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 Hakomi Institute Southwest
An elegant blend of science and spirit
An Introduction to the Hakomi Method
of Mindfulness based Growth and Embodiment
Presented by
Gregory Gaiser, PC, CHP, Hakomi Trainer, 
Matrix Leadership Institute Trainer

Saturday, November 8, 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, November 9, 10 AM to 4 PM

at the One Center Austin,
1518 W. Koenig Lane, Austin, TX 78756


  To contact the

Hakomi Institute Southwest


please contact:


Gregory Gaiser,
Certified Hakomi Trainer 


True learning induces transformation. Learning and practicing Mindfulness transforms on body, mind and spirit levels. Being able to track body sensations and congruently interpret those sensations is deeply integrative. Transformation and integration foster the ability to do something consciously and deliberately that seemed impossible before. The Hakomi Therapist's ability to engage in interpersonal mindfulness, to assist clients in accessing their inner worlds and to bring just the right new experiences into that world facilitates transformation. These things are the experiences that change
how our clients experience themselves and their worlds.




Hakomi Founder, Ron Kurtz, described his approach as 'facilitated self-study in mindfulness'. This Hakomi Introductory Workshop focuses on the heart of what we consider most practical and most sacred: Loving Presence. As the ground for a healing relationship between practitioner and client, Loving Presence can be cultivated to foster an atmosphere of deep safety and acceptance. Recent neuroscience and the scientific study of mindfulness offer evidence of the efficacy and meaningfulness of this ancient spiritual principle when applied in a therapeutic context. 


Curriculum will include the following:
  • Tools for cultivating Loving Presence as a state of consciousness
  •  The power of employing Mindfulness in both client and practitioner
  • Developing physical resources connected with a greater sense of grounding and Loving Presence
  • How the state of mind of the practitioner is paramount in generating a safe atmosphere
  • Learning about the triune brain and how it affects both instincts and learned behavior
  • The science of co-regulation in important relationships
  • Respecting the client's unique inner wisdom as manifest through bodily experience
  • Embodiment of what Carl Rogers called 'unconditional positive regard' for the client



Saturday, November 8, 

10 am - 6 pm 


Sunday, November 9,
10 am - 4 pm 

Cost: $250 if registered by October 28; $275 thereafter

Cancellations by October 28, 2014 will be refunded 

less a $30.00 fee.

No refunds after October 28, 2014 though you may 

send someone in your place.


3 CE hrs, LCSW, LPC, and LMFT

Hakomi Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider ( ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The  ACEP™ solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Hakomi Southwest is an approved CE provider by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (provider #1025, exp 4-30-2015) 

PO Box 12197 Capitol Station Austin, TX 78711-2197

To register: Please Send Your Contact Information and a Check to:

Hakomi Institute of Texas

633 W. Dittmar Road

Austin, TX 78745


Gregory Gaiser at




enroll via paypal by sending your payment to hakomisouthwest@gmail.com

(please add 5 % to paypal payments)


 Comprehensive Training
in the
Hakomi Method
Austin, Texas
January 2015



January 16-18

February 13-15

March 13-15

April 17-19

May 15-17

June 12-14

July 10-12

August 14-16

Cost for Module One (24 days of training): $3600*

Early Enrollment Cost: 
 Early e
nrollment deadline is 
Dec. 1, 2014

Module Two:
The Character Training
Sept. 2015-
Jan. 2016

cost: $2000*
early enrollment cost: $1600*

Early Enrollment
Deadline is:
August 1, 2015
Module Three:
Integration & Completion
Feb. 2016-July 2016 

cost: $2400*
early enrollment cost: $2000*

Early Enrollment
Deadline is:
January 1, 2016

*Payment plans are available; Processing fees may apply

Hakomi Comprehensive Training  
Austin, Texas
January - August, 2015 
The Hakomi Method
...is a powerful and effective, yet gentle approach to lasting change by resolving limiting beliefs and truncated impulses.  It integrates the mindfulness and non-violence found in Taoist and Buddhist traditions with a unique Western methodology.  The core of the Training emphasizes the innovative techniques and principles developed by Ron Kurtz and the Hakomi Faculty, and the self-development and evolution of the practitioner.

Curriculum Highlights - Level One  
Embodying Hakomi Principles 
The Dynamic Use of Mindfulness
Loving Presence and the Healing Relationship
The Body as a Map of the Psyche
The Experimental Attitude
Using Hakomi Techniques
Uncovering Organizing Belief Systems
Therapeutic Strategy
Embracing Resistance and Defenses
Recognizing and Resolving Traumatic Processes
Developing a Classroom Culture built on Integrity, Trust and Collaboration
Neuroscience and Hakomi

About Hakomi 

The training facilitates the emergence of the essence of the practitioner.
This therapeutic presence has been demonstrated to be among the most significant in terms of the effectiveness of therapy.  The self-awareness and process of the student become an essential aspect of their evolution as a therapist.  
Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic therapeutic approach. 
The body is viewed as a door that can be opened to reveal the entire character and belief system of the individual.  The body's structures and habitual patterns serve as powerful "indicators" - subtle access routes to unconscious and evocative core material.

The dynamic use of mindfulness 
is essential to Hakomi.  When integrated with unique Hakomi techniques it allows us to rapidly access the deeply held, unconscious beliefs and early experiences that shape our lives, bodies, relationships, and self-image.  When unconscious, this hidden material creates projections, conflict and disharmony in our interactions and inner lives.  Once conscious and directly experienced, these patterns are available for transformation and re-integration.  Powerful emotions, memories, and trauma may surface at times during the process and these are handled safely and effectively.  As a depth-oriented modality, Hakomi is a direct, empowering, and experiential process; and transformation is integrated cognitively for the client, as well as through the client's body.
The Hakomi Method is effective for both brief and long-term work with clients, and is appropriate for individuals, couples, groups, and organizations.  Training in the Hakomi Method can benefit psychotherapists, professional counselors, bodyworkers, coaches, clergy, movement therapists, acupuncturists, and other helping professionals. 

Each weekend is a blend of experiential exercises, lecture and discussion, demonstration and practice. The comprehensive training teaches the entire curriculum of the Hakomi Method as outlined by the Educational Board of the Hakomi Institute.






January 16-18

February 13-15

March 13-15

April 17-19

May 15-17

June 12-14

July 10-12

August 14-16




Applicants must complete one Hakomi introductory weekend workshop (12 hours) before applying to the Comprehensive Training.


Receiving at least one Hakomi Therapy session from a Certified Hakomi Therapist is also highly recommended.


Morgan Holford, LPC, is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. She has been on the faculty of the Hakomi Institute since 1987 and conducts workshops and trainings throughout the US. Morgan maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, NM, and is an adjunct therapist at Life Healing Center, a residential trauma and addictions treatment center. She weaves together psychotherapy, body therapies and somatic trauma resolution, creating a unique approach in her work with individuals, couples, and groups.  She is committed to the integration of spirit into everyday life.
Gregory Gaiser, PC, 
Hakomi Trainer,
Matrix Leadership Senior Trainer 
Gregory is a Hakomi veteran of over 30 years. Originally trained as a bodyworker, Gregory has taught traditional Hakomi and Resolving Trauma through the Body classes in the U.S., Europe, Canada and New Zealand since the early 1990s. More recently he brought this approach to Japan. He also co-designed and taught a graduate level course at Boulder College of Massage Therapy specializing in massage therapy for trauma survivors. In addition to Hakomi, his educational background includes a variety of modalities, including Buddhist meditation, EMDR, and Somatic Experiencing. His true passion is assisting people to live embodied, purposeful and spiritually connected lives. This passion extends into his Matrix Leadership group work which fosters a sense of community and vitality in all kinds of groups, from families to businesses. He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his two dogs, Rex and Zara.