If Lao Tzu Were Your Therapist

                        Experiential weekend introduction to the                                            Hakomi Method through its Taoist Roots

…explores the influence of Taoist philosophy and practice in the Hakomi Method of somatic psychotherapy and mindfulness-based assisted self-study.  Ron Kurtz created a therapy that included Taoist-based principles of non-violence, mindfulness and supporting defenses.

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles
and the water is clear?       – Lao Tzu

We will explore the paradoxical power of Lao Tzu’s classical book of Chinese wisdom, the Tao-te ching for supporting mindful, non-effortful, holistic healing: how contemplative states of consciousness potentiate awareness, how respect and non-doing lead to much being done, how supporting defenses leads most quickly to their being let down, and how focusing on the body provides both increased unity and a royal road to the unconscious.

Through short talks, stories and experiential exercises, participants will explore a gentle, paradoxically powerful method for encouraging and supporting personal growth. The approach centers theoretically and methodologically around principles of unity, organicity, mind-body holism, mindfulness and nonviolence.