Sacred Space, Ritual, Ceremony, “Holding Space” & Honoring the Four Directions

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce the meaning, significance and practicalities of ritual, “sacred space,” “holding space” and the Four Directions.


Become familiar with the significance of ritual and specific considerations for setting up a sacred practice space and honoring the Four Directions.


Define “sacred.” Describe how we might make something—including space—sacred.  Explain the general purpose of mindfully setting up the practice space and provide specific considerations for setting up a space. Define and describe ritual. Explain why ritual is valued. Describe the three parts of bowing and what they may represent. Name multiple types of safety in class. Explain how we might define “holding space.” Describe the tradition of honoring the Four Directions / Medicine Wheel.

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