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Gaia School of Natural Health

Gaia School of Natural Health

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Gaia School of Natural Health

Welcome. The Gaia School, located on the Wirral, North West England, is well known for its excellence and high standards in Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy and Continuing Professional Development training.

Explore the website and see what inspirational life changing courses and CPD opportunities are available.

Covid-19 Update 29.6.20

All Level 5 Reflexology courses are still scheduled as planned, however if we are still social distancing or in lockdown, then we will be starting with theory classes via an online virtual class using Zoom.

The CPD course for reflexologists: Gaia AromaReflex is now being offered as a live online interactive Zoom class with a maximum of 6 participants. Other CPD courses are currently on hold.

Reiki classes will only be able to resume once we can meet face to face.

Aromatherapy classes have been postponed – please check back in October for updates.


Level 5 Practitioner training in Reflexology

If you fancy a career change or want to learn from the best then consider Gaia School of Natural Health for your Level 5 training needs.
The next course is now scheduled to start Wednesday 1st July 2020, so sign up and join in.

GAIA AromaReflex

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


A range of postgraduate courses are available for qualified reflexologists and complementary therapists such as:

Introduction to Reflexology

Introduction to Reflexology

Are you a reflexology novice thinking about a career in reflexology but not sure what is involved, or simply interested in learning more about this wonderful therapy – then join us on a one day workshop and enjoy learning something new!



Reiki Practitioner Course (including Reiki 1 and 2) verified by the UK Reiki Federation as meeting the Reiki Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards, and meets the requirements of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

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Congratulations to Sarah, Nicola, Amanda, Lisa, Michelle, Jaroslava, Alex, Angela, Ruth and Steph on recently finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2020.

Congratulations to Claire, Vicki, Joanne, Zoe, Anwen, Sarah and Amanda on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in June 2019.

Congratulations to Maureen, Nicole, Donna, and Dtoi on finishing the Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy in May 2019.

Congratulations to Caroline, Lisa, Tracy, Vicky, Sarah, Claire, Sarah and Jeanette on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2019.

We are based in South Wirral on the border between Cheshire and Merseyside, and within easy reach of Chester, Wrexham, North Wales, Warrington, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

The Principal and Main Course Tutor of the School is Carolyn Roberts MSc MAR PRM CRM L5 Tutor, who has been a qualified and practising reflexologist and aromatherapist since 1999. She is also a qualified adult education teacher, Reiki Master Teacher and holds a MSc in Holistic Health.

Assistant Tutor, Debbie Hurst, has a busy holistic therapy practice. She is employed part time, as a therapist in a special needs school, and also runs workshops teaching simplified reflexology techniques to the carers of those with special needs such as autism and ADHD. She has also worked as a therapist at Claire House Children's Hospice.

Reiki Practitioner Course (including Reiki 1 and Reiki 2)

Reiki is a safe, gentle and relaxing healing method which can be learned and used easily by anyone. You may choose to learn Reiki for your own personal use - it is a great tool to use for relaxation and healing for yourself, and your friends and family; or you may wish to train in order to become a qualified reiki practitioner. Reiki in action 2019

The reiki community are currently working together to review content and minimum standards in reiki training. A new core curriculum for reiki was published in July 2017 (by Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). This core curriculum sets minimum standards for reiki training e.g. minimum number of contact hours you should have with your tutor, the number of case studies and practical observations you should undertake, what the content of the course should include etc.

The Gaia School of Natural Health is thrilled to be accredited and verified by the Reiki Federation and confirmed by the CNHC to offer the new style qualification in reiki training: the Reiki Practitioner Course, which is a qualification to practice reiki as a practitioner and leads to the Reiki Practitioner Course certificate. The accreditation from the Reiki Federation (Verification Number: 2014-1025P) and the CNHC confirm that the course meets the required number of hours, attunements, content and case studies as specified by the Core Curriculum and the reiki National Occupational Standards. Those wishing to work within hospices or NHS environments are increasingly being required to have trained to this recognised level.

Please note that we are currently the only school/Reiki Master Teacher on the Wirral, in West Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales accredited to offer this level of reiki training. Completion of this qualification will ensure that in this changing environment of regulation of complementary therapies, you will meet all the required criteria for membership of professional associations and regulatory bodies. Reiki training is provided by Carolyn Roberts who is a Reiki Master Teacher and practitioner.

The Reiki Practitioner course will take you at least 9 months to complete, and consists of 65 contact hours with your Reiki Master, and the completion of 75 reiki treatments on others, 100 treatments on yourself and 5 practical observations. The Gaia School of Natural Health offers flexible learning for their reiki training in that you can book onto, pay for and undertake each stage of learning as you are ready for it. After the initial Reiki 1 training has been completed, the rest of the training can be undertaken in any order and at the pace required to suit you. For individuals who specifically want to become Reiki Practitioners and follow a prescribed course Path then see the options available below from Gaia School of Natural Health.

Your total Reiki Practitioner course consists of the following modules:
For further information on each module follow links above or in image

Reiki courses Reiki 1 Reiki Practitioner Skills Reiki 2 Reiki Development day Reiki Development day GAIA CrystalIntro
Reiki courses Reiki 1 Reiki Practitioner Skills Reiki 2 Reiki Development day GAIA CrystalIntro

*N.B. If you are already a crystal therapist or have a wide knowledge of crystals then you can choose to undertake an extra Reiki development day instead of this day course.

You must attend all 65.5 hours and complete the required case studies, practical observations and assessments in order to complete the Reiki Practitioner Course. Therapists already holding a qualification in a different therapy are exempted from the 7 hour Reiki Practitioner Skills workshop if they are already qualified in business, professional skills and anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Under the old system, reiki learners would undertake Reiki 1 (for personal use) followed later by Reiki 2 (practitioner level). This level of training is currently still an acceptable way to train in reiki, especially for those only wishing to learn reiki for themselves, and not to practice professionally. It is still acceptable to undertake just these 2 courses (reiki 1 and 2, along with the one day Practitioner Skills) either here at the Gaia school, or with a different Reiki Master, and then gain insurance to practice as a reiki professional. However this level of qualification would not be sufficient to join a regulatory body, nor does it meet the requirements of the new core curriculum.

What is a regulatory body and why would I want to join one?

Currently in the UK we have voluntary self-regulation for complementary therapies i.e. it is not compulsory. It is the person doing the Reiki who is regulated, not the Reiki itself, i.e. it is how they work and their interaction with the public.

In February 1996, HRH Prince Charles proposed the Integrated Medicine initiative to encourage orthodox and complementary healthcare to work together within the NHS for the benefit of the British public. For this to happen, complementary therapies were required to be self-regulated and to develop robust systems to ensure high standards of practice and levels of care, to bring them in line with other healthcare professionals who are also expected to hold nationally recognised qualifications. The regulation of complementary therapies is about ensuring the professionalism and minimum standard of training and knowledge of a complementary therapist, and therefore ensuring safety and reassurance for members of the public seeking complementary therapies. General Medical Council (GMC) Guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer clients to practitioners on Accredited Registers. One of the main regulators of complementary therapies in the UK is the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - the CNHC. In order to be eligible to join a regulator such as the CNHC, reiki students need to complete reiki training that meets the standards of the new Core curriculum.

Those who have completed Reiki I and Reiki II, or the Reiki Practitioner Course may also choose to undertake Reiki III (Reiki Master) training, when they feel they are ready for it, with the Gaia School of Natural Health. Please click on the buttons above for Reiki I, Reiki II, Reiki Practitioner Skills Workshop, Reiki development day, Gaia CrystalIntro and Reiki Master information.

Recommended Textbook:

Quest, P. (2010) The Reiki Manual: a training guide for reiki students, practitioners and masters. Piatkus.

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Path Five 2020

Module Date/s and Times
Reiki 1 (Two days)
Module cost £180 (deposit £50)
Thursday 16th &
17th July 2020
9.15am – 4.45pm
GAIA CrystalIntro
Module cost £95 (deposit £30)
Tuesday 29th September 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Thursday 1st October 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Practitioner Skills Day
Module cost £110 (deposit £50)
Thursday 12th November 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki 2 (Three days)
Module cost £250 (deposit £50)
Thursday 28th,
Friday 29th &
Saturday 30th January 2021
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Thursday 25th February 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm

Path Cost: £745 (deposit £220).

As the Path is comprised of individual modules the following payment options are available:

If you have any queries on the Path options etc, please contact Gaia School

UK Reiki Federation