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The Essentials: Mindful Experiential Skills for Helping Professionals

August 2 @ 6:00 pm - August 3 @ 8:30 pm

Registration Information:

$225 3% fee for PayPal payments (via debit or credit card).
CEU: 10 NBCC CE Available
Presented by: Jessica Montgomery, CHT, MSW, Hakomi Teacher
Location: 4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300 Portland, OR 97215


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About this Workshop:

The best place to explore how mindful somatic skills can help you in your work!
Join us for a dynamic introduction to mindfulness, somatic counseling and interpersonal attunement. The Essentials weekend offers foundational theory and practice to enhance a wide range of services, including counseling, bodywork, coaching, teaching, facilitation, community mental health, and more. Our approachable format includes exercises, lectures, discussion and reflection to build personal awareness and interpersonal skill.
M.E.T.A. and the Hakomi Method have been pioneers in the field of somatics and mindfulness for individual and community wellness. For more than 40 years, Hakomi-trained practitioners have served at the cutting edge of integrated health service, challenging the myth of the mind-body separation and expanding the profession’s trust in the inherent wholeness of human beings.

M.E.T.A. methods and educational philosophy are firmly rooted in the following Hakomi Principles:

  • MINDFULNESS supports studying and evolving the organization of experience. An exploratory, relaxed and alert state of consciousness, mindfulness bridges our normal, habitual thoughts and actions to the often richly non-verbal intuitions of our deeper states
  • NON-VIOLENCE promotes safe, non-forceful, cooperative exploration of present experience and deep respect for the integrity of living systems
  • MIND-BODY INTEGRATION affirms that mind and body jointly manifest and reflect the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world
  • UNITY recognizes that living, organic systems are integral wholes, composed of parts, which also participate in larger systems. Individuals cannot be served separate from the collective
  • ORGANICITY honors the self-directing and self-correcting drive of life force and selfhood. Rather than imposing their own agenda, the therapist works cooperatively with the client’s system
Upon completion of The Essentials weekend, you will:
  • Explore the nuances of mindfulness and its role in the change process
  • Deepen your capacity to notice and track subtle experiences and states in others
  • Investigate the Hakomi Principles of Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches in action
  • Connect with other mindful, somatic practitioners 
Who will benefit from The Essentials weekend:
  • Experienced counselors curious about the benefits of increased mindfulness in your established practice
  • Bodyworkers, physicians and wellness professionals seeking interpersonal skills
  • New practitioners passionate about deep change
  • Professionals integrating mind-body perspectives into established practices
  • Integrative health practitioners interested in further training by leaders in the field
The Essentials weekend is taught by core M.E.T.A. faculty with support from advanced student assistants, and offered quarterly.
The Essentials weekend serves as a prerequisite for further training in M.E.T.A. and Hakomi. Successful completion of The Essentials enables a student to apply to a M.E.T.A. training program without the typical application fee. A discount code will be provided to students upon completion of The Essentials weekend. 

acep-300dpi-2M.E.T.A., LLC, has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6818. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. M.E.T.A., LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


August 2 @ 6:00 pm
August 3 @ 8:30 pm
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(503) 450-9911


M.E.T.A. Training Center
4531 SE Belmont St., Suite 300 OR
Portland, OR 97215 United States
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