For a decade Samuel has been integrating mindfulness practice with work that moves people through fear into the embodiment of their potential. His work is founded on intensive training with David Deida, Thomas Hübl, the Mankind Project, and the Hakomi Institute.
After graduating with high honors from UC Berkeley he went on to direct the engineering department for a German solar company. There he realized his lack of confidence was undermining his love life and work. Years of diligent training has transformed him from an awkward, socially inept engineer into a masterful coach, healer, and group facilitator. This happened not by becoming someone else, but by becoming more fully himself.
Samuel refines a decade of hard work with the best teachers to help people transform their lives. He is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner and a graduate of the Hakomi Institutes two-year program in experiential, mindfulness-based somatic therapy. He has been practicing meditation for fifteen years—most recently Tibetan Mahamudra with Daniel P. Brown—and studying integral philosophy and psychology for ten.
Samuel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist In California: LMFT#121802
In 2010 I was stressed out and struggling as the Director of Engineering for a German Solar Start-up. My creativity was suffering and my ability to lead my department was compromised. I felt depressed and stuck.
In addition, I could feel that my relationship with my partner was disintegrating. I was becoming distant, and underneath I was afraid that my partner was going to leave me.
I was suffering from a serious lack of confidence.
Despite 8 years of daily meditation practice, in the midst of the fury of love and work I would feel my presence collapse and I would fall into stress, overwhelm, and insecurity. I needed new tools to meet the challenges I was facing.
I started to look for perspectives and practices that could help me bring my meditation practice off the cussion and found three teachings that have changed my life.
First, I began to study with David Deida, one of the world’s foremost teachers of relational yoga. He is an amazing teacher for people who are looking to master the challenges of work and sexual relationship. Much of my subsequent journey has been influenced by the profound transformation and opening I experienced under David's guidance. This work has pushed me and humbled me. I am certain it has made me a better man--wiser, bolder, and more trustable. I have had the good fortune to assist David's workshops and I continue to learn from him.
Second, I began my study and training in Hakomi. This is a therapeutic modality that helps us to heal and transform fear, belief systems, and trauma that impacts our day-to-day life. This training allowed me to contact, feel, and deconstruct many of the habits and relational patterns that were at the root of my lack of confidence. The experience kindled a passion in me for counseling work and sparked my career transition from engineering into coaching and healing practice.
Finally, I encountered the teachings of Thomas Huebl, a master in the confluence of spiritual development and psychological healing. His work has evolved my understanding of how we awaken and develop, and deepened my competency as a counselor. After 3 years of study I became a member of Thomas's team and currently assist him in his teaching work in North America. I have a huge amount of respect for the way Thomas's work continues to evolve and grow more powerful in time.
The combination of work with David Deida, Thomas Huebl, my Hakomi Training, has allowed me to bring the presence I had practiced for years on the meditation cushion to meet the challenges of work and love relationships. It has also sparked me to follow my calling: to help people heal, grow, and contribute to their communities.