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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.


 

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.


 

Louise Peeters - Council member

 

Louise Peeters

I was born, raised and formally educated in the West Midlands , graduating from the University of Birmingham in 1987 with a B.Soc.Sc (Hons) in Social Administration. Following 4 years in business as a Business Analyst for Federal Express’ European marketing department I took redundancy and started my own businesses; recycling motor vehicles and then, fitting and selling tyres with a female friendly focus.

 

In 1987 my partner ( now my husband) and I moved to a smallholding in rural Mid Wales and I personally spent three years transforming a derelict farmhouse into a home. I remain self-employed and after 15 years running beach donkeys on the Welsh coast, and retraining as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator I now run my own centre. I offer therapeutic interactions with my herd of 10 donkeys and 3 horses, chickens and dogs to adults and children who are facing numerous challenges in life including autism and mental ill health, and immersive donkey experiences to the wider public.

 

Reiki came into my life via a very special horse and led me to my Reiki Master who literally lives just over the hill. I was initiated into 1st degree in 2008 and 2nd degree two years later after joining TRA and attending my first gathering in 2010.

 

My work with TRA began slowly as Keeper of the Archive and then last September I was asked to take up the role of Animal Reiki liaison officer. Part of this role was to represent TRA on the working group of the Reiki Council developing standards for practitioners and courses for Animal Reiki Practitioners to build credibility and acceptance for those working with animals with the wider professional community. I was subsequently asked to represent TRA on the Reiki Council which I have been doing since March. I am also a signed up as a practitioner for the new Reiki Medic-Care initiative.

 

Reiki is a cornerstone to my life helping me to manage my physical and spiritual wellbeing, support the wellbeing of my menagerie of animals and giving me the comfort and security of being part of an inclusive, non-judgemental community. I embrace the challenge of serving on Council.


 

Diane Tyrrell - Council member

 

Diane Tyrrell

I was born in Lord Brockets Hall, in Hertfordshire, little knowing the story behind this until later in life, but was raised in North London until I married, when we moved to East London due to the nature of my husband’s job. Then moving four year’s later to South Hornchurch Essex.

 

In London I studied business, accounting and management and my working life has been in senior administration being employed by Bovril, Boosey & Hawkes, IBM and finally working for the NHS. This is when I branched out into project management after taking a course in Leadership Management and finally ending up by taking a Teaching Degree with Greenwich University as, at the time, typewriters were being replaced by Computers and I was asked to teach the staff. Alongside this I was very interested in complementary therapies and my calling into Reiki was in 2001 when, after a treatment, I immediately wanted to learn this. I then took Reiki II in 2002 and four years later in 2006 was initiated as a Master after intensive study, and having, by then, a healing practice which served both the NHS and the wider community. In 2008 I had the opportunity to leave the NHS after 16 years and set up my own company in therapies and teaching after having learnt other complementary therapies which I now practice and teach.

 

I joined TRA in 2009 and have been part of the Grassroots team as well as serving on the Care Service since I joined which has been an integral part of my reiki life. I was recently accepted to become the Co-ordinator for the Care Service which I am enjoying very much, meeting such lovely likeminded people. I now feel it is my time to put more energies into the Reiki Association so am part of the Reiki Medic-Care group and am also now part of the Reiki for Animals team helping to build trust and acceptance with both veterinary practices and the community as I feel Reiki for Animals is much needed at this time with the way the planet is. At the last Gathering I was both humble and yet gratefully happy to be accepted onto Council and my aim is to serve the members in any way I can.

 

However, my true passion is healing which has become a huge part of my life and always will be. It has taught me well; true acceptance of what is and what will be, given with unconditional love to all those who need it. I regularly run Reiki shares from home and offer healing to those less fortunate like ex service people with Post Traumatic Stress, animal rescue centres and charities such as Alzheimer’s, Cancer and the Heart Foundation, which are all dear to my heart, by running events to raise funds for them. This is with no financial gain to myself.

 

I am so blessed that I have Reiki in my life and have found it to open up to beautiful experiences and to meeting such lovely, accepting, likeminded people who I am so happy to know. It has certainly helped during difficult times in my life both physically, mentally and emotionally for which I will always be grateful.


 

Details for contacting the Association, and its various individuals and groups, can be found in:
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More contact details are also printed in our latest Touch magazine and on literature relating to events or groups.

 

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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
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
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Reiki in Norwich
provided by Deborah Harding ...and covering:
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Reiki Heidi in Norwich
provided by Heidi Wirth ...and covering:
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Reiki Heidi in Norwich
provided by Heidi Wirth ...and covering:
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Reiki in Hertford and Ware
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Holistic Zen
provided by Lisa Sugden ...and covering:
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Holistic Zen
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Reiki near Dartmoor
provided by Jane Middleton ...and covering:
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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:
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Reiki classes in Stroud
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Gloucestershire