The Hakomi Institute of California offers workshops and professional trainings in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology.

Introductory Workshops

Introductory Workshops introduce the general public to the Hakomi Method and prepare interested participants for our longer trainings.

Application Workshops extend the Hakomi Method to important topics in psychotherapy today.

For more information, please see Weekend Workshops.



The Hakomi Comprehensive Training is taught in two modules, each for nine months, one weekend per month. It typically begins in March and ends in December of each year. It is designed to train non-clinical professionals who wish to incorporate various aspects of the Hakomi Method into their profession. It also provides a more in-depth training to clinicians. Please see Hakomi Comprehensive Training for more details.

The Hakomi Professional Training begins in the fall of each year. Participants meet one weekend per month (Friday-Sunday) for seven months. This training is designed for clinically trained professionals and advanced clinical interns. Please see Hakomi Professional Training for more details.


these trainings apply the principles and techniques of the Hakomi Method to various disciplines.

Hakomi Character Map

The Hakomi Character Map is 3 weekend training in Hakomi-based, non-pathologizing character theory and therapeutic strategies to intervene effectively with each type. Please see Hakomi Character Map for more details

Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS)

The Re-Creation of the Self [R-CS], developed by Senior Hakomi Trainer Jon Eisman, is both a comprehensive map of the Self and a radical, highly effective method of therapy. Viewing the Self as innately resourced, R-CS seeks to identify fragmented states of consciousness, held as neural patterns in the brain, that perpetuate both our illusory sense of wounding, and the limited behaviors that follow. This Training teaches both the nuances of the model, and specific skills for transforming consciousness. Because the techniques are drawn from Hakomi, basic training in Hakomi is a prerequisite. Please see Re-Creation of the Self for more details. 

Experiential Couples Training

The Experiential Couples Training combines state of the art theory and practice of couples work with a somatic, mindfulness-based approach to communication and systems theory. The Hakomi Method is particularly powerful in its work with couples, in its ability to slow habitual interactions down in order to invite non-defensive study; identify family of origin and ‘real-time’ issues; and help partners create healthier and more satisfying relational styles. This training is usually taught in a two- or three-weekend format. Please see Experiential Couples Training for more details. 

From Trauma to Dharma

This professional training offers the clinician practical tools for working somatically with trauma, PTSD, and early relational issues. Unique in offering multiple views and models for working with traumatized clients, the goal is for each clinician to develop an individual philosophy and approach to helping the clients that they know best. This is a training offering diverse somatic perspectives ranging from Rothschild's Somatic Trauma Therapy, Hakomi psychotherapy, Movement Therapy, attachment theory and infant mental health. Please see Trauma for more details.

Attending to Attachment

This training provides a comprehensive approach to adult attachment systems and promotes secure attachment as the cornerstone to well-being.  With a unique framework based in mindfulness and somatic awareness, clinicians will explore their own attachment systems, the attachment system dynamics in therapeutic relationships as well as specific interventions and skills for helping clients. The training draws from multiple theories of attachment, neuroscience, and affect regulation. One of the highlights of this training is a “client friendly” map that helps clinicians address the habits and limitations of secondary attachment systems from a strengths based perspective. Please see Attending to Attachment for more details.

Supervision & Consultation

The Trainers of the Hakomi Institute of California offer both individual and group supervision and consultation for therapists, interns and students of the method.

Please see Consultation Groups for more details.

  Hakomi Practice Groups

Our faculty offers a number of Hakomi practice groups to students and graduates of our trainings.  These small groups provide an opportunity to practice the Hakomi Method in a live setting and receive feedback from one of our experienced Certified Hakomi Trainers. The focus is on deepening the underlying skills involved in the practice of Hakomi, developing understanding of therapeutic strategy, and exploring the internal state of the therapist. These groups are offered in various formats throughout the Bay Area.

Please see Hakomi Practice Groups for more information.


In-Service Presentations

The faculty of the Hakomi Institute are available for presentations to conference and agencies as well as in-service trainings at mental health clinics, hospitals, universities and counseling centers.

Please see In-Service Presentations for more details


We offer 1-3 day workshops for both mental health clinicians and the general public. 

Introductory Workshops allow you to learn and practice some of the basic principles and techniques of Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology. Introductory workshops also serve as a prerequisite for some of our longer trainings (e.g., Hakomi Comprehensive Training, Experiential Couples Training).

Specialty Workshops apply the Hakomi Method to a specialty field in psychotherapy, for example ecotherapy, music therapy, trauma, couples work, attachment, etc. 

For a list of upcoming workshops, visit our calendar




One Day Workshops: early registration $160, regular $195

Two Day workshops: early registration $320, regular $390

Early registration is 6 weeks ahead of the event.

Cancellations received by mail or phone seven days in advance of a one day workshop or fourteen days in advance of a two or three day workshop 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.

Continuing Education
Our workshops typically offer 6 CEs per day for MFTs, LEPs, LPCCS and LCSWs (CAMFT Provider #82187). 

To Register and for More Information
To register, visit our calendar and click the workshop you'd like to attend. To ensure your space, please register at least one week before the workshop date.

For more information, call us at 415-839-6788 or send us an email.






The faculty of the Hakomi Institute are available for presentations to conference and agencies as well as in-service trainings at mental health clinics, hospitals, universities and counseling centers. Please contact us and we'll be happy to make arrangements to suit your needs. 


Presentations have included topics such as:

The Use of Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
Deepening Therapy
A Somatic and Experiential Approach to the Transference/Countertransference Relationship
Working Experientially in the Sandtray
The Family Trance
Experiential Couples Therapy
Inspired Teaching
Working with the Shadow
Advanced Supervision
Skills Development
The Internal Organization of the Therapist
And others


Past presentations by our faculty have included the following locations:

JFK University
California Institute of Integral Studies
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Community Institute for Psychotherapy
National Conference for Abuse and Neglect 2007 & 2008
Youth and Family Enrichment Services, San Mateo
Center for Somatic Psychotherapy
Holos Counseling Center
Pierce Street Counseling Center
Earth Circles Counseling Center
Blue Oak Counseling Center
The Marina Counseling Center
New Perspectives Counseling Center
Catholic Charities of San Francisco
Apple Family Center
Novato Center
CAMFT Master and Peer Presenter
USABP Annual Conference
The Psychotherapy Networker Conference




The Bay Area 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.   

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.

Training Style 

Participants are taught through short-talks, unique skill-based experiential exercises, supervised practice, demonstrations, and assigned readings. Students are regularly supervised as they practice in class by an auxiliary staff of dedicated and knowledgeable teaching assistants. Feedback provides opportunities to celebrate what is working, to refine what needs attention, and to evolve personal edges that may be limiting success. The learning environment is relaxed and participatory with numerous opportunities to practice new skills with other group members, both in and out of class. 


The Comprehensive Training is taught in two levels, each 9 months long. Level 1 offers a thorough grounding in the theories and techniques of Hakomi. Level 2  presents an advanced level of the work, refines the techniques and provides maps for effective application of the material in various client situations. Both levels occur simultaneously on the same weekend but in different classrooms. 

Level 1

Level 1 focuses primarily on learning the theory and techique of the basic Hakomi Method. Material is taught didactically through lecture, demonstration and readings, and experientially through unique hands-on exercises, supervised practice, and videotape review. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles and the spirit in which the work is done. 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.

Topics include

  • The Hakomi Principles
  • Application of  Mindfulness
  • Stages of the Hakomi Process
  • The Attitude of the Therapist
  • The Healing Relationship
  • The Organization of Experience
  • Contact and Tracking
  • The 4 Steps of Accessing
  • Devising Little Experiments
  • Probes, Taking Over
  • Non-violent ways to work with Resistance
  • Wisdom of the Body
  • Using Touch
  • Special States of Consciousness
  • Working with the Inner Child
  • Uncovering Belief Systems
  • Emotional Release
  • Beginning Therapeutic Strategy
  • Transformation
  • Integration
  • Ethic Concerns

Level 2

Level 2 is open to graduates of the Level 1 Comprehensive training, graduates of Hakomi Professional Skills Trainings, and attendees of various Level 1 Hakomi courses taught at local Universities [this last situation requires attendance at a special transitional workshop and approval by the instructors].

Level 2 continues, refines and extends the solid foundation in the Hakomi Method provided in Level 1. The core topics and skills of Hakomi Principles, therapeutic relationship, tracking and contacting, mindfulness in therapy, the somatic structure of the Self, and accessing, transforming and integrating core formative material are all reviewed and elaborated on at more sophisticated levels. In addition, several more advanced topics are introduced and woven in to support the practitioner’s ability to provide a profound level of client work.

Level 2 is framed around four general areas of study:

1. Enhanced Skills: The foundational Hakomi topics taught in Level 1 are revisited in greater depth. We refine existing skills, and offer more sophisticated new techniques. We look more carefully at the ways the Method allows clients to study present experience; we provide further, powerful somatic techniques for approaching the core of the Self; and we investigate in great detail how psychological change actually takes place.

2. Strategy and Maps: practitioners are shown specific and effective ways to understand and manage the overall flow of client processes. Emphasis is on moving from reflexive, tactical skill to deliberate strategic choices in supporting client evolution. In support of this, time-tested frameworks for how clients arrive at their core awareness are demonstrated, and the clinical maps of Character Theory, Sensitivity Cycle, and Interactive Systems are introduced.

3. The Being of the Therapist: perhaps most importantly, Level 2 focuses lovingly on both the individual resources and personal obstacles each student brings to their practice. In a spirit of support and caring, we work to recognize and resolve the specific inner personal issues and structures that may be limiting effectiveness. We then support the unique vision and talents of each student in developing a distinct style and orientation to working. 

4. Integration in the field beyond Hakomi: we gladly recognize that the power of the Method needs to be integrated with other arenas of psychological need and skill beyond what we explicitly offer. By engaging and adapting other theories and techniques, we can synergize the effectiveness of Hakomi. In service to this, Level 2 introduces and connects Hakomi to other paths of work, such as attachment, trauma, and Re-Creation of the Self.
Training weekends are guided by members of our highly experienced Hakomi Training Staff, with the 2017 Level 2 Training anchored by Senior hakomi trainer and Institute Co-founder, Jon Eisman.

For those who want to take their Hakomi work to both the greatest heights and depths, Level 2 of the Hakomi Comprehensive Training provides the most complete path.


The Comprehensive Training takes place every year, beginning in March and ending in December (no meeing in August).  We meet once a month from Friday to Sunday. Dates and times can be found below. 

2017 Dates
subject to change   

March 10-12
April 14-16
May 5-7
June 9-11
July 14-17
Sept 8-10
Oct 20-22
Nov 10-12
Dec 8-10


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


Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA   


The following is required for entrance into the 2017 Hakomi Comprehensive Training:       

• 1 full day of a Hakomi workshop or class with Hakomi Institute of California faculty   

• A completed application including recent photo and resume/vitae

• A non-refundable application fee of $75.00

CIIS and JFK students who are applying to the second year and whose curriculum did not cover the entire method need to take additional training.  Scoll down to "downloads" and click on Information for CIIS students.

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 24, 2017

Regular Tuition: $4995 (per year).  

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

Early Registration Discount: $4495 if application is received by January 27, 2017. This applies to both new and returning students.     

Group Discount:
A 15% discount off the full tuition of $4995 resulting in a tuition of $4245 (a savings of $750) is available to groups of four or more individuals applying to the training for the first time; this discount is valid for only one year and won't automatically be extended to students continuing on to the second year.  All application fees must be paid and all completed applications must be submitted together in one email or envelop by January 13, 2017.

A 20% discount off the full tuition of $4995 resutling in a tuition of $3995 (a savings of $1000) 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 by January 13, 2017 (electronic submission preferred), and makes sure application fees are paid. No group applications will be accepted past this date. 

Those applying for group discounts are not eligible for further discounts such as early enrollment discount or financial assitance discounts.

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. 

Tuition balance is due by February 27 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.

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. If you wish to qualify for the early enrollment discount, submit this deposit by January 27, 2017. You can pay this deposit by clicking here.  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 27, 2017.

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 2017. 

Financial Assistance in the form of reduced tuition in combination with work study is available on a limited basis. Candidates will be required to submit a Financial Assistance Application. All applications for financial assistance must be received by January 27. 

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

VISA & MASTERCARD are accepted. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations accepted via email or phone. Students who withdraw before the first day of training will receive a full tuition refund less the $400 non-refundable deposit. Students may withdraw up to 9 days after the first day of the training and receive a 80% tuition refund. No refunds will be granted after that date or for any future non-attendance.  

To Apply

1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  and pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

2. Download an Application Form

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

All applications are due by February 24,  2017. 

Upon acceptance, further information will be sent along with a number of forms to sign. Within one week of receipt, please return these forms and pay a $400 deposit.


Application Information

Comp 2017 Application Form  

Work-Study Application

Brochure (available soon)

Information for CIIS Students

Continuing Education

MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs:  Each weekend of this  course meets the qualifications for 17 hours of continuing education credit (153 hours total) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: pending.

Nurses: This course meets the qualifications for 155 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.

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 athttp://www.meridianuniversity.edu/academics/concentrations2/somatic-psychology.

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
subject to change

2018: March 16-18,  April 13-15, May 18-20, June 15-17, July 20-22, Sept 14-16, Oct 12-14, Nov 9-11, Dec 7-9

2019: March 15-17,  April 12-14, May 17-19, June 14-16, July 19-21, Sept 13-15, Oct 11-13, Nov 8-10, Dec 13-15

2020: March 13-15, April 17-19, May 15-17, June 19-21, July 17-19, Sept 11-13, Oct 9-11, Nov 13-15, Dec 11-13