Introduction to the Hakomi Character Map


General Information

About This Workshop
This daylong workshop will introduce the Hakomi Method through the lens of the Hakomi Character Map. This map offers a complete set of character strategies—patterns of behavior, feeling and cognition that determine much of what happens in our lives. Many of the most difficult issues we confront are linked to the unconscious strategies that keep us feeling stuck, small, afraid, and unlovable, to name a few.  However through awareness, practice and experience changing these patterns is possible!

Come join the teachers of our fall Hakomi Character Map Training for an enjoyable, enlivening exploration.

What you will learn:

  • A general understanding of the Hakomi Method
  • How to see and understand character patterns in yourself and others
  • How using the Hakomi character map can deepen your work as a helping professional

About Hakomi
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychology 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 Method.

For Whom

This training is open to anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth. It is also recommended for practitioners interested in improving their effectiveness with clients, including:
- Psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychotherapy students and interns
- Coaches and other helping professionals
- Body workers and somatic coaches
- Health practitioners
- Spiritual counselors


Dates & Times
Saturday, May 9, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA  94701

Early Enrollment: $125 by April 4, 2015
Standard Enrollment: $160

VISA & Mastercard accepted.

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 Now button at the bottom of this article.  Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline
May 7, 2015

More Information
For more information on the October 17th workshop, please visit our website or contact the Hakomi Institute of California at 415-839-6788 or


ShirleysmallShirley Bar-Dvir, MA, MFT, is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Certified Hakomi Teacher and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is an adjunct professor at JFK University. Shirley earned her BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from JFK 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 JFK University.  Spiritual practice and deep meditation supports her healing work and source her teaching.  Shirley maintains a private practice at Anam Cara Healing Center in Berkeley CA.


Susan1Susan San Tara, MA, MFT, 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 20 years.  In her work, 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.