earlier stages of their growth.

“I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song?”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Vision & Principles

We are envisioning a space of interbeing and interbecoming, a global mycelium emergent online network of spaceholders that we co-create, return to and replenish from for the unique offline and online work each of us contributes to. An integral part of the Great Turning towards a more life-promoting and life-sustaining human culture. We use the ancient technology of community, of a circle sat around the fire, to help one another bravely and safely expand our sense of self, gradually integrating deeper layers of Earth consciousness, allowing us to hold others as parts of ourselves ever in an ever wider heart embrace.

AUTHENTICITY:

deeply attuning to and holding space from the gifts that are ours to give, our own experience and growth as humans and masters of our craft.

LISTENING:

opening up to receive the wisdom of Nature within and around, so we can create in alignment with her and the wellbeing of all.

INTERBEING:

seeing everyone in this space and the wider context of our lives as parts of ourselves and exploring the conditions to enable human growth and flourishing.

VITALNESS:

focusing on our hearts and the presence we are able to hold, as the most essential ingredient to the growth of our authentic service and business.

EMERGENCE:

following what emerges when we create sacred shared space to align mind, heart, body and spirit and be with what is alive in our individual and collective field.

Participation Details

TIME COMMITMENT 

We invite you to attend a minimum of 4 zoom gatherings/month, where each will be about 2 hours. For this, there will be 6-8 gatherings available for you to choose from. You can attend more than 4 if it calls you, regardless of your financial contribution. We encourage you to take breaks as it feels right, to let things integrate and rest. 

PRICING

The financial contribution for this first group is at a sliding scale of 100 – 300 EUR per month, to be paid on a monthly basis, before the 1st of each month. 

DURATION

We invite you to join us from 1 January to 30 June 2022. You can leave at any moment or stay longer depending on the unfolding of this emergent container. The dates and times will be decided by a vote by those who confirm participation. They will be in late afternoon/evening time Europe, morning Americas. 

CO-CREATION INVITATION

On the 21 December we will offer a special Winter Solstice ritual. Then, before our start in January, there will be some space to connect and co-create our emerging container with those who have registered by then and wish to participate in that process.

RECORDINGS 

Meetings will be recorded and shared ONLY for the use of members of the group under an agreement of confidentiality. An exception is when we hold dialogues with special guests, where we intend to share the recording more widely.

FUTURE CHANGES 

We might change the group size depending on how attendance flows, always making sure we keep the intimate feel of our live circles (ideally 6-9 participants per call). We also reserve the right to make changes to our pricing, but only after 6 months of our initial agreement have passed. 

In this group, we intend to break out of the regular teacher-student model and instead direct attention to shaping our learning and growth environment. Environment not as an influence on our journey, not as a mirror, but as an actual part of ourselves. As we learn to create and hold that supportive nurturing space for ourselves, we can do it better for others.

Which is why, we ask:

How do we shape an environment that best supports human growth and flourishing?

Widening Circles Key Question

About the hosts

Zori and Maria have been working together for over 2 years, curiously exploring connections to self, other and nature in the Connection Playground community. As this journey unfolded, we discovered that our collaborative relationship with each other, and the spaceholders we are connected to, has birthed a new way forward for us as spaceholders, project creators, and business owners. This way forward is not new. It is a re-remembering of the way we wish to consciously create, from a place of community, collaboration, and peer growth. An old way, for a new evolution into living more fully as the love that we are. 

We feel called to Widen the Circle. Will you join us?

Maria Perkins is a compassion based mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and supervisor: a trained teacher member of the Mindfulness Association. She has been fascinated with mind, consciousness, communication and tending to mind care since childhood. Originally from urban North England she followed her intuition towards rural Scotland. In Scotland she began a journey of re-connecting with self, other and nature, learning from nature, and how freely and abundantly she supports wellbeing for body and mind and spirit. Today, she lives with her beloved in Finland by the shore of Lake Saimaa. Maria brings over 20 years of experience in Education and Inclusive Learning, and Community Mental Health and Wellbeing to the spaces she holds. Yet, it is the letting go of known ways of being, and (re)remembering how to listen and trust heart based intuition that guides her growth into the love that we are, into interbeing and interbecoming. Cultivating the joy and beauty of be-ing alive at this moment in time. She loves to collaborate and co-create, and delights in the practice of intuitively sculpting and drawing.

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Zori Tomova is a purpose alignment coach, shamanic guide and founder of the Connection Playground – an online community dedicated to creating spaces to explore and deepen our connection with self, others and nature. Originally from Bulgaria, her journey has taken her to the sacred lands of Bali, Peru and Guatemala, where she has drawn inspiration from nature, indigenous wisdom, spiritual communities and intentional work with plant medicine. She has a formal training in Deep Transformational Coaching (with Peter Wrycza, Bali), is currently undergoing training for Inner Dance facilitation (with Pi Villaraza, Philippines) and has held space for thousands of hours of authentic relating, shamanic work, embodiment, spaceholder support circles, various community emergent and co-created gatherings around different topics and practices. She sees herself as a human being passionate about serving the sacredness of life by creating environments where we can grow together and experience the depths of connection, love and community. 

Would you like to join us?

FILL IN OUR APPLICATION FORM, WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU SHORTLY

Frequently Asked Questions

What will an example month be like?

At the beginning of each month you will get a schedule of 6 to 8 gatherings, from which you can pick a minimum of 4 that best suit your availability and needs. A typical month can include the following spaces to choose from:

– 4 peer support calls (weekly) where we will split in small groups or work in hot spot style, holding space for one another around whatever topic or challenge we bring;

– 1 practice or skillshare call (monthly) where one of the community members will hold space for the rest of us (eg. authentic relating, authentic movement, embodiment, ritual, WTR, IFS, mindfulness, art therapy etc;

– 1 special guest call (monthly), where we collaborate to bring someone we consider a master in the art of holding space, to share and dialogue with us

(eg. Peter Wrycza, Pi Villaraza, Joanna Macy, Pat Mcabe, etc)

– 1 focus & flow call, where we each set an intention to bring attention to a creative project we wish to progress on, work on it in our own space & report on our progress;

– 1 one-on-one call to connect or hold 1:1 space with a peer

– 1 Connection Playground call to play with emergent topics, co-create online gatherings & support spaceholders in earlier stages of their growth;
– an ongoing Whatsapp space to share via text and voice around the emerging spaceholding topic of the month or anything else that wants to be shared.

Do I need to attend all the sessions?

No, you choose the ones you wish to join! We encourage you to join at least 4 calls and take breaks as you need. Recordings will be available for up to two weeks after the sessions, under a shared agreement that we don’t share them outside the group. We will not record the work done in pairs or small groups (eg. during peer support calls). Recordings will only be shared more widely in the case of special guest calls or after receiving everyone’s consent.

How much is the contribution?

We invite you to contribute first and foremost by co-creating an environment that supports our individual and collective growth! We look to you as a leader and creator rather than the typical training participant or consumer. Thus, we ask you to help shape the container, offer your support, practices, skills, contacts. This emergent co-creation does require holding and organising to be sustainable, which is why we ask for a financial contribution of 100-300 EURper month. If you’d like to join but this is beyond your budget, reach out to us!

Who do we consider to be a spaceholder? A peer?

A spaceholder is someone who offers therapy, coaching, healing, energy work, group process facilitation etc. and is dedicated to supporting others to connect with their own wisdom. To consider a spaceholder a peer, we will also look for an experience in this field of at least 5 years, an alignment in terms of values and follow our intuition in picking out people we’d love to be around and share such a space with. You don’t have to have a registered business or have the intention of developing one to be part of the circle.

Why pay if this is a peer community?

It is an interesting question to navigate in this case for sure! It is a peer space, yes, yet also it takes energy to conceptualise, bring into being, choose the right people and hold our group’s intention, values and structure in a sustainable way. This is our first time running such a circle, yes, yet we each bring more than 3 years of experience in holding space for emergence and co-creation in the context of two living rich online communities – Connection Playground and Deep Adaptation. 

What is unique about this?

This is NOT a group to add one more thing to learn or do to your schedule. Instead, this is a space where you come to replenish, to rest and be held, and play with and do what you love. We will NOT shower you with content, but rather we will give a space to be with yourself and what is present for you and let it unfold in intimate live circles of 2-8 people. In this group, we will NOT treat you as a consumer, but as a mature free being and powerful creator. We are NOT here to establish a profitable and scalable business model, but to find new ways of being and weaving healthier fabric in our relations, businesses and communities.

What is the vision of this community?

We envision a widening circle of spaceholders who meet in intimate online spaces to replenish, support, inform, cross-pollinate, co-create, inspire one another. A global mycelium network, where powerful ways of being, insights and approaches for supporting the unfolding of the love that we are, quickly make their way to the people and communities that need them. By having an opportunity to connect and extend beyond our immediate environments, we open space for surprise, for flow and creation beyond what we can imagine.