Would you recognise this?

  • You are a poet and suffer stagefright
  • You are a speaker, you can be very tense
  • You are an actress, you lack creativity
  • You have a desire to be authentic

Lydia Petzoldt helps individuals find insights for more presence,
to build trust in themselves and above all, find ones playfullness. The tool: Empty space!


This website introduces the Fools-work in the Empty Space

it gives information on the when and where of these workshop-events

it informs you about the facilitator Lydia Petzoldt

and elaborates a bit more about her work.


The Fool is a most fascinating figure, because he is in the moment
The fool is a hero (heroine) to us because she dares to be
in the emptiness with nothing to support her, and therefore anything can arise.


The goal is to become more of you

Release your inner fool.
The Fools journey, is a journey into one’s own landscape, it is a hero’s journey.
Starting point is the fact that each of us has a personality which consists of different selves.
A few of these selves are dominant in our life, many of them are hidden and not even known.

In order to become more of your honest self in your daily life, or on stage, it helps to get to know these selves, what their stories are and how they function in you.

Because I wanted to take a closer look at my stage fright, I took a workshop Empty Space by Lydia, a few months ago. Here I learned to improvise in an empty studio, under her guidance.

The empty space represents a stage, but also your own head, where all kinds of beleifs and critical voices, often limit you. Everything is allowed in the empty space; running away, hiding, recite, testing my voice, making sounds, come out, dance, burp, laugh, cry, start over, relax. Lydia gives you handles by asking questions, and dares me to actually go into stuff.

She asked me to physially ‘become’ one of my thoughts. Take the space. At the end of the workshop this space was far less scary for me. I would therefore wholeheartedly recommend this workshop!

Bernke Klein Zandvoort, Owner, Puppets without borders

Despite the resistance, I knew I had to do this workshop to deal with my fear of presenting and fear of groups, in order to perhaps get a breakthrough. This is because I give workshops and even though I do this regularly, that deep fear never went away. I really had to go through something, but that has brought me so much! The next day I had no stress at all during my own workshop! Thanks to trusting my intuition! And I am proud of my perseverance, for I had to move through some sticky stuff.  Dear Lydia, thank you for the wonderful guidance and these special two days!

Leonie Mijnlief

I basically told myself and others the same story about my life over and over again, I got stuck. Lydia immediately looked right through it. She taught me to see what my real and deeper motives are, where things really matter for me now. Soon the breakthrough came for me and I have not reverted to “my story” since then. An additional plus is that her practice room is pleasantly neutral, yet warm. Because of this I did not find it difficult to feel comfortable quickly.

Patrice, regression therapist

Lydia can make people experience that something that seemed difficult, can be done easily. That the zest for life may be closer than you might suspect. She can bring adults into contact with the vibrant and creative child within them. Under very high pressure, I have seen people find solutions with her that they themselves would not have thought possible. I always ask Lydia to provide part of the program for our team during seminars and “away days”. Because of her way of working, after a hard day, she gets everyone to laugh and play. She also introduced a working method that helped the team to gain insight into the obstacles they created themselves, after which they could move on. In learning situations, Lydia provides completely lifelike counterplay so that you cannot help but learn from the feedback you receive in this way.

Margreeth Poulie , Eigenaar Reflection in Action

hi Lydia,

To me, your workshop was valuable and fun. My goal was to improve my public speaking. The result of your workshop was that I learned a number of things, of how to perform better. It is by using all the senses and by being aware of a change in emotions during my speech, then by putting this into words, that I can be more present. I am now at a conference in Sweden and just received applause from a packed house for my proposal!

Jeroom Remmers

During the performance I did a month ago, I noticed considerably more relaxation, control and pleasure than I was used to. I noticed that at times I allowed myself the space to move freely and have fun in doing so . I really got the confidence that is needed for this from the Empty Space workshops.

Keesz de Haan
Video Facilitator
lydia in red

Who is Lydia

trust builder
facilitator of Empty Space workshops
mime performer
life coach

Lydia is a skilled builder of trust

For a participant to take a step into the unknown, it will be crucial to be given the time and space in order to arrive, to come to an inner relaxation and trust with the other partakers of the workshop.
Only then might one be ready for the journey.

Lydia is a facilitator

During a Fools-workshop in the nineties, Franki Anderson introduced Lydia into Empty Space-work.
Nowadays Lydia facilitates this valuable method herself, seasoned with her inventivity.
Empty Space-work has enriched Lydia’s performing as an actress, it has also added insight into inner processes and how to express these. She aquiered ease in performing. To this day these workshops continue to feed towards authenticity.

Lydia is a mime performer

She has more than 30 years of experience, using this striking form of bodily expression, called Mime technique.
She finds the expression of the body the most interesting language, by which we unconciously communicate, always. Her fascination is to turn this physical acting into an art form.
In 1991 she co-founded ‘Vitrine Mimetheatre’. Performing demands creativity, it continues to bring joy and playfulness.
She now helps presentors, actors and actresses to delve deeper into their abilities to be expressive on the physical level.
Lydia performs, directs, facilitates private sessions for poets, speakers, teachers and performers.

Lydia is a training actress

Training sessions are concerned with improving communication skills.
Young professionals in a communication course, will be invited to describe a real life experience or a situation where they feel they have dealt with in an unsatisfactory way.
Lydia will then be asked to act out such a case study, to give the participant the opportunity to relive the situation and try a different approach. Thus enabling practice in a safe environment. After the scene, Lydia will give feedback from the perspective of the antagonist.
In so doing the participant receives a deeper insight, into the effect that his or her attitude has on the other, as well as into the motives and considerations of the antagonist.
It is very helpful for the group to watch each other deal with trying situations, also to get tips and honest feedback from their colleagues.
Lydia has trained with doctors, social workers, conductors on trains and trams.

Lydia is a lifecoach for

anyone who will be on a stage
the violinist desperate for a stance
the actor searching for more emotional variety
the lecturer, needing to relax whilst adressing his audience
the writer, director and poet
anyone interested in foolish play

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