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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.

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 (CNHC). 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.

How long is the Reiki Practitioner course?

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 option(s) available below from Gaia School of Natural Health.

What modules make up the Reiki Practitioner course?

Your total Reiki Practitioner course consists of the following modules:

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
For further information on each module follow the links above or within the image.

*Note. 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 Reiki 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.

Beyond the Reiki Practitioner course

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 tabs above for information on the different Reiki levels and tuition available from Gaia School, which includes: Reiki I, Reiki II, Reiki Practitioner Skills Workshop, Reiki development day, Gaia CrystalIntro and Reiki Master (Reiki 3) information.

Recommended Textbook:

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

The Reiki Manual Book image

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, a prescribed Path has been identified and the overall cost of doing all the elements equates to £745. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and the potential for dates to be changed bookings and payments are to be taken separately for each element (apologies in advance for the inconvenience).

To book each element please use the Gaia School Online Booking form

Path Six 2020

Module Date/s and Times
Reiki 1 (Two days)
Module cost £180 (deposit £50)
Thursday 24th & 25th September 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 Seven 2021

Module Date/s and Times
Reiki 1 (Two days)
Module cost £180 (deposit £50)
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th February 2021
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Thursday 25th February 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki 2 (Three days)
Module cost £250 (deposit £50)
Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May 2021
9.15am – 4.45pm
Reiki Practitioner Skills Day
Module cost £110 (deposit £50)
Tuesday 20th April 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm
Reiki Development Day
Module cost £55 (deposit £20)
Thursday 22nd April 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm
GAIA CrystalIntro
Module cost £95 (deposit £30)
Thursday 17th June 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm

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).

Course dates

Our next Reiki 1 course takes place on:

  • Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2021

Time: 9.15 to 16.45

Venue: Thornton Hough, Wirral

Cost: £180 (deposit £50)

Places remaining: next available course in February 2021 = 4

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

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Paying for your course/workshop

In the last few days we have had a number of customers express concern that their UK bank was advising them that it might not be safe to proceed with payment to Gaia School of Natural Health's (GSNH) business bank account, as their UK bank was unable to verify the payee's name with the account sort code and account number entered. This is a new process of "confirmation of Payee" which most of the major UK banks have signed up to implementing, in order to mitigate fraud.

Unfortunately not all UK banks have yet adapted their systems for this to work. GSNH's bank The Co-operative Bank Plc is one such UK bank and is scheduled to update their systems sometime before the end of 2020. Consequently, if your UK Bank has got the system up and running it is likely to highlight the risk of sending money to an account where the name of the account holder is not verified, and the message will identify to you, that any monies paid out will not be refunded if lost or stolen.

From the GSNH perspective, the sort code and account number identified during the booking process is correct and valid. We can not advise you to disregard your UK bank's warning, but with commonsense in mind, you may wish to continue through the payment process by making a notional payment (eg. 1p or £1) which GSNH can confirm receipt of. Once we have confirmed the receipt of this small payment you may then proceed with confidence to send the remaining balance. Alternatively you may prefer to select the cheque payment method.

Hopefully this notice will alleviate some of your concerns and make you aware of the existence of this new payment verification process, and reassure you that the bank details supplied by GSNH during the online booking form process are correct and legitimate.

If you have any further concerns about making payments to GSNH, please let us know via the contact form

Gaia School of Natural Health - June 2020


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 1 class of Jan'20

Reiki 1 class of January 2020

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.

The course 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
  • Observation of practical skills
  • Visit to Claire House Children’s Hospice (subject to Covid-19 protocol permissions) to discover how reiki is used with the children and families there

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

Course dates

Our next 3 day Reiki 2 course is on:

  • Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2021
  • Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th May 2021

Time: 9.15 to 16.45

Venue: Women’s Institute, Thornton Hough.

Cost: £250 (deposit £50)

Places remaining: next available course in January 2021 = Currently fully booked

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking 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

Course dates

Our next 2 day Reiki Master (Reiki 3) course is on:

  • Thursday 29th and Friday 30th April 2021

Time: 9.15 to 16.45

Venue: Thornton Hough, Wirral

Cost: £200 (deposit £50)

Places remaining: next available course in May 2021 = 10

Booking form

Bookings currently not open for this event

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

Course dates

Our next Reiki Practitioner Skills workshop takes place on:

  • Thursday 12th November 2020*
  • Tuesday 20th April 2021

Time: 9.30 to 16.30

Venue November: Live Online Zoom Class*

Venue April: TBC

Cost: £110 (deposit £50)

Places remaining: next available course in November 2020 = 6

Booking form

To register for the course please use the Online Booking form

Online Booking form

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.

Please note: These days are for reiki students who are training with the Gaia School of Natural Health. They are also open to Gaia School trained reiki practitioners.

Course dates

Our next Reiki Development day takes place on:

  • Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (postponed from 10th November)
  • Thursday 25th February 2021
  • Thursday 22nd April 2021
  • Thursday 8th July 2021

Time: 9.30 - 16.30

Venue: Mollington, Backford & District Village Hall, Station Road, Backford CH1 6NT.

Cost: £55 (deposit £20)

Places remaining: next available course on
2nd December 2020 = NOW FULLY BOOKED

Places remaining: for course on
25th February 2021 = 4

Booking form

Bookings for the Reiki shares and Reiki Development Days need to be made at least 8 days prior to the event so that final numbers can be determined, and the venue can then be confirmed to attendees.

To register for the course please use the Online Booking 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.

Bookings for the Reiki shares and Reiki Development Days need to be made at least 8 days prior to the event so that final numbers can be determined, and the venue can then be confirmed to attendees.

Next Reiki share dates are:

  • Dates to be advised

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 Testimonials

”The three days of Reiki 1 training were very enjoyable as Carolyn took us through the basic precepts of Reiki, the philosophy and practice, and then prepared us for the attunements. Everything was explained clearly, there was plenty of time to discuss and ask questions, and lots of time for meditating before the attunements and practising Reiki after them. Being in a small group meant the days were very personal and relaxed and I look forward very much to completing the Reiki 2 days soon.

After the training days Carolyn has been available to give help and guidance with case studies and Reiki practice and could not be more supportive. The attunements I have received have enabled me to give Reiki to others with some wonderful results as well as working on myself. Doing Reiki has changed my life so much for the better and I thoroughly recommend this discipline to everybody. In particular, any energy therapist will find that their treatments gain such a lot from this course.“

Lisa Hardi, holistic therapist

”Carolyn delivered a fantastic Reiki training day to staff working at Claire House hospice, who had previously trained up to Reiki Master level. She had given a great deal of thought into tailoring the study day for the slightly differing practitioner levels of the group, and had skilfully put together an interesting and fun programme, covering topics particularly relevant to this specialist healthcare setting. This allowed therapists to learn some new skills including work on chakras and crystals, which will enable them to further enhance their therapies. There was a perfect balance of theoretical and practical work, which also allowed for lively and informative discussion, alongside helpful practise in a safe environment.“

Jan Scott, Complementary Therapy Co-Ordinator, Claire House children's hospice

”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
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