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This event has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
If you've registered for this training, you'll receive an email shortly with flexible rescheduling and refund options.  

Our entire Hakomi faculty and staff is wishing you and yours all the best during this challenging time.


The Hakomi Character Map training details a complete set of character strategies—patterns of behavior, feeling and cognition that determine much of what happens in our internal and external lives. Many of the most difficult issues we confront in our personal and professional lives are linked to the unconscious strategies that keep us feeling stuck, small, afraid, and unlovable, to name a few.

Changing these patterns is possible through awareness, practice and experience. The Hakomi Character Map offers a kind of precision in accurately recognizing the patterns. In addition to detailing the character map, this training will provide practical Hakomi tools to allow for deep and permanent shifts within the psyche.

Identifying these patterns and learning how to work with them, offers psychotherapists and other helping professionals a guide to the essential issues of human growth and change.

What You Will Learn

This training will support you to recognize commonly encountered character strategies/patterns through lecture, demonstrations and experiential exercises. For each type we will explore:

  • Etiology/developmental causes
  • Underlying emotional world and core beliefs
  • Body language and postures
  • The visceral feel of each strategy from inside the experience
  • Strengths and positive qualities
  • Relational habits, trances and projections
  • How to apply specific Hakomi interventions for each strategy

From the Instructors

How we respond to life is a complex weave of emotions and beliefs often rooted in what we have learned at each developmental milestone. The experiences of early childhood shape our minds and bodies in unique yet collectively recognizable patterns. The purpose of this training is to provide the opportunity to learn, by "walking in another's shoes." We will understand the developmental journey as we uncover the universal responses to how we are attached, loved, received, related to in our lives. This training will give you a deep understanding of people’s actions towards and feelings about themselves and others. The method of study is powerful, imaginative and accessible.

For Whom

Anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth or improving effectiveness with clients, including:

  • Psychotherapists, psychotherapy students and interns
  • Coaches and other helping professionals
  • Body workers and somatic coaches
  • Health practitioners
  • Spiritual counselors

About Hakomi

Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy offers an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change. Hakomi combines mindfulness, unique and powerful somatic techniques, and a focus on present experience to access and transform deeply held, life-limiting core beliefs. For over 30 years Hakomi has pioneered and integrated the use of mindfulness in the human change process. It is backed by thousands of hours of clinical applications and research into the neurological underpinnings of mindfulness. Psychotherapists can successfully use Hakomi in a wide range of applications including individual, couples and family therapy and group work. The Hakomi Method also offers cutting-edge skills for coaches, health professionals and others who work to support human change and growth.

Read more about Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology.


April 3-5, May 1-3, June 5-7, 2020

Friday 12:30-5:00, Saturday 9:30-5:00, Sunday 9:30-5:00

Temple Dara
4920 Telegraph Avenue, 3rd floor
Oakland, CA 94609

Early Enrollment: $1,550 by February 21, 2020; $1,750 thereafter
Repeat Tuiton: $875 (If you have previously taken "The Hakomi Character Map" or "Responding to Life" offered by the Hakomi Institute of CA, use discount code HCM-RS-E when registering before February 22, 2020. After February 22, use discount  code HCM-RS-R.)

VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations accepted via email or phone. If you cancel by February 18, you will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. If you cancel between February 19 and March 4, you will receive a 50% refund less a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted after March 4. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.

Class Schedule

Below is the schedule for each weekend of this training:

12:30-2:00 Learning activities
2:00-2:10 Break
2:10-3:40 Learning activities
3:40-3:50 Break
3:50-5:00 Learning activities

9:30-11:00 Learning activities
11:00-11:15    Break
11:15-12:30 Learning activities
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Learning activities
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Learning activities

9:30-11:00 Learning activities
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Learning activities
12:45-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Learning activities
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Learning activities

Schedule subject to change. All teaching is experiential and includes time for practice and feedback. As an approved continuing education provider, Hakomi Institute of California is required to award CE credit for instructional time only; no CE credit will be granted for lunches and breaks.

Continuing Education

Psychotherapists: This course meets the qualifications for 15.5 hours of continuing education credit per weekend (46.5 hours total) for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CE approval agency CAMFT. Provider number: 82187. To receive CE credit for a given weekend, participants must attend the entire weekend, sign in and out each day, and sign a completed evaluation form.

psycholigistCEULogoPsychologists: You will earn 46.5 CE credits (15.5 credits per weekend). CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact our administrator at contact@HakomiCA.org. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com


Please register early as space is limited.

Registration deadline: March 26, 2020

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 contact@hakomiCA.org


shirleyShirley Bar-Dvir, MA, LMFT (LMFT #44258) is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Shirley earned her BA in Social Work from Haifa University in Israel and her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1997, seeing families, children, couples and individuals. Shirley’s clinical theoretical background is in psychodynamics, attachment, EMDR, Sensorimotor Trauma work, Enneagram, family therapy and CranioSacral therapy. In addition to teaching Hakomi in California, Shirley also practiced, supervised and taught Hakomi in Israel as a member of the “Hakomi Israel” team, and currently teaches and supervises at John F. Kennedy University. Spiritual practice and deep meditation support her healing work and source her teaching. Shirley maintains a private practice at Anam Cara Therapy Center in Berkeley CA.