Cultivating Creative Curiosity and Change

Part of an introductory series to the Hakomi Method


General Information   

How do we deal with uncertainty?  The unknown can be threatening, but it’s also part of growth, and opportunity. Recognizing that our efforts to control our experience and to avoid pain can sometimes unwittingly lead us away from what we value most in our lives, this introduction to Hakomi will focus on how to evoke curiosity to create flexibility and nurture change.    
We’ll use Hakomi  principles and techniques to cultivate safety, compassion, sensitivity, respect, and interest in our own and others’ experience. Then, using these attitudes we’ll enquire into the ways that we organize our perceptions around hidden beliefs. We’ll see how skillful exploration and experimentation can turn what may have seemed like walls into doorways—wisdom can emerge from curiosity, so that we develop flexible, grounded strength.

What you will learn:

  • The basic orientation of Hakomi
  • Immediately applicable skills to make therapeutic work deeper and more effective.
  • How to cultivate and deepen attitudes that breathe life into therapeutic processes
  • How to use mindfulness to gain rapid and experiential access to unconscious beliefs that drive (or block) us.
  • How to listen to and use the body as an access route to core beliefs
  • How to integrate perceptions, behaviors, and insight to create change.   

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.

Please click here for more detailed information about the Hakomi Method.


Saturday, April 5, 2014 

9:30am - 5:00pm  

Anam Cara Healing Center, 2915 Martin Luther King Jr way, Berkeley, CA.

Early Enrollment by February 22, 2014: $125   
Regular: $160

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, April 3, 2014. 
Please register before the workshop date as we can not accommodate walk-ins.   If the workshop is listed as full, you can still contact the Hakomi Institute 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 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.
Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6 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.S., M.F.T. has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He has private practices in Berkeley and Marin, working with adults, couples, and teens. He specializes in Hakomi, as well as doing therapy with people who suffer from emotional dysregulation or Borderline Personality Disorder. Passionate about how multiple perspectives can enrich and challenge our understanding of the process of change, David brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, 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.