Saturday, July 21, 2012

Holding Spaces in the library

Last week I was very fortunate to be able to share my Holding Space with my northern suburb community, as part of the Glenroy Library Art and Literature program. With an expected gathering of 18, I packed every crochet hook I could find, which turned out to be 29 of varying sizes!

With a shorter time frame, of 1 hour, I was interested to see how the workshop and Holding Spaces would come together.  I was very pleased with the outcome. With a mixture of crochet experience, which I must again note that Holding Spaces are not formal crochet (but are based on the concept), the space to me felt very accepting of everyones ability. Some were learning how to create a chain stitch and getting used to holding a crochet hook and thread, whilst experienced crocheter could 'carry-on' knotting and moving threads, forming their spaces.

What stays with me are comments on how relaxing 'crocheting' is - even if it is 'just' chain-stitch and how nice it is to sit down and do something with your hands, where you don't have to think, acknowledging the organic nature - there is no right or wrong. There were also some lovely conversations opening up between parents and youth, or between participants where there was an awareness of qualities held in the Holding Spaces connected to their ways of being in the world - actions, thoughts, behaviours. I can certainly resonate to this when reflecting on my own Holding Spaces and connecting stories!

There were many 'golden moments' for me as a facilitator. What a great group you were. I would like to thank all those who attended for coming with an open-mind and giving the workshop a go. A big thank you also to all those who worked together assisting another. I really enjoyed noticing the sharing of skills and ideas. 

It is wonderful to see what can be achieved with a little imagination... 
and a hook and some thread.  

Thank you Glenroy Library for making me so welcome. 
I hope to see you all again soon. 

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