An Introduction to Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology


About This Workshop

Hakomi orients around gently shifting clients into a deep state of mindfulness so we can surface limiting beliefs and emotions not typically accessible through conversation alone. The way to support this process is by cultivating loving presence

Ron Kurtz, founder of the Hakomi Method, named loving presence as a separate state from mindfulness and taught therapists specific practices to deepen their ability to access it. As you shift into loving presence, you experience a deep, openhearted, nourishing connection with yourself and others that sometimes expands into a transcendent sense of peace and unity with everyone and everything.

 At times we all get frustrated or stuck with clients who seem to be resistant to our support. As you learn to work from loving presence, frustration and stuckness disappear, and instead, you're able to see deeply into clients’ struggles as well as their unique gifts and potential. In this workshop, you'll learn how to intentionally shift into this compassionate and appreciative state and discover how it affects and transforms the client's process.


For Whom

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

About Hakomi

Hakomi Mindful Somatic 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.


Saturday, June 18, 2016; 9:30-5:00

830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94710

Early Enrollment: $160 by May 20, 2016; $195 thereafter

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by email 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.


Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline: June 15, 2016

For More Informatio

For further details please call 415-839-6788 or email


ShirleysmallShirley Bar-Dvir, MA, MFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 44258). She earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Shirley currently teaches at John F. Kennedy University and supervises trainees at the counseling center there. In addition, she teaches annual workshops at Shiluv Campus in Israel. Shirley has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997 in agencies and private practice, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. She has training in psychodynamic work, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma Therapy, the Enneagram, family therapy and CranioSacral Therapy. Her spiritual practice and meditation support how she holds her work and her teaching. She has a private practice at Anam Cara, a holistic healing center in Berkeley, CA.