Cultivating Curiosity and Change

An Introduction to the Hakomi Method

General Information   

How do we deal with uncertainty?  When we are truly awake we recognize that each moment is new.  While growing offers us novelty, excitement and stimulation, it can also require that we find a positive way to relate to the unknown. Recognizing that our efforts to control our experience and to avoid pain can sometimes unwittingly lead us away from what we value most in our lives, this introduction to Hakomi will focus on how we can evoke curiosity to create flexibility and nurture change.    

We’ll use Hakomi  principles and techniques to cultivate safety, compassion, sensitivity, respect, and interest in our own and others’ experience. Then, using these attitudes we’ll enquire into the ways that we habitually organize our perceptions around hidden beliefs. We’ll see how skillful exploration and experimentation can turn what may have seemed like walls into doorways—and how wisdom can emerge from curiosity, so that we develop flexible, grounded strength.

What you will learn:

  • The basic orientation of Hakomi
  • Immediately applicable skills to make therapeutic work deeper and more effective.
  • How to cultivate and deepen attitudes that breathe life into therapeutic processes
  • How to use mindfulness to gain rapid and experiential access to unconscious beliefs that drive (or block) us.
  • How to listen to and use the body as an access route to core beliefs
  • How to integrate perceptions, behaviors, and insight to create change.   

For Whom

The workshop is open and relevant to both clinicians and the general public and serves as prerequisite hours for 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.


Saturday, January 24, 2015 

9:30am - 5:00pm  

Berkeley, CA.

Early Enrollment by December 13, 2014: $125   
Regular: $160

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, January 22, 2015. 
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.   

Continuing Education

MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  This course meets the qualifications for 6 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 6 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.


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 


To download the flyer for this workshop, click here.



David Fish, M.S., M.F.T. has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He has private practices in Berkeley and Marin, working with adults, couples, and teens. He specializes in Hakomi, as well as doing therapy with people who suffer from emotional dysregulation or Borderline Personality Disorder. Passionate about how multiple perspectives can enrich and challenge our understanding of the process of change, David brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, and relational psychodynamic approaches. A seasoned meditator, the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David has a warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style that is lively, well-informed and human.