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The San Francisco Hakomi Comprehensive Training offers the full Hakomi method curriculum. With in-depth coverage of theory and technique, as well as supervised practice, it is geared towards anyone who would benefit from adding a somatic-psychological component to their work.   

For Whom

This training is for professional therapists and allied health workers, civic leaders, and clergy, who want to learn the method in its entirety, as well as for students of counseling and psychotherapy, interns, educators, coaches, and people transitioning into the field.


The Comprehensive Training is taught in two, 9-month modules. The first module offers a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. The optional second module presents an advanced level of the work, refines the techniques and provides maps for effective application of the material in various client situations. 


Trainings occur every year and begin in March and end in December (with August off).  We meet once a month from Friday through Sunday.

Training Style

Participants are taught through short-talks, skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations, and movement. To maximize supervision, support and feedback throughout the training, volunteer assistants join the Hakomi Institute faculty, creating a student to staff ratio of approximately 4:1.  

Training Tracks

There are two basic tracks in the training: personal evolution (how the therapist is Being), and the technical material (what the therapist is doing). In the first track, the student will delve into the core ways in which he or she relates to self, world and, finally, the client. The more awareness and acceptance the student has of his or her own process, the more consciously and creatively the work will unfold.

The second teaching track, the theory and technique of Hakomi, provides the structure of the training. This will be taught didactically through lecture, demonstration and readings, and experientially through unique hands-on exercises, supervised practice, and videotape review. Throughout the training, particular emphasis is placed on the principles and the spirit in which the work is done.

Integrating both tracks, special attention is paid to the personal character and style of each student, in order to fine-tune their individual approaches.

Because the method is truly learned by working with it on regular basis, participants should expect to devote significant time outside of class for practice, discussion, reading, and personal exploration.

Main Topics

  • The Hakomi Principle
  • The Attitude of the Therapist
  • The Healing Relationship
  • The Organization of Experience
  • Contact and Tracking
  • The Body & Psychotherapy
  • The Use of Touch
  • Stages of the Hakomi Process
  • Mindfulness in Therapy
  • Specific Hakomi Techniques
  • The Experimental Attitude
  • Special States of Consciousness
  • Working with the Inner Child
  • Uncovering Belief Systems
  • Spiritual Contexts for Therapy
  • Emotional Release
  • Therapeutic Strategy
  • Working with "Resistance"
  • "Jumping Out Of The System"
  • Transformation
  • Integration
  • Character Theory
  • Ethics

Continuing Education

MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  This course meets the qualifications for 155 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 155 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.

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 http://www.meridianuniversity.edu/academics/concentrations2/somatic-psychology.

Application Trainings

Upon completion of the Comprehensive Training, graduates are eligible to participate in a variety of Application Trainings which are designed to enhance each student’s expertise and areas of interest. These trainings include:

The Trauma Training teaches state of the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.

The Hakomi Character Map 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.

2016 Schedule
subject to change   

March 18-20 
April 15-17 
May 13-15
June 17-19
July 15-17
August - no training 

September 9-11
October 14-16
November 11-13
December 9-11


Friday 9:30-5:30   
Saturday 9:30-5:30
Sunday 9:30-4:00


Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA   


The following is required for entrance into the 2016 Hakomi Comprehensive Training:       

• 2 full days of Hakomi workshops or classes with Hakomi Institute of California faculty        

• A completed application including recent photo and resume/vitae      

• A non-refundable application fee of $75.00       

CIIS and JFK students who are applying to the second year and whose curriculum did not cover the entire method need to take 4 days of additional training. Download details.

 Further details and all forms are found below. In some situations, the Institute may require additional information from an applicant, an interview with the teaching staff or the completion of specific additional learning.


All applications must be received by March 4, 2016  

Regular Tuition: $4750 (per year).  

Early Registration Discount: $4250 if application is received by February 5, 2016. This applies to both new and returning students.     

Group Discount: A discount of 20% off the full tuition of $4750 (a savings of $950 resulting in a tuition of $3800) is available to groups of four or more individuals applying to the training for the first time; this discount is valid for only one year and won't automatically be extended to students continuing on to the second year.  All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope by January 22, 2016. A 25% discount off the full tuition (a savings of $1188 resulting in a tuition of $3562) is available to the group coordinator who forms the group, collects the necessary forms from each individual, sends the applications together to the Hakomi office by January 22, 2016 (electronic submission preferred), and makes sure application fees are paid. No group applications will be accepted past this date. Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for further discounts such as early enrollment discount or financial assitance discounts.

Within 7 days being notified of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is due in order to hold your space in the training. You can pay this deposit by clicking here. 

Tuition balance is due by March 11 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.

Second Year Students do not need to fill out an enrollment application or pay the $75 application fee. To hold your place in the training, please submit a $400 non-refundable deposit. If you wish to qualify for the early enrollment discount, submit this deposit by February 5, 2016. You can pay this deposit by clicking here.  Group discounts do not carry over to the second year; those in need of reduced tuition should fill out a Financial Assistance Application and submit it by February 5, 2016.

CIIS Students who are applying to the second year and whose curriculum did not cover the entire method need to take 4 days of additional training. Download details. 

Payment Plans are available. After the $400 non-refundable deposit, you can either make 3 payments in March, June, and September or you can make 10 payments starting in March and ending in December. A $15 administrative fee is added to each transaction. Students must complete all payments by the end of 2016. 

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition in combination with work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application. All applications for financial assistance must be received by February 5. 

Hakomi graduates may enroll for one half the cost of full tuition, space permitting.      .   

All students will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of the Training.   

VISA & MASTERCARD are accepted. 

Cancellation Policy

Students who withdraw before the first day of training will receive a full tuition refund less a $400 non-refundable deposit.  Students who withdraw from the first day of training up to 9 days thereafter will receive an 80% tuition refund. After that, no refunds will be granted.

To Apply

1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  and pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

2. Download an Application Form

3. Email application back to: contact@HakomiCA.org or send to Hakomi Institute of California, 343 Soquel Ave, Box 16,  Santa Cruz, CA 95062

All applications are due by March 4, 2016.

Upon acceptance, further information will be sent along with a number of forms to sign. Within one week of receipt, please return these forms and pay a $400 deposit.


Application Form

Financial Assistance Application


Information for CIIS Students

For More Information

For registration questions or information, contact the Hakomi Institute of California at 415 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org

Future Dates
subject to change

2017: March 10-12,  April 14-16, May 5-7, June 9-11, July 14-17, Sept 8-10, Oct 20-22, Nov 10-12, Dec 8-10

2018: March 16-18,  April 13-15, May 18-20, June 15-17, July 20-22, Sept 14-16, Oct 12-14, Nov 9-11, Dec 7-9

2019: March 15-17,  April 12-14, May 17-19, June 14-16, July 19-21, Sept 13-15, Oct 11-13, Nov 8-10, Dec 13-15