Meet Kathleen

Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Teacher, is internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of Animal Reiki. She founded Animal Reiki Source® (ARS) in 2004, which has grown from a small Animal Reiki private practice into a world-renowned teaching academy and the foremost center for Animal Reiki information. She is also the president and co-founder of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA), a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of animals by promoting the use of Reiki in animal shelters, sanctuaries and rescues worldwide through education, training and the advancement of Reiki programs that meet the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. During the past decade, Kathleen’s work with ARS and SARA have grown remarkably and their programs have become more and more influential in both the US and internationally. Thousands of animal lovers have trained through ARS in Reiki and SARA has over 400 members volunteering and teaching Reiki using Kathleen’s groundbreaking Let Animals Lead™ method in shelters and sanctuaries around the world.

Meet Kathleen Prasad

Kathleen is the author of several authoritative books in the field of Animal Reiki, her most recent being Healing Virtues, an important resource on the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics she created for the profession. She has also created the world’s first and only comprehensive and professional Animal Reiki training manuals in Levels I, II and III.


Her books, manuals and classes describe Reiki in a simple and grounded way, as a meditation practice we can practice with animals, based in mindfulness, compassion and loving-kindness. The positive results of letting animals lead the Reiki process speak for themselves, and thousands of animal lovers and animal professionals, as well as numerous animal organizations have adopted her teachings after observing and experiencing first-hand the incredible healing responses.


Kathleen received a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Teaching Credential from California State University of Sacramento. After teaching nine years in the public schools of San Francisco, she began practicing and teaching Animal Reiki full-time in 2004. She has done her professional Reiki training since 1998 in 3 lineages. She now teaches traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho techniques, centering on meditation as the foundation for connecting with animals. Kathleen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but travels frequently to speak and teach.

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