Halko is a Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of the Hakomi Institute. He is the author of eight books, including The Handbook of Body Psychotherapy and Hakomi Mindfulness Centered Somatic Psychotherapy. Halko has taught at the Universities of Hamburg and Marburg (in Germany) and the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand. He currently teaches at a licensing school in Germany for professional psychotherapy (“ZIST”). Halko is the creator of the Hakomi Embodied and Aware Relationships Training (H.E.A.R.T.) and leads Emotional Intelligence and coaching programs for business professionals.
Maci is a Certified Hakomi Trainer, Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist who divides her time between Europe and the United States. Maci has graduate degrees in Education and Counseling from Harvard and Georgia State Universities, and completed the Intermediate Level of the Somatic Experiencing trauma training. Maci began her Hakomi training in the mid-1980s and has been on the Hakomi Faculty since 2001. She is also the creator of Passion and Presence®, and leads couple’s retreats and professional training courses on Mindful Sexuality.
Julia is a Certified Hakomi Teacher, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She began studying Hakomi in 2003 and immediately fell in love with its gentleness and potency. Julia has done healing work for since 1998, first as a massage therapist with a passion for the mind/body connection and now as a somatic psychotherapist in private practice in North Carolina, in the Southeastern U.S. She became a Certified Hakomi Teacher in 2015 and is delighted to be on the Hakomi Mallorca faculty as the island is one of her most favorite places.
Shai Lavie, MA, LMFT is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#35526) with a private practice in San Anselmo, CA. Shai has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 30 years, has studied numerous psychological and spiritual approaches to human growth, and is certified in the Somatic Experiencing method of working with trauma. Shai serves as adjunct professor at Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), has taught for other graduate programs, and has led trainings for numerous organizations, both in California and internationally.
Catherine is the International Program Manager for Hakomi Mallorca. Her professional background is in the fine arts, a field in which she has practiced in since 2001, as artist, teacher, project manager and author. Catherine has taught in nine countries in four regions of the world. She also has experience in international relations and cultural diplomacy through her work in the for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
There's no question that the Hakomi training is the best psychotherapy training I've ever done. The Hakomi trainers, without exception, embody and constantly demonstrate the Hakomi principle of loving presence towards all the students they train which powerfully facilitates the students' learning of the method.
The biggest attraction was seeing the change in people who had done the Hakomi training before me—they were more centred, more confident, more themselves. This was what I wanted for myself, too.
A strong sense of safety, allowing room to learn and show up at my pace. From the beginning there was a real sense that this really works in a way it was hard to explain just cognitively.
Great instructor teamwork from very credible instructors. Thank you for the perfect home exercise. We will be forever thankful!
The trust, lightness and humor were great.
Energy and pace was really good. Maci and Halko worked/presented beautifully together, timing, etc. Nice combination of mindfulness meditation and teaching with facts and statistics. Loved their ability to track where the group was, to check in and be flexible with the training/teaching.
Lovely blend of styles, ease, gentleness clarity. Felt really held.