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?” 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.
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 it’s 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.