Risking Nourishment


General Information

Life inevitably includes suffering, but it also includes opportunities for contentment, pleasure, joy, support, and simple satisfaction.  

Being able to open, turn towards, and allow ourselves to fully experience this part of our lives is important, whether we’re dealing with relational difficulties, healing trauma, working with food issues or addictions, or just want to have a more fulfilling life. Yet as we do so we may find that it can sometimes also evoke anxiety.

How do we understand the ways our minds can be “Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for positive ones”, and how can we expand our capacities?  This workshop will use Hakomi principles to mindfully start to explore, experiment, and foster growth at the edge of what we call “the nourishment barrier”.

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

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.

click here for more detailed information about the Hakomi Method.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Berkeley, CA

Early Enrollment by April 26, 2014: $125
Regular: $160

Enrollment Deadline
Final deadline to Enroll: Thursday, June 5, 2014.  Please register before the workshop date as we can not accommodate walk-ins.   If the workshop is listed as full, you can still register and request to be put on a waiting list.

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   
MFT & LCSW: 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.
Nurses: Provider (Eva Geidt, RN, provider #14707) is a co-sponsor of this training which is approved 
by the California Board of Registered Nursing for 6 hours.

To Register
Click on the Register Button at the bottom of this page.

More Information   
Contact Hakomi Institute of California (415) 839-6788 or email contact@HakomiCA.org.


David Fish, M.A., M.F.T. has been a certified Hakomi Therapist for 18 years. He has private practices in Berkeley and Marin. As well as specializing in Hakomi, he leads groups and does individual therapy with people who struggle with intense emotions and impulsive actions, or Borderline Personality Disorder. Seeing life and the process of change as best served by multidimensional understanding, he brings a wide field of interest and expertise in other methods to his teaching. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment work, Schema therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Sensorimotor Trauma therapy, Focusing, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and relational psychodynamic approaches. A seasoned meditator, the use of mindfulness is a unifying theme that runs through all of his work. David has a warm, collaborative, down-to-earth teaching style that is lively, well-informed, and human.