Deepening Into What Matters

Using Mindfulness as a Doorway into
Acceptance and Change


General Information

This workshop will teach how to use the quiet power of mindfulness to discover and follow pathways towards change, as well as to appreciate and make peace with who we are and what is.

When our life process seems unsatisfying or our minds are looping around in repetitive ways, mindfulness can break the impasse, allowing us to go beyond our preconceptions and helping us to engage in a living encounter with our moment to moment experience.  This is can enrich our lives and relationships in general, and it’s also an important tool  in psychotherapy, whether one is sitting in the seat of client or that of psychotherapist.

Hakomi uses mindfulness in a unique way throughout the therapy process to explore and peel back layers of content, gesture, impulse, thought, feeling, body sensation, core beliefs, and urges, to essence. As we free ourselves from habit, pathways to change emerge.

This two day introductory workshop will provide an opportunity for experiential exercises, didactic material, and discussion to give participants an understanding of the various ways  Hakomi applies mindfulness to our own life processes and to both sides of the therapeutic dyad. 

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for
Hakomi Comprehensive Training and Hakomi Professional Training.

About Hakomi
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, the body, and present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the psychodynamic process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Hakomi can be successfully applied throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications (such as individual, couples and family therapy, group work) as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

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April 6 & 7, 2013

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Namastay Retreat, 7635 W. Zayante Rd. , Felton, CA.


Early Enrollment by February 23, 2013: $250
Regular Tuition: $295

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, April 4, 2013.  Please register before the workshop date as we can not accommodate walk-ins.   If the workshop is listed as full, you can still register and request to be put on a waiting list.

Cancellation Policy   
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.   

CEU’s Offered   
MFT & LCSW: This course meets the requirements for 12 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.
Nurses: Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved 
by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 12 hours.


To Register

Click on the Register Button at the bottom of this page.

More Information   
Contact Hakomi Institute of California (415) 839-6788 or email



David Fish, M.A., M.F.T. has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He has private practices in Berkeley and Marin. As well as specializing in Hakomi, he leads groups and does individual therapy with people who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. A seasoned meditator, the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David has a warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style that is lively, well-informed, and human.