The Hakomi Character Map training details a complete set of character strategies—patterns of behavior, feeling and cognition that determine much of what happens in our internal and external lives. Many of the most difficult issues we confront in our personal and professional lives are linked to the unconscious strategies that keep us feeling stuck, small, afraid, and unlovable, to name a few.

Changing these patterns is possible through awareness, practice and experience. The Hakomi Character Map offers a kind of precision in accurately recognizing the patterns.  In addition to detailing the character map, this training will provide practical Hakomi tools to allow for deep and permanent shifts within the psyche.

Identifying these patterns and learning how to work with them, offers psychotherapists and other helping professionals a guide to the essential issues of human growth and change.

What You Will Learn

This training will support you to recognize commonly encountered character strategies/patterns through lecture, demonstrations and experiential exercises. For each type we will explore:

  • Etiology/developmental causes
  • Underlying emotional world and core beliefs
  • Body language and postures
  • The visceral feel of each strategy from inside the experience
  • Strengths and positive qualities
  • Relational habits, trances and projections
  • How to apply specific Hakomi interventions for each strategy

From the Instructors

How we respond to life is a complex weave of emotions and beliefs often rooted in what we have learned at each developmental milestone. The experiences of early childhood shape our minds and bodies in unique yet collectively recognizable pattern. The purpose of this training is to provide the opportunity to learn, by "walking in another's shoes." We will understand the developmental journey as we uncover the universal responses to how we are attached, loved, received, related to in our lives. This training will give you a deep understanding of people’s actions towards and feelings about themselves and others. The method of study is powerful, imaginative and accessible.

For Whom

Anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth or improving effectiveness with clients, including:

  • Psychotherapists, psychotherapy students and interns
  • Coaches and other helping professionals
  • Body workers and somatic coaches
  • Health practitioners
  • Spiritual counselors

About Hakomi

Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy offers an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, unique and powerful somatic techniques, and a focus on 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 human change process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Psychotherapists can successfully use Hakomi in a wide range of applications including individual, couples and family therapy and group work. The Hakomi Method also offers cutting-edge skills for coaches, health professionals and others who work to support human change and growth.

Read more about the Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology.


September 22-24, 2017
October 27-29, 2017
November 17-19, 2017

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

Aquarian Heart Space
4920 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

Early Enrollment: $1,550 by August 11, 2017; $1,750 thereafter
Repeat Tuiton: $875 (If you have previously taken "The Hakomi Character Map" or "Responding to Life" offered by the Hakomi Institute of CA, use discount code HCM-RS-E when registering.)

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by email or phone seven days in advance of the first day of training will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for non-attendance or cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.

Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each weekend of this training:


12:30-2:00   Learning activities
2:00-2:10   Break
2:10-3:40   Learning activities
3:40-3:50   Break
3:50-5:00   Learning activities


9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15      Break
11:15-12:30   Learning activities
12:30-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:30   Learning activities
3:30-3:45   Break
3:45-5:00   Learning activities


9:30-11:00   Learning activities
11:00-11:15   Break
11:15-12:45   Learning activities
12:45-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:30   Learning activities
3:30-3:45   Break
3:45-5:00   Learning activities

Schedule subject to change. 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.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 15.5 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (46.5 hours total) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, participants must attend the entire weekend, sign in and out each day and submit a signed evaluation form.


Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline: September 15, 2017

For More Informatio

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


ShirleysmallShirley Bar-Dvir, MA, LMFT (LMFT #44258) is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Shirley earned her BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. Shirley’s clinical theoretical background is in psychodynamics, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, family therapy and Cranio Sacral therapy. In addition to teaching Hakomi in California, Shirley also practiced, supervised and taught Hakomi in Israel as a member of the “Hakomi Israel” team, and currently teaches and supervises at John F. Kennedy University. Spiritual practice and deep meditation supports her healing work and source her teaching. Shirley maintains a private practice at Anam Cara Therapy Center in Berkeley CA.


Susan1Susan San Tara, MA, MFT (LMFT 43157) is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Hakomi Therapist, and Certified Hakomi Teacher. Susan has been in private practice seeing couples and individuals since 2000. In 2007, she co-founded Anam Cara Therapy Center in Berkeley. For many years, Susan has taught both clinical professionals and the general public and has also taught as an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Susan received her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. In addition to body-centered and mindfulness-focused psychotherapy, Susan has studied eco-psychology, Amazonian shamanism, energy systems, and earth-based healing approaches for over twenty years. Susan weaves wisdom from the natural world, the poetry embedded in the body, and a love of the divine mystery into her warm, nurturing and friendly style, setting the tone for a dynamic and satisfying growth environment.