Shai Lavie, MFT - Embodied Psychotherapy and Transformational Groups
Upcoming Workshops and Groups:

Hakomi Practice Groups 
 -- Wednesday evenings, monthly, on-going
--  Thursday evenings, monthly, on-going
--  Monday morning groups, monthly, on-going 

I offer several Hakomi Practice Groups, most of which meet monthly.   These groups focus on practicing and building skills from Hakomi and other mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches.  The group size is 5-6 students, meeting at my San Rafael office.  

For more information:  Please call Shai Lavie at (415) 339-7847

Somatic Resourcing: Teaching Clients to Self-Regulate Using the Hakomi Method

The Hakomi Method is a powerful mindfulness-centered psychotherapy that combines unique somatictechniques, an emphasis on relational attentiveness, and present-time experiencing. 
In this workshop, you will learn how to enhance resourcing for clients using Hakomi techniques and other experiential methods; learn how to time when to use resourcing with your clients; and learn how basic neuroscience and trauma theory informs the clinical value of resourcing. This workshop will be both didactic and experiential, and provide you with an opportunity to practice several key skills that integrate relational contact and somatic resourcing.

February 12, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, 1pm-4:00pm    
For more information and to register, please click here.

Hakomi Essential Skills in Los Angeles
This workshop will help you work more effectively with your clients, by gaining the cooperation of your clients’ unconscious world in service of greater resilience, internal cohesion, and an enhanced ability to manage difficult emotional experiences. 
In this workshop you will learn to:
· Receive a thorough introduction to the Hakomi method of mindfulness-centered, somatic psychotherapy
· Strengthen your ability to attune relationally with your clients, through enhanced tracking of somatic experience
·  Engage more directly your clients’ internal experience by contacting the affective core of their verbal and non-verbal communications
·  Effectively use mindfulness skills to build your clients’ experience of a coherent self
·  Counteract dysregulated states by using mindfulness-centered interventions to resource clients
·  Develop familiarity with advanced mindfulness-centered techniques—such as Probes, Take-Overs, and Experiments in Mindfulness—which allow the therapist to more deeply engage unconscious organizing material

March 25-26, 2017, Los Angeles, CA 9:30am-5:00pm
Information pending.
For more information and to register, please click here

Hakomi in Nature:
Being Held by the Earth
This workshop/training will offer a Nature immersion journey exploring the edges where inner and outer Nature come together. We will bring together mindfulness practices, the Hakomi Method and other somatic approaches and nature-based practices. We will explore how Nature can provide a deeper level of safety, connection, and “holding.” Through a group journey, we will discover what becomes possible when we open to our experience in Nature in these ways.

May 7th, 2017, Woodacre, CA 9:30am-5:00pm    
For more information and to register, please click here

Family Mindfulness Retreat at Esalen
May 26-28, 2016
co-led with Ivy Mayer Lavie, MFT

Imagine a beautiful and protected space that supports you to mindfully turn within and find greater ease, and gives you space to play and just be with your family—all held in the dramatic natural surroundings of Esalen. 

This family retreat offers time to unplug from the busyness of life and find meaningful reconnection within and without. We will have time together as a group, and time when adults and children meet separately. Adult meditations will support quieting the mind, opening the heart, and being present to the beauty and challenge of life. Within this we'll include time for discussion about making our family life an integral part of our spiritual practice. The children's meetings will utilize Esalen's beautiful natural setting (including the Gazebo Park School with its animals and gardens), and games to introduce mindfulness and kindness in enjoyable, age-appropriate ways. 

This program is open to families of any configuration or spiritual background, with children ages 4-13. Children of different ages may be allowed with the permission of instructors. Please contact with any questions. Join us for fun, play, and connection as we learn to be more present with our families and with ourselves.  CEU's are available for MFTs and LCSWs.

For more information: Please go to the Esalen Institute catalog: 

The Embodied Dream Workshop 
San Rafael, CA
next date TBA

The Embodied Dream Workshop is an intimate experiential group journey into the dream world.  We integrate mindfulness-based approaches, in particular the Hakomi Method and Somatic Experiencing, with Jungian and mythopoetic modalities of working with dreams.  We also work with a unique vessel of co-created ritual, which serves to deepen the numinous aspect of dream sharing.  

Participants learn to relate to each part of the dream as a part of the Self, and to engage the "Somatic Resonance" of a dream symbol/sequence to access deeper meanings.  We also learn how dreams can both take us into our core organizing patterns, and can help us step outside these organizing patterns, enabling us to engage previously unknown inner resources.

The neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp writes, "a key function of REM [the emotion-centered dreaming state] within the mammalian brain is to promote the integration of complex affective information." In the Embodied Dream Workshop, we use advanced mindfulness techniques to re-enter dreams and engage the preparatory and integrative movements and emotions that have been opened up by the dreaming experience.

What Previous Participants (of Embodied Dreamwork) Have Said:

“Very engaging and warm.  I found the workshop generous and wonderfully educational.”-- participant, Mindfulness and Dreamwork, Davis, April 2013

"[What I liked best was]  "Shai's expertise and demeanor."-- participant, Mindfulness and Dreamwork, Davis, April 2013

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