Hakomi Workshop

In and Out of Character: From Protection to Connection

A two-workshop series with Jules Morgaine, Certified Hakomi Trainer

MULLUMBIMBY: Thu 21 Mar—Tue 26 Mar 2024

MODULE 1:  Thu 21 — Sun 24 March 2024

MODULE 2:  Wed 22 — Sun 26 May 2024

Character styles are formed early in life in response to our environment, around core human issues of contact, safety, need, dependency, separation, self-esteem, control, sexuality, competition and competence. These character styles create protective and supportive defences in our childhood, which later become unconscious and therefore outside our awareness. In adulthood, these patterns become limiting, making it difficult or impossible to fully achieve our potential in relationships, work, parenting and other aspects of our life.

Clients come to therapy wanting change in some way, to let go of certain feelings, thoughts and behaviours that do not work for them. They also come for something less easily articulated, but often expressed in this way “I want to find my real self” or “I want to know who I am”. What often gets in the way is “Character”.

There are typical patterns of behaviour, body and beliefs that have been described since Reich first talked of ‘character armour’. Character styles are patterns of thinking, feeling, behaviour, belief, relating patterns imprinted in the body and in the neurophysiology as much as in the psyche. Present day knowledge of character is drawn from developmental theory, object relations, bioenergetics, self-psychology and neurophysiology. In Hakomi psychotherapy a knowledge of character processes assists the therapist to be sensitive to individual clients, and provide effective therapy within the principles of Hakomi.

This series of 2 workshops, module 1 four-days followed by module 2 five-days, will help you understand human behaviour more deeply and compassionately.  We will explore 8 different character patterns, both in relation to ourself and clients we work with. I will offer teaching on ways to work effectively with each character pattern in order to enable clients to more fully embrace the potential of their lives.  We will also explore the way our own character patterns can limit our effectiveness as therapists and learn ways to move beyond this in the therapeutic relationship. The workshops are designed for therapists, those interested in learning more about their own character styles, but also for people working in corporate or education areas where an understanding of human behaviour is useful.

The workshop presenter, Jules Morgaine, is a certified Hakomi therapist and Hakomi Trainer with the Hakomi Institute South Pacific Team. She has over 30 years experience as a psychotherapist and currently works in private practice offering therapy and supervision. She leads Hakomi workshops in Australia and New Zealand and leads Hakomi Trainings in New Zealand and Perth.


  • The creation of character styles that protect us, but at the same time limit our potential, and prevent real connection with others. 
  • Character styles which consist of states of consciousness, behaviour patterns, emotional tendencies, core beliefs about the self and the world as well as typical body structures and postures.
  • The influences that shape our typical defensive patterns.
  • How to recognise character styles in ourselves and others.
  • The ways in which character impacts on others, bringing forth responses that tend to reinforce the core beliefs.
  • How to relate to others in a way that  the chances of real connection, and reduces the likelihood of being caught in destructive relationship systems.
  • The application of this knowledge to psychotherapy practice, and relevance for relating in a variety of settings.

This series explores the etiology of the five basic categories of character used in Hakomi and the developmental wounds associated with each. Participants will learn to make theory-driven hypotheses about the needs and core material of various clients by examining their clients’ physical, emotional and behavioural tendencies. Participants will also practice using the mindfulness-based techniques of Hakomi to bring these strategies into consciousness so they can be examined and transformed. Upon completing this training, participants will be able to use the character map to design more targeted and refined therapeutic interventions and will recognise when their own character habits may be shaping their interactions with clients in limiting ways.


Module 1:  (4 Days)
21—24 March 2024
Thursday to Saturday: 10.00am—6.00pm (1.5 hour lunch break)
Sunday: 10.30am—4.00pm (1 hour lunch break)

Module 2:  (5 Days)
22—26 May, 2024
Wednesday to Saturday: 10.00am—6.00pm (1.5 hour lunch break)
Sunday: 10.30am—4.00pm (1 hour lunch break)

Mevlana Hall – 42 Bilin road, Myocum, NSW

Early Bird:    $2,000  (by 15 January, 2024)
Full Fee:       $2,500  (by 1 March, 2024)
Instalments: $1,300 (by 1 March, 2024)
$1,300 (by 1 May, 2024)

Cost Includes:
Both workshops, workbook, morning & afternoon tea.     

Please Note:

  • There is a high demand for this workshop.
  • As it’s a two-part workshop, commitment to both parts is required. 
  • Cost does not include lunch



Please click HERE for the online application form.

As this is a training, it is subject to application prior to registration. Once approved, you will be contacted by Ayla Garlick with bank details. Once payment is received your place on the training will be secured.



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