About the Hoffman Process
Bob Hoffman created the Hoffman Process in 1967, drawing on established techniques and adding a few nuggets of his own. More than 50 years later, his work is even more relevant than it ever was, and the Hoffman Institute now operates from 17 centres in 14 countries worldwide. Many participants see the Hoffman Process as the transition point between their life as it was, and their life as they would like it to be.
The Hoffman Process works on the basis that an intense, condensed experiential programme can speed up someone’s healing journey and is considerably less time-consuming than months or years of traditional one-session-a-week therapy.
The theory of Hoffman; childhood as the core
Our early upbringing has a profound effect on our lives. Bob Hoffman recognised that as children we unconsciously adopt the negative behaviours, belief systems, moods, attitudes and insecurities of our caregivers in order to be loved. These patterns of behaviour pass from generation to generation and it is only when we recognise and deal with them that the cycle can be broken. Bob called this ‘Negative Love Syndrome’ (you can watch an intro to negative love in a the short video from Hoffman USA below).
The Hoffman Process teaches us how to release and resolve persistent negative behavioural patterns of feeling unloved and unlovable. We examine the major influences on our lives, trace the root of the adopted negativity, and release any pain, grief, anger, shame or resentment that has been stored there.
The ultimate aim of the Process is to help everyone reach forgiveness and acceptance for themselves and others. This allows for a more compassionate approach to personal relationships and family life.
To read more about the history of the Process and its founder, Bob Hoffman, click here
What happens on the course?
The Process takes the form of a workshop where each day you’ll be taught tools and techniques to support you for life. There are regular breaks and the food and refreshments are carefully planned to ensure that you’re physically as well as emotionally looked after. Each day will start at 7.30 for breakfast, followed by our first workshop at 8.30. We aim to finish at 9.30pm each evening.
In the UK, our Process groups are usually limited to 24 people maximum. The Hoffman teachers work as a team with a ratio of 1:8. They are highly trained and are licensed to work within a contract of standards of safety governed by Hoffman International. Exercises are fully explained beforehand and may be done in a group, small groups, in pairs or on your own. The Process has a unique recipe, drawing ingredients from various modalities including Gestalt, NLP, CBT, mindfulness, bioenergetic and psychodynamic work. Examples include journalling, meditation and guided visualisation, as well as physically expressive exercises. Although you’re supported, encouraged and often inspired by other group members, it’s important you focus on your own journey.
Confidentiality is assured and it is up to you how much you wish to share with others. In order for you to get the most from the course you’re asked to give up any distractions such as phones, mobile devices and reading materials. However, it’s always possible for you to be contacted in an emergency.
Although our Process venues provide peaceful and comfortable surroundings, often in areas of outstanding natural beauty, Hoffman is not a pampering Spa retreat. There will be times of intense emotional and physical experience, some of which may feel challenging at the time. Over the course of the week and in the months and years that follow, you will be able to live your life on your terms, to connect more to those around you, to achieve long held visions and – though it may sound unconventional – to love yourself.
Everyone’s experience of the Process will be different, because we have all had different backgrounds and because we all want different things out of life. This is why the timing of the course and the pre-course homework is so important – see our ‘getting the timing right‘ page for more information. Our staff are on hand from the moment you pick up the phone to guide you through the registration process, to welcome you to the venue and facilitate your journey through the week and as you return home.