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About the Hakomi Method
Hakomi Method of Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychology is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change and development. Hakomi is an in-depth, mindfulness-based psychotherapeutic modality. Its techniques are effective throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications such as individual, couples and family therapy, and group work. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and volumes of evidence-based research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness and core psychological belief systems.

For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process.  Hakomi utilizes the present moment as a rapid and experiential access route to unconscious material. Guided by the principles of Mindfulness and Non-violence, the Hakomi Method is a gentle, respectful, compassionate and thus powerful form of psychotherapy that uses the wisdom of the body to pursue core evolution and deepen therapy beyond insight and words. Hakomi follows Frieda Fromm Reichmann’s advice “The patient needs an experience, not an explanation.”  Typical therapeutic outcomes include lasting change in deeply held emotional attitudes, beliefs and behavior.

Goals & Objectives
This training presents the skills and principles of Hakomi Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychology, and the unique intervention and treatment strategies that follow from them, to deepen the theory and professional practice at the postgraduate and post-licensure level. Participants will be trained in the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Please read the specific learning objectives below.

In addition, because Hakomi is dedicated to the aliveness of both client and therapist, great emphasis is placed both on the attachment based nature of the therapeutic relationship, and on the ground of being from which the therapist works.

Advanced Year Training
The second year of the training will cover more refined techniques, state of the art approaches to working with trauma, additional maps for understanding client psychological organization as well as supervised practice.  In addition to helping the practitioner develop big picture and systems thinking, attention will be paid throughout the training to gaining competence and confidence with the basics of the method.  Students will learn to apply the Hakomi Method in a variety of theoretical maps and clinical treatments while simultaneously deepening their understanding of their own organization of experience.

In this training you will learn:

  • To provide brief, in-depth psychotherapy using the present moment and live experience
  • How to design and utilize interventions to access and transform core models of the self, others and the world
  • To apply the art of tracking non-verbal communication from the unconscious
  • To apply Mindfulness and experiential methodologies to address safety, self regulation and relationship skills
  • To use the body to access unconscious material
  • Approaches to working with content, movement, gesture, voice and pace
  • Non-invasive techniques to work directly with resistance and psycho-emotional defenses without opposing them
  • Techniques to deepen towards core psychological material
  • To work with transference/countertransference systems in respectful and experiential ways that enhance curiosity and aliveness in the relationship
  • To utilize the attachment relationship within the therapeutic container
  • Contemporary neuroscience models for Mindfulness based interventions
  • To distinguish developmental vs. traumatic injuries
  • Mindful tools to renegotiate trauma states
  • Proven techniques for somatic resourcing
  • To help the client embody and process regressed states towards resolution of long term issues and behaviors
  • To design interventions to access and transform core models of the self, others and the world
  • Sophisticated maps for understanding client psychological organization

Included in the above are Six Competancies:

  • Competency #1: The Therapeutic Relationship
    How to join deeply, inspire clients to unfold, and use moment to moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds.
  • Competency #2: Listening to the Unconscious
    How to notice the unconscious in direct experience and non verbal signals. How to use the present moment and the body as rich sources of psychological information.
  • Competency #3: Deepening Therapy 
    How to achieve the depth and exploration that makes therapy come alive. Practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche safely working with all categories of experience: thoughts, beliefs, memories, sensations, impulses and emotions.
  • Competency #4: Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically 
    How to use mindfulness directly in the psychodynamic psychotherapy process, rather than as an adjunct treatment.
  • Competency #5: Working with Defenses, and Transformation of Core Material 
    How to elegantly work with resistance and defenses by supporting them. Transforming core models of the world.
  • Competency #6: Master Strokes - Working Practically with Transference and Countertransference Systems 
    How to work experientially.

“Come sit with me and let us remember
the beauty of your soul” 

The Santa Cruz Professional Hakomi Training is taught in two series of year-long weekends in order to integrate theoretical material, skill-based exercises, and one-on-one and small group supervision. Each weekend includes didactic information, live and/or video demonstrations, experiential exercises, and an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.

Style of Teaching
Participants are taught through short-talks, skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations and video review. Students receive ample personal attention during the training. Along with certified faculty, teaching assistants provide support for small group learning and student practice sessions. Student to staff ratio is about 4 to one.

Prerequisites Year One
• 2-4 days of Hakomi workshops, specifically including an introductory workshop and
• clinical experience, or permission from the Lead Trainer.

Prerequisites Advanced Year
Certificate of completion from Year One of the Santa Cruz Professional Training or a Bay Area Professional Skills Training, or permission of the lead trainer.

For Whom
This training is for professional therapists, MFT interns, clergy, and allied health workers who want to learn the method in its entirety.


MFT & LCSW: this training meets the qualifications for 130  hours (Year One) or 117 hours (Second Year) of continuing education credit for MFT's and LCSW''s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Nurses: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14707 (a co-sponsor of this training).

Psychologists: CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com or (707) 763-3576.

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

Application Trainings
Graduates (and at times, general public) are eligible to participate in trainings that apply the Hakomi Method to a variety of topics:

  • 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.


2011-2012 Training Dates (subject to change)

Year One
October 1-2, 2011                    March 10-11, 2012   
November 5-6, 2011                 April 14-15, 2012   
December 17-18, 2011             May 19-20, 2012   
January 14-15, 2012                June 16–17, 2012   
February 18-19, 2012              July 14-15, 2012   

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00-5:00

Namastay Retreat, Santa Cruz

A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available at extremely reasonable rates onsite at Namastay Retreat Center. Details provided upon acceptance to the training.


First Year Tuition
Early enrollment: $3785 for those who send their complete application and $75 nonrefundable application fee by August 15, 2011.
Normal registration: $4185.

Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Graduates may enroll for one half the cost of tuition. Limited student scholarships and work-study opportunities are available.

Financial Assistance Application Deadline August 1, 2011

Application Deadline: September 15, 2011

Refund Policy

Any student who withdraws from the Training before it begins will receive a full refund minus the $400 non-refundable deposit.

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend will 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.


To Register & For More Information

Download: Application Packet

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

Lead Trainer:
Julie Murphy, R.A.S., Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practioner, has 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Director of Hakomi Santa Cruz, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, attachment theory, massage therapy, Tibetan Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has presented at numerous conferences including the Hakomi Institute International, the AMTA, and the USABP Annual Conferences. Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a contemplative and somatic approach to creative writing and self-expression.

Additional Trainers:
Scott Eaton, MFT
, a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, has been facilitating groups and trainings in the U.S. and Europe for over 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist for 18 years, Scott specializes in gay and lesbian issues, spirituality, shame reduction, PTSD, work with anger and relationship dynamics. An avid world traveler, Scott has also been a long-standing teacher of meditation.

Jon Eisman, CHT, is one of the Founding Members of the Hakomi Institute, and Director of Hakomi Institute of Oregon. Jon teaches throughout North America  and Europe and is the creator of R-CS, Re-Creation of the Self, a powerful and innovative tool for working with psychological parts in therapy, in group work, and in spiritual practice. An Oregonian, Jon teaches frequently in the Bay Area.

Rob Fisher, MFT, is a psychotherapist, consultant and supervisor in private practice in Mill Valley. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Rob is also an adjunct professor at both CIIS and JFK University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, and Hakomi, Body-centered psychotherapy. Rob is a nationally recognized expert in couples   therapy.  He is the author of Experiential Couples Therapy: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist, published by Zieg/Tucker. Rob has been a Master Presenter at the Annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Conference and a presenter at the USABP Annual, and Psychotherapy Networker Conferences.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA,  MFT, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Somatic psychotherapist and Continuum™ Movement Teacher. Manuela leads professional trainings & workshops in the U.S., Australia and Germany. An adjunct professor at JFK University, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology she teaches mental health professionals Somatic approaches to Trauma and Attachment, and infant mental health. Manuela has specialized in her Hakomi approach to working with trauma clients and has counseled victims of trauma and survivors of political oppression and torture. A longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism, Manuela incorporates Buddhist psychology into her work. She maintains a private practice with individuals, couples, families and young children and groups and consults to professionals.


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