That approach is called Hakomi, a powerful discipline at the forefront of psychotherapy, spiritual practice and neuroscience.
Hakomi begins with the recognition that we are multidimensional beings with complex biological, psychological and spiritual needs, yearning to experience balance and wholeness. As such, we need to be treated holistically, in a way that acknowledges, nurtures and integrates every aspect of our being.
The beauty of this healing modality is that it’s infused with principles of gentleness, non-violence, compassion and mindfulness — bringing together the best of East and West in an integrative and holistic framework.
If you’re unfamiliar with Hakomi’s background, it draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and others.
While many modalities focus primarily on the mind or spirit, Hakomi elegantly blends together the most effective practices in these realms while also calling upon our body’s expansive wisdom to create an integrative, holistic system for true healing.
If you’re like many healing professionals, you may be discouraged by not having the kind of direct and intimate relationships with your clients that produce positive results and foster more meaningful therapeutic dynamics.
You might also recognize patterns, habits and blocks conceptually, but may struggle to actually help shift them.
Or you may have personally experienced the transformative power of mindfulness, meditation, yoga or other mind-body-spirit awareness practices, yet remain unclear about how they can best be integrated into a therapeutic relationship.
Hakomi is one of the fastest growing integrated healing modalities because it addresses these challenges and others. It blends mindfulness practices with an experience-based somatic approach that holistically meets each client where they are — and enhances your ability to work with them in a relational way.
There’s a good reason so many healing practitioners are excited about Hakomi. It works!
Until now, learning the essentials of Hakomi has required face-to-face workshops. Now, for the first time, The H akomi Method Essentials Program give you the opportunity to learn Hakomi principles remotely — without the expense and hassle of travel.
This course offers you a live, 10-week audio program that will teach you invaluable insights and cutting-edge practices from the world’s leading Hakomi experts.
You’ll learn principles you can begin to integrate in your practice to bring a deeper level of integration, connectedness and healing to your clients.
For instance, you’ll learn to use “micro-tracking” to gain more information from the body and catch many subtle signals. Each movement of a hand, each turn of the head, and each restless shuffle of the body can be a clue to what’s happening beneath the surface of the conscious mind. By exploring these smaller movements, you can open new portals into the deeper holding patterns in a client’s body and unconscious.
Hakomi also gives you a powerful tool for uncovering the core beliefs that govern your client’s life. By incorporating embodiment practices that illuminate habitual patterns of the body and mind, you gain access to the underlying beliefs that structure your client’s experience.
In addition, you’ll expand your toolkit for shifting the emotional state of your clients. Hakomi is very useful for taking a client up to the edge of a challenging emotion and inviting them to open, soften and breathe into it without becoming overwhelmed. Doing so fosters a kind of modulation in which the client can build upon their existing resources to more easily face and metabolize charged, and even traumatic, memories and emotions.
Studying Hakomi gives you access to a real paradigm shift in how to work with clients. With its origins in mindfulness and depth psychology, Hakomi offers a deeply holistic, compassionate and embodied approach to the inner terrain of your clients. Thus, it creates a greater degree of alignment and rapport than more traditional, insight-based methods alone.
Best of all, it’s an inclusive methodology. You can use elements from the Hakomi Method to complement whatever modalities you’ve built your practice upon.
With The Hakomi Method Essentials Program, you’ll learn how Hakomi can be utilized effectively by practitioners working with individuals, couples, families and groups. It’s especially helpful with:
The principles and techniques highlighted in this program can be very beneficial in the fields of counseling, bodywork, coaching, employer/employee relations, mediation, creativity issues, theater arts, dance, poetry, naturopathy, acupuncture, parenting, gender issues, politics, hospice, spiritual practices and more.
The Hakomi Method Essentials Program can give you the foundations for effectively integrating Hakomi into your practice to elicit more aliveness and a deeper level of integration and healing for your clients. You’ll also undoubtedly have many “a-ha!” moments about WHY you’ve experienced challenges in the ways you work with clients — and how this gentle, integrated approach to healing can help you transcend them.
And even if you’re not a healing practitioner, you’re welcome to participate and discover an effective, compassionate and holistic way of working with your own challenges.
As with any methodology, it’s ideal to learn from the most experienced teachers. In The Hakomi Method Essentials Program, you’ll have access to two of today’s leading practitioners, Manuela Mischke-Reeds and Rob Fisher. They not only run many of the international Hakomi training programs, they also co-hosted the popular Hakomi Global Summit.
Over the 10 weeks of the program, they’ll share with you Hakomi’s fundamentally holistic, dynamic and versatile approach for working through any self-defeating patterns that cause suffering — and creating a more grounded foundation for living.
If you join this groundbreaking virtual training, you’ll discover:
Course sessions are on Thursdays at 1:00pm Pacific.
In this 10-week transformational intensive, Manuela and Rob will guide you through fundamental tools and competencies for using the Hakomi Method in a professional setting.
Each weekly LIVE contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices and principles you’ll need to develop skills that can deepen your relationship with yourself and with your clients.
In this first live session, Manuela will give you a general overview of the Hakomi Method. You’ll receive insights on techniques for developing a healing relationship with your clients, with a special focus on the importance of the attachment relationship and “somatic resourcing.”
In this session, you’ll:
The languages of the unconscious are deeper than words. One of the most important principles of Hakomi is understanding how to listen to what your client’s unconscious is communicating. Rob will share with you the many ways that the gentle yet powerful practice of mindfulness is a key ingredient of true healing and how a typical Hakomi session unfolds.
In this session, you’ll:
One of the essential principles of Hakomi is Applied Mindfulness — focusing on how to bring mindfulness into a relational context. In this module, Manuela will show you how to apply mindfulness techniques to deepen the connection between you and your clients and create a sense of emotional safety.
In this session, you’ll:
The process of internal exploration is ever-unfolding, and Hakomi offers four essential steps for helping you and your clients deepen into the present moment experience, which is so key to continued exploration and psycho-spiritual healing. All the techniques in this method are based on five essential principles which will guide the interventions as well as define the internal state of the practitioner.
In this session, you’ll:
Our lives are largely influenced by core models of the world, the self and others that define how we perceive, feel and act. Often they become limiting, and we find ourselves repeating the same unsatisfying patterns over and over again.
In this session, you’ll:
Mindfulness has the power to remove blocks to nourishing experiences; in Hakomi, verbal experiments help facilitate this process. Rob will teach you the technique of “Words of Grace” — unique words and phrases that reveal the structure of the psyche and help the practitioner facilitate healing.
In this session, you’ll:
Resistance and other psychological defenses serve a purpose in the healing process. Paradoxically, supporting clients in their resistance can help them let go so that they can have a shift in perception and experience. Manuela will guide you in appreciating and harnessing the wisdom of defenses in yourself and your clients.
In this session, you’ll:
The Hakomi Method is a powerful way to recognize different states of experiences — regressed child states and other strong emotional states embedded in the internal landscape, often early in life. These states embody core beliefs about ourselves and the world.
In this session, you’ll:
This session will help you develop your micro-tracking abilities and better understand psycho-biological triggers and traumatic activations in your clients. You’ll discover how to differentiate what it takes to facilitate strong emotional states.
In this session, you’ll:
Deep transformation in your clients hinges on their capacity to shift internal belief systems so they can make new and better choices. In this final class, you’ll discover how to supply “missing corrections” that enable healing.
In this session, you’ll:
In addition to Manuela and Rob’s transformative, 10-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions. These bonus materials are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course — and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
The Hakomi Wisdom Collection gives you lifetime access to every one of the illuminating and informative mentoring sessions of the 2015 Hakomi Global Summit. You’ll learn how Hakomi can be applied easily for your own personal growth and utilized effectively by practitioners working with individuals, couples, families and groups.
Learn more about how you approach the world using particular character strategies. A self test reveals your basic predispositions, attitudes, beliefs and injuries that underlie basic strategic — and self-reinforcing ways you create large portions of your life.
Greg Johanson, MDiv, PhD, LPC, NCC, a founding trainer of the Hakomi Institute, has a background in therapy as well as theology. He’s a member of the American Psychological Association as well as the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He’s published over 175 items in the fields of psychotherapy and pastoral theology, including (with Ron Kurtz) Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te Ching.
Greg has served on the editorial board of six professional journals and as editor of Hakomi Forum, and has taught as an adjunct in a number of graduate schools. He has a special interest in integral psychology, which relates spirituality to individual consciousness and behavior in the context of social and cultural issues.
Body Scan Meditation
In this 17-minute meditation designed to enhance your relationship with your body, Manuela guides you to notice your body and slow down. This practice is an excerpt from Manuela’s book, 8 keys to Practicing Mindfulness.
How to Meditate Lying Down
This 7-minute instructional audio offers a new possibility for meditators who can’t or don’t want to follow the traditional sitting-up posture. It offers precise pointers for what to focus on while lying down.
Threefold Breathing Meditation
This powerful embodied meditation, an excerpt from Manuela’s book, 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness, can be done sitting or lying down. It follows three main areas of breath focus and allows the meditator to slow down and gently follow the rhythm of the body. This is an excellent practice if you need grounding and calming.
This was a beautifully designed and richly comprehensive course. Rob and Manuela are gifted teachers who are clearly experts in their fields. I have taken with me many nuggets of surprise, nourishment and invaluable tools that have already deepened my practice as an Expressive Arts Therapist.
— Michelle Denis MacDougall , Ontario, Canada
What I learned in this course is an affirmation and, at the time, an expansion of my way of listening and being with others in my ministry of spiritual direction. Mindfulness or awareness is our soul’s quality of loving kindness that we can always offer to others, and at the same time it allows us to manifest our God-likeness.
— Eulalia Banawis , Quezon City, Philippines
Hakomi is a beautiful, less invasive method for accessing challenging material, and both instructors did an excellent job guiding us through the subtleties and experiences through easy exercises and understandings. Their experience, compassionate manner and expertise in the field really made a big difference to my learning process. I recommend this course!
— Nigel Benjamin, Jamaica and California
More awareness of body/mind/spirit connections in work with patients. Was able to better track, reflect back, explore, increase awareness and possibility of choice for a different pattern.
As a starting massage and energy therapist I was insecure on the do’s and don’ts of client interactions, especially when they open up or become very emotional... The course has helped me to understand what I can do and what I should not do. I also apply this at home with the children.
— Esther Lubenau, Costa Rica
The Shift Network Hakomi course was a rich exploration of the Hakomi method. The online accessibility made it possible for me to participate in a way that my work and study schedule would not have allowed in a face-to-face course. I am delighted by this experience.
— Sue Reynolds, Port Perry, Canada
Hakomi is such a wonderfully profound and simple method. Rob and Manuela with their years of Hakomi experience are perfect guides in this online course. They are sensitive, receptive, very experienced and passionate, and this is clearly transmitted throughout the curriculum. I feel blessed to have been able to be a participant and to connect with the other people in the course from all over the world. Highly recommended!
— Anna, England
Manuela and Rob provided an incredibly safe and stimulating environment where I experienced a deepening of my clinical practice skills as well as a deepening within my own internal emotional world.
— Theresa Thornton
I am touched by the wise trainers, as Manuela and Rob are. I learned deeply and will listen to classes in future whenever needed. Thank you!
— Sinikka Isokääntä, Rukatunturi, Finland
The Hakomi online course was very detailed and presented with great presence. The method is easy to understand and follow and can be used to more effectively access deep states in our clients and ourselves.
The Hakomi Method Essentials Program not only offers some of the most advanced online teachings currently available, it also offers a thriving global community of support.
Join your fellow students and practitioners from across the world in our online community to support and learn from each other while you help clients develop a connection within themselves while you cultivate new neural patterns that help you express your essential self.
This international community is also at the leading edge of a global movement of people who are committed to manifesting a better world for all beings. This emerging planetary movement is rooted in an open heart and stands for the principles of mutual support, cooperation, harmony and reverence for all of life.
Ten 90-Minute Class Sessions With Manuela Mischke-Reeds & Rob Fisher
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with pioneering Hakomi professionals Manuela Mischke-Reeds and Rob Fisher — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session guides you to learn the specific skills and abilities that enable you to surface psychological material not accessible by conversation alone. Course sessions are on Thursdays at 1:00pm Pacific.
Ten Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Ten PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your learning after each class. Here, you can ask additional questions, interact with your fellow students and get access to additional resources to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Energy Codes Bonus Collection
We feel honored that Manuela Mischke-Reeds and Rob Fisher have chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with two Hakomi experts whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal our world through awakening ourselves and our clients.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll be able to benefit from Manuela and Rob’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home — at your own pace!
If you’re serious about transforming therapy into a more exciting and deep experience that comes alive and goes beyond the surface level, then you owe it to yourself, your clients and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
A visionary contribution in bringing mindfulness to our therapeutic community.
— Daniel Siegel, MD, Author of The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain
Hakomi presents some astounding methods for getting to core material. It is well grounded in theory and revolutionary in its results.
— Association of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter
Hakomi is an excellent system for learning key emotional intelligence skills.
— Daniel Goleman, Author of the bestseller, Emotional Intelligence
Hakomi practically invented mindfulness in psychotherapy.
— Babette Rothschild, LCSW, Author of The Body Remembers
Hakomi is the absolute cutting edge of modern therapeutic technique.
— John Bradshaw, Author of Bradshaw On: The Family
Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, Dharma Ocean teacher, International teacher of Somatic Psychology and writer. She’s taught health professionals for the past 25 years in California, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and China. She teaches the Meditating with the Body retreat at Dharma Ocean, Colorado and Brisbane, Australia. She co-directs and teaches at the Hakomi Institute of California that hosts her trauma training, “From Trauma to Dharma.” This training integrates current neuroscience of trauma rheory, somatic and mindfulness-based interventions with dharmic teachings, and embodied meditation practices. Her recent book, 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Wellbeing, will help you cultivate awareness that will make a difference in how you engage with the world on a daily basis
Rob Fisher, MFT is the author of Experiential Psychotherapy With Couples: A Guide for the Creative Pragmatist. He has also authored numerous chapters and articles published internationally on couples therapy and the psychodynamic use of mindfulness for publications including Psychotherapy Networker, The Therapist, The Journal Of Couples Therapy, The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, Psychotherapy in Australia and others.
An advocate of the use of mindfulness and present experience in psychotherapy, he is an adjunct professor at JFK University. As the co-developer of the Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy certificate program at The California Institute of Integral Studies, he has brought together many leaders in the realms of mindfulness and psychotherapy in one of the only programs in the U.S. that teaches not just the skills of psychotherapy, but helps participants develop their internal state as well.
Rob is a speaker at conferences and workshops around the country such as CAMFT, The Couples Conference, USABP, The Psychotherapy Networker and The Relationship Council, where he presents as a peer, master or keynote speaker. Teaching internationally, he is a Hakomi Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychotherapy Trainer and a director of Hakomi Institute of California.
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the course, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers. You can also use Skype to connect to MaestroConference at no charge, and we offer a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.
I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
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A: We will have a private community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, completing homework assignments and exchanging information about events and other activities that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects and growth throughout the Course.
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