Professional Training in Hakomi

Mindfulness-Based Experiential


Santa Cruz



About the Professional Skills Training

The Professional Training is an accelerated training designed for mental health professionals in two modules. The first module covers the theory and techniques of the Hakomi Method and the second module (the Advanced Professional Training) will teach advanced approaches to mindful exploration of the psyche, transference systems, attachment and trauma.  Identical curricula are offered concurrently in two locations: San Anselmo and Santa Cruz. Students must register for a single location.


Goals & Objectives

This training presents the skills and principles of Hakomi Experiential Psychology, and the unique intervention and treatment strategies which follow from them.  Participants will be trained in the precise moment-to-moment elegance of working with mindfulness in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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.

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


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. And 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 five competencies:

Competency #1: 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.

Competency #2: 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 as rich sources of psychological information and build limbic connection.

Competency #3: 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 exploring their origins.

Competency #4 Using Mindfulness Psychodynamically
How to use mindfulness directly in the psychodynamic psychotherapy process. Differentiating between traumatic and developmental issues.

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.



The Hakomi Professional Training is taught over the course of seven month and provides a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. Application Trainings, which integrate the Hakomi Method with various topics, are available to graduates.

Style of Teaching

The training is geared to clinical professionals and includes short didactic presentations, 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 for licensed professionals who have limited time and a desire to integrate portions of the Hakomi Method into their practices.



This is an accelerated course opened to licensed clinicians or those pursuing a clinical degree. Previous clinical training or permission from a member of the training staff is required. Students must submit an application with a $75 nonrefundable fee no later than August 1, 2013 for early registration discount or September 6 for regular registration costs. See below for full information on costs.


Advanced Training

We will offer an Advanced Professional Training consisting of six three-day weekends following the conclusion of this training. The curriculum includes advanced skills of tracking, contacting, and accessing core material in addition to sections on trauma, attachment, and special attention to developing the internal state of the therapist. 

2013-2014 Module One Schedule
(subject to change)

    September 20-22, 2013      ** NEW STARTING DATE **    
    October 18-20, 2013                
    November 15-17, 2013            
    December 6-8, 2013               
    January 17-19, 2014    
    February 21-23, 2014                 
    March 21-23, 2014         

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

    Namastay Retreat, Felton, CA  



Early Enrollment: $3,395 for applications received by August 1, 2013.  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 6, 2013 unless payment plan has been is approved by the Hakomi Institute of California.

Regular Registration: $3,795. Application and balance of payment is due no later than September 6, 2013 unless payment plan is approved by the Hakomi Institute of California.

Group Discount: A discount of 20% off the regular tuition of $3795 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 25, 2013. 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 may enroll for one half the cost of tuition. Deadline: September 6.

Within 7 days of being notified of acceptance Upon acceptance, a $400 non-refundable deposit is due  to hold your space in the training. You can pay this by clicking here.  The final balance is due by September 6 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon. Payment plans must be agreed upon by Institute 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 the Training.  

Visa and MasterCard 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.

Refund Policy

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend and receive a seventy (70) 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 Enroll 

1. Download and fill in an Application Form then email it to:
2. 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 
415 839-6788


Application Form
Financial Assistance   


C.E.U.s Module 1

MFTs and LCSWs: This course meets the qualifications for 115 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW's (provider #4355).

Nurses: Eva Geidt, RN, Provider #14707 is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing  for 115 hours.

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.


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 which was safe and challenging, heartfelt and well-organized, I was able to enhance my skills as a psychotherapist and expand my personal wisdomand 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 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.


Julie Murphy, M.A.,  R.A.S., Certified Hakomi Trainer and Practitioner, 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 Santa Cruz, San Francisco 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 “Attending to Attachment: A Mindfulness Based Approach to Working with Attachment Issues and Relationship Repair”. In addition, Julie is a Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern (#73303) employed and supervised by Connie Batten, MFT 36050, and practices experiential somatic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, adolescents and families in Santa Cruz.