Overview of Hakomi Workshops
Hakomi workshops are designed to give participants an experience of the Hakomi method, and and also to provide a brief experience of the Hakomi training for those interested in enrolling.
Introductory workshops introduce the principles and basic techniques of the Hakomi method, including the psychodynamic use of mindfulness and nonviolence in psychotherapy, the use of somatic (body-centered) techniques, and the foundation of loving presence.
Workshops are highly experiential, and skilled instructors teach, illustrate and demonstrate the concepts and methodology, including use of the Hakomi method to rapidly and safely access core, unconscious material.
Instructors guide participants through exercises designed to contact, experience, and study core aspects of themselves and others. Working singly, in pairs, or in small groups, members use Hakomi methodology to begin to explore how core formative experiences and beliefs influence and shape personal choices.
As introductory workshops are designed for both professionals as well as individuals interested in experiencing Hakomi, they provide the participant with tools which can be used both professionally in the therapeutic context, and personally to enhance understanding of self and others, deepen relationships and improve communication.
Participants report numerous positive results from attending Hakomi workshops, including:
- An understanding of the principles and applications of the Hakomi method.
- The introduction of a set of skills which can be immediately useful with clients.
- An increased sense of mindfulness and somatic awareness.
- A deeper awareness of self and greater capacity to relate with others .
- A deeply positive and satisfying experience.
If you are interested in training in Hakomi therapy, attending at least two or more workshop days serve a prerequisite for applying to the Hakomi training. This requirement provides you with enough experience of the Hakomi method to know if it is genuinely the right program for you. As you may note on the schedule of workshops, additional specialty workshops are listed and offered by members of the Teaching Staff.
Hakomi Comprehensive Professional Training
Hakomi Clinical Skills for Professionals
(see Hakomi Institute of California trainings)
This course is a training designed for practicing health care professionals and psychotherapists (license may be required) who would like to integrate useful Hakomi methods and techniques into their on-going practice. The skills seminars offer a study of many key elements of the method and the healing relationship, but spend a minimum of class time on personal processing and cover character theory only peripherally.
Examining the underlying syntheses of Eastern and Western paradigms that organize Hakomi’s unique psychological perspective is the basis of departure. By exploring the nature and origins of the five essential principles of Hakomi (mindfulness, non-violence, unity, organicity, and the mind-body interface), participants develop insight into the theoretical basis which structures and gives meaning to the methodology. The group then progresses to an expanded look at the primary body of technique and theory that the Hakomi therapist uses to facilitate awareness and change in the client. The emphasis is on learning by doing, with short demonstrations and hands-on practice exercises in some basic applications of the method.
Role playing, demonstrations, and specific exercises are all used to facilitate student-centered learning experiences.
Participants are introduced to the Hakomi Method within both experiential and didactic contexts. Using each individual’s experience as a working practitioner, the training imparts a solid understanding of the Hakomi principles applied in the very practical world of on-going therapeutic work. Just as in the Comprehensive trainings, we fully expect participants to make significant gains in both their therapeutic abilities and their understanding of themselves as therapists.