All members of the Circle of Service give their time to the Association on a voluntary basis to a greater or lesser extent. Some are also paid fees or commission for their work, but most receive only a very small honorarium or expenses. Those receiving fees include: Membership Secretary, Touch Editor, Touch Deputy Editor, Touch designer. Those receiving small honorariums and/or a commission fee are: Web Master, Business/Marketing Manager, Advertising Manager, Accounts/Bookkeeper, Reiki Directory Moderator, Lineage Tracing Service.
Membership and Administrative Secretary - Tripuri Dunne
My Reiki journey started in the 80's after a serious car crash which changed my life. I started to receive Reiki treatments in India where I met my master Krishni Borang in a well-known yoga centre. On my return to the UK in 1991 I took Reiki One and Two, and then joined the Association in 1994. Within a short time because she travelled a great deal in those days.Krishni sent some of her friends to me for Reiki treatments and from there almost organically my practice grew. She suggested that I could teach and I completed my training with her in 1999. Although she still mentors me to this day. I have recently been helping her to edit the revised edition of her book The Way of Reiki via Skype. (She lives in Sweden).
I started by supporting the Association by attending Gatherings initially and by encouraging my students to become part of the wider Community through the Association. Some of them also joined what we now call the Circle of Service. In 2007 I offered service to the community by answering email enquiries and then in 2009 I started helping John Nye with membership enquiries. Gradually I became the Liasion Officer for the Association until John's sad death. My personal vision for the future of TRA is that it continues to provide an effective and evolving support network in the UK for Reiki Practitioners run by by the community for the community. A place where people can get the professional support and information they need but also meet in community, make lasting friendships and good connections with the help of our community website.
Webmaster - Brian Nolan
In the late '80s I began practising Tai Chi and Kung Fu, which led to 5 years of college study in Chinese medicine, then Shiatsu and Craniosacral work. In '94 I was initiated into Reiki as it seemed a useful therapy to add on. Gradually I realised it was something more than a therapy! I worked part-time as a complementary therapist, but design work always earned more and ended up taking over.
I trained in design at art colleges in the early '70s, obtained several design qualifications, and have worked continuously as a designer for 40 years, mostly for interiors. For 15 years I had a design practice, furnishing showrooms, and even a couple of gift shops as well. After that I continued as a self-employed designer determined to avoid VAT registration and being an employer. (I am happy organising people, just hate bookeeping!). Thus it was that I appreciated the simplification of things, and it is the simplicity combined with spiritual depth that I love about Reiki.
Beginning in '99 I spent 7 years as a part-time lecturer in 3D design to degree level, at 3 colleges, where I also taught Key Skills IT and the use of computers in design. However, my love of teaching has not led me to become a Reiki master!
I have been with TRA the last 18 years or so, attended most annual Gatherings since Cork in '96, and some workshops, and have served on Council. It was during my time on Council that we made progress in developing the website, and after leaving Council I carried on with its development, helping to bring in the community website with its membership features late in 2010. It is still work in progress.....
Social Media - and Member of Council Resource Group - Feona Gray
My background in life and business could not have been further away from the gentle art of Reiki, which first came into my life in 1996 as a much needed form of stress-busting. I was initiated in 2002 (Reiki I and II) and I’ve been a member of TRA since then. I served on Council 2010, standing down on 10 May 2015.
Before I came on Council I tried to be an ambassador for Reiki in my work as a travel writer and publisher. With the help of Winthrop Wiltshire I sought out Reiki groups through the islands of the Caribbean and wrote about them in articles and guides. I am committed to find ways to extend this work and bring together Reiki communities from different cultures at gatherings and events here and abroad. I have worked with Rick Bockner, organising retreats in Spain and Scotland and I’m looking forward to having more such opportunities in the future.
During my time on Council I hope I brought with me some of the experience I have gained through 46 years of setting up and running businesses. In particular perhaps something of my knowledge of finance, business development, PR/marketing, internet publishing, social media and online marketing. Having stepped down from Council I continued with an active ’business liaison’ role supporting, mentoring and giving continuity to the new projects / recent developments that I was instrumental in initiating and to liaise between new Circle of Service members.
In particular, the work also covered PR/marketing and business development with Sandra Hunnisett and Diana Shaw; advertising liaison with Diana Shaw, Alec Jones and Brian Nolan together with some ongoing merchandising work with Sandra; website liaison with Brian, including website related work for The Reiki Directory.
Today I hold only the roles of Advertising liaison and Social Media Editor working with on TRA Facebook and Twitter accounts with Diana, Peter Coates-Buglear and Kit Ford-Young; and with Sandra (Pintrest and Instagram). The primary purpose of our work is TRA and Touch profile building with a view to increasing membership and subscription numbers. Other Facebook page set ups include Reiki Outreach International – ROI Facebook page, working with Soyin Tang, Usui Awareness Day and Global Reiki Lights. View our Facebook Pages:The Reiki Association ~ Touch Magazine ~ Reiki Outreach International ~ Usui Reiki Awareness ~ Reiki Lights Festival
Retail and Marketing Co-ordinator - Sandra Hunnisett
I am very excited to be the Retail and Marketing Co-ordinator for The Reiki Association. I started my own business, a property rental agency, when I was just 23. I was conscious of the terrible reputation of estate agents and worked very hard to prove it’s possible be successful AND ethical. I sold the business in 2001 to spend more time with my husband and our young son and opened Halo, my boutique, which I am still running. Many times over the years, I’ve been told I should “do healing” but dismissed it. However in the summer of 2010 I received a very strong push towards Reiki which I could ignore no longer. Whilst at our friends wedding in Sardina, another guest (a reputable Medium and Reiki practitioner) told me specifically I should train in Reiki. I knew nothing about Reiki but promised to look into it. Just 3 week’s later at a close friend’s 40th I received a personal astrological chart - she had asked for my date, place & time of birth previously. Liberally scattered throughout were references to Reiki! I took the less than subtle hint. I was guided towards Victoria Gosher, my Reiki Master and so my Reiki journey commenced. I took my 1st Degree October 2010, 2nd Degree July 2011 and Advanced Level Aug 2012. I then took Karuna® 1 Aug 2013 and Karuna® 2 Sept 2013. My Reiki journey continues……
Reiki Care Service - Corinda Daw
I was introduced to Reiki completely by accident or so I thought at the time. I was in a yoga class in my local adult education centre, and a receptionist came in and asked if anyone was interested in a Reiki 1 course. I immediately said yes, having never even heard of Reiki, I just felt inwardly drawn to the course. I did Reiki 1 and felt a wonderful transformation in my heart that no words can fully express. Over the years I have studied and practiced Reiki and now have reached Master symbol in the Usui system of Reiki. My first real experience of distant Reiki occurred when I was due to go into Hospital for surgery, my Reiki Master sent me Reiki to help support me and I was overwhelmed with a feeling of love and protection. When the vacancy of Care Team Coordinator arose, I immediately felt drawn to apply as I felt I wanted to help others experience the wonderful support that distant Reiki can give. I have been in this role for several years now, and feel very privileged to be in a position to serve the Reiki community in this way. It is a role that I really love. I have learned and experienced over the years, that the effects of distant Reiki works in amazing ways and has also enriched my spiritual wellbeing. So looking back, I feel it was no accident that I was introduced to Reiki but was my destiny, to be attuned to this wonderful energy and to serve Reiki as Care Team Coordinator.
Touch Editor - Deb Hoy
When I was a child I set up and ran a newspaper for my street, hand-drawing the columns and pictures while my sister and nextdoor neighbour contributed stories and posted copies through letterboxes. In my teens I dreamed of being a journalist, and wrote for several local newspapers before changing career plans to go to art school. Now it's an honour to create Touch Magazine with a wonderfully talented team. The role of editor has provided lots of growth opportunities for me over the past few years and I have been blessed to participate in many insightful interviews with masters and practitioners whom I really respect. I still get a thrill when I see a new copy of Touch arrive and I savour the turn of each printed page, feeling the energy within it augmented by all the people who contribute to the production of our community magazine.
Alongside my Reiki practice and Fine Art practice I have spent several years working in Arts Education and advising schools on creative curriculums. One of my roles for Norfolk & Norwich Festival has been that of Research Facilitator working with a group of young people to extrapolate the cultural needs of their peers and develop action plans to best meet these needs. At this time, it seems perfectly fitting to use my skills and techniques from this role to look at what young people interested in Reiki might want from an organisation like the Reiki Association. The time is ripe for investing in the future of Reiki by listening to our youngest practitioners and learning more about their needs so we can create services that provide for them and carry Reiki forward for future generations to enjoy.
Lineage Tracing Service - Ann Scullard
I grew up in Sheffield first studying Graphic Design then Teaching, working in Birmingham and then in Cumbria and subsequently retiring in 2000. I enjoy living in the Lake District, painting and drawing, and travelling. I have practiced Reiki since 2001 and was initiated as a Master in 2007. I joined The Reiki Association in 2002, getting involved with the Grassroots Team then serving on Council. I have attended many Gatherings and made many Reiki friends through the Association and look forward to helping members to trace their lineage.
Reiki Directory Assistant and Masters Gatherings Liaison - Peter Robinson
Reiki found me early in 1991 and it took a few weeks to realise I had been given a wonderful gift. I finally Mastered in 1993 and have been a member of TRA for about12 years. Reiki and the Community now play a great part in my life and spirit "pushed" me at the last AGM to join the "Circle of Service". I have an organised mind and years of wisdom and chose to help with the Reiki Directory and in persuading Masters to meet more often in small groups to exchange knowledge for the benefit of the whole.
TRA Shop - Christine Wright
I am a Master of Usui Shiki Ryoho and I live near Woodbridge in Suffolk. Reiki came into my life after a treatment with Chips Morton in 1992 changed my life and gave me the sense of coming home with the healing energy that is Reiki. After taking my 1st Degree with Kristin Bonney, I joined The Reiki Association. Over the years I have attended as many events as I can, loving the physical connection with other Reiki folk and the ensuing friendships that have developed from them.
I am now responsible for sending out, so far, the new Reiki Leaflets, Association Badges and the Cookery Books which I can highly recommend! I know that belonging to The Reiki Association and participating in helping in various ways has enhanced my life and made me some wonderful friends. (Christine is on the left in this photo with Chips Morton).
Reiki Outreach International - Soyin Tang
I was brought up in Hong Kong and came to UK in 1962 to pursue my higher education when I was in my late teens. I studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (then called the Royal Manchester College of Music). The earlier part of my life was devoted to teaching music, initially in schools, and subsequently as a private music teacher. I obtained a postgraduate degree in Education from Liverpool University. Subsequently, I became interested in psychology and obtained a master degree in Psychology for Musicians.
I joined The Reiki Association and the Reiki Outreach International (ROI) after I took Reiki One and Two in 1994 and served on TRA Council in 1995. I have been serving as the ROI Co-ordinator in UK since 1995. Mary McFadyen, one of the 22 Reiki Masters who were initiated by Mrs.Hawayo Takata, founded ROI in1990. I have worked closely with Mary on the transmission of global situations and other ROI related work within the UK. Mary initiated me as Reiki Master in 1998.
I practise and teach Reiki in my healing centre in Sheffield. With my training in psychology I became interested in psychotherapy which I now practise. I am a qualified counsellor. I practise and teach toning qigong, sound healing and other multi-dimensional healing modalities.
I am married and have two grown up sons. My husband and sons are all in the medical profession.
I am enthusiastic and committed to the work of ROI. Sending Reiki to the troubled areas and situations worldwide is my daily routine. I am honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to serve our Reiki global community.
Keeper of Archives - Louise Peeters
I was born in Coventry 1967 and graduated in Social Administration at Birmingham University in 1989.
I have worked in marketing, customer services, and run numerous motor trade businesses before I moved to Wales in 1997 in pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle. I am married , no kids (own choice) but 2dogs, 8 chickens, 1 rooster, 10 donkeys,1 horse and one pony!
Following a lifetime love of equines I began my own business Dyfi Donkeys in 2006 , which started as purely children's beach donkey rides but over the years has developed into a passion. My aim is to give all visitors to our woodland, access to these wonderful animals. For me, they embody the concept of natural healing.
I encountered Reiki for the first time through one of my horses, when I invited an animal healer and Reiki master to come and help this horse who had some behaviour difficulties. Reiki soon found its way into my own life in 2008 , when I met Milly Cain , who became my Reiki master and friend.
I gained my second degree Reiki in 2010 and feel it is my time to start to give something back to a community which has given me so much.
CNHC Verifier and member of the Council Resource Group - Milly Cain
In 2015, I will have practised Reiki for 25 years.
During these years I have served on the Reiki Association Council several times, been a founder member of the Practitioner Support Network and now serve as a Verifier for applications to the CNHC register.
Reiki is my personal path and my public practice, my guidance and my support. I offer service to the Association, as a form of gratitude, for all the Association does to support all students of Reiki.
Reiki Directory Moderator - Mamta Nanda
I was born and brought up in New Delhi, India. I graduated from University of Delhi with BA in Mathematical Statistics in 1984. This was followed by a three-year postgraduate degree in Computer Applications at the same university. During this time, my love of the French language inspired me to study for the Diplome de Langue from Alliance Française, New Delhi.
After finishing at university, I worked as computer software engineer from 1987 to 1994 in the areas of software development and customer and marketing support in India, the UK and also briefly France for about three months. I moved to the UK in 1992, worked in the IT industry for about two years, and then gave up paid employment in 1994 to look after my children.
I was initiated into Reiki in 2001. Having experienced huge benefits from Reiki as a mother, for myself my children and my family, I was drawn to offering Reiki treatments to other mothers in 2004. I joined TRA in 2002. I remember attending the retreat for Public practice of Reiki offered by TRA at the time and the invaluable part it has played on my journey of public practice. Gradually, I stepped onto the path to train as a Reiki Master so that I could help empower people to take charge of their wellbeing and benefit from Reiki. I feel that Reiki is one of the best things I have ever learnt. I find that it not only supports and strengthens me in every possible way in my personal life, but it also helps me to earn my living honestly. I completed my Mastery training in February 2008. I have been teaching Reiki regularly since, mainly in London, but also sometimes in India.
I feel passionate about supporting the Reiki community. In the last six years of my Reiki journey, I have been an active member of the Reiki Association, UK, supporting them in various roles: attending several gatherings and workshops over the years; representing TRA on the Reiki Council, the lead advisory body for regulating professional Reiki practice in the UK, as well as helping with setting up the Reiki Directory module on the website. I hold Reiki Share every month to support Reiki students.
I feel very grateful for having Reiki in my life as it continues to help heal me at a deep inner level and has brought me to the stage where I feel willing and able to serve.
Graphic Designer - Alec Jones
I had been teaching Taiji & Qigong for a few years when some friends commented on the energy they felt in my hands suggesting I should focus it through learning a healing system such as Acupuncture. I did feel drawn to learn something to give me another view on the energy system used in Taiji and Qigong and looked into several practises including acupuncture. In 1986, while staying at a friend's house I found a leaflet giving a brief explanation of Reiki and details of a First Degree course.
It sounded so simple, just what I'd been looking for. I phoned the contact number, booked on the course and was initiated by Martha Sylvester. I took Second Degree in 1987 and Martha invited me to become a Master in 1991.
That same year my wife, Kate, and I joined The Reiki Association at it's inaugural meeting in Birmingham and have been involved ever since. I have served on the Reiki Association Board (which pre-dated the Council), I have also been a Council member. Kate was the Administrator for the Association for 12 years, and during that time the office was based in our home so the Association has been a big part of my life.
I took over the layout and design of Touch when it was a simple newsletter and gradually developed its 'look' to a stage where it couldn't really go any further as a newsletter. This was when Lucy Patterson came onto Council and it was decided that Touch should become a full-colour magazine. Lucy and I had very similar ideas about the flavour of the look for the magazine and developed it together with Lucy as editor while I did the layout. I continued with the layout and design up until 2009 when the Council Newsletter was born. Touch was passed onto Deb and Lia and I now lay up the Council Newsletter for printing. I have also been involved with the design of many leaflets and documents over the years as well as recording many of of the talks by guest speakers at annual gatherings, and producing CDs of them for the Association. Although I no longer teach Reiki it is still a big part of my life. My main work continues to be teaching Taiji and Qigong.
Company Secretary - Grainne Warner
Also Council Mermber. Please see her details on the 'Our Council' page.
Finance Officer - Christine Studman
General Enquiries - Janet Brown
Brought up in Scotland, I was initiated into Reiki in 1995 and became a Reiki Master in 1998. For me becoming a Reiki Master was as important a decision in my life as marrying my husband, and I was absolutely certain that it was right for me. At the time I was a complementary therapist and ran a clinic for 10 years from home. Reiki featured strongly at the clinic, and also in the voluntary work I did at the local hospice. At this time I was also on the Reiki Council.
I taught for many years in Scotland then took a sabbatical to do a degree in Fine Art. In 2015 we moved to East Sussex to be near the grandchildren. I am now actively returning to my Reiki roots, reconnecting with my Reiki family and looking forward to teaching again in this area.
CNHC Verifier, event publisher, and member of the Council Resource Group - Kate Jones