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Level I: Trauma Fundamentals (Online)


If you're a therapist or helping professional looking for in-depth transformation and a new way of working with trauma, our Dharma of Trauma trainingwill provide the inner and outer tool sets for you. You can take Dharma of Trauma Level 1 as a standalone course or as the first in a series of three comprehensive trainings offering a unique somatic approach to resolving trauma.

In Dharma of Trauma, Level 1, you'll interact in a dynamic virtual community to build a solid theoretical foundation for working with trauma and gain a deeper understanding of what trauma in the body means. You'll also learn basic Buddhist principles and personal mindfulness and somatic practices for resourcing your work as a trauma therapist. This training provides a rich online learning environment that includes downloadable MP3 audio files, articles, contemplative exercises, and chat room conversations.

In each of the six online modules listed in the class schedule below, you'll begin to develop a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the worlds of trauma. In addition to exploring the theoretical foundations of trauma, you'll also gain an updated understanding of how trauma impacts people in our world today. You'll also begin a personal journey of somatic meditation in your own body. Gaining this theoretical and experiential understanding lays the foundation for the skill building that takes place in our Level 2 training.

For Whom

This training will benefit psychotherapists, counselors, interns, health practitioners, and other helping professionals who want to learn precise techniques for healing trauma and maintaining their own sense of health and wellbeing when working with trauma.


There are no prerequisites for this training.

If you plan to attend Dharma of Trauma Level 2, and have not had prior Hakomi training, you'll need to submit an application and take a Hakomi workshop as a prerequisite. See our calendar to register for this workshop.

Class Schedule

Dharma of Trauma Level 1 offers six weekly modules of self-paced online learning and two optional Zoom video meetings. Each module contains 2 hours of course materials for a total of 12 hours of instructional material for the entire course. If you're busy during a given week, you can make up that week's course material at your own pace. Below are the start dates for each online module as well as the dates and times for two optional class phone calls. Course materials will remain available online through March 31, 2021.

Course Material Access Dates
Dharma of Trauma Level 1 offers six weekly modules of self-paced online learning. Each module contains 2 hours of course materials for a total of 12 hours of instructional material for the entire course. If you're busy during a given week, you can make up that week's course material at your own pace. 

You'll receive access to our online training platform on January 11 and each Monday a new module will be published on the platform following the schedule below:

Jan 11: The Inner Worlds of Trauma
Jan 18: Arousal and Self-Regulation
Jan 25:
 Intergenerational, Transgenerational and Collective Trauma
Feb 1: Ground, Resource and Referencing the Sacred in Trauma Work
Feb 8: The Importance of Soma and Nondual Awarenesss
Feb 15: Frontiers of Trauma Work: Posttraumatic Growth and Psychedelic-Assisted Treatments for PTSD

Course material will remain online through March 31, 2021.

Optional Phone Calls
This course also offers two optional Zoom sessions with course instructor Manuela Mischke-Reeds:

Jan 19, 2021 4-5 pm PST
Feb 17, 2021, 4-5 pm PST

Instructions for accessing these calls will be posted on our online training platform. 

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: Hakomi Institute of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. Hakomi Institute of California maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education credit (2 hours per learning module) for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency: CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. You will need to sign our CE sign in sheet and submit a signed class evaluation form to receive CE credit for this course. We will email CE certificates by April 15, 2021. 


Regular tuition: $350

Early enroll tuition: $295 if enrolled by 11/30/20

Repeat Enrollment: If you've attended this course before, you can repeat for $175 (a 50% discount).  If repeating and enrolling by 11/30/20, use discount TL1REB, after 11/30/20, use discount code TL1REG.

VISA, Mastercard and American Express accepted.  

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. Cancellations received by email or phone seven days in advance of the start date of this course will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for non-attendance or cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.


Registration deadline: January 8, 2021

For More Information

For further details, including accommodation of special needs and information about our grievance process, please contact our administrator at 415-839-6788 or


ManuelaPicManuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, MFT (LMFT 40823) is an international Hakomi trainer and somatic psychotherapist, Dharma teacher and author. She trains, consults and coaches professionals in varied fields, including health professionals and business leaders. Her trainings in the United States, Australia, Germany, China and Israel bring together 25 years of in-depth practice and teaching in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, somatic trauma therapies, attachment and infant mental health work, Buddhist meditation practices and movement therapies. Manuela's work with trauma is grounded in an inside-out approach that utilizes the depth of the body's knowledge. Applying Buddhist perspectives and practices to her work, she weaves together specific mindfulness practices with core somatic techniques to create a unified approach to trauma resolution. Her unique teaching gifts inspire people to live their lives from the reverence and awareness of interconnection. Manuela is the author of two books: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being and Somatic Psychotherapy Tool Box: 125 Worksheets and Exercises to Treat Trauma & Stress. Visit Manuela's website to find out more about her work.