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.

Class Format

This training combines nine modules of online self-paced learning with nine live instructor-led online Zoom weekends from March through December (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., 3/5/21 for the March class, 4/02/21 for the April class, etc.

Mar 19-21 
Apr 16-18
May 21-23
June 18-20
Jul 16-18
Sep 10-12
Oct 8-10
Nov 12-14
Dec 10-12

Dates are subject to change. 


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




  • A one-day Hakomi workshop or class with Hakomi Institute of California faculty
  • 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 March 3, 2021

Early Registration Discount: $4495 if application is received by February 5, 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 February 5, 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 February 5, 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 10% of their income or more due to COVID-19. To apply for this scholarship, email hicabooks@gmail.com.

Tuition balance is due by March 5 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 March, June, and September or 9 payments starting in March and ending in November. (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: March 3, 2021

Please note: This training tends to fill quickly; please consider applying by December or early January as applicants applying later can sometimes end up 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:

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


Susan1Shai Lavie, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#35526) with a private practice in San Anselmo, CA. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 30 years, has studied numerous psychological and spiritual approaches to human growth, and is certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), has taught for other graduate programs, and has led trainings for numerous organizations, both in California and internationally.

David FishDavid Fish, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT 52446). David has been a Certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years and is also a Certified Hakomi Teacher. In addition to specializing in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology, David leads groups and offers individual therapy to people struggling with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment work, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. David is a seasoned meditator, and the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David's warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style is lively, well-informed and human.

Anna Harland, MSW, RWS, is a bi-racial cis-gendered Black woman who is a settler on Treaty 7 territory. It is this social location that informs her work and her understanding of the experiences of those she works with. Anna is a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Hakomi Teacher who integrates Hakomi with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Structural Dissociation Models and anti-oppressive practice models. She is skilled in working with adults who have experienced sexualized and developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. She finds nourishment and pleasure from engaging in outdoor pursuits, her garden and yoga practice.

Gal SzekelyNicole Heinrich, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 35701). She began her love and long-term study of Hakomi in 1989 with Ron Kurtz and has extensive experience working with somatic approaches to trauma, somatic resourcing, psychodynamic, relational and attachment therapies. Nicole received a master's degree in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and has over 20 years of clinical experience. She has private practices in San Francisco and Santa Cruz working with individuals, couples and groups and supervises interns at the Marina Counseling Center and The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. She also has years of training and experience with different forms of bodywork, meditation and contemplative movement. With an open heart and a deep trust in the present moment, Nicole brings a depth of knowledge to her therapy practice and teaching.

DominiqueDominique Lando, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 44542) and an organizational coach. She works with individuals in California and British Columbia and coaches leaders and teams internationally. Dominique is a co-founder of Anam Cara in Berkeley, a community-based therapy center. She also serves as adjunct professor teaching somatic psychology in various graduate programs. She draws not only from her training in somatic psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, family systems and EMDR but also from her years of spiritual practice, and working in the field of community development as an activist, eco-psychologist and permaculture farmer. Originally from France, Dominique was raised in a diverse global family and she integrates her multicultural background into her approach. She places a strong emphasis on group synergy, which greatly informs her work as a teacher, coach and organizational consultant.

Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, LMFT, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer, a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40823). She trains health professionals in the Hakomi Method in California, Australia and Europe. She recently developed a Hakomi based trauma and attachment training for clinicians in Germany. Manuela specializes in integrating somatic psychotherapy with somatic trauma therapy, attachment psychotherapy, infant mental health and movement therapy. She serves as a faculty member at John F. Kennedy University and Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition, she has trained in various methods of working with trauma and counseled survivors of political oppression, torture and trauma. She is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a trauma resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a recent graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies, and is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has also been a student of Buddhist meditation practice for many years and has authored two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Toolbox: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress.

Ashley Ross MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#102641), a certified Hakomi teacher and a holistic reproductive health practitioner. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended The Wright Institute in Berkeley, where she earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Prior to attaining her MFT license, Ashley provided counseling to adults, couples and children and designed and facilitated support groups in a variety of settings. She has been a part of the Hakomi community since 2006. Ashley is currently in private practice in Los Angeles where she works with individuals, couples and groups. Ashley’s dual training in somatic psychotherapy and holistic health opened her to the benefits of using our bodies to achieve an integrated state of wellbeing. She brings this sense, along with a deep love of our messy humanness, to her work and teaching.

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)