The founder of Hakomi "body-centered psychotherapy" has decided to make his home in Ashland and open a training center after suffering a heart attack earlier this year.

The founder of Hakomi "body-centered psychotherapy" has decided to make his home in Ashland and open a training center after suffering a heart attack earlier this year.

Ron Kurtz, 76, says he wants to "slow down," organize the library of his lectures and workshops and offer trainings for trainers.

Trainings will be available for both the public and professionals on Hakomi, which Kurtz calls "applied Buddhism" because of its emphasis on gentle mindfulness, nonviolence, honesty and the oneness of mind and body.

Kurtz will announce his plans during a benefit for the Ron Kurtz Center Legacy Project at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Suggested donation is $10-$20.

The Kurtz Center will open Dec. 10 with an array of Hakomi classes, listed at http://ronkurtzcenter.com.

Hakomi, a Hopi word for "who are you?," de-emphasizes the verbal techniques of traditional psychology, Kurtz says, instead "using mindfulness, with little experiments to evoke memories, so that old painful memories arise to heal and modify in healthy ways."

— John Darling, for the Mail Tribune