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.
Pia is Hakomi Mallorca’s Co-Program Director and a Certified Hakomi Therapist. Pia is based in Finland and has worked as a psychologist for 25 years. She is specialized in the treatment of severe and enduring eating disorders. She has founded a clinic for this patient group in 2002 and still works as the CEO of the clinic. She also has a psychotherapy practice at the clinic, where she meets clients weekly. Pia’s first therapy training is in cognitive psychotherapy from 2006. She is a certified psychotherapist and trainer in this approach. In 2012 Pia participated in a Hakomi introductory workshop and instantly fell in love with the Method. She became a Hakomi Therapist in 2017 and was certified in 2019. She is now aiming to become a Certified Hakomi Teacher in order to be able to bring the method more widely to Finnish health care professionals.
Valentina is Hakomi Mallorca’s Co-Program Director and a Certified Hakomi Therapist. Valentina is a licensed Psychologist in Italy and the first Italian Certified Hakomi Therapist. She presently has a private practice as a body-oriented psychologist in Rome, Italy and also provides on-line counseling services. In 2017 and 2018 she worked as a Body-oriented Counselor at the M.E.T.A. Counseling Clinic in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., where she also trained in Attachment Therapy, Recreation of the Self, Hakomi for Couples and Trauma work. In 2019 she became a sex therapist, completing a training at the AISC, Associazione Italiana di Sessuologia Clinica. She also enhanced her competence in treating trauma through taking the Course “From Trauma to Dharma” (level one), with Manuela Mishcke-Reeds. In her previous career, Valentina was a singer and a music and movement teacher. Valentina is now on track to becoming a Certified Hakomi Teacher.
Catherine is Director of Operations for Hakomi Mallorca. Her professional background is in the fine arts, a field in which she has practiced in since 2001 as an artist, master craftsperson, 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.
Hilli is Hakomi Mallorca’s local Program Manager and a teaching assistant in the process of becoming a Certified Hakomi Therapist. She is a certified Gestalt Therapist with additional trainings in Gestalt Body Process work. Hilli is fascinated by the Hakomi Principles and the neuroscientologic background of the Method. For her the attitude of Loving Presence is a big healing tool for the client as well as for the therapist. Hilli lives in Sóller, Mallorca.
Hakomi has made a big change for me as a therapist and in my daily life. Without a doubt it is the best psychotherapy training I know. In Hakomi therapy I admire the gentle way of going really deep, effortlessly and mindfully. For me, as a body therapist, it makes a lot of sense working in a body-mind approach and it is easy for me to combine the methods. During the Hakomi Mallorca training there was a great combination of practical exercises and theory. My trainers are really talented; the way they embody the method by showing Loving Presence and tracking everybody in the group is amazing. They gave us so much support as therapists and on a personal level. I’m so thankful.
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.