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Upcoming Workshops

Embracing Somatic Intelligence: Embodied Mindfulness for Growth and Healing

Fri 4 Dec—Sun 6 Dec 2020

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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The Joy of Re-Connection: Using the Organic Self as a Resource for Healing

Fri 30 Oct—Sun 1 Nov 2020

Our developmental experiences inevitably contain many cumulative incidents of wounding within which our needs are not met sufficiently. In order to protect one’s self from the pain of this the Self becomes fragmented into limiting parts that continue to unconsciously inform our sense of who we are and our expectations of life. While it is important to understand the source of fragmentation, in locating and re-embodying our Organic Self, a powerful source of wisdom, we free the Organic impulse to create the energy that may lead us towards our wholeness. The process of healing becomes effortless and joyful. 

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Mindful/Somatic Approaches to Trauma Therapy

Mon 21 Sep—Fri 27 Nov 2020

In this comprehensive training, you will learn and practice an integrative approach to mindful/somatic trauma therapy that draws from the collective wisdom and practice of a number of widely acclaimed methods, and taught by clinical psychologist and certified Hakomi teacher, Dr Paris Williams

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Hakomi Professional Skills Training, Hawkes Bay: Join new training in February 2020

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.