Reiki Academy

Reiki Adademy

The Reiki Academy offers Reiki and Animal Reiki  training classes both online and in-person.

See the Events Calendar for information on upcoming Reiki Classes

What Is Reiki?

life-force-energyReiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words: “Rei,” which means “Divine Wisdom or the Higher Power,” and “Ki,” which is life force energy (also known as Chi or Prana). So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life-force energy.”

Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of energy healing that anyone can use. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

An attunement is like a special and sacred meditation, and brings us into alignment with the Reiki energy. A Reiki attunement is activated by a Reiki Master-Teacher, who has been trained in the attunement technique, and who shares the process with a person who has the spiritual desire and intention to awaken their inner healing power.

The use of Reiki is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

There are three levels of Reiki classes and attunements in the Usui Reiki Tradition. Certificates of Completion are offered for each level of Reiki and Animal Reiki training.


 reiki one online class

Reiki Level One

3-Week Beginning Program

– Open to anyone who wants to learn how to use the healing power of Reiki for yourself and your human and animal friends and family!

– Offered in an online format that also includes three-live class teleconference calls (CLOSED)

– Offered as an Independent Study Option

Prerequisite: An open heart and mind and a willingness to learn and discover

In Reiki 1 you’ll learn:

  • What is Reiki
  • History of Reiki
  • How Reiki heals
  • How Reiki can be used
  • The different levels of Reiki
  • How the attunement process works
  • Self-treatment with Reiki
  • How to give a Reiki treatment to another person
  • Reiki hand positions
  • How to feel and work with the Reiki energy
  • Hands-on practice giving and receiving Reiki


Reiki Level Two

A 2-week program to expand and deepen your experience of Reiki, and includes learning and using the three Level 2 Reiki symbols. We will learn how to use Distant Reiki (including past/future healing), and will practice doing complete Reiki treatments using all of the symbols.

We’ll also practice group healing, more advanced Reiki meditation practices, and learn how to deepen our experiences of with Reiki. Students will receive a manual and a Reiki Level 2 Certificate upon completion of the course.

– Offered in an online format

Prerequisite: Reiki Level One

In Reiki 2 you’ll learn:

  • Introduction to Reiki symbols
  • How to use Reiki symbols
  • Reiki for specific conditions
  • Reiki for healing unwanted habits
  • Distant healing with Reiki
  • Healing the past and future with Reiki
  • Use of Dr. Usui’s Japanese Reiki techniques
  • Reiki sharing with one another
  • Reiki II attunement


Reiki Level 3: Advanced Reiki Techniques and Reiki Master-Teacher Training

This class is for people who have Reiki 1 and 2 certification (from any lineage) and who have been working consistently with Reiki for at least six months. The Reiki Master attunement represents a strong commitment to Reiki and will further increase the strength and flow of the Reiki energy. The ART/Reiki Master course is given over three full days.

Practitioners who complete this course will be qualified to teach Reiki if they choose to do so.

Prerequisite: The Reiki Master Level Certification is a professional certification program that requires a deep commitment to Reiki practice. Minimum requirements for this course:

  • Usui Reiki Level 2 Certification for at least six months
  • A daily personal Reiki practice
  • Experience in sharing Reiki with others, both in-person and distance
  • Usui Level 2 Reiki symbols memorized and used regularly in practice
  • A commitment to your own spiritual path, to Reiki, and to upholding the highest ethical standards and integrity as a Reiki Master.

Reiki 3 Class Topics:

  • Usui Reiki master symbol attunement and practice
  • Reiki meditation techniques
  • Using a crystal grid for distant Reiki
  • Aura clearing and creating sacred space with Reiki
  • How to give attunements to others
  • How to  structure and teach a Reiki class
  • Professional ethics and boundaries in Reiki practice

Animal Reiki Open Access Class

A 2-week program for certified Reiki Practitioners who wish to learn effective ways to use Reiki to support animals. Learn to use the healing power of Reiki with animals of all species.

Prerequisite: You must be a certified Reiki Practitioner (level one or higher in any Reiki tradition or lineage) to enroll in this class. If you are not yet a Reiki Practitioner, you may take the Reiki Level One Online Class, or find a class with a Reiki Master-Teacher in your area.

The Animal Reiki course is designed for people who wish to use Reiki to support the animals in their lives. Reiki is Reiki, whether used with humans or animals. However, there are particular considerations and approaches when using Reiki with animals that are important and helpful to know. We’ll learn how to share Reiki both off and on the body with an animal, and how to allow an animal to determine his or her own preferences in a Reiki session. We’ll practice with companion animals, and we’ll also learn how to use Reiki with wild animals and shelter animals.

In Animal Reiki, you’ll learn:

  • How Reiki with animals differs from Reiki with people
  • How to share Reiki with animals both on and off the body
  • How to allow an animal to determine his or her own preferences in a Reiki session
  • Tips and tools for sharing Reiki with companion, shelter and rescued animals, and wild animals
  • How to structure an animal Reiki session
  • Ethics and safety when sharing Reiki with animals
  • Hands-on practice sharing Reiki with animals

advanced animal reiki 2

Advanced Animal Reiki

A 2-week program for certified Reiki Practitioners (level 2 or beyond) who want to understand how to use Reiki with animals most effectively and are interested in receiving high-quality animal Reiki training from an experienced professional animal communicator and Reiki Master-Teacher.

– Offered in an online formal

Prerequisite: Reiki Level 2 (in any lineage/tradition)

Animal Reiki Level 1 is a recommended prerequisite for this class, but not required.

If you are not yet a certified Reiki Level 2 Practitioner, please see the Reiki Level Two Online Class,  or take a class from a Reiki Master-Teacher in your area.

In Advanced Animal Reiki, we’ll cover:

  • Using the Reiki symbols with animals
  • Sharing distant Reiki with animals
  • Using Reiki to heal past trauma
  • Animal chakras and Reiki
  • Reiki and end-of-life
  • Using Reiki to connect with animals in the spirit world
  • Practice using distant and hands-on Reiki with animals

reiki level one online

Ethics and Energetic Boundaries for Animal Communicators and Animal Energy Workers

A 4-week online course which includes live conference calls, on developing professional ethics and healthy energetic boundaries in animal communication, animal Reiki, and holistic animal energy work.

– Open to any student or professional in Animal Communication, Animal Reiki, or other modalities of holistic animal energy work.

*This is also a Level 3 class for the Animal Communication Professional Training Program.

If you are currently in OR interested in taking the Animal Communication Professional Training Program, click the button below.

Reiki for Animals

Private Reiki Instruction and Mentoring

For most people, an in-person Reiki class is optimal for experiencing and learning to work with  the deeply transformational energy of Reiki. An in-person class also provides the opportunity to practice sharing Reiki with other people and animals.

However, for people for whom an in-person Reiki class is not available or possible, I offer private, 1:1 or small group instruction via telephone and Skype.

I also offer private, 1:1 mentoring for Reiki practitioners via phone or Skype. Topics may include:

  • Deepening your Reiki practice
  • Working with challenges
  • Ethics and energetic boundaries
  • Setting up a professional practice
  • Trusting Reiki and your own natural intuitive healing ability
  • Working with non-physical Reiki guides

Click here for additional information on private instruction and mentoring.

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