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General Information

The San Francisco Hakomi Comprehensive Training offers the full Hakomi method curriculum. With in-depth coverage of theory and technique, as well as supervised practice, it is geared towards anyone who would benefit from adding a somatic-psychological component to their work.   

The Comprehensive Training is taught in two, 9-month modules. The first module offers a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. The second module presents an advanced level of the work, refines the techniques and provides maps for effective application of the material in various client situations. Graduates may pariticpate in Application Trainings which integrate the Hakomi Method with various topics.

Training Style
Participants are taught through short-talks, skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations, movement and video review. To maximize supervision, support and feedback throughout the training, volunteer assistants join the Hakomi Institute faculty, creating a student to staff ratio of approximately 4:1.  

Trainings occur every year and begin in March and end in December (with August off).  We meet once a month from Friday through Sunday.

For Whom
This training is for professional therapists and allied health workers, civic leaders, and clergy, who want to learn the method in its entirety, as well as for students of counseling and psychotherapy, interns, educators, coaches, and people transitioning into the field.

Upon completion of the Comprehensive Training, graduates are eligible to participate in a variety of Application Trainings which are designed to enhance each student’s expertise and areas of interest. These trainings include:

  • The Trauma Training teaches state of the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.
  • The Responding to Life Training addresses maps of the psyche including assessment and intervention strategies based on a non-pathologizing character theory.
  • Other trainings cover applications of the Hakomi Method to such topics as Couples Therapy , addictions, attachment issues, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.

This training meets the qualifications for 171 hours of continuing education credit for MFT's and LCSW''s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
: Eva Geidt, RN, (Provider # 14707) is a co-sponsor of this training, which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, for 174 hours respectively.

Academic Credit
This training is approved by Meridian University for the Professional Specialty Program requirements towards a Master’s or Doctoral degree in psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at www.meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/concentration-in-somatic-psychology

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Training Tracks

There are two basic tracks in the Training: Personal Evolution (how the therapist is Being), and the Technical Material (what the therapist is Doing). In the first track, the student will delve into the core ways in which he or she relates to self, world and, finally, client. The more awareness and acceptance the student has of his or her own process, the more consciously and creatively the work will unfold.

The second teaching track, the theory and technique of Hakomi, provides the structure of the Training. This will be taught didactically through lecture, demonstration and readings, and experientially through unique hands-on exercises, supervised practice, and videotape review. Throughout the training, particular emphasis is placed on the principles and the spirit in which the work is done.

Integrating both tracks, special attention is paid to the personal character and style of each student, in order to fine-tune their individual approaches.

Because the Method is truly learned by working with it on regular basis, participants should expect to devote significant time outside of class for practice, discussion, reading, and personal exploration.

Main Topics

Among the main topics of the Hakomi curriculum are:

  • The Hakomi Principles
  • The Attitude of the Therapist
  • The Healing Relationship
  • The Organization of Experience
  • Contact and Tracking
  • The Body & Psychotherapy
  • The Use of Touch
  • Stages of the Hakomi Process
  • Mindfulness in Therapy
  • Specific Hakomi Techniques
  • The Experimental Attitude
  • Special States of Consciousness
  • Working with the Inner Child
  • Uncovering Belief Systems
  • Spiritual Contexts for Therapy
  • Emotional Release
  • Therapeutic Strategy
  • Working with "Resistance"
  • "Jumping Out Of The System"
  • Transformation
  • Integration
  • Character Theory
  • Ethics
2012 Schedule
Schedule subject to change
  • March 23-25 ~ Comprehensive Training #1
  • April 13-15 ~ Comprehensive Training #2
  • May 11-13 ~ Comprehensive Training #3
  • June 8-10 ~ Comprehensive Training #4
  • July 13-15 ~ Comprehensive Training #5
  • August ~ No Training
  • September 14-16 ~ Comprehensive Training #6
  • October 12-14 ~ Comprehensive Training #7
  • November 2-4 ~ Comprehensive Training #8
  • December 7-9 ~ Comprehensive Training #9-Final
  • Friday 9:30-5:30
  • Saturday 9:00-5:00
  • Sunday 9:00-4:00

Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkekely, CA

Entrance Requirements

The following is required for entrance into the 2011 San Francisco Comprehensive Hakomi Training:

  • 2-4 days of Hakomi workshops or classes, specifically including an Introductory workshop.
  • 2 references
  • A completed application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.00
  • An individual or small group orientation meeting with one of our faculty

Further details and all forms are found in the Application Packet.

In some situations, the Institute may require additional information from an applicant, an interview with the teaching staff or the completion of specific additional learning.


All applications must be received by March 12, 2012.

Regular Tuition: $4450 (per year) if application is received after February 10, 2012.

Early Registration Discount: $3950 if application is received by February 10, 2012

Group Discount: A discount of 20% is off the regular tuition of $4450 is available to groups of four or more individuals applying to a Hakomi Training for the first time. All completed applications and application fees must be sent together in one email or envelop and must be received no later than March 12, 2012. No group applications will be accepted past this date. A 25% discount is available to the group coordinator who forms the group, collects the necessary forms from each individual, and sends the applications together to the Hakomi office. Electronic submission is preferred. Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for early enrollment discount or financial assistant discounts; these require separate applications.

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition and/or work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application.

First Year Students continuing on to the second year need to enroll and submit their $500 non-refundable deposit by Feb 10 in order to qualify for the early enrollment tuition or any other financial assistance.  

Hakomi graduates may enroll for one half the cost of full tuition, space permitting.

Deadline for Application: March 12, 2011

Upon acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is due in order to hold your space in the Training. The balance is due a week before the first day of the Training. Payment plans are limited and must be agreed upon by Institute and the student prior to the beginning of the Training.

All students will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of the Training.

VISA & MASTERCARD are accepted.

Refund Policy

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend and receive an eighty (80) percent refund of the tuition. After that, no refunds will be granted. Students will be held to this agreement, regardless of future attendance and/or completion of the training. In extraordinary circumstances, the Institute will consider requests for refunds or release from the payment contract. However, the final decision in such matters will rest with the Hakomi Institute of California.

To Apply
  1. Download an Application Packet
  2. Email forms back to: contact@HakomiCA.org or send to Hakomi Institute of California, 3701 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118
  3. Pay a $75 non-refundable application fee (check or credit card).
  4. Submit two Letters of Recommendation from Professionals who know you (included in Application Packet).
  5. All applications are due by March 12, 2012.
For More Information

For registration questions or information, contact the Hakomi Institutue of California at 415 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org.

Future Dates

2013: March 8-10, April 12-14, May 10-12, June 14-16, July 12-14, Sept 6-8, Oct 11-13, Nov 8-10, Dec 13-15

2014: March 7-9, April 11-13, May 9-11, June 13-15, July 11-13, Sept 5-7, Oct 10-12, Nov 7-9, Dec 12-14