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Ronald S. Kurtz

Ronald S. Kurtz

1934 - 2011

Ron Kurtz, the originator of Hakomi Therapy, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., February 24, 1934, to Benjamin and May Kurtz, died in his adopted hometown of Ashland, Ore., on January 4, 2011.

Ron was an internationally renowned therapist who lectured and led workshops and trainings throughout the world. He was the author and co-author of three books that have been influential in the world of experiential psychotherapy: The Body Reveals, with Hector Prestera, Body-Centered Psychotherapy: The Hakomi Method, and Grace Unfolding: Psychotherapy in the Spirit of the Tao-te-ching, with Greg Johanson.

Ron brought a background in science to his work in therapy. He did undergraduate work in physics and English, and worked in computer electronics before doing doctoral work in experimental psychology at Indiana University. He taught there and later at San Francisco State College, and was at one time the resident body-mind therapist at Esalen Institute.

The Hakomi Therapy he developed was the first approach of psychotherapy to integrate the use of mindfulness and the mind body interface, and to be based on principles from the field of complex living systems.

He was a founder of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy, and was given their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He was also rewarded an honorary doctorate from the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in 2008.

His parents and his brother, Raymond Kurtz, preceded Ron in death. Ron is survived by his wife, Terry; and daughter, Lily.

Please join family and friends for a celebration of Ron's life, March 26, 2011, at the Ashland Community Center, located at 59 Winburn Way, Ashland, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please bring one flower to place in bouquets for honoring Ron. No additional flowers, please.

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