Upcoming Workshops and Groups:

Hakomi Essential Skills

Santa Monica, CA

May 5-6, 2018

This workshop will help you work more effectively with your clients, by gaining the cooperation of your clients’ unconscious world in service of greater resilience, internal cohesion, and an enhanced ability to manage difficult emotional experiences. 

In this workshop you will learn to:

· Receive a thorough introduction to the Hakomi method of mindfulness-centered, somatic psychotherapy

· Strengthen your ability to attune relationally with your clients, through enhanced tracking of somatic experience

· Engage more directly your clients’ internal experience by contacting the affective core of their verbal and non-verbal communications

· Effectively use mindfulness skills to build your clients’ experience of a coherent self

· Counteract dysregulated states by using mindfulness-centered interventions to resource clients

· Develop familiarity with advanced mindfulness-centered techniques—such as Probes, Take-Overs, and Experiments in Mindfulness—which allow the therapist to more deeply engage unconscious organizing material

May 5-6, 2018, Santa Monica, CA 9:30am-5:00pm

For more information and to register, please click here

The Stories We Tell, The Life We Live: 

An Introduction to the Hakomi Method

Helsinki, Finland

August 10-11, 2018

How much of our lives are we simply living out old stories? “This is what I need to be happy.” “This is how I need to be in relationship to get love.” “I am not capable of doing the work I really love.” This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the unconscious beliefs that run our lives, and to try out new possibilities. The workshop will combine didactic and experiential modes, and introduce participants to the Hakomi Method.

In the first day of this workshop, we will learn the basic principles of mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy and introduce key techniques of the Hakomi method. We will study how unconscious core-level material is held in the body, and how mindfulness can bring this material into awareness. We will also discuss the neuroscience of unconscious belief systems—how we get locked into old stories that define our egoic identity and limit our relational experience.

In the second day, we will go deeper into the Hakomi techniques of tracking, contact, and inducing mindfulness. Using these techniques, we will engage an experiential journey into both the familiar stories we tell ourselves, and the possibilities of moving into new, more dynamic and creative experiences of being alive. Working in small groups, participants will practice Hakomi principles and techniques in support of other participants’ dynamic unfolding into a more expansive experience of being alive.

Aug 10-11, 2018, Helsinki, Finland

For more information and to register,

please contact Leena Pennanen at [email protected]

Hakomi At The Edge

Mendocino County, CA

Sept 25-29, 2018

What is whispering or yearning to become in your life?

What parts of you are living under the surface of the mirror pool, wanting to emerge?

Together, we will explore beyond the linear mind for what is calling us into being. We will gather at the edge and in the lap of Nature, inviting a deep journey of discovery and group unfolding, solo time on the land, ancestral connection, humor and magic.

Through the practices of Hakomi, Nature-based contemplation, and somatic inquiry, we will immerse in the parts of our selves that require our most exquisite presence to unfold.

Join us for 5 days in the northern woods by a river and an ancient redwood forest.

Facilitated by Shai Lavie and Dominique Lando

Cost $950 includes camping and food Early Bird price: $850 if registered by May 15 

Hakomi at the Edge is meant for Hakomi graduates, or people who have immersed in other forms of experiential mindfulness-based somatic therapy, and who are interested in going deeper as a small group. Camping on the land, we will have plenty of time to let inner Nature unfold itself luxuriously within the lap of Nature around us, and with no need to rush off anywhere. A place just to be, and to let our deeper selves finally arrive.

Please note that enrollment is limited to 16 participants, and registration may close by May 15th.

For more information:Call Shai Lavie: 415-339-7847

Or E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]

Hakomi Practice Groups 

-- Monday morning groups, monthly, on-going

-- Wednesday evenings, monthly, on-going

-- Thursday evenings, monthly, on-going

I offer several Hakomi Practice Groups, most of which meet monthly. These groups focus on practicing and building skills from Hakomi and other mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches. The group size is 4-6 students, meeting at my San Anselmo office. Some groups are intermediate level and others are advanced level.


For more information: Please call Shai Lavie at (415) 339-7847

The Embodied Dream Workshop 

San Rafael, CA

next date TBA

The Embodied Dream Workshop is an intimate experiential group journey into the dream world. We integrate mindfulness-based approaches, in particular the Hakomi Method and Somatic Experiencing, with Jungian and mythopoetic modalities of working with dreams. We also work with a unique vessel of co-created ritual, which serves to deepen the numinous aspect of dream sharing.  

Participants learn to relate to each part of the dream as a part of the Self, and to engage the "Somatic Resonance" of a dream symbol/sequence to access deeper meanings. We also learn how dreams can both take us into our core organizing patterns, and can help us step outside these organizing patterns, enabling us to engage previously unknown inner resources.

The neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp writes, "a key function of REM [the emotion-centered dreaming state] within the mammalian brain is to promote the integration of complex affective information." In the Embodied Dream Workshop, we use advanced mindfulness techniques to re-enter dreams and engage the preparatory and integrative movements and emotions that have been opened up by the dreaming experience.