Canadian Hakomi Leadership Team
Donna Martin, Japan, 2007
CHLT provides trainings in the Hakomi Experiential Method, workshops in Quieting the Mind, the Practice of Loving Presence, Wisdom Without Words (Nonverbal Expression), and Emotional Nourishment and leadership development (teacher training) for workshop leaders, therapists and teachers of Hakomi, under the direction of Donna Martin in association with Ron Kurtz, creator of the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy and author of Body-centered Psychotherapy: the Hakomi Method.
Canadian Hakomi Leadership Team 2009
• British Columbia:
Workshops and Trainings currently offered in B.C. Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.
The Canadian Hakomi Leadership Team has a vision to contribute to world peace and personal and community healing through offering an experiential approach to self and other awareness, along with the practice of Loving Presence, personhood development, and the experiential personal and interpersonal healing practices of the Hakomi Method. This is provided through individual, couple and group therapy, mentoring, various open workshops, retreats, leadership development, and one, two and three-year trainings in the Hakomi Experiential Method.
Donnas personal vision is to complete trainings in Mexico, England, Japan, Argentina, and Hawaii, to shift her focus to Canada, and to include training and supervision for potential teachers and leaders in each location. Along with hands-on teacher training and personal mentoring within the context of trainings, leadership development will be supported by the provision of manuals and leadership and/or teaching materials.
Canadian Hakomi Leadership Team Members:
Donna Martin, from Kamloops, BC, Canada, is a certified Hakomi therapist and international trainer who worked closely with Ron Kurtz (the creator of the Hakomi Method) for twenty years. She was named in his will as one of seven "legacy holders" of his work and is a senior person in the international training association he created before his death, now called the Hakomi Network. Donna has many years of experience as a body psychotherapist, stress management specialist, yoga and meditation teacher, and addictions counsellor.
Donna has led Hakomi trainings and/or yoga retreats throughout Canada and the United States, Hawaii, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, South America, and Mexico. She has developed an original approach she now calls “psoma yoga therapy" which integrates yoga and Hakomi (mindfulness-based assisted self-discovery). Donna has written many books and is the co-author (with Paul Brenner M.D.) of Seeing Your Life Through New Eyes, describing their original Family Triangles process for reviewing personal history and supporting insightful forgiveness and healing relationships. Donna also co-authored a soon-to-be published book with Ron Kurtz called the Practice of Loving Presence.
Donna is available for in-person (Kamloops) or phone or skype sessions at a fee of $100 (Cdn or US$) for one hour, or $60 for 30 minutes, which can be paid online through Paypal or credit card. The sessions can be personal (Hakomi therapy and/or Family Triangles) or they can be professional consultations about using Hakomi, Triangles, or psoma yoga with clients, (or teaching workshops, or doing conference presentations.) Often the sessions are a combination of professional and personal support, always in a Hakomi or psoma yoga therapy style. Please arrange for a meeting with Donna by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. New clients are asked to pre-pay for the first session. Otherwise, an invoice will be sent following each session. Please arrange for a meeting by emailing email@example.com.
Bob Milone lives on a boat in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. He has studied for over ten years with two gifted therapists; Ron Kurtz creator of the Hakomi method, and Donna Martin Senior Hakomi Trainer. He is the father of two grown sons, and a woodworker. In the past five years he has facilitated workshops and trainings in Canada, the US, Mexico, and England. As well as teaching, he currently has a private practice in Victoria where he works with individuals and couples. He donates time at a local non profit agency that offers counseling to low income families, and he is also staff counsellor for students and faculty at Spring Street School in Friday Harbor Washington.
the principles of Hakomi, and the skills which they encompass,
are a powerful framework for self study. As such they are a deeply respectful
method of psychotherapy that recognizes the innate wisdom of every
human. At the same time, they are a personal practice which continues to
impact the quality of my life."
a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Workshop Facilitator. She has
been studying for 9 years with Ron Kurtz, creator of the Hakomi
Experiential Method and Donna Martin, Senior Trainer and Therapist.
Lorraine now has a private practice in Vancouver, B.C. based in both Bodywork Therapy and the Hakomi Experiential Method. For the past 15 years, she has also maintained a practice in Winlaw, B.C. in Bodywork Therapy, including deep tissue, rocking, joint release, rebalancing, postural evaluation, working with the child, chakra and energy work, and hakomi.
Spending 27 years in the West Kootenays raising her children, Lorraine has created a healthy lifestyle for her studies in bodywork, tai chi, meditation and hakomi. Lorraine has a big heart and an especially wonderful way of working with young people, including many couples, using the Hakomi Experiential Method.
Chernove is a certified Hakomi therapist in private practice in Ladner
and Vancouver, BC. Having trained with Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin
for seven years, he co-leads Hakomi workshops in Vancouver, assists Ron
Kurtz in Ashland trainings, and assists Donna Martin in BC supervisions.
Inspired by Hakomi principles, Jeff’s work is deepened by his life experiences which include working with adolescents in crisis, developing programs for training women in trades, assisting marginalized indigenous peoples in North America and Southeast Asia, and thirty years of practicing meditation and healing arts. He has 25 years experience in the development of men’s groups. As a cancer survivor, he has gained some insights into the emotional impact of dealing with a long term life threatening illness. As a husband, father, and friend, he appreciates the complexity and beauty of intimate relationships.
Jeff is committed to developing small Hakomi support groups and, as part of the Hakomi training team, he is committed to the growth of Hakomi in Canada.
Marvin is currently a therapist and trainer of Hakomi (www.amindfulway.ca)
and works as a business consultant with The
Next Institute. She has a consulting practice using the Hakomi Experiential
Method to serve the needs of individuals and couples in a private therapeutic
setting, and to introduce communication technology to organizations facing
challenges in managing the relationship aspects of business. Having studied
with Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin for the last six years, her intention
is to contribute to the development of Hakomi trainings in Canada, and
to create opportunities for Hakomi work to be integrated into the heart
of Canadian business.
In 1997, she was invited by the Province of British Columbia to join the Board of Governors of Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, which she chaired from 1998 to 2003. She is currently a member of the Foundation Board of Emily Carr. Georgia was awarded a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal by the Province of British Columbia in 2002, recognizing her contributions to the post-secondary education system in the province. A graduate of UBC in 1966 (BA) with two post-graduate diplomas in education, she worked in the field of education from 1967 to 1993.
Georgia Marvin's business career began after her father's death when she joined, in 1990, the Board of her third generation family business. In 1993, Georgia became Chairman of the Board, where she worked for a decade on modernizing the manufacturing plant and developing professional leadership in both the operating and governance realms of that business. She serves on the Vancouver Board of The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, a national organization that supports family owned businesses.
In the gifted spaces within her professional career, Georgia has raised three children and currently lives with her husband on a floating home in Ladner, BC.
Favell is a certified Hakomi Therapist with 20 years experience
in the mental health and counselling field. She has worked 11 years
as an addictions counsellor in Kamloops. Carlin has worked and
studied for many years with Donna Martin, International Hakomi
Trainer, and trained with Ron Kurtz, master therapist and originator
of the Hakomi method of psychotherapy.
Carlin employs a wide range of progressive experiential strategies including Hakomi and Triangles work ( based on the evolutionary work of Donna Martin and Paul Brenner) that help individuals, groups, and teams access the adaptive unconscious, shifting from chaotic lifestyles to clearer ones.
She specializes in wellness, creativity, stress reduction, and helping individuals reach their full potential in any area of their lives.
Roland Berard is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. He has been studying with Donna Martin, Ron Kurtz and Greg Johanson, since 2002. In 2003, in collaboration with Donna Martin, he introduced Hakomi to the Montreal area and has assisted Donna and served as organizer of these bilingual trainings for the last 6 years. He continues to support the Hakomi community in the area.
Roland is also a graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing practitioner and teacher training programs, a Reiki Master /Teacher and a practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Roland worked as an engineer and project manager for over 25 years before making the career change to therapist and healing practitioner in 2001.
Roland is totally bilingual and has a private practice in Montreal, Québec, Canada. His passion for healing and his unique way of combining these different approaches help his clients move towards health and well-being.
Roland Berard est certifié comme thérapeute et formateur en Hakomi. Il étudie sous Donna Martin, Ron Kurtz et Greg Johanson depuis 2002. En 2003, en collaboration avec Donna Martin, il a introduit le Hakomi dans la région de Montréal et a assisté Donna et servi comme organisateur de ces formations bilingues pour les 6 dernières années. Il continue de supporter la communauté dans la région.
Roland est aussi diplômé de l’école de Barbara Brennan en tant que praticien et enseignant. Il est Maître et enseignant de Reiki et un praticien de la technique Emotional Freedom (EFT). Roland a travaillé comme ingénieur et directeur de projet pendant plus de 25 années avant de faire un changement de carrière en 2001 à celui de thérapeute et praticien en guérison.
Roland est parfaitement bilingue et a une pratique privée à Montréal, Québec, Canada. Sa passion pour la guérison et sa façon unique de combiner ces différentes approches aide à ces client(e)s à cheminer vers la guérison et le bien-être.
Danielle Laferrière, osteopath, DO, MROQ, works as a body-mind therapist, a teacher of mindfulness, Qi Gong and Chinese Energetic for over 25 years. She gave workshops in France, Costa Rica and Quebec. She is a certified Hakomi therapist trained by Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin and a Teacher of Hakomi in Quebec. She has a degree from the Fine Arts School of Montreal, and studied Art Education and Theater at UQUAM.
Danielle lives with her husband Hersh Gottheil near St-Sauveur (45min. from Montreal), where she teaches Hakomi with her partner, and has her practice in a workshop space at the edge of the forest. She sees the Hakomi method as a thread that ties oriental wisdom together with current western appreciation of how mind and body relate.
She said: “I wanted to get Hakomi and Hakomi got me!”
Danielle Laferrière, ostéopathe, DO MROQ, travaille comme thérapeute et enseigne la Présence à Soi, le Qi Gong, et l’énergétique chinoise depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle a donné des stages en France, au Costa Rica et au Québec. Certifiée comme thérapeute et enseignante en Hakomi ayant eu la chance d’être formée par Ron Kurtz et Dona Martin, elle pratique et enseigne le Hakomi au Québec. Elle a aussi un diplôme des Beaux Arts de Montréal, ainsi qu’en éducation en art et en théâtre à l’UQUAM.
Elle vit à la campagne avec son mari Hersh Gottheil et a un centre près de la forêt ou elle enseigne la méthode Hakomi avec son conjoint, et y pratique comme thérapeute. Elle voit la méthode Hakomi comme un lien entre la tradition orientale et les plus récentes découvertes de la relation entre le corps et l’esprit.
Elle dit: ”Je voulais apprendre le Hakomi et c’est le Hakomi qui m’a prit!”
Hersh Gottheil has been a practicing counselor and therapist since 1987. He holds a Certificate in Adult Education and Counseling from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he trained in Psychosynthesis, Group Process and Art Therapy. In 1988 he moved to Ashland Oregon and trained with Ron Kurtz for six months. Qi Gong and meditation is also part of his life. Hersh is a Certified Hakomi Teacher, works with individuals, couples and groups and assists and teaches in Hakomi trainings. He now lives in Saint-Sauveur Quebec (where the road ends and the forest begins) with his wife Danielle, has a private practice and collaborates teaching The Hakomi Method.
“There is a wonderful potential for real transformation when people feel safe, respected and supported… Hakomi offers that and more”.
Hersh pratique comme thérapeute depuis 1987. Diplomé en Adult Education and Counseling à OISE, il a aussi une formation en psychosynthèse, travail de groupe et thérapie par l’art. En 1988 il se rend à Ashland Orégon et pour six mois et étudie la méthode Hakomi avec Ron Kurtz. La méditation et le Qi Gong font aussi partie de sa vie. Il est un enseignant certifié de la méthode Hakomi et travaille en individuel, avec des couples et des groupes. Il demeure à St-Sauveur, à l’aurée du bois, avec son épouse Danielle, et collabore à l’enseignement de la méthode Hakomi au Québec.
“Il y a une grande possibilité de transformation lorsque nous nous sentons en sécurité, respecté et accompagné… Hakomi offre celà et plus encore.”
Marcia Burton is a Certified Hakomi Therapist and Trainer. Marcia has trained with, and continues to work closely with Ron Kurtz, creator of the Hakomi method. She teaches in England, Ireland, USA and Canada. Marcia has an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Since 2000, she has used Hakomi to support individuals and families experiencing the effects of bereavement, trauma, stress-related illness, cancer, and challenges in relationship. She is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
She has had a mindfulness practice since 1994, which includes a combination of meditation, qi gong and Hakomi. “One of the many things I love about Hakomi is that it provides a framework for me to extend mindfulness and compassion into my daily life, my relationships, and my work. Hakomi reminds me to be inspired by life, and to trust the wisdom in ourselves as living beings, being blessed with a natural inclination towards healing.”
Marcia brings a combination of gentleness, compassion, humour and playfulness to her work. She lives on Salt Spring Island, with her husband, Bob Milone, a fellow Hakomi trainer. She enjoys kayaking, gardening and walking on the beach.
The Hakomi Leadership
Team has a vision to contribute to world peace and personal and community
healing through offering an experiential approach to self and other awareness,
along with the practice of Loving Presence, and the experiential bodymind
personal and interpersonal healing practices of the Hakomi Method. This
is offered mainly through individual, couple and group therapy, open workshops,
retreats, and one, two and three-year trainings.
For information about the Canadian Hakomi Leadership Team please contact Donna Martin.
Other Hakomi Leadership Teams are being developed in:
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• Great Britain - the team is located in Sheffield, England and the contact person is Dr. Ginny Bennett
• Scotland - please contact Diarmid Baillie
• Argentina - Buenos Aires, please contact Cecilia Burgos
• Hawaii - Hawaii, contact Dechen Yeshe Wangmo
• Japan - for workshops and trainings, contact Masaji Takano.