Meet Kathleen

Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Leader, is internationally known for her pioneering work in the field of Animal Reiki. She is the creator of the Let Animals Lead® method. A Reiki practitioner since 1998 and Reiki teacher since 2001, 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 in the world.

She is also the president and co-founder of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA). SARA is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes the Let Animals Lead® method which uses meditation practices to bring peace and wellness to shelter animals. SARA’s goal is to create a calm, healing environment within shelters and other animal care settings. SARA works closely with staff and volunteers of shelter/rescues, veterinarians, and service organizations to help create a positive healing space for all.

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. Kathleen’s groundbreaking Let Animals Lead® method is used successfully in private homes and barns, vet clinics, shelters and sanctuaries around the world.

Meet Kathleen Prasad

Kathleen is the author of several authoritative books in the field of Animal Reiki, including Healing Virtues, an important resource on the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics which Kathleen created in 2007 to bring a professional standard to the industry. She has also created the world’s first and only comprehensive and professional Animal Reiki training manuals in Animal Reiki Levels I, II and III. Kathleen empowers people to serve animals successfully and ethically in their communities.


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 and incredible healing responses when we Let Animals Lead® the Reiki process speak for themselves, which is why animal lovers, animal care professionals and numerous animal organizations have adopted her teachings.


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 human-focused Reiki training since 1998 with four teachers in three lineages. The Let Animals Lead® method has its foundation in her human-focused training but uses a different and unique animal-centric approach where animals guide the sessions by their preferences and choices and are honored as spiritual teachers.

Kathleen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, dog and horse, but travels frequently to speak and teach. She enjoys the beach and the redwoods, cooking vegan food, eating out at fancy restaurants, listening to hip-hop and playing classical piano.

Kathleen’s books are a great place to begin your journey

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