Neuroscience and the Hakomi Method

Part of an Introductory Series to the Hakomi Method


General Information   

We organize our lives around core-level, unconscious belief systems: “This is what I need to be happy,”  “This is how I need to be in relationship to get love,” “I am only good at certain things,” etc. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore how these beliefs originate, how to discover and work with them, and how to try out new possibilities.  The day will combine didactic and experiential modes, and introduce participants to the Hakomi Method.

Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Psychotherapy has been taught in Northern California for over 20 years. Many graduates of the training have commented that Hakomi significantly refined and deepened skills they already possessed while at the same time, provided a powerful model to bring about deep transformation and healing.


  • Learn the neuroscience of unconscious belief systems.
  • Learn to use mindfulness to uncover the presence of unconscious belief systems.
  • Learn to use a body-based mindfulness to locate the pathways that can take us out of these habitual belief systems.
  • Develop familiarity with several Hakomi techniques, including tracking, contact statements, and accessing.

For Whom
The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for The Hakomi Comprehensive Training and Hakomi Professional Training.

About Hakomi 
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, the body, and 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 psychodynamic process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Hakomi can be successfully applied throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications (such as individual, couples and family therapy, group work) as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

Please click here for more detailed information about the Hakomi Method.


February 16, 2013


1634 5th Avenue
San Rafael, CA

Early Enrollment by January 5, 2013:  $125.00   
Regular: $160.00  

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, February 14, 2013. 
Please register before the workshop date as we can not accommodate walk-ins.   If the workshop is listed as full, you can still contact the Hakomi Institute and request to be put on a waiting list.

Cancellation Policy   
Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a 1-day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a 2 or 3-day workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.   

CEU’s Offered   
MFT & LCSW: This course meets the requirements for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.
Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6 hours.

To Register
Click on the Register Button at the bottom of this page.

More Information   
Contact Hakomi Institute of California (415) 839-6788 or email  



ShaiShai Lavie, M.A., M.F.T, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher with a private practice in San Rafael. He is also certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai has conducted trainings at dozens of local agencies, universities, and counseling centers. Shai also leads transformational groups with adults and has led therapeutic groups in Bay Area high schools for 13 years, as well as numerous wilderness-based Rites of Passage programs. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 20 years and has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center since 2001.  You can read articles from Shai Lavie in the Sept/Oct 2011 issues of Psychotherapy Networker (“Case Study”) and The California Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”).