Trusting What We Know To Be True
An Introduction to the Hakomi Method

Over several decades, the Hakomi Method has innovated ways of utilizing mindfulness to illuminate how we organize ourselves at the most fundamental levels. In this one-day workshop, we will explore an experience that lives in our body which tells us “this is the right thing.”  We will use mindfulness techniques from the Hakomi method to engage both the aspiration for this clarity and the blocks we encounter.   We will explore how the blocks we face, when worked with skillfully, can turn out to be doorways leading to even deeper places of knowing.

This workshop serves as an introduction to the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy. It will provide an experiential overview as well as include skills and theory that are unique to Hakomi. Clinicians will leave with immediately applicable tools. Hakomi Mindfulness-Based Experiential Psychotherapy has been taught in Northern California for over 20 years. Many graduates of the training have commented that Hakomi significantly refined and deepened skills they already possessed while at the same time, provided a powerful model to bring about deep transformation and healing.

About Hakomi
The Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, the body, and 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 psychodynamic process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Hakomi can be successfully applied throughout a wide range of therapeutic applications (such as individual, couples and family therapy, group work) as well as in educational settings to facilitate self-exploration and personal growth.

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


Dates & Times
May 17, 2014: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

San Rafael, CA

Early Enrollment: $125 by April 6, 2014
Standard Enrollment: $160

VISA & Mastercard accepted.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received by mail 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.

CEU’s Offered
This course meets the requirements for 6 hours of Continuing Education Units for MFTs and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # PCE 4355.

To Register
Click on the Register Now button at the bottom of this article.  Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline
May 15, 2014

More Information
Contact Hakomi Insitute of California at (415) 839-6788 or email


Shai Lavie, M.A., M.F.T, is 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 with adults which 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. For many years beginning in 2001, Shai taught meditation in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  Please look for articles from Shai Lavie 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”). Shai can be reached at 415-339-7847 | email