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Upcoming Workshops

Embracing Somatic Intelligence: Embodied Mindfulness for Growth and Healing – Tauranga

Fri 28 Jun—Sat 29 Jun 2019

Early in our developmental history we created strategies to meet overwhelm and dysregulation of experiences we were unable to tolerate and metabolise at the time. These strategies are wired into neural networks and largely beyond conscious awareness but none-the-less continue to shape our life. The plasticity of the human brain leaves these neural networks open, flexible and ripe for re-ordering into more integrated forms. There is profound wisdom in the musculature and cells of our body, the symptoms we experience and our somatic intelligence in the moment.

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Welcoming all our Parts – An Introduction to Hakomi

Sat 20 Jul—Sun 21 Jul 2019

We all have a kaleidoscope of parts created by our experiences that can help us to navigate the changing course of our life’s journey. These experiences have been encoded physically within our cellular memory which fortifies us with parts that carry implicit knowledge for future experiences, and can give us a sense of appropriate action beyond our normal cognitions.

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Embracing Somatic Intelligence: Embodied Mindfulness for Growth and Healing – Nelson

Fri 6 Sep—Sun 8 Sep 2019

When we combine the plasticity of the human brain with the courage of the human heart it is possible to create new neural networks that are expansive and life-giving. Early in our developmental history we created strategies to meet overwhelm and dysregulation of experiences we were unable to tolerate and metabolise at the time. These strategies are wired into neural networks and largely beyond conscious awareness but none-the-less continue to shape our life.

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Hakomi Professional Skills Training, Hawkes Bay: Commencing November 2019

As a systematic study of experience, Hakomi provides a detailed model of how to intervene on the physical, emotional and mental levels. The theoretical concepts as well as therapeutic Hakomi skills are taught, practiced and supervised. The curriculum includes: the … Continued

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1 Year Hakomi Advanced Supervision Training. New dates to be advised

This training places an emphasis on upskilling Hakomi method and techniques through the development of personhood and advanced ways to work with core material in the therapeutic process. Through the use of exercises, advanced teaching and supervision work we will … Continued

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The Hakomi Institute, New Zealand

We are part of the International Hakomi Institute based in the United States and have been offering practitioner training, workshops, and supporting the growth of Hakomi in New Zealand and Australia since 1989.

Hakomi Experiential Psychotherapy is a mindfulness-based approach to self-understanding. Mindfulness is not simply part of the ‘tool kit’ in Hakomi, it forms the very foundation of the therapeutic encounter. Much more than a method or set of techniques, Hakomi is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive, humorous and respectful.

A Professional Training Based on Living Principles

The Hakomi Method was created in the late 1970’s by the therapist and author Ron Kurtz and his colleagues. Hakomi is grounded in a set of living principles: Mindfulness, Non-violence, Unity, Organicity and Mind–Body Holism. A primary goal of the training is for students to embody these principles as a deep and consistent part of who they are and how they work.

Hakomi recognises people as self-organising systems that develop psychologically around core material. Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. This core material shapes the styles, habits, behaviours, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Some of this core material supports us, while some of it restricts us and Hakomi helps the client to recognize and change these self-limiting patterns.

Hakomi is a Body-Centred, Somatic Psychotherapy

Our body reflects many levels of our inner reality. Our posture and shape, our facial expressions and body nuances, our voice, our style of moving and being, the energetic field that we emanate is all a reflection of our emotions, beliefs and inner experience. Our patterns both physical and psychological have tremendous insight to offer.

Loving Presence and Mindfulness

The Hakomi Method follows a general outline. First, we establish an attitude of gentle acceptance and care known as loving presence. This maximises safety, respect and cooperation of the unconscious. With a good working relationship established, we then help the client focus on and learn how core material shapes his or her experience. To permit this study we establish and use a distinct state of consciousness called Mindfulness. Mindfulness is characterized by a gentle and sustained inward focus of attention, heightened sensitivity and the ability to notice and name the contents of consciousness.

Transformative Therapy

Core material once discovered in this experiential manner can be examined, processed and transformed. Transformation begins when awareness is turned mindfully toward felt, present experience; unconscious material unfolds into consciousness, barriers are attended to and new experiences are integrated that allow for the reorganization of core beliefs and neural patterns. These in turn allow for a greater range of mental, physical and emotional coherence in our response to life.
Finally, we help the client to integrate these new beliefs, possibilities and choices into everyday life. It is here, in the ability to transform these new possibilities into our way of being, that real change happens.

Who can benefit from training in the Hakomi Method?

Practicing therapists, social workers, addiction counsellors and other health care professionals find a new range of mindfulness-based somatic skills and strategies which can increase both effectiveness and depth in working with clients.

For physical therapists and bodywork practitioners, the Hakomi training provides the current neuroscience information and the psychotherapeutic skills to integrate a bodymind approach into their practice.