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Level Two: Trauma Skills, Clinical Practice and Inner Warriorship


If you're a therapist or helping professional looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, From Trauma to Dharma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. Our Level 2 From Trauma to Dharma training is the second in a series of three comprehensive trainings offering a unique somatic approach to resolving trauma. 

View a detailed description of our full three-module From Trauma to Dharma training.

In our four-weekend Level 2 From Trauma to Dharma training, you'll dive into developing your trauma skills via experiential learning, live demonstrations, and practice and supervision. You'll not only learn concrete somatic trauma techniques, but you'll also continue to deepen your awareness and presence in the therapist's seat. This intensive training is designed to help you integrate the theoretical knowledge you gain from our Level 1 training with the hands-on practice of trauma therapy. Each intensive weekend allows ample room for experiential exercises and supervised practice.

Each weekend of this training centers around a theme: a specific quality trauma therapists need to embody and related skills to develop.

Weekend 1: Grounded Calm
Our opening weekend will lay the ground from which the warriorship of the trauma therapist arises. In this session, you will study and experiment with methods for developing a calm, grounded nervous system that can metabolize trauma effectively. 

Sample topics:
Somatic resourcing
Arousal theory
Orienting and stabilizing techniques
Regulation skills
Somatic Shamatha practices 

Weekend 2: Fierce Compassion
The focus of this weekend is working with the body's defensive mechanisms, understanding boundaries from a trauma perspective, and differentiating trauma triggers from emotional activation. You'll also begin to develop a deeper level of compassion that is both kind and fierce. 

Sample topics:
Recognizing boundaries
Psychophysiological defense responses
Processing traumatic memories (Part 1)
Understanding the groundlessness of fear, terror and frozenness in the body
Active somatic practices and compassion protocol

Weekend 3: The Spacious Body
During this weekend, you'll learn to work with shifting states of consciousness as you study and experientially explore different states of trauma, from dissociation to space as ground. You'll also deepen your knowledge of how to process traumatic memories utilizing somatic awareness and techniques.

Sample topics:
States of dissociation vs. the vast space of awareness
Processing traumatic memories (Part 2)
Tracking and accessing trauma belief systems
Emotional and somatic regulation techniques
Working with subtle body movements
Heart practices

Weekend 4: Fluid Change
During this weekend, we'll integrate and complete the core techniques of From Trauma to Dharma and develop an understanding of the trauma healing path as a fluid and ever-changing process. This session will emphasize integration techniques and focus on how to help clients come to terms with traumatic experiences through forgiveness and acceptance. You'll also deepen your personal repertoire of self-care practices to sustain your work as a trauma therapist.

Sample topics: 
Integration and completion techniques
The fluid mindset of the therapist
Self-care for client and therapist
When mindfulness doesn't work
Developing a personalized somatic protocol
Mandala practice

View the learning objectives for each of the four weekend training sessions above.

For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and well-being when working with trauma.  


From Trauma to Dharma Level 1  

Hakomi Essential Skills or equivalent training in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology
See our calendar to register for this workshop  

An application form is also required for this training.  (See details under Registration below.)

Class Schedule

Fridays and Saturdays
9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:15-12:30   Learning activities
12:30-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:15   Learning activities
3:15-3:30   Break
3:30-5:00   Learning activities

9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15   Break
11:15-12:15   Learning activities
12:15-12:30   Break
12:30-1:30   Learning activities

All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, you must attend the entire weekend and submit a signed class evaluation form.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the requirements for 54 hours of continuing education credit (13.5 hours per weekend) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: You will earn 54 CE credits for this training (13.5 hours for each weekend). CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our administrator at contact@HakomiCA.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com


March 22-24, May 3-5, Sept 20-22, and Oct 25-27, 2019

Fri-Sat 9:30-5:00, Sun 9:30-1:30  

Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710

$2,295 if enrolled by 2/8/19; $2,595 thereafter; $1,297.50 for participants repeating this training (a 50% discount). If repeating the training, use discount code TL2RSE if registering by 2/8/19 and discount code TL2RSR thereafter.

If you register for all three modules of this training by December 7, 2018, you'll receive an additional discount. (See our Level 3 webpage for details.) 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. If you cancel by February 5, you will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. If you cancel between February 6 and February 20, you will receive a 50% refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted after February 20. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.  


Please register early as space is limited.

An application form is required for this training. Please email your completed form to contact@hakomica.org or mail to Hakomi Institute of California, 5758 Geary Blvd. #740, San Francisco, CA 94121.

Registration deadline: March 15, 2019

For More Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or contact@hakomiCA.org


ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, Dharma teacher and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside-out approach that utilizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic techniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Tool Box: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.


ShaiShai Lavie, MA, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), and is on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University. He also teaches in the Mindfulness and Compassion Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Shai leads transformational groups that integrate Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, group process, ritual and dream work. Shai has led therapeutic groups in Marin County and San Francisco schools for over 10 years. He also has led over a dozen wilderness Rites of Passage programs for youth. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 25 years. Since 2001, Shai has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Please look for Shai's articles in the September/October 2011 issue of Psychotherapy Networker (“In Search of a Lost Self”) and in the September/October 2011 issue of The Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”.)