Becoming a Breema Practitioner offers much more than a certification. It’s a life-enhancing, profound way to care for yourself as you learn how to be of real help to others. By participating in an immersive course, your relationship to the Nine Principles of Harmony receives regular support, and your understanding of life and your role in it deepens. You develop body-mind connection that gives you a strong foundation for relating to all aspects of life.
This 12-month intensive weekend format is ideally suited for those interested in becoming a Certified Breema Practitioner and applying and integrating Breema into their profession(s), but all who wish to benefit from this opportunity are welcome to join. For those who cannot attend monthly, there are many additional options for accruing certification hours.
Students will receive an experiential education in the philosophy and principles of Breema, and a practical education that will give them the ability to safely and effectively practice Breema as a practitioner.
We will learn and practice a select repertoire of bodywork and Self-Breema sequences, all living expressions of the Nine Universal Principles of Harmony. As we study the comprehensive philosophy of Breema, we learn to apply the principles and philosophy of Breema in our own lives.
Studying Breema is experiential—we learn, first, with the body, and the emphasis is on our own experience. Succinctly put, to study Breema is to study oneself. Breema offers perspectives and experiences that can become the foundation of a profound self-understanding with the potential to have a transformative effect on one’s life.
Those who receive a certificate of completion from the Breema Center, having met all the requirements of practitioner certification, are qualified to call themselves Certified Breema Practitioners. A total of 165 hours are required for practitioner certification. The 150 hours of Breema and Self-Breema classroom instruction can be accrued at the monthly practitioner weekend workshops, at workshops and weekly classes offered at the Breema Center, as well as at Breema Intensives. In addition to classroom instruction, students must complete 15 hours of Anatomy and Physiology classes or assignments, participate in 3 touch support sessions with Certified Breema Instructors, and document 5 student practice sessions.
$200 monthly ($180 if paid by the last day of the previous month)
For the month following the weekend you’ve paid for and attended, you can participate in classes at the Breema Center at no additional charge!
Enrollment in the 12-Month Breema Practitioner Course is open throughout the year. To enroll in the Practitioner Certificate Program, fill out an application here.
Please note that the Breema Center does not offer any vocational placement, nor does it claim that graduates of the program should or will be able to pursue Breema as an income source. This is left entirely up to each graduate, and all applicable state and local laws must be followed in order to practice professionally.
Monthly Workshop Schedule
January 13-14, 2024
February 10-11, 2024 Winter Breema Intensive – The Principle of Body Comfortable
March 9-10, 2024 The Principle of No Extra
April 12-14, 2024 The Principle of Firmness and Gentleness (in Santa Cruz)
May 11-12, 2024 Becoming Present
June 8-9, 2024 Living in the Moment
July 13-14, 2024 Summer Breema Intensive – The Principle of Full Participation
Aug 10-11, 2024 The Principle of Mutual Support
Sept 27-29, 2024 The Principle of No Judgment (in Santa Cruz)
Oct 19-20, 2024 Fall Breema Intensive – The Principle of Single Moment/Single Activity
Nov 9-10, 2024 The Principle of No Hurry/No Pause
Dec 14-15, 2024 The Principle of No Force
Saturday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm 2:00-5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm 2:00-5:00 pm (no Sunday afternoon class in May, June, August, November, December)
Most weekend classes will be held at the Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618. Special retreat weekends will be offered at Hummingbird Valley, Santa Cruz, CA.
CE is available for massage therapists and bodyworkers, nurses, LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs based on attendance. $10 fee for processing .
All classes are taught by certified Breema Center instructors, many who have over 20 years of experience instructing and working with Breema’s principles. Among our instructors are professionals in the fields of bodywork and massage, somatic therapy, psychotherapy, medicine, chiropractic, dance/movement, business, education, and parenting.
Quotes from Instructors
After more than forty years of practicing Breema professionally, I still find it the most effective and transformative method I have ever known. Because it's based on a profound understanding of the universal laws that affect us, and directly addresses our fundamental structural, physiological, energetic, and psychological organization as humans, it's a phenomenal catalyst for improving physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Every person who studies Breema can apply it in their own life and profession to find greater meaning, satisfaction, and benefit. I wish everyone the opportunity to experience the essential support that Breema offers!
—Jon Schreiber, DC, Director of the Breema Center and Breema Clinic
Breema’s comprehensive, dynamic, somatic, and profoundly practical approach to understanding the purpose of life is without parallel, and offers a true window into both developmental psychology and the meaning of Consciousness. Its simple, holistic practice and principles can be applied to any activity and to every helping profession with an increasingly beneficial result for both practitioner and client.
—Angela Porter, LMFT, Psychotherapist, Graduate Psychology Professor, Trauma Specialist, and Breema Instructor
Breema infuses my life and medical practice with its dynamic, profound, and common-sense approach, that simultaneously supports the part and the whole, the practitioner and the patient, the individual and the universal. The magic of Breema is its practicality—starting with a direct experience of the body, we can develop a nurturing and supportive relationship with ourselves, from which we can offer true support to others. Breema addresses the visible manifestations of distress, yet looks at the state of the body and the planet as catalysts for inner growth.
—Alexandra Johnson, MD, Integrative Family Medicine Doctor and Breema Instructor
After practicing and teaching Breema for over 30 years, my respect and love for this approach to real health is stronger than ever. Breema gives me a solid foundation for meeting the challenges and demands of life with presence and harmony. The way it releases mental and emotional as well as physical tension is essential to health. Doing Breema bodywork, I move and use my body in a unique way that nothing else approaches—it's as important for my body as my exercise program.
—Denise Berezonsky, Associate Director of the Breema Clinic, Breema Practitioner and Instructor
Breema is so effective therapeutically because it addresses the full spectrum of our human experience. Breema dissolves the fundamental misconceptions that prevent us from experiencing health and well-being. Instead of fighting dis-ease, we can increase vitality, bringing mind, body, and feelings to function in unity. For over 20 years, Breema’s Nine Principles of Harmony have guided my work, allowing me and my clients to both be nurtured and energized by our exchange.
—Matthew Tousignant, Somatic Psychotherapist and Breema Instructor
The feeling that I am doing something meaningful for my life has always been rooted in my connection to the body. As a dancer, I see my body’s movement as a relationship to a bigger picture that ultimately includes so much more than any technique I have studied. After twenty-five years of learning and practicing a wide variety of movement modalities, Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony have fundamentally shaped my approach to health and my work as a somatic educator and Nia instructor. Breema’s holistic philosophy applies to the work I share with students in my dance classes and inspires me with a direction for daily living-- to accept my body’s experience, allowing it to be a trustworthy guide, free of judgment, to listen to my body’s inherent potential, moment by moment, with body-mind connection, and to support it to let go of unnecessary tension or force. When I remember to apply these simple aspects of Breema, I experience more aliveness in myself, and nourishment for my body, mind, and feelings to work together and dance through life harmoniously.
— Alexis Mulhauser, Nia Dance, Yoga, and Breema Instructor