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, 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), 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 also trained thousands of members to volunteer and/or teach Animal 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, 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. Animal Reiki Source has trained thousands of students and teachers 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 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 the Let Animals Lead® method, which has its foundation in Reiki but uses a new animal-centric approach where animals guide the sessions by their preferences and choices. Kathleen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but travels frequently to speak and teach.

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