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Council of the Reiki Association


The composition of the Council of the Reiki Association usually changes each year as one or more members come to the end of their maximum allowed term on Council. Council members are normally elected at General Meetings held during gatherings and become directors of the company. Whilst reasonable expenses can be reimbursed, the positions themselves have no remuneration.
Council members are expected to attend in person several meetings each year. Locations for meetings are chosen by Council to best suit the majority of its members, and may last a couple of days thus requiring overnight stays. TRA business is otherwise dealt with by phone, sometimes including Skype, and much is done by email.

If you are interested in standing for Council these are the criteria:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • have been initiated into Reiki for a minimum of 2 years
  • at some point in time have been a member of TRA for at least 2 years
  • be initiated into Second Degree Reiki, or a Master
  • agree to abide by and actively support the Statement of Identity of The Reiki Association
  • have attended a previous TRA gathering
  • be prepared to make a short statement at the General Meeting outlining why they want the role and what they can offer to it
  • ensure circumstances do not exist which prevent directorship of a limited company


Janet Brown - Council member


Janet BrownJan Brown has been a Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition since 1998. Jan met Reiki in 1995 in Vermont while on a skiing holiday where she took Reiki I with Penelope Jewell. She subsequently trained as a master with Penelope. She is currently part of the circle of service for the TRA, answering the general enquiry line.


Jan moved with her husband to Wadhurst in East Sussex in 2015, to be beside her grandchildren, but lived for most of her life in Scotland. She is a qualified Complementary Therapist and ran her own therapy clinic for 10 years in Scotland. She taught for many years in various parts of Scotland before taking time out to become an artist.


Jan has previously served on the Reiki Association council as well as several other committees. (Angus Open Studios and Angus Complementary Therapists)


Jan is a passionate organic gardener and has a love of standing stones, history and reading. She is also a peace pipe carrier and cat lover.


Annette Cass - Council member


Annette CassI attended my first Gathering the year that we planted a tree in honour of Marilyn Shields (2004) and I was blown away by the energy and beauty of the event. I have attended nearly all Gathering’s at Buckland since then. The return to this special place this April coincided with my return to the Association~ a mild curiosity about old friends and what was new, transformed into my unexpected calling to join the splendid folk on Council!


My Reiki Journey: I learnt Reiki I with Liz Lyden in Jan 2003 when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. After he died it was easy to self treat on a daily basis whilst grieving, and I soon realised that Reiki was the gift he left me along with the cat who is purring next to me as I write this. As soon as I could I went on to learn Reiki II and it was through Reiki that I met my husband John Cass when he was organising a master candidate training for Phyllis and they chose to use my place! My own master training consisted of 3 years with Phyllis and then 3years with Paul Mitchell who initiated me as a master in 2013.


I have worked on sub groups within the Association in the past– so have helped organise events and training but never on council before. It feels that it is my time.


Current Personal: John and I live in the amazing Wye Valley and if you are quick you could come stay with us as we are now seeking to move to a new home.


So what do I bring to Council?- life experiences- skills? I have had a wonderful eclectic work-life dance. It continues to be joy-filled whilst simultaneously sharing other people’s deeper life issues. After working in F.E. Colleges, then Mencap, I escaped to Snowdonia in 1990 to set up a mountaineering business with my partner and have been self employed ever since. Renovating 2 properties and finally marketing the later as Snowonia Retreat, I enjoyed providing places for personal retreats combined with treatments on site. John and I then ran various Reiki happenings and Events including for Phyllis and later Paul’s Silent Retreats. Other skills: working in voluntary counselling organisations, team building in the outdoors….I still prefer to be outdoors then anywhere else. If there is a theme it is always about helping people to bring out the best in themselves- challenging themselves, healing themselves. Working with Change.


I have found myself often in a places of innovation and change…. And the planet is certainly throwing us some clear messages that we need to be pro-active now in aiding planetary change. I hope to bring a fresh set of eyes and personal maturity in service to the Association.


Narkess Aralova - Council member


Narkess Aralova

Originally from Kazakhstan, a country I hold dearly and deeply in my heart, I was growing up in a household of two reiki masters-parents and got my first degree initiation in the middle of 90s at the age of 11. My first degree initiating masters, Anand and Chandira, were initiating hundreds of people in one big room willing to learn the magic called “reiki” and among that group was my extended family, cousins, aunties and numerous friends of my parents. Quite honestly, I struggle to remember life without reiki and back in my childhood the choice of having reiki was influenced by the choice made by my family. It is not until later in life I have grown into making a conscious choice and devotion to this practice.


Somehow my parents always knew I would not stay in Kazakhstan. When I was leaving my country at the age of 18 to study in Poland I asked my mother, a newly initiated master herself, to initiate me into second degree. I knew that I would like to be able treat from the distance but also be connected to my family this way. My destiny brought me to the UK during one summer holiday and somewhere deep inside I felt that I had to stay. While being a student in 2007, I decided to come to my ever first UK reiki gathering at Buckland Hall, which turned out to be the most meaningful place that played hugely important role in my life to come. Without knowing a single person in the association or another reiki practitioner, I have met this amazing community of people who welcomed me with an open heart, my reiki master Phyllis Lei Furumoto, with whom I have been training as a candidate for 10 years, and my fiancé - all during that same gathering in 2007. It may not be a coincidence that here I have stepped up as TRA Council member, exactly 10 years later. Coming back to Buckland Hall in 2017 was very symbolic, the place that held my first memories of the UK reiki community.


Professionally I work as a chartered secretary. I was lucky to have met my managers in business, who contributed a lot in my integration in the UK and taught me the trade of secretaryship, which I deeply appreciate and honour. Throughout the years I have learned how to balance professional and spiritual and am happy to use the skills I have acquired in both areas going forward.


My spiritual and life journey brought me around the world, but my destiny was to stay in the UK and I now begin to understand the reason. My strong roots of seven generations are far away in the land of nomads, however I found my spiritual family in the UK, which became my home away from home. My journey has given me some amazing gifts, nourished me throughout my path and it feels like it is time for me to give back.


Mamta Nanda - Council member


Mamta NandaI 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.


Claire Prendergast-Johnson - Council member


Claire Prendergast-JohnsonI was born and raised in Ireland and have been living in the UK since 2003.   

I graduated with a bachelors degree in Social Policy and Politics from University College Dublin when I was 20 years of age and then moved into banking.   I quickly moved into management in the Irish retail bank that I was working in and I went on to study a Postgrad in Business and received many other finance related qualifications.   My career took me to London and within a year I began working in the City of London in an investment bank on the Global Markets trading desk where I remained until 2011.  Following this I ran my own business for 2 years.

Reiki came into my life in 2012.  My mother in law was being supported with Reiki while she battled a terminal illness and from the moment that I heard the word Reiki I was drawn to go for treatments and very quickly to learn.   I then had the privilege of supporting her with Reiki up until the point of her transition.  This experience led me to develop a deep understanding of and appreciation for the benefits of Reiki.    From that moment on I have been dedicated to the practice of Reiki and it underpins all that I do in my life and all that I am.     I now have 3 children and I support & nurture myself and my family with Reiki which is such a profound gift.  

I was initiated as a Reiki Master in 2015 and I have a busy practice treating and teaching people in Sussex and London.  I also work with animals and in corporate settings.   As a member I have supported the Reiki Association by organising events in Sussex and London and by being a member of the monthly Webinar team.   It is an honour now to serve on Council.


Gill St John Griffiths - Council member


Gill St John GriffithsI was born and brought up in South Wales. I left Wales at 18 and obtained both a Graduate and Masters degree in Art and Design, specialising in Textiles.


I worked in the Fashion and Textile industry in both the UK and internationally as a designer then later as a consultant based in London with clients in Europe and the USA. Some years later I was invited to set up and lead a degree course in Textiles at Cardiff School of Art and Design, University of Wales, Cardiff, a role I loved and still miss as unfortunately I was forced to take early retirement due to ill health. I now work from my studio at home making work and offering ‘Art and Wellbeing’ workshops in the community, supporting those living with loneliness, isolation and chronic illness and loss, in collaboration with other arts practitioners in South Wales. I am also a Design Advisor to the ‘Laugh’ project at Cardiff Metropolitan University – a research project designing playful objects for people living with late stage dementia. Reiki shapes my art practice and the work I do with ‘compassionate design’ and is imbued into the Well Being workshops I offer.


I was initiated into Reiki in 1997 and joined TRA soon after. I feel I grew as a Reiki practitioner within and nurtured by the Association and have been privileged to meet so many other Reiki folk and attend many memorable gatherings and events organised by TRA or by past and present members of TRA. Many years ago I served for a short period on Council but had to resign due to surgery and a prolonged recovery period.


I was initiated as a Master in 2017 after a wonderful seven year candidateship, which allowed me the time and space to truly integrate Reiki into all aspects of my life and to give service to both my local and wider community.


I love teaching Reiki and offer treatments from a dedicated treatment room in my home. I hold a monthly sharing group and occasional ‘away days’ to support Reiki students and feel passionate about this Reiki community and our place within the wider global Reiki community.


Reiki is my all and everything, my everywhere seen and unseen, it is my guiding star and unwavering companion. I am honoured to have this role, to serve the Association membership and to work alongside the other dedicated members of Council.


William Mitchell - Council member


William MitchellI was born just north of London, but grew up in the West Highlands of Scotland before moving to Edinburgh for school and university.


At Edinburgh I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering, then at the Victoria University Manchester for a masters in Computer Science, followed by 3 years post Graduate research into Digital Signal Processing. My career took me into the Civil Service. Taking early retirement as a Principle Scientist this was followed by 12 years as a Trustee of the Alzheimers Society, and a number of years as a trustee of an Advocacy Trust for those with Learning Difficulties.


I was introduced to Reiki when involved with a series of retreat weekends, before being initiated into Reiki 1 by Phyllis Furumoto in 2003. Joining TRA soon after, I have attended most of the Gatherings since.


After 10 years training with Phyllis Furumoto I was initiated as a Master in Kyoto in 2017, an amazing privilege with an amazing group of Masters.


I have always supported the TRA, initiating its move into social media by creating the TRA Facebook page which has continued to grow, also acting as the link for the Shares section of the website. Now having been accepted on the Council I will continue to serve to the best of my ability.


I continue to work from home, treating, as well as now teaching, and continuing to hold Reiki shares locally. I also facilitate Transformation Games , as well as being a soul midwife amongst many other things.


Details for contacting the Association, and its various individuals and groups, can be found in:
Contact Us


More contact details are also printed in our latest Touch magazine and on literature relating to events or groups.


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Go to Home page About The Reiki Association History of TRA Council of the Reiki Association Circle of Service Office of the Grand Master
The Reiki Principles
Just for today do not worry,
Just for today do not anger,
Honour your parents, teachers and elders,
Earn your living honestly,
Show gratitude to every living thing.
Reiki ('Ray-key') is Japanese for Universal Life Energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It was introduced into the Western World by one of his students, Hawayo Takata, who gave us the system of Reiki in which TRA is rooted, Usui Shiki Ryoho.
We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.
There are many variations of Reiki systems now-a-days, but in essence Reiki treatments can help the body emotionally or spiritually. In accordance with advertising guidelines, it is not possible to list the wide range of conditions practitioners believe can be helped by Reiki so it is always good to talk to people who have benefited from Reiki in their lives. Reiki is a tradition that is open to any belief system.
The Reiki Association aims are to:
~ Encourage people to deepen their practice of the Art of Reiki.
~ Provide information about Reiki to members of the Association and the wider community.
~ Foster the Reiki community locally, nationally and internationally.
~ Encourage members to contribute to the decision making process of the Association.
~ Encourage professional standards of Reiki practice.
Recent Reiki Directory Entries
Reiki Treatments at Inspired Hub, Hampton, Surrey
provided by Ahn Sriwan Thatcher ...and covering:
Hampton, Surrey
Reiki Holistic Treatments in Bristol
provided by Caroline Danby ...and covering:
Reiki Heidi in Norwich
provided by Heidi Wirth ...and covering:
Norwich, Norfolk
Reiki Heidi in Norwich
provided by Heidi Wirth ...and covering:
Norwich, Norfolk
Reiki in Hertford and Ware
provided by Fatma Abdurahman ...and covering:
Hertfordshire, London
R and R Footcare
provided by Michelle Robinson ...and covering:
Yateley, Fleet, Camberley, Bracknell, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Finchampstead, Hartney Whitney, Bagshot, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surr
Purple Pyramid Spiritual and Holistic Therapies
provided by Catherine Thomson ...and covering:
London Borough of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge, Newham, Brentwood
One Love Energy
provided by John Hazekamp ...and covering:
Holistic Zen
provided by Lisa Sugden ...and covering:
Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Holistic Zen
provided by Lisa Sugden ...and covering:
Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Reiki near Dartmoor
provided by Jane Middleton ...and covering:
Tavistock, Dartmoor, West Devon, East Cornwall
Reiki in Tavistock - Reiki and Writing
provided by Louisa Booth ...and covering:
Tavistock, Devon, Cornwall, South-West, London, Greenwich, Dulwich
Reiki in Tavistock
provided by Louisa Booth ...and covering:
Tavistock, Devon, South-West, Cornwall
Reiki treatments in Stroud
provided by Deb Hoy ...and covering:
Reiki classes in Stroud
provided by Deb Hoy ...and covering:
Healing the Planet
provided by Tasneem Shah ...and covering:
Harrow, London, Middlesex
Healing the Planet
provided by Tasneem Shah ...and covering:
Harrow, London, Middlesex
Healing Soul Journey’s
provided by Zoe Michael ...and covering:
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Hertford, North London, London
Sonya Barba- Reiki Energy Healing
provided by Sonya Barba (South West of England) ...and covering:
Somerset, South West, Bristol, Madrid, Spain
Sonya Barba- Reiki Training
provided by Sonya Barba (South West of England) ...and covering:
Somerset, South West, Bristol, Madrid Spain
Reiki Training All Levels
provided by Doreen Sawyer ...and covering:
Wiltshire, Hampshire