Ron Kurtz – USA

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Ron Kurtz is the originator of the Hakomi Method and a preeminent influence in progressive psychotherapy. Ron has led hundreds of trainings and workshops around the world over the last quarter of a century and continues to teach internationally. Ron is a master therapist, gifted teacher and author of Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method, and coauthor of The Body Reveals and Grace Unfolding. Ron Kurtz is the recipient of the US Association of Body Psychotherapy’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented July 25, 2008 at the USABP’s Conference in Philadelphia.

… Ron has published three books in English and three others in Japanese. The first book was published in 1976 and was called, The Body Reveals. It was a book about reading the body for psychological information and contained numerous photos and illustrations. The second, published in 1991 was about the Hakomi Method and was called, Body-Centered Psychotherapy. This second book contained the first publication describing the method. Since then, Ron has written many essays on the method and a number of training handbooks and workshop manuals … (full text).

Foundations of Hakomi Therapy, 7 pdf pages.

He says: “The impulse to heal is real and powerful and lies within each of us.”

… His field of work continues to evolve and mature, influenced by his interest in systems theory, Buddhism and Eastern spirituality, scientific method and personal experience. He has pioneered the use of mindfulness in psychotherapy, the experimental attitude, working with the body-mind and practical non-violence … (full text).


Ron Kurtz – USA

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… What fundamentally empowers our work with others is the relationship we create with them. In this introduction to Hakomi, we will use mindfulness and experiential exercises to focus on discovering what shapes our unconscious habits of relating. Bringing this to awareness creates the possibility of being more fully present and compassionate, in turn promoting a deeper awareness of what is happening for another, and creating a powerful connection. (full text).

Listen the audio: Conversations, September 2008, Ron Kurtz – At the 2008 Conference, about 30 min, click on this site.

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He writes on his website: As I approach the end of my long career, I am preparing to travel less, work more in Ashland. I will continue to do workshops and trainings, mostly therapy intensives, master classes and to do some parts of the Level 1, Heart of Hakomi training and the Level 2, The Art of Hakomi training. How many of these I do will depend on how much energy I have … // … Lastly, this month, I will be honored twice, once by receiving an honorary doctorate from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, where I will give the commencement address, and by the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy which is giving me a Lifetime Achievement Award. I am truly grateful for the recognition of my work. I would be happy to hear from you, should you wish to respond. (full text).

Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of Tao-Te Ching, by Greg Johanson, Ron Kurtz … Grace Unfolding applies the spirit and principles of Lao Tsu’s ancient Chinese classic, the Tao-te Ching, to the practice of contemporary psychotherapy. Both therapists and clients can use this sensible and compassionate book to understand the roles they play in the therapeutic process. Includes 35 Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy. (full text).

Body Reveals: How to Read Your Own Body, Ron Kurtz, Hec.

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… (The Hakomi) method combines eastern and western philosophies, spirituality, and theory with the principles of mindfulness and non-violence. The body is used as the opening into how a person operates in the world. The structure of the body as well as habitual movements are the access to unconscious core material. The relationship between practitioner and client is the key to a safe container from which the process can evolve. (full text).

Hakomi is a Hopi Indian word which means “How do you stand in relation to these many realms?” A more modern translation is, “Who are you?” Hakomi was developed by Ron Kurtz, co-author of The Body Reveals. Some of the origins of Hakomi stem from Buddhism and Taoism, especially concepts like gentleness, compassion, mindfulness and going with the grain. Other influences come from general systems theory, which incorporates the idea of respect for the wisdom of each individual as a living organic system that spontaneously organizes matter and energy and selects from the environment what it needs in a way that maintains its goals, programs and identity. Hakomi also draws from modern body-centered psychotherapies such as Reichian work, Bioenergetics, Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Structural Bodywork, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Focusing and Neurolinguistic Programming. Hakomi is really a synthesis of philosophies, techniques and approaches that has its own unique artistry, form and organic process … (full text).


Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of Tao-te;

Hakomi – begleitete Selbst-Entdeckung;

The Vancouver Hakomi Education Network;;

The Seattle Hakomi Education Network;

Hakomi UK;

Die Ameisenkönigin:

Nirodha as Containment, not suppression;

Advanced Myotherapy

The human condition bookstore, Australia.

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