Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered
Experiential Psychotherapy

About This Training

Hakomi Professional Training offers accelerated training for mental health professionals and interns in two modules. In the first module, Level 1, you will learn the principles and practices of the Hakomi Method through brief talks, demonstrations, and lots of supervised practice. In the second module (Level Two), you will learn via in-depth supervision, with a focus on developing the therapist's selfhood (including in-depth discovery of the patterns you get stuck in with clients), and hands-on practice integrating cutting-edge trauma techniques and attachment theory into your work.

Learn more from Rob Fisher, MFT, lead instructor for this training:



In this training, you will experience first hand the principles and practices of Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Experiential Psychotherapy, and the unique intervention and treatment strategies which follow from them. Your work with clients become deeper and more effective as you experience the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness and the body in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

In addiion, because Hakomi is dedicated to enhancing the aliveness of both client and therapist, this training will place great emphasis on the attachment-based nature of the therapeutic relationship, and on the ground of being from which the therapist works.

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


What You Will Learn

In this training, you will learn how to:

  • Provide in-depth psychotherapy using the present moment and live experience as a gateway to unconscious material.
  • Design and use interventions to access and transform clients' core models of the self, others and the world.
  • Track subtle non-verbal communication from the unconscious.
  • Apply mindfulness-centered, experiential methodologies to support enhanced safety, self-regulation and relationship skills
  • Employ somatic techniques to access unconscious material not readily accessible through conversation alone.
  • Support resistance and psycho-emotional defenses instead of opposing them.
  • Help clients experience and process regressed states to resolve long term issues and behaviors.
  • Recognize and address clients' psychological patterns using the Hakomi Character Map.


Six Core Competencies You'll Develop

Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship
How to access right brain to right brain limbic connection with the client, paving the way for unfolding into unconscious material; how to use moment-to-moment interventions to address and heal attachment wounds.

Observing the Unconscious
How to notice the workings of the unconscious in present experience and in non-verbal signals; how to use the present moment and the body to build limbic connection and uncover rich sources of psychological information.

Deepening Therapy
How to achieve the depth and exploration that makes therapy come alive; practical methods for deeply exploring the psyche; powerful interventions for safely working with thought, sensation, impulse, emotion and memory and exploring their origins.

Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically
How to use mindfulness-centered experiments to surface psychological material not easily accessible through conversation alone; differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues.

Supporting the Defenses and Transforming Core Beliefs
How to elegantly work with resistance and defenses by supporting them; transforming core beliefs and mental models of self, others and the world.

Working with Transference and Countertransference Systems
Practical and effective approaches for experientially working with transference/countertransference enactments that address the core of the client’s psyche.

Training Structure

Hakomi Professional Training Level 1 consists of seven three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.

Hakomi Professional Training Level 2 consists of six three-day weekends from Friday afternoon through Sunday that take place roughly once a month.  

Teaching Style

The training includes short talks, live and video demonstrations, skill-based experiential exercises, and supervised practice. Trainers and teaching assistants provide direct and immediate guidance and feedback during supervised practice with an emphasis on specific clinical applications and skills development.

For Whom

This training is open to licensed clinicians or those pursuing a clincial degree.  It's designed for licensed professionals with limited time who would like to integrate portions of the Hakomi Method into their practices.


Previous clinical training or permission from a member of the training staff is required. Students must submit an application and a $75 nonrefundable application fee no later than August 10, 2015 to qualify for our early registration discount or September 11, 2015 to meet our deadline for regular registration. 


2015-2016 Schedule
(subject to change)

September 18-20, 2015
October 2-4, 2015
November 6-8, 2015
December 4-6, 2015
January 15-17, 2016
February 19-21, 2106
March 25-27
, 2016

 Friday: 12:30-5:30
 Saturday: 9:00-5:00
 Sunday: 9:00-3:30

 Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710                           


Tuition for Level 1

Early Enrollment: $3,595 for applications received by August 1, 2015.  To qualify for early enrollment, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is due within one week of being accepted into the training. Balance is due no later than September 11, 2015 unless payment plan has been is approved by the Hakomi Institute of California.

Regular Registration: $3,995. Application and balance of payment is due no later than September 11, 2015 unless payment plan is approved by the Hakomi Institute of California.

Group Discount: A discount of 20% off the regular tuition of $3,995 is available for groups of four or more individuals applying to Hakomi Professional Skills Training for the first time. This discount is valid for one year only, and won’t automatically be extended to any further trainings. All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope, and received by July 18, 2015. No group applications will be accepted past this date, nor if submitted separately from the group. Should anything required in an application be missing, the group leader will be contacted and responsible for getting it submitted in a timely fashion.

A 25% discount off the regular tuition is available to the group coordinator who forms the group, collects the necessary forms and fees from each individual, and delivers via email or snail mail USPS , UPS, or FEDEX) said fees and forms. Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for any other financial assistance or discount. 

Repeating students who've attended this course before can enroll for one half the cost of tuition ($1,995). Deadline: September 11, 2015.

Within 7 days after you are notifed of acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the training. You can pay your deposit by clicking here. The final balance is due by September 11, 2015 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon by the Hakomi Institute of California 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 this training. 

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

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.


Cancellation Policy

Students who withdraw before the first day of the training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. Students who withdraw from the first day of the training up to 9 days thereafter will receive a 70% tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit. After that, no refunds will be granted. In extraordinary circumstances, the Institute will consider requests for refunds or release from payment contracts.  However, the final decision in such matters will rest with the Hakomi Institute of California.

To Enroll 

Download and complete an Application Form then email it to:

Click here to register and pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

If you prefer, you can send the application form and check to:

Hakomi Institute of California
343 Soquel Ave, Box 16
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


For More Information

Hakomi Institute of California 


Application Form
Financial Assistance Application 


Continuing Education

MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs: This course meets the qualifications for 96 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE provider: Hakomi Institute of California. Provider number: PCE 4355.

Nurses: This course meets the qualifications for 96 contact hours of continuing education for RNs. CE Provider Eva Giedt approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number: 14707. Eva Giedt is a co-sponsor of this training.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: 36 CEs for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this  program. 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 the  program and its content. For questions about CE contact, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at or (707) 763-3576.


Application Trainings

Graduates of this training are eligible to participate in trainings that apply the Hakomi Method to a variety of special-focus topics:

Our From Trauma to Dharma Training offers state-of-the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.

Our Hakomi Character Map Training provides you with a revealing and useful map of the psyche and helps you learn non-pathologizing assessment and intervention strategies.

Other special-focus trainings we offer include Experiential Couples TherapyAttending to Attachment, a mindfulness-centered somatic approach to healing adult attachment patterns, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.

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


"A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community." — Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain


"Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results." — Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter


"Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills"  — Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence


"Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy" — Babette Rothschild, LCSW, author of The Body Remembers


"Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique."  — John Bradshaw, author of Bradshaw on The Family


"This training was extremely useful in increasing my effectiveness as a psychotherapist, but also in making me more aware as a person. I strongly recommend the training to anyone doing psychotherapy."  — H.C. , Ph.D., psychologist, Stanford University


"The Hakomi training deepened my therapy practice immediately. All of a sudden, my clients were discovering whole new levels of very rich awareness. My expectations for the training were high and they were met and exceeded." — D.W., MFT


"In an environment that was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdom and awareness. I highly recommend this training to anyone in the helping professions." — J.H., Ph.D., family therapist, associate professor graduate psychology


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 24 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 or self-states in therapy, 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, and has Hakomi taught the world over, including Bali, China, and Russia. A Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, Rob also serves as an adjunct professor at both CIIS and JFK University, where he teaches marriage and family therapy, and Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy. A nationally recognized expert in couples   therapy, Rob is 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 California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist conferences and a presenter at the USABP and Psychotherapy Networker annual conferences.

Julie Murphy, MA,  RAS, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Trainer and Therapist, has over 25 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the Healing Arts. Co-Director of the Hakomi Institute of California, she designs curriculum and trains mental health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Canada and Australia. With a strong background in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, 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 and also developed the training Attending to Attachment,  a mindfulness-centered approach to working with attachment issues and relationship repair. In addition, she practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz.