The San Francisco Hakomi Comprehensive Training offers the full Hakomi method curriculum. With in-depth coverage of theory and technique, as well as supervised practice, it is geared towards anyone who would benefit from adding a somatic-psychological component to their work.   



The Comprehensive Training is taught in two, 9-month modules. The first module offers a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. The second module presents an advanced level of the work, refines the techniques and provides maps for effective application of the material in various client situations. Graduates may participate in Application Trainings which integrate the Hakomi Method with various topics.

Training Style

Participants are taught through short-talks, skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations, movement and video review. To maximize supervision, support and feedback throughout the training, volunteer assistants join the Hakomi Institute faculty, creating a student to staff ratio of approximately 4:1.  


Trainings occur every year and begin in March and end in December (with August off).  We meet once a month from Friday through Sunday.


For Whom

This training is for professional therapists and allied health workers, civic leaders, and clergy, who want to learn the method in its entirety, as well as for students of counseling and psychotherapy, interns, educators, coaches, and people transitioning into the field.

Application Trainings

Upon completion of the Comprehensive Training, graduates are eligible to participate in a variety of Application Trainings which are designed to enhance each student’s expertise and areas of interest. These trainings include:

The Trauma Training teaches state of the art approaches to the treatment of trauma.

The Responding to Life Training addresses maps of the psyche including assessment and intervention strategies based on a non-pathologizing character theory.

Other trainings cover applications of the Hakomi Method to such topics as Couples Therapy , addictions, attachment issues, and the Recreation of the Self model of positive psychology.


MFT & LCSW: This training meets the qualifications for 171 hours of continuing education credit for MFT's and LCSW''s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Nurses: Eva Geidt, RN, (Provider # 14707) is a co-sponsor of this training, which is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, for 171 hours respectively.


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. Additional information about Meridian University’s programs can be found at www.meridianuniversity.edu/index.php/concentration-in-somatic-psychology


Training Tracks

There are two basic tracks in the Training: Personal Evolution (how the therapist is Being), and the Technical Material (what the therapist is Doing). In the first track, the student will delve into the core ways in which he or she relates to self, world and, finally, client. The more awareness and acceptance the student has of his or her own process, the more consciously and creatively the work will unfold.

The second teaching track, the theory and technique of Hakomi, provides the structure of the Training. This will be taught didactically through lecture, demonstration and readings, and experientially through unique hands-on exercises, supervised practice, and videotape review. Throughout the training, particular emphasis is placed on the principles and the spirit in which the work is done.

Integrating both tracks, special attention is paid to the personal character and style of each student, in order to fine-tune their individual approaches.

Because the Method is truly learned by working with it on regular basis, participants should expect to devote significant time outside of class for practice, discussion, reading, and personal exploration.

Main Topics

  • The Hakomi Principle
  • The Attitude of the Therapist
  • The Healing Relationship
  • The Organization of Experience
  • Contact and Tracking
  • The Body & Psychotherapy
  • The Use of Touch
  • Stages of the Hakomi Process
  • Mindfulness in Therapy
  • Specific Hakomi Techniques
  • The Experimental Attitude
  • Special States of Consciousness
  • Working with the Inner Child
  • Uncovering Belief Systems
  • Spiritual Contexts for Therapy
  • Emotional Release
  • Therapeutic Strategy
  • Working with "Resistance"
  • "Jumping Out Of The System"
  • Transformation
  • Integration
  • Character Theory
  • Ethics


2013 Schedule
subject to change   

March 8-10 
April 12-14 
May 10-12
June 14-16 
July 12-14
August - no training 

September 6-8 
October 11-13 
November 8-10 
December 13-15



Friday 9:30-5:30   
Saturday 9:00-5:00
Sunday 9:00-4:00


Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA   

Entrance Requirements  

The following is required for entrance into the 2011 San Francisco Comprehensive Hakomi Training:       

• 2-4 days of Hakomi workshops or classes, specifically including an Introductory workshop.           

• A completed application including recent photo and resume/vitae      

• A non-refundable application fee of $75.00       

• An individual or small group orientation meeting with one of our faculty  
• CIIS and JFK students who are applying to the second year and whose curriculum did not covered the entire method need to take 4 days of additional training. For more details, click here


Further details and all forms are found below    

In some situations, the Institute may require additional information from an applicant, an interview with the teaching staff or the completion of specific additional learning.


All applications must be received by February 22, 2013.   

Regular Tuition: $4450 (per year).  

Early Registration Discount: $3950 if application is received by January 18, 2013. This applies to both new and returning students.     

Group Discount: A discount of 20% is off the regular tuition of $4450 is available to groups of four or more individuals applying to a Hakomi Training for the first time; this discount is valid for only one year and won't automatically be extended to the second year.  All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelope by February 1, 2013. No group applications will be accepted past this date. A 25% discount 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 (electronic submission preferred), and makes sure application fees are paid. Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for early enrollment discount or financial assistant discounts; these require separate applications.  

Payment Plans are available. After the $400 non-refundable deposit, you can either  make 3 payments in March, June, and September or you can make 10 payments starting in March and ending in December. A $15 administrative fee is added to each transaction. Students must complete all payments by the end of 2013. 

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition and/or work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application.  

Second Year Students do not need to fill out an enrollment application or pay the $75 application fee. To hold your place in the training, please submit a $400 non-refundable deposit by clicking here. To qualify for the early enrollment discount, submit a $400 non-refundable deposit by January 18. Group discounts do not carry over to the second year; those in need of reduced tuition should fill out a   Financial Assistance Application and submit it by January 18. 

CIIS and JFK students who are applying to the second year and whose curriculum did not covered the entire method need to take 4 days of additional training. For more details, click here

Hakomi graduates may enroll for one half the cost of full tuition, space permitting.     

Within 7 days being notified of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is due in order to hold your space in the Training. You can pay this deposit by clicking here. The final balance is due by March 1 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon. Payment plans must be agreed upon by Institute and the student prior to the beginning of the Training.   

All students will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the financial conditions of the Training.   

VISA & MASTERCARD are accepted.

Refund Policy

Any student may withdraw from the Training within one week (7 days) after the end of the first training weekend and receive an eighty (80) percent refund of the tuition. After that, no refunds will be granted. Students will be held to this agreement, regardless of future attendance and/or completion of the training. In extraordinary circumstances, the Institute will consider requests for refunds or release from the payment contract. However, the final decision in such matters will rest with the Hakomi Institute of California.

To Apply

1. Download an Application Form

2. Email Application back to: contact@HakomiCA.org or send to Hakomi Institute of California, 343 Soquel Ave, Box 16,  Santa Cruz, CA 95062  

3. Click here to Register and pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

All applications are due by February 22, 2013.


Brochure Sample Curriculum

• Application Form

• Financial Assistance Application

2013 Comprehensive Brochure

For More Information

For registration questions or information, contact the Hakomi Institute of California at 415 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org

Future Dates

2014: March 7-9, April 11-13, May 9-11, June 13-15, July 11-13, Sept 5-7, Oct 10-12, Nov 7-9, Dec 12-14

2015: March 13-15, April 10-12, May 15-17, June 12-14, July 10-12, Sept. 11-13, Oct 16-18, Nov 13-15, Dec 11-13.