What is the Hoffman Process? | Hoffman Institute Canada


What is the Hoffman Process?

Founded in 1967 by Bob Hoffman, the Hoffman Process is based on the Negative Love Syndrome® The week-long Process provides a safe, supportive environment in which participants identify and begin healing negative patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving in any kind of relationship.

The program is designed to be safe and supportive, the Process combines the best of group and individual work to support your personal journey. Teachers use experiential learning, and employ an empathic, supportive approach that respects the dignity of each person.

Read a copy of the negative Love Syndrome here: A Path to Personal Freedom and Love.

What is Experiential Learning?

In experiential learning, you are led through a series of experiences and activities that allow you to regain access to the different parts of yourself. Parts you may normally keep suppressed or which you may close off from yourself.

You are guided as the journey of the Process unfolds, day-by-day, hour-by-hour, so you can be present to what is happening in each moment, without having to think about what’s coming next.

Who takes the Process, and why?

Process participants come from all income groups, professions, cultures, and spiritual beliefs. They range in age from 21 to over 80. Despite varied backgrounds, those who come to the Process have a sense of dissatisfaction and a deep desire to change. The Process appeals to people who are looking for concise and real results to get to the bottom of what is holding them back from a fulfilling life. They want more love, success, creativity, peace, and empowerment in their lives.

Can I take the Process with my wife, husband, or partner?

No. We ask that romantic partners and family members do not participate in the same Process. Couples inevitably have intertwined dynamics that are difficult to separate during the Process. This is an individual course in a group setting and we want each person to focus on his or her own journey. Once both people in a relationship have taken the Process, you are welcome to both attend graduate courses together.

What are the possible outcomes of participating in the Process?

Through the Hoffman Process, you will come to know yourself emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually as never before. You will find your authentic self. The Process offers deep and rapid resolution of emotional issues. You can recover your love, happiness, self-expression and emotional intelligence as a renewed, powerful, and mature adult.

The University of California, Davis researchers discovered that, for graduates of the Hoffman Process, there were significant increases in the positive effects of empathy, emotional intelligence, sense of well-being, and spirituality. All these aspects contribute to an overall sense of well-being. These positive aspects were also found to continue to increase over time.

What is the structure of the Process?

During your week at the Process, you will learn how to deal more effectively with the unproductive behaviors, moods and attitudes affecting your adult life. The Process is conducted in a beautiful, natural setting. The days are full and structured, with ample time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It includes a variety of cognitive, intuitive, and cathartic exercises designed to allow you to view and understand the important factors in your life from a new perspective. You will also learn tools and practices that will support you after the Process.

Your journey will include discussions, guided meditations, journaling, cathartic exercises, small group sessions, personal interactions with teachers, and play activities. Although much of the work is done in the large group, it is not like “talk therapy.” Rather, it is done through experiential learning, which produces beneficial therapeutic outcomes, such as decreasing anxiety and depression and increasing feelings of self-love and compassion. You do not have to share the content of what you are working on with others, yet you will feel supported in your own journey by being in the presence of others who, like you, are committed to their growth and learning.

How many students are in each Process?

A typical Process ranges from 28-40 students, with a maximum of 40 people per course. There is one certified teacher for every 6-9 students.

Will I need to disclose my personal story in a group setting?

No. Although the majority of the work is done in a group setting, every student is doing his or her own internal and individual healing work. Very little personal information is exchanged.




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