The Hakomi Institute of Oregon

H_crane_ausHere in Oregon, Jon Eisman, M.E.T.A. Founder and Sr. Trainer, and Donna Roy, LPC, CHT, M.E.T.A. Co-Director and Clinic Founder, now helm the Hakomi Institute of Oregon. Along with various guest Trainers from other locations, as well as highly trained local staff, Hakomi of Oregon combines expertise in the larger psychology field with in-depth knowledge of the Hakomi Method and its applications. The Hakomi Institute of Oregon continues to present both traditional and new Hakomi and Hakomi-related offerings in Portland and other state-wide locations.

We look forward to having you become a part of our ongoing history…

About the Hakomi Institute - History

The Hakomi Method is an elegant, comprehensive and highly effective approach to human change and development. It was originated in the mid-1970’s by therapist and author Ron Kurtz as The Ron Kurtz Method of Body-Centered Psychotherapy. Drawing from an enormous range of influences – Buddhism and Taoism, physics, body-centered therapies such as Gestalt, Reichian work, the Feldenkrais Method, Bioenergetics, Focusing, NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis, and General Systems Theory, it synthesized a pioneering approach to somatic psychotherapy, combining mindfulness, gentleness and experiential explorations of client behavior.

In 1981, recognizing that the work stood on its own, Ron formally changed the name of the work to The Hakomi Method, based on a Hopi Indian word that asks “ how do you stand in relation to these many realms” or, more simply, “who are you?” with the verbal permission of Grandfather David, a Hopi Elder. That same year, Ron and several of his advanced students (including Jon Eisman, the founder of M.E.T.A.) created the Hakomi Institute, a nonprofit educational corporation whose purpose was to promote this work. During the 1980’s, Hakomi expanded in two ways. First, the Method itself continued to evolve, with Ron and the Institute trainers contributing many new or refined elements, articulations and applications of the work. Secondly, the work began to spread geographically, with new staff joining the Institute and new training centers being formed throughout North America, and Europe. One of those centers was the Hakomi Institute of Oregon, established in the mid 1980’s by Ron Kurtz and Jon Eisman.

In 1992, to focus on his own particular development of the work, Ron separated from the Institute. Since that time, Hakomi has continued to be taught and developed separately by both the Hakomi Institute and its many trainers and teachers, and by Ron’s Hakomi Education Network.

Today, the Hakomi Institute and the work continue to thrive. Exciting new developments in neurobiology, attachment theory, trauma, child development and consciousness studies have all been incorporated into the model, updating and expanding its range. Institute staff and graduates have taken Hakomi into diverse new directions, including couples work, parenting, working with trauma states, anger management, family dynamics, movement interventions, gender issues, multiculturalism, Selfhood, business consulting, sports performance, group dynamics, ethics, spiritual studies, and coaching. Hakomi remains at the cutting edge of therapeutic theory and technique, while still enjoying its status as an elder in the use of mindfulness and somatics in therapy.

At the same time, The Institute itself has grown into a dynamic network of Training Centers around the globe. Hakomi Professional Trainings and Workshops are now presented across the US, throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. New centers are just arising in Israel and Russia.

Code of Ethics & Grievance Process

The Hakomi Institute Code of EthicsUpdated November 2017
The Ethics Code applies to all Hakomi practitioners’ work-related professional activities including massage, coaching, individual or group therapy, teaching, training assisting, supervising, consulting, and organizing. These work-related activities can be distinguished from Hakomi practitioners’ private conduct, which is ordinarily not within the purview of the Ethics Code.

The Ethics Code is intended to provide standards of professional conduct that can be applied by the Hakomi Institute. Whether or not a Hakomi practitioner has violated the Ethics Code does not by itself determine whether he or she is legally liable in a court action. Defining such violations is based on legal rather than ethical rules. However, compliance with, or violation of, the Ethics Code may be admissible as evidence in some legal proceedings depending on the circumstances.

Download The Hakomi Institute Code of Ethics


The Hakomi Institute Ethical Grievance Process – Updated November 2017
We, as members of the Hakomi Institute, take behaving with ethical integrity very seriously and desire to hold ourselves accountable in our response when an ethical complaint is brought against a Hakomi Therapist (CHT), Hakomi Practitioner (CHP), Hakomi Graduate, Trainer, Teacher, or Organizer.

We consider ethical behavior to be the right use of power and influence, and as such, to be a lifelong process of engagement in learning about and taking responsibility for one’s impact in all relationships, especially those involving different degrees of power such as teacher/student, or therapist/client. Please refer to the Hakomi Code of Ethics. The mission of the Hakomi International Ethics Committee (HIEC) is to use a healthy and non-punitive process to review situations of possible unethical behavior. We want to support students, therapists and teachers of Hakomi to come forth with concerns so that complaints can be spoken about honestly and with the intention of resolution, repair, learning, and self-mastery. Although members of the HIEC are humbly aware that it is impossible to solve all problems that may arise in the course of our teaching, mentoring, or business relationships, we make this ethical review process available in the hope that it can be well-used.

The Hakomi Institute Ethical Grievance Process



4531 SE Belmont St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97215
Training Center 503-450-9911
Counseling Clinic 503-450-9999



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