·The Hakomi Method – Body-Centered Psychotherapy by Ron Kurtz ISBN 0-940795-03-5, - Life Rhythm
·Grace Unfolding byGreg Johanson et Ron Kurtz, ISBN 0-517-88130-6, - Bell Tower
·"Experiential Psychotherapy with Couples" A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist" by Rob Fisher, ISBN 1-891944-97-5, - Zeig, Tucker & Theison
THE HAKOMI EXPERIENTIAL METHOD
is an experiential method of assisted self-discovery which uses “little experiments in mindfulness” to discover
how one’s experience is organized by habits and unconscious
attitudes and beliefs. As such, Hakomi is a true InSight method,
one which is “therapeutic” when used to support
one’s own or another’s healing of emotional and
psychological issues. Hakomi is also effective in many non-therapy
situations involving human relations, from teaching to parenting,
from customer service to hospice work.
method supports resistance and is incredibly gentle and fast
in accessing and dealing with core material. It is a therapeutic
method on its own and is a superb addition to any therapy
you might be presently using. Loving presence is a key skill
learned in the method.
Experimental Method invites participants into an exploration
of growth and healing using experiential methods, including
Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy. Self-study, the practice
of loving presence, group process and skill development are
all integral parts of the experience. The whole training usually
runs for about 18-20 days a year, for one to three years.
In the first phase, we focus on personhood and the practice
of loving presence. To do this, we use Hakomi-style experiments
to become more aware of ourselves and of others, as well as
of our habits of relating.
move from self-study to developing a sense of spaciousness -
relaxing habitual reactions in order to open to new possibilities.
We learn mindfulness and interact with each other in ways
that cultivate trust, appreciation and rapport. We practice
relating in ways that are nourishing. We discover how to create
a context in which healing begins to unfold spontaneously.
All this is done using the principles and techniques of the
Hakomi Method as well as the exercises of the Practice of
we progress, we begin to slowly shift our emphasis from
self-study to experiential method. We continue the personal
work begun in the first phase and we add a new focus on
therapeutic skills. These skills are natural extensions
of the personal work, with the ability to create loving
and healing relationships. They are also specific, well-described
and teachable. Personal healing processes continue to happen
tin the large and small groups, as the participants practice
the method through observing, using it with each other,
and integrating it into their professional work. The group
bonding and trust levels deepen as the participants continue
to use the method to explore their personal issues and
to support each others’ healing and spiritual growth.
The learning is experiential, organic, creative, non-linear,
personal, transformative, and spiritual. The group becomes
a source of nourishment and healing for all.
the third phase which is an advanced practice phase, the participants
have begun to see clearly how their lives and relationships -
both personal and professional- are influenced by the experience
of this training. Supervised practice in the sessions is a
large part of this phase, along with group process, demonstration,
and discussion. As in phase one and two, participants are
encouraged to meet regularly in small study groups between
sessions to practice.
application of the method could be in one-to-one sessions,
community groups, workshops, or in some other way more suited
to the particular skills and interests of the trainee. There
is encouragement and support for trainees to integrate Hakomi
of the trainee. There is encouragement and support for trainees
to integrate Hakomi Experiential Method (and /or the Practice
of Loving Presence) creatively into the work they already
do (psychotherapy, bodywork, family counseling, conflict resolution,
mediation, law, teaching, business, art therapy, parenting
etc.). This takes the work into a much wider context and offers
the healing intelligence and love (wisdom and compassion)
cultivated in the training back to the community and to the
Hakomi Experiential Method:
Hakomi Experiential Method is an approach both to learning
about yourself and helping others to discover how they are
organizing their experiences: their thoughts and beliefs,
their self-image and world view. The Hakomi Method is based
on these principles:
everything is interconnected;
healing happens from the inside out;
a focus on paying attention to present experience;
working with what wants to happen and staying in a state
of loving presence;
holism, or working at the interface of body and mind.
Hakomi Experiential Method is based on the work of Ron Kurtz,
who created the Hakomi Method,
and who continues to develop the work.
Martin works closely with Ron Kurtz and leads or co-leads
trainings and workshops throughout North and South America,
Mexico, Europe, and Japan. She has many years of experience
as a mind/body therapist, addictions counselor, yoga teacher
and stress management consultant.
has evolved into an approach to personal development and human
relations which expands the focus and application of th4 original
Hakomi Method into a wide variety of settings for individuals,
couples, families, communities, organizations agencies, and
other health and wellness -focused groups.
begin with a focus on self-study and move on to developing
effective communication and relational skills based on compassion
and perceptual wisdom. Students are introduced to the Hakomi
Method through a variety of experiential practices to cultivate
self-awareness and understanding, personal freedom and creativity,
and a genuine appreciation of self and others. : You begin
to learn and practice some simple yet powerful ways to respond
more effectively to suffering.
the Practice Level, participants learn more about the techniques
and skills of Hakomi Method. You will learn to use the method
to discover how experience is organized and limited based
on these core patterns, and to effectively; help others find
ways to be more creative and fulfilled, to express themselves
with authenticity and compassion to be nourished by Life.
Applied Level is for those participants who, having completed
the Practice level, wish to deepen their understanding and
application of the Hakomi method for personal and /or professional
use, whether one-on-one or in groups.
all levels of the Hakomi Experiential Method, there is a primary
focus on personhood, on the practice of loving presence, and
on community development from a mind-body-spirit perspective,
all of which provides the basis and fundamental motivation
for the learning.
what you are: intelligence and love in action. (Nisargadatta
do give anyone who participates in a Hakomi training a certificate
of attendance at each level. We also offer a process whereby
people trained in the Hakomi Method can apply for certification
as Hakomi therapists.
is a huge emphasis placed on the personhood, presence,
and self awareness of the therapist, and on the subtle
aspects of intelligent compassion and an experimental attitude.
We encourage the creative use of your personal style within
the principles of the Hakomi Method and the practice of
Loving Presence. The ability to provide a nourishing and
transformational experience in a quietly simple manner
and to respond appropriately to the nonverbal signals about
what’s needed is the
foundation of good Hakomi therapy.
in the Hakomi Experiential Method
Hakomi Experiential Method is based on the work and creative
genius of Ron Kurtz, who wrote Body-Centered Psychotherapy:
the Hakomi Method, and who continues to develop and write
about the work.
Experiential Method (HEM) has now evolved into a whole approach
to personal development and human relations which expands
the focus and application of the original Hakomi Method into
a wide variety of other settings for individuals, couples,
families, communities, organizations, agencies, and other
health and wellness-focused lay and professional groups.
Experiential Method training begins by establishing a focus
on self-study and moves on to developing effective communication
and relational skills based on mindfulness, compassion, and
perceptual wisdom including good listening skills.
the Personhood Series participants are introduced to Hakomi
through a variety of experiential practices to cultivate
more gentle self-awareness and understanding, qualities
of personal freedom and creativity, and a genuine appreciation
for oneself and others. You’ll begin to learn and
practice some simple yet powerful ways to respond more
effectively to suffering.
the Practice (Skills) Level, participants, having completed
the Personhood Series, learn more about the techniques and
skills of the Hakomi Method. Here you will explore many ways
people express themselves verbally and nonverbally. You begin
to help each other understand and transcend limiting beliefs
and habitual behavior.
the Practice Level you’ll learn to use the method
to discover how you organize your experience based on these
core patterns, and to help each other find ways to be more
authentic and compassionate, more connected with each other
and with life.
Applied Level is for those participants who have completed
the Practice Level or equivalent Hakomi training and who wish
to deepen their understanding and application of Hakomi for
personal and/ or professional use. You will have many opportunities
to practice using the method with supervision and to focus
either on one-to-one or group applications of the Hakomi Experiential
all levels of the Hakomi Experiential Method, the work we
do is informed by a mind-body-spirit perspective toward personhood
and community development. This focus provides both a strong
foundation and the primary motivation for the learning.
what you are: intelligence and love in action." (Nisargadatta
Practice of Loving Presence
are usually each three-day workshops. They can be open to
the public and taken in any sequence. The whole series must
be completed (minimum 12 days) at least once in order to move
on to the two skills levels of the Hakomi training as developed
by Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin. These are appropriate both
for lay people and for professionally trained therapists,
as well as anyone in a helping role.
EXPERIENTIAL METHOD PRACTICE LEVEL
(18 days minimum over 1-2 years)
EXPERIENTIAL METHOD APPLIED LEVEL
(18 days minimum over 2-3 years)
led by Donna Martin (and assistant trainers)
Practice Level or equivalent Hakomi training must be completed
for someone to continue with the Applied Level. These sessions,
depending on the background and experience of the participants,
may be taken in any order if the trainer agrees. AND…
An optional program will be offered for certain qualified
people from the two HEM levels. This is the LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
(minimum 6-12 days). Here we’ll cover workshop design
and group development strategies, as well as some group skills,
including presentation, debriefing, and individual and group
About the Personhood Series
The Practice of Loving Presence
In this workshop, participants learn how to create and sustain
a compassionate state of mind, and to provide a space for
someone to have an experience of being witnessed this way.
We do this through a progression through several specific
stages based on a series of experiential practices from the
Hakomi Method. Once the experience of compassion is stabilized,
we practice interacting as compassionate givers and receivers,
in pairs and small groups. Through this process, participants
develop more self-awareness, understanding and the capacity
for deep listening. For therapists, this practice is a healthy
alternative to stress and burnout, creating a context for
gentle but powerful healing to happen.
In this workshop, participants learn how to create and sustain
a calm, sensitive, present-centered state of mind. Mindfulness
is learned and practiced. The basic idea is to become calm
and to stay calm, while being present for others as well as
for oneself. We’ll explore habitual tendencies and unconscious
ideas that can (and usually do) disrupt such a state. And
we’ll use the Hakomi Method to experience some alternatives
to these old patterns. This kind of calm sensitivity is the
necessary state of mind for loving presence and for using
the Hakomi Method effectively in your personal life or in
your professional work with clients.
Nonverbal communication expresses who we are, the present
experience we’re having, our personal story, and history,
as well as what we expect and what we really need from each
other. In his bestseller, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
reports that 90% of our emotional experience is communicated
nonverbally. The learning here is experiential, using a quiet,
calm state of mind, and doing little Hakomi experiments to
bring to consciousness the underlying meanings hidden in nonverbal
expression (our own and others): facial expressions, bodily
gestures, posture, tone of voice, energy, pacing, and other
signals. This workshop is for people in helping professions
or service work, especially teachers, doctors, nurses, and
social workers. It is also excellent for parents, and for
anyone in a significant relationship.
Even having good intentions to witness each other compassionately
and to be truly present and helpful to someone in distress,
we may still experience feelings of helplessness in the face
of suffering. There are effective ways to respond to others
who need comfort or reassurance, and to help them realize
that some kind of nourishing experience is available. In this
workshop, we explore the ways we ourselves may be unable to
take in the emotional nourishment that is being offered. And
we use skills from the Hakomi Experiential Method to learn
how to recognize and communicate clearly and simply what it
is that someone needs to hear and feel, and do this in ways
that are appropriate and are received as nourishment.