(Section B - Starting May 2021)

Hakomi Comprehensive Training is taught in two levels. In Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1, you'll learn the basic principles and practices of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology. Whether you're a mental health practitioner, coach, counselor or body worker, this training will help you build innovative counseling and interpersonal skills that will increase your effectiveness with clients. Adding Hakomi’s somatic, experiential tools to your work will help you to go deeper with clients and discover the unseen root causes of their challenges.

For Whom

This training is open to psychotherapists and psychotherapy interns who want to learn Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology in its entirety, as well as students of counseling and psychotherapy. It is also appropriate for coaches, clergy, body workers, health practitioners, educators, civic leaders and those interested in transitioning into the field of mental health.

Because our 2022 Level 2 training is likely to be in-person in the California Bay area, we will prioritize admission for this training to applicants from California, Nevada, and Arizona. That said, our Level 1 training will give you a solid grounding in the basic skills of Hakomi and hands-on experience with of the basic steps and stages of our therapeutic method.


Class Format

This training combines nine modules of online self-paced learning with nine live instructor-led online Zoom weekends from May through February (with August off). Each month, you'll receive 90 minutes of self-paced learning materials two weeks before your live Zoom class, and you'll complete those materials at your own pace before each live class begins. This class pre-work will include video talks, slide shows, audio files, demo sessions and/or reading. Live classes will focus on experiential learning, supervised practice, Q&A and live demonstrations of Hakomi. You'll also join a practice partnership or practice group that meets once monthly between monthly class sessions to practice the skills you learn in the training. 

What You Will Learn

In Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1, you'll learn through short talks, unique skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations and assigned readings. You'll participate in regular supervised practice and receive supportive feedback by dedicated and knowledgeable teaching assistants. This feedback will provide opportunities to celebrate what's working, refine what needs attention, and to evolve personal edges that may be limiting your success. Our learning environment is relaxed and participatory with numerous opportunities to practice new skills with other group members, both in and out of class. 

In this hands-on, experiential training, you'll learn how to:

  • Energize and strengthen your work using Hakomi's inspiring principles of nonviolence, organicity, mind-body holism and unity
  • Use mindfulness to identify and transform hidden core beliefs driving self-defeating behavior
  • Gain greater self-awareness by mindfully studying your own limiting reactive patterns
  • Work from a compassionate, nonjudgmental state that helps clients feel safer and go deeper
  • Apply unique and innovative methods for melting client resistance and overcoming impasses in your work

Online class materials will be released two weeks before each class, i.e., 5/7/21 for the May class, 6/4/21 for the June class, etc.

May 21-23

Jun 18-20
Jul 16-18
Sep 10-12
Oct 8-10
Nov 12-14
Dec 10-12

Jan 7-9
Feb 4-6

Dates are subject to change. 

All times listed are Pacific time.

Friday 1:30 - 4:30 pm  
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 1:30 pm




  • A one-day Hakomi workshop or class with Hakomi Institute of California faculty (Hakomi workshops from other regions are also acceptable, as well as Manuela Mischke-Reeds' March 2021 CIIS workshop)
  • A completed application including recent photo and resume or vitae
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.00

Preference will be given to applicants who have undergone at least a year of personal psychotherapy and who have a scope of practice in a helping profession to which they can apply their Hakomi skills. In some situations, the Institute may require additional information from an applicant, an interview with our teaching staff or the completion of specific additional learning. 


Regular Tuition: $4995; application must be received by April 23, 2021

Early Registration Discount: $4495 if application is received by April 9, 2021

Repeat/CIIS DiscountGraduates of Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1 or our Hakomi class at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) can take this course for $2495 (50% off regular tuition). Application required for CIIS students; no application needed for repeat students. To receive this discount, email contact@HakomiCA.org or call 415-839-6788.

Group Discount: A 15% discount off the full tuition of $4995 resulting in a tuition of $4245 (a savings of $750) is available to groups of four or more individuals applying to this training. To quality for this discount, all application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope by April 9, 2021.

A 20% discount off the full tuition of $4995 resulting in a tuition of $3995 (a savings of $1000) 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 April 9, 2021 (electronic submission preferred), and ensures application fees are paid. No group applications will be accepted past this date. 

Those applying for the group discount aren't eligible for our early enrollment discount.

COVID-19 Scholarship: A limited number of $500 scholarships will be made available first-come first-served to people who have lost 20% of their income or more due to COVID-19. To apply for this scholarship, email hicabooks@gmail.com.

Tuition balance is due by May 10 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon by the Institute and the student prior to the training start date.

Payment plans are available. After paying a $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the training, you can make either 3 payments in May, August, and November or 9 payments starting in May and ending in January. (A $15 administrative fee is added to each transaction.) Students must complete all payments before the last training weekend begins. All students will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of the training.   

VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations accepted via email or phone. Participants who withdraw before the first day of training will receive a full tuition refund less the $400 non-refundable deposit. Participants who withdraw up to 9 days after the first day of the training will receive an 80% tuition refund. No refunds will be granted after that date or for any future non-attendance.  

To Apply for This Training

  1. Click here to download the application form.
  2. Click here to pay the $75 non-refundable application processing fee.
  3. Email your completed application form to contact@hakomica.org. (Electronic submission preferred.) Or mail to:

Hakomi Institute of California
5758 Geary Blvd. #740 

San Francisco, CA 94121

Final application deadline: April 23, 2021

Please note: This training tends to fill quickly; please apply as soon as possible in order to avoid being waitlisted.

To Register for This Training

Upon acceptance to this training, you will receive a mailing including forms to sign. Within one week of receipt, please return these forms and click the button below to register and pay the required $400 non-refundable deposit to hold your place in the training.


Hakomi Comprehensive Training Application


Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each weekend of this training.
All times listed are Pacific time.

1:30-3:00   Learning activities
3:00-3:15   Break
3:15-4:30   Learning activities

10:00-11:15   Learning activities
11:15-11:30   Break
11:30-12:30   Learning activities
12:30-2:00   Lunch
2:00-3:15   Learning activities
3:15-3:30   Break
3:30-4:30   Learning activities

10:00-11:30   Learning activities
11:30-11:45   Break
11:45-1:30   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: Hakomi Institute of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. Hakomi Institute of California maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (108 hours total) for LMFTs, 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. We will email CE certificates within 30 days after each session of the course ends.

If you live outside of California, please check with your local licensing board to ensure that they'll accept this course for CE credit.

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. Further information on Meridian University’s programs can be found at http://www.meridianuniversity.edu/academics/concentrations2/somatic-psychology

For More Information

For registration questions or further information, including accommodation for special needs and the Hakomi Institute of California grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or contact@HakomiCA.org


Julie Murphy, MA, LMFT, will be the lead trainer for this training. She's a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 83806), a Registered Addictions Specialist (M0412011012), and a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer with 30 years of experience consulting, teaching and working in the healing arts. Julie leads trainings for health professionals in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, attachment psychotherapy and other special topics in the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel and New Zealand. Bringing together years of study and professional experience in the fields of anthropology, contemplative psychology, addictions, attachment theory, massage therapy, Buddhism, and poetry, Julie has developed an archetype-based personal growth method--The Mythic Body; a somatic approach to creative writing--Embodied Writing™; and co-developed the workshop Waking Up from the Family Trance. Julie serves as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University, has taught in the California Institute of Integral Studies Certificate Program in Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy, and has presented at numerous professional conferences including the American Massage Therapy Association, the Hakomi Institute International Conference, and the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy. In 2011, she published "Loosening the Grip of Addiction: A Mindful Recovery" in The Therapist. A practitioner of meditation for over 35 years, Julie's teaching integrates a strong contemplative approach with cutting-edge research in neuroscience and human relationships. In addition, she has studied with master poets from all over the United States and has been journaling and writing poetry since she was eleven years old. These varied studies extend her range of teaching beyond psychotherapy to mindfulness and meditation, contemplative and creative writing, mindful recovery and embodiment. Julie maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, offering somatic psychotherapy and addictions counseling to individuals, couples, adolescents and families.

Please note: At least two additional Hakomi faculty members will assist Julie in teaching this training. We will post their bios as soon as we've confirmed their participation in the training.

Future Dates: Hakomi Comprehensive Training Level 1

2022:  Mar 11-13, Apr 8-10, May 20-22, Jun 10-12, Jul 15-17, Sep 9-11, Oct 14-16, Nov 18-20, Dec 9-11  (Dates subject to change)