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What's involved in a Reiki course?

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

For some, the benefits of a self-care tool, new healing powers and a community to practice with after is sufficient to sign up for a course. However, for others they may want to know what goes on during a course and find out more about why they may like to attend.

First of all, teaching Reiki for me isn't just about the information you learn, this is also a serious investment into your health and wellbeing and 2 days of your time, so it's got be a transformative experience.

First off, I introduce the participants to one another over a cup of tea. Tea features strongly in these sessions as it's good to drink plenty of fluids when detoxing your system, and a Reiki course is very much a 2-day energy detox as you let go of what no longer serves and embrace a new way of being.

Next, I hand out the manuals. Group sizes are predominantly kept to four and under to make it an intimate experience. A group of four allows enough diversity to keep it interesting yet have a good teacher to student ratio, meaning noone gets lost in the crowd. The manuals include everything covered in the course, plus pointers to additional resources and how, if appropriate, to complete case studies to get professional certification.

If it's winter, the woodburning stove gets lit so we're all nice and cosy and we take to the sofas where we learn the theory, meditation practices and how to give self-treatments.

At some point over the two days the Reiki couches come out and students learn how to give hands on healing treatments to each other. This means the students also receive a treatment, which is always nice!

Over the course of the training participants are also the recipient's of a number of spiritual blessings (attunements) to activate and enhance their healing abilities. These are profound moments in the course, for both teacher and recipient, creating a close bond with those that attend.

If all parameters have been met, the student receives a certificate. At Okuden (level 2) and above, this certificate is needed to get insurance to set up to practice professionally and join any Reiki associations. This then provides a lovely way to earn an additional income, and is a beautiful way to serve your community.

Finally, after each course the student is invited to go on a 21 day healing journey. This is where a student participates in daily meditation and self-healing, documenting their experiences in a journal. This is a profound way of putting into place the contents of the course and making Reiki a daily habit. Students often experience significant shifts in these journeys; clearing out old emotions, injuries and illnesses as they step forwards into a new way of being.

Whilst individual experiences vary, almost everyone finds the courses deliver far more than they were expecting and they can't wait to come back, do the next level and do it all again!

There are 4 levels a student might complete over time:

Shodun (first teachings) - level 1

Okuden (inner teachings) - level 2

Shinpiden (mystery teachings) - level 3 / Reiki Master

Teacher level

I have run courses for all levels since 2014, and look forward to welcoming those that are interested to a course here soon!

Check the events page to find out when the next course is running. Feel free to enquire about any courses and the intro Reiki treatment I offer before I become a teacher for anyone. I would love to welcome you to my healing community and introduce you to my Reiki students and friends!

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