Level One: Trauma Fundamentals (Online)


If you're a therapist or helping professional looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, From Trauma to Dharma will provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. You can take our Level 1 From Trauma to Dharma training as a standalone online course or as the first in a series of three comprehensive trainings offering a unique somatic approach to resolving trauma.

View a detailed description of our full three-module From Trauma to Dharma training 

In Level 1 of From Trauma to Dharma, you'll interact in a dynamic virtual community to build a solid theoretical foundation for working with trauma and gain a deeper understanding of what trauma in the body means. You'll also learn basic Buddhist principles and personal mindfulness and somatic practices for resourcing your work as a trauma therapist. This training provides a rich online learning environment that includes downloadable MP3 audio files, articles, contemplative exercises, and chat room conversations.

In each of the six online modules listed in the class schedule below, you'll begin to develop a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the worlds of trauma. In addition to exploring the theoretical foundations of trauma, you'll also gain an updated understanding of how trauma impacts people in our world today. We'll also begin a personal journey of somatic meditation in our own bodies. Gaining this theoretical and experiential understanding lays the foundation for the skill building that takes place in our Level 2 training.

For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and well-being when working with trauma.


There are no prerequisites for this training.

If you plan to attend our Level 2 From Trauma to Dharma training, you'll need to submit an application and take our two-day Hakomi Essential Skills workshop as a prerequisite. See our calendar to register for this workshop.

Class Schedule

From Trauma to Dharma Level 1 offers six modules of self-paced online learning with two optional Zoom video meetings. If you're busy during a given week, you can make up that week's course material at your own pace. (Course materials will remain available online through March 31, 2019.) Below are the start dates for each online module as well as the dates and times for two optional class phone calls.

January 21, 2019: The Inner Worlds of Trauma
January 22, 2019: Optional welcome Zoom call and Q&A from 3-4 p.m. PST
January 28, 2019: Global, Community and Intergenerational Trauma
February 11, 2019: Arousal and Self-Regulation Theory
February 18, 2019: Ground, Resource and Referencing the Sacred
February 25, 2019: The Importance of Soma and Nondual Awareness
March 4, 2019: Post-Traumatic Growth
March 5, 2019: Optional final Zoom call and Q&A from 3-4 p.m. PST
(Course materials will remain available online through March 31, 2019.)

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit (2 hours per learning module) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. You will need to complete a brief online post-test by April 1, 2019 and submit a signed class evaluation form to receive CE credit for this course.


Early Enrollment: $295 by December 7, 2018; $350 thereafter
If you register for all three modules of this training by December 7, 2018, you'll receive an additional discount. (See our Level 3 webpage for details.) 

Repeat Enrollment: If you've attended this course before, you can repeat for $175 (a 50% discount). If repeating, use discount code TL1RSE if registering by December 7, 2018 and discount code TL1RSR thereafter.

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted.  

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. Cancellations received by email or phone seven days in advance of the start date of this course will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for non-attendance or cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.


Registration deadline: January 16, 2019

For More Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or


ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, Dharma teacher and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside-out approach that utilizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic techniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Tool Box: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.


KB PhotoDr Karen Baikie (PhD, MClinPsych, MAPS, FCCLP, CHT) is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Certified Hakomi Therapist with over 18 years' experience working with individuals and couples, and providing supervision, in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Karen is the Director and Founder of Grow Mindfully: Centre for Psychology, Psychotherapy and Health, a group practice of therapists working with mindful, somatic, compassion-based and trauma-informed therapeutic approaches. Karen is a Certified Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute Pacifica Team, teaching on the Sydney and Perth Professional Trainings, is Organiser for Hakomi trainings in Sydney, and co-facilitator in the Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (H.E.A.R.T.). She runs workshops on aspects of Hakomi and H.E.A.R.T. throughout Australia. Karen holds a PhD in psychology on the use of expressive writing as a therapeutic tool for survivors of trauma. She has worked extensively with adult survivors of child abuse and is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 and Somatic Experiencing Level 2. Karen supports people with difficulties in the areas of attachment, trauma, childhood abuse, emotional health, relationships, parenting, fertility, eating, and gut health. She is passionate about assisting individuals, couples and other therapists in using mindfulness-based approaches to support healing as well as deepening awareness and connection with themselves and others.


ShaiShai Lavie, MA, MFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and 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 serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), and is on the faculty of John F. Kennedy University. He also teaches in the Mindfulness and Compassion Certificate Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Shai leads transformational groups that integrate Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, group process, ritual and dream work. Shai has led therapeutic groups in Marin County and San Francisco schools for over 10 years. He also has led over a dozen wilderness Rites of Passage programs for youth. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 25 years. Since 2001, Shai has taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Please look for Shai's articles in the September/October 2011 issue of Psychotherapy Networker (“In Search of a Lost Self”) and in the September/October 2011 issue of The Therapist (“Mindfulness-Based Family Therapy”.)