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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 from Gaia School.

Latest News - The Gaia School Level 3 diploma in Aromatherapy has now been accredited by the FHT

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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 starts Thursday 9th May 2019, so sign up and join in. The closing date for application forms is the Wednesday 1st May, so hurry to secure your place.

Level 5 Reflexology OPEN Mornings - Saturday 12th January 2019 or Friday 15th March 2019 10.30-12.30 Women's Institute Thornton Hough to receive a reflexology treatment and find out more about the course. NB. You must book in advance to attend this morning.

GAIA AromaReflex

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD

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

Courses are accredited by Professional Reflexology Association.

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!

GAIA Meridian Foot Reflexology

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Reiki

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

Congratulations to Liz, Diane, Carolyn, Sarah, Sharron, Beth, Sarah and Hazel on recently finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in June 2018.

Congratulations to Helen, Shona, Laura and Carol on finishing the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology course in March 2018.

Well done to Lisa, Charly, Helen, Anne, Suzy, Laura, Nikki, Cheryl, Jane, Helen and Debbie on the completion of their Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy in March 2017.

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 has an interest in working with autistic children and has worked as a reflexologist in a special needs school and a children's hospice.

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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.

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.

Reiki Practitioner prescribed course path

After various customer queries and to assist in booking the required Reiki courses to complete the full Reiki Practitioner Course, two prescribed Paths have been identified. The total cost (of a Path) has been highlighted, as well as what the associated payment options are. Please use the Gaia School Online Booking form to select the required Path option. Save time and energy completing one booking form rather than separate Reiki module booking forms.

Path One

Module Date/s and Times
Reiki 1 (Two days)
Module cost £180 (deposit £50)
Thursday 28th February &
Friday 1st March 2019
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Tuesday 12th March 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Practitioner Skills Day
Module cost £110 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 21st May 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
GAIA CrystalIntro
Module cost £95 (deposit £30)
Thursday 20th June 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Monday 24th June 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki 2 (Three days)
Module cost £250 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 24th September,
Tuesday 1st October &
Tuesday 8th October 2019
9.15am – 4.45pm

Path Two

Module Date/s and Times
Reiki 1 (Two days)
Module cost £180 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 30th April &
Tuesday 14th May 2019
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Practitioner Skills Day
Module cost £110 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 21st May 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
GAIA CrystalIntro
Module cost £95 (deposit £30)
Thursday 20th June 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Monday 24th June 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki 2 (Three days)
Module cost £250 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 24th September,
Tuesday 1st October &
Tuesday 8th October 2019
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Tuesday 26th November 2019
9.30am – 4.30pm

Path Cost: £745 (deposit £220).

To book for the Reiki Practitioner course Path One 2019 or Path Two 2019, simply go the online booking form and select either option from the bottom of the list. A non-refundable deposit is payable when booking to secure your place.

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

  • Pay full remaining balance £525 before or on the first module day.
  • Pay progressively the outstanding balance of each module on first day of attendence i.e. Reiki 1 - equates to £130, Reiki Development Day £35, etc.

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

Reiki 1

Reiki 1 is suitable for complete beginners. You will be attuned to Reiki energy and shown how to use it safely and effectively on your family and friends. It is a standalone course that can lead on towards gaining practitioner status should you wish. For those who wish to undertake the full Reiki Practitioner Course then attendance on this Reiki 1 course should take place first before attending any of the other workshops.

Our Reiki 1 course consists of 15 hours (over two days) and includes the following:

  • What is Reiki?
  • Energy, the aura, the chakras
  • How to give a self-treatment
  • Energy protection
  • Introduction to dowsing
  • Introduction to meditation
  • In person attunements to the Reiki energy
  • Giving a seated Reiki treatment
  • Giving a couch Reiki treatment
  • Other ways to use Reiki

If you wish to continue training in Reiki, you will have to carry out 30 treatments after Reiki 1, and it is recommended that you leave a minimum of 5 months between Reiki 1 and Reiki 2

To facilitate the journey to becoming a full Practitioner, Gaia School of Natural Health offers a prescribed course path which you can book on that has the number of hours and content required to meet the recently published recommended requirements of the Reiki Federation and CNHC.

You can choose to attend Reiki 1 and 2 purely for personal reasons. If you choose not to complete the case studies and other assessment elements, then you will be given a certificate of attendance ONLY, which makes it clear that you are not qualified to practice reiki as a professional practitioner. Please follow the link for further information on the full Reiki Practitioner Course (of which Reiki 1 is the first part) or see what prescribed course Path is appropriate for you.

Our next Reiki 1 course takes place on:

  • Thursday 28th February 2019 and Friday 1st March 2019

  • Thursday 30th April 2019 and Tuesday 14th May 2019

  • Tuesday 5th and 12th November 2019

Time: 9.15 to 16.45

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £180.

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

Alternatively download the booking form for the course start date you wish:
Feb19 Form (word) or Feb19 Form (pdf)

Apr19 Form (word) or Apr19 Form (pdf)

Nov19 Form (word) or Nov19 Form (pdf)

For downloaded booking forms please ensure you have read the Gaia School Privacy Notice as the booking form requires you to consent to Gaia School's use of the information supplied in the form

Testimonials

”This has opened up a new understanding of energy, connection and the human body for me. Carolyn is an excellent teacher, I highly recommend this course if you feel called.“ Ali Bell

”This was an excellent course. Informative, sensitively delivered, good support for students, and great group atmosphere. Am so pleased I have been part of this and look forward to practicing Reiki on myself.“ Gwen Williams

”An enjoyable course meets the needs of those wishing to progress further & for those who wish to use the learnings personally.“ Hilary Rodden

Reiki 2

Our Reiki 2 course follows on from Reiki 1 and is for those who wish to learn more about Reiki, either for the benefit of themselves and their friends and family, or because you want to qualify as a Reiki practitioner. It consists of 22.5 hours (over three days) and includes the following:

  • The Reiki symbols, their origins, and different ways of using them
  • In person attunements
  • Space clearing
  • Creating a healing space
  • Using crystals in Reiki
  • Reiki shares

You must attend Reiki 1 before you can attend Reiki 2. You can choose to attend Reiki 1 and 2 purely for personal reasons. If you choose not to complete the case studies and other assessment elements, then you will be given a certificate of attendance ONLY, which makes it clear that you are not qualified to practice reiki as a professional practitioner. Please follow the link for further information on the full Reiki Practitioner Course

Our next 3 day Reiki 2 course is on:

  • Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March 2019

  • Tuesday 24th September, Tuesday 1st and 8th October 2019

Time: 9.15 to 16.45

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £250.

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

Alternatively download the booking form for the course start date you wish:
Mar19 Form (word) or Mar19 Form (pdf)

Sep19 Form (word) or Sep19 Form (pdf)

For downloaded booking forms please ensure you have read the Gaia School Privacy Notice as the booking form requires you to consent to Gaia School's use of the information supplied in the form

Reiki Master (Reiki 3)

Reiki practitioners can choose to undertake Reiki III (Reiki Master level) when you feel ready to further develop and take the next step on your Reiki journey. It consists of attunements to Reiki Master symbols and learning further advanced Reiki techniques.

Our Reiki Master course consists of 15 hours (over two days) and includes the following:

  • the Hui Yin
  • In person attunements
  • Reiki master and other symbols
  • Enhancing the 3rd eye
  • Further ways to use crystals in Reiki

Our next Reiki Master course takes place on:

  • Please contact to arrange a mutually convenient day

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £200.

Please use the Gaia School contact form to express your interest in undertaking the Reiki master course.

Reiki Practitioner Skills workshop

consists of 7 hours and includes the following:

  • inter-personal skills
  • basic anatomy
  • physiology and pathology
  • health and safety
  • legislative and professional issues
  • introduction to business management

Our next Reiki Practitioner Skills workshop takes place on:

  • Tuesday 12th February 2019

  • Tuesday 21st May 2019

Time: 9.30 to 16.30

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £110.

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

Alternatively download the booking form for the course start date you wish:
Feb19 Form (word) or Feb19 Form (pdf)

May19 Form (word) or May19 Form (pdf)

For downloaded booking forms please ensure you have read the Gaia School Privacy Notice as the booking form requires you to consent to Gaia School's use of the information supplied in the form

Reiki shares

Reiki shares are open to Reiki students and practitioners of the Gaia School and are chance to network, gain support, engage in activities such as guided visualisations and share Reiki with the rest of the group.

Next Reiki share dates are:

  • Tuesday 12th March 2019,
    Afternoon 13.30 to 16.30

  • Friday 29th March 2019,
    Morning 09.30 to 12.30 or Afternoon 13.30 to 16.30

  • Tuesday 14th May 2019,
    Afternoon 13.30 to 16.30

  • Monday 24th June 2019,
    Afternoon 13.30 to 16.30

  • Tuesday 26th November 2019,
    Afternoon 13.30 to 16.30

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £8.

Please use the Gaia School contact form to identify the reiki share date/time of interest to you.

Reiki Development day

On the development day we will spend the morning discussing techniques and developing understandings in order to further develop your reiki practice, and you will have chance to give and receive reiki to a fellow student.

Each reiki development day will have a different focus which will be announced nearer the date, so even though you may attend 2 or 3 of these days they will each be different.

In the afternoon you will attend a reiki share with other students and reiki practitioners. These shares usually include a guided journey or meditation, sometimes with shamanic drumming, and a group reiki share.

Reiki development days are also open to past Gaia school students and graduates.

Our next Reiki Development day takes place on:

  • Tuesday 12th March 2019

  • Tuesday 14th May 2019

  • Monday 24th June 2019

  • Tuesday 26th November 2019

Time: 9.30 - 16.30

Venue: Childer Thornton, South Wirral

Cost: £55. (deposit £20)

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

Alternatively download the booking form: Form (word) or Form (pdf)

For downloaded booking forms please ensure you have read the Gaia School Privacy Notice as the booking form requires you to consent to Gaia School's use of the information supplied in the form