Trauma I


Level I: Trauma Fundamentals (Online)


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

In Dharma of Trauma Level 1, 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. You'll also begin a personal journey of somatic meditation in your own body. Gaining this theoretical and experiential understanding lays the foundation for the skill building that takes place in our Level 2 training.

View a description of our full four-module Dharma of Trauma 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 wellbeing when working with trauma.


There are no prerequisites for this training.

If you plan to attend Dharma of Trauma Level 2 and have not had prior Hakomi training, you'll need to submit an
application and take a Hakomi workshop as a prerequisite. See our calendar to register for a workshop.


Class Schedule

Dharma of Trauma Level 1 offers six weekly modules of self-paced online learning. Each module contains 2 hours of course materials for a total of 12 hours of instructional material for the entire course. If you're busy during a given week, you can make up that week's course material at your own pace. 

Course Material Access Dates
You'll receive access to our online training platform on November 29, 2021, and each Monday a new module will be published on the platform following the schedule below:

November 29: The Inner Worlds of Trauma
December 6: Arousal and Self-Regulation
December 13:
 Intergenerational, Transgenerational and Collective Trauma
December 20: Ground, Resource and Referencing the Sacred in Trauma Work
December 27: The Importance of Soma and Nondual Awarenesss
January 3, 2022: Frontiers of Trauma Work: Posttraumatic Growth and Psychedelic-Assisted Treatments for PTSD

Course material will remain online through June 30, 2022.

Continuing Education

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 (2 hours per learning module) for LMFTs, 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 sign our CE sign-in sheet and submit a signed class evaluation form to receive CE credit for this course. The course officially ends on February 28, 2022. We will email CE certificates by March 31, 2022.

If you live outside of California, please check with your local licensing board to ensure that they'll accept this course for CE credit. 



Regular tuition: $350

Early enroll tuition: $295 if enrolled by November 5, 2021

Repeat enrollment: If you've attended this course before, you can repeat for $175 (a 50% discount). If repeating and enrolling by 11/5/21, use discount TL1REB; after 11/5/21, use discount code TL1REG.

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. Cancellations received by email or phone 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: December 6, 2021

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, mindfulness teacher, somatic leadership coach 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.