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The Practice of Loving Presence

Ron Kurtz and Donna Martin met in 1990. Ron and Donna began teaching together almost immediately and at around the same time, Ron had the inspiration for the practice of Loving Presence. It can be said that when the mind is quiet, the heart will do the work. Research has confirmed that the most significant predictor for a successful therapeutic outcome is the quality of the therapist’s relationship with the client. Ron recognized that the ideal state of mind for therapists – which can be cultivated with practice – was what he called “Loving Presence”. Not only did Ron recognize the power of this state of mind for therapists (as well as for anyone in any kind of significant relationship), but he was able to brilliantly articulate a sequence of stages to cultivate this way of being. It was Ron’s wish that the practice of Loving Presence be made available to as many people as possible. This is the immense contribution to the world that is the legacy of Ron Kurtz.

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Ron Kurtz was the originator of the Hakomi Method and a preeminent innovator and influence in mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy. Ron died on January 4, 2011. As the originator, he was the final authority on Hakomi. His teachings and materials, hard drives and videos were widely and freely distributed in order for as many people to have access to Hakomi as possible. Some of Ron’s legacy materials are available at www.hakomi.com.

Seven years since his death, five of his trainers have collaborated to produce a new version of his teaching manual, one that retains the vitality and authenticity of his voice but one that also matches the pedagogy and curriculum of the Hakomi Education Network training teams. The Hakomi Way: Healing and Consciousness is a compilation of his thoughts, his writings and his talks in one book, his last word on the subject of Hakomi and how he wanted it to be taught and practised after he was gone.

Our hope is that it keeps Ron’s voice alive in the midst of the learning and that it contributes to his great legacy. Ron developed the Hakomi Method in the 1970’s and taught and refined it for over forty years. In 1981, he co-founded the Hakomi Institute and, in the mid 90’s, the Hakomi Education Network. Author of Body-Centered Psychotherapy, The Body Reveals, and Grace Unfolding (with Greg Johanson), and a forthcoming book (with Donna Martin) on the Practice of Loving Presence, Ron left numerous papers, essays, training handbooks, as well as decades of video sessions of his brilliant work. He was the recipient of the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy.

Hakomi is now taught widely throughout the world, including North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Asia.

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In the time of COVID

 

Dear Hakomi Education Network friends,

We would like to reach out to reassure you that we are paying close attention to the unfolding of Coronavirus (COVID-19), monitoring conditions around the world and the possible implications in terms of travels and quarantines. As an international group, we are giving this the relevance that it deserves since we rely on our ability to be mindful and take care of each other.

Your health and safety, and that of our teachers and trainers and the people that organize and host us are of crucial importance to us all.

While we are monitoring the outbreak as it develops, we are in close contact with each other and with local resources to make the most informed decisions about holding trainings and retreats. If, at any time, our local resources indicate that it is unsafe to hold the retreat/training you can be assured we will reschedule it and/or find a virtual alternative to its completion.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Warm regards,

The HEN Leadership Team

 

Pandemic
~ Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath –
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
Center down
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.