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Animal Reiki Source® 
Academy

Animal Reiki
Courses & Classes

The Animal Reiki Source® Academy offers the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki—a bold energy-based approach that promotes animal healing through compassion, loving kindness, and always offering animals the choice to energetically and/or physically connect with us. 

Let Animals Lead® is a model for advocating for holistic healing that is an animal-led, mindful way to help animals. 

Through this training, we give you the tools you need to make the world better for you and your animals!

All Animal Reiki Source® Academy Courses & Programs are available as a one-time payment or a payment plan. Click on a course to read more about it and select the option you want for purchase.

Online Animal Reiki Certification Courses

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Level 1 Let Animals Lead®

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Level 2 Let Animals Lead®

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Level 3 Let Animals Lead® & Teacher Training

In-Person Animal Reiki Certification Courses

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Level 3 Let Animals Lead® at CARE Foundation Florida

In-Person Let Animals Lead® Immersion Days

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Animal Reiki Gone Wild the CARE Foundation in Florida

On-Demand Animal Reiki Classes

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Animal Reiki Challenge

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Animal Reiki Core Curriculum

Level 1 Animal Reiki:
The Let Animals Lead® Method

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Every intake has a choice between a morning session (10-11 AM) and an evening session (6-7 PM) Pacific Time.

 

Spring Session 2024:
Lessons released beginning on Monday, April 8, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 7 live sessions on Wednesdays beginning April 17, 2024 and running until May 29, 2024.

 

Summer Session 2024:

Lessons released beginning on Monday, July 8, 2024 and run for 8 weeks with 7 live sessions on Wednesdays beginning July 17, 2024 and running until August 28, 2024.

 

Fall Session 2024:
Lessons released beginning on Monday, September 23, 2024 and run for 8 weeks with 7 live sessions on Wednesdays beginning October 2, 2024 (with no classes the week of October 28 to November 1) and running until November 20, 2024.

Winter Session: 2025: Dates TBD.

25% of proceeds donated to an animal charity of Kathleen’s choice.

Here’s how Level 1 Animal Reiki Let Animals Lead® training will benefit you:

  • Create a more mindful relationship with your animals!

  • Embrace dark, challenging moments with compassion.

  • Ease the suffering of animals you love, while staying respectful of their agency (choices) and independence.

  • Practice mindfulness of the gifts your animals give you each and every day!

What you’ll learn in Level 1 of Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki:

  • How and why the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki is different than traditional human Reiki and other Animal Reiki methods, how and why it evolved, and why these differences make it the best and most ethical practice Animal Reiki method in existence.

  • Traditional Shoden (Level 1) Japanese Reiki practices and how to modify them so that animals are given the choice whether they want to step into the healing space and lead the meditation sessions.

  • When and how to ethically use physical contact during an Animal Reiki session, as well as hands-on protocol for humans. 

  • The importance of seeing the animal’s perfection (and not what’s “wrong” with it or what has happened to it in the past) during Animal Reiki sessions, and why this shift in view is pivotal in developing trusting connections between you and animals.

  • The 3 energy centers and how to develop them to ensure gentle, animal-led meditations.

  • An overview of the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics and why these ethics are a crucial foundation to your practice. 

  • The difference between holding space for an animal and “doing” an energy treatment “to” an animal, and why this distinction matters.
     

What you’ll receive in Level 1 of Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki:

  • Eight weekly video teachings, guided meditations and written supplemental materials to support each week’s lesson.

  • Free membership to Kathleen’s highly engaging Let Animals Lead® Community on Mighty Networks (a place to meet other students of the LAL® Method and to learn from practitioners and teachers from all over the world). The online membership currently has over 300 Let Animals Lead® graduates from all over the world!

  • Seven hour-long live sessions via webinar, recorded in both video and audio formats. Each meeting includes a virtual Reiju and Q&A from students. These live meetings are your opportunity to submit questions and receive personal feedback and coaching from Kathleen. 

  • A gorgeous and practical 250-page manual/workbook filled with inspiring, interactive teachings

  • Daily practice assignments and weekly homework to guide your journey.

  • A free copy of Kathleen’s e-book, Healing Virtues: Transforming Your Practice Through the Animal Reiki Code of Ethics

  • A beautiful certificate to show your accomplishment and official certification. This certificate serves as a prerequisite to Kathleen’s Level 2 Animal Reiki courses. 

  • An official Seal of Certification showing your status as a Let Animals Lead Practitioner (for use on professional materials and in online spaces).

  • An invitation to join SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) as a Practitioner member.

 

Requirements to take this Animal Reiki certification course:

  • Students will need to be able to participate live at scheduled times. Attendance is required at 6 of 7 sessions to receive certification. You must be able to connect via video (preferably) or audio on the webinar platform Zoom.

  • Students must turn in (via email to Kathleen) weekly homework assignments as well as questions for the live calls. Students will need to be able to download and open video and pdf documents in order to watch and read the weekly lessons and assignments. 

  • Students must have animals to practice with daily.  A variety of animals is preferable (ask neighbors and friends to support you!), but 1 or 2 of your own, at the very minimum, is needed.

  • Students must commit to 10–20 minutes/day minimum of daily meditation practice during the course. The main purpose of this requirement is to help you experience the teachings in a personal way, thus giving you the foundation you need to build a lifelong Animal Reiki practice. With dedication and commitment, Animal Reiki can heal and transform your life, as well as the lives of the animals you love!

Level 2 Animal Reiki Certification
Let Animals Lead®

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Level 2 offers a morning session from 10-11:15 AM or evening session from 6-7:15 PM, all Pacific Time
 

Spring Session 2024:
Lessons begin Thursday, April 11, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Thursdays beginning April 11th and running until May 30th.

 

Summer Session 2024:

Lessons begin Thursday, July 11, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Thursdays beginning July 11th and running until August 29th.
 

Fall Session 2024:
Lessons begin Thursday, September 26, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Thursdays beginning September 26th (with no classes the week of October 28th to November 1st) and running until November 21st.


25% of proceeds donated to an animal charity of Kathleen’s choice.

 

 

What you’ll learn in Level 2 of Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki:

 

  • The Hatsurei Ho with Animals

  • Meditations for working with the Reiki Precepts with animals

  • Best ethics for approaching animals with Reiki sessions

  • The Japanese teachings on the first 3 Reiki symbols and mantras

  • How to work with animals and the symbols and mantras

  • How to chant the mantras for self-healing and for healing animals

  • Techniques for grounding, expansion and connection to help you become an animal magnet to even the most sensitive animals!

 

What you’ll receive in Level 2 of Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki:

  • Eight 75-minute live sessions with Kathleen via Zoom, recorded in both audio and video formats. Each meeting includes live teachings, a virtual Reiju and a guided meditation, plus time to share and ask questions. These live meetings are your opportunity to receive personal feedback and coaching from Kathleen!

  • FREE membership in our online Let Animals Lead® Community on Mighty Networks

  • A 285-page manual/workbook filled with inspiring, interactive teachings!

  • Daily practice assignments and weekly homework to guide your journey

  • A beautiful certificate to show your accomplishment and official certification. This certificate may serve as a prerequisite to Kathleen’s Level 3 courses. 

  • An official Seal of Certification showing your status as a Let Animals Lead Practitioner (for use on professional materials and in online spaces)

  • An invitation to join SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) as a Practitioner member.
     

Requirements to take this Animal Reiki certification course:

  • Participate in lives as often as possible or submit "homework" for any missed live sessions. 

Level 3 Animal Reiki Certification
Let Animals Lead®

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Are you ready to get certified in Level 3 Let Animals Lead® and become an Animal Reiki teacher for the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki?

Level 3 offers a morning session from 10-11:30 AM or evening session from 4-5:30 PM


Spring Session 2024:
Lessons begin Tuesday, April 9, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Tuesdays,  beginning April 9th and running until May 28th.


Summer Session 2024:

Lessons begin Tuesday, July 9, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Thursdays beginning July 9th and running until August 30th.


Fall Session 2024:
Lessons begin Tuesday, September 24, 2024 and run 8 weeks with 8 live sessions on Tuesdays, beginning September 24th (with no classes the week of October 28th to November 1st) and running until November 19th.

25% of proceeds donated to an animal charity of Kathleen’s choice.

This Level 3 Animal Reiki Class includes:

  • FREE membership in our online Let Animals Lead Community on Mighty Networks

  • Discussion and practice in the traditional Japanese techniques for Level III Animal Reiki, including the 4th symbol and mantra, and how to share them with animals using the Let Animals Lead® method

  • The Reiki Master Initiation/Reiju

  • Instruction and Practice in how to perform Reiju

  • How to share Animal Reiki ethically and for the best success with animals

  • Totem animals for healing and transformation

  • Philosophy of energy and light in the system of Animal Reiki and how to hold this space with animals

  • Instruction on creating successful lesson plans for your students

  • All 3 of the all-new, beautiful 2023 Animal Reiki manuals (level 1, 2 and 3) plus a Professional Certificate of Completion

  • An official Seal of Certification showing your status as a Let Animals Lead Teacher (for use on professional materials and in online spaces).

  • Permission to teach in-person Level 1, 2 and 3 Let Animals Lead® method courses

Requirements to graduate with Level 3 and Animal Reiki Teacher training certificate:

Must attend at least 7 of 8 meetings live on Zoom, including the final meeting. 

Recordings of all meetings and homework assignments will be sent as mp4 and pdf files at the end of each class. 

At our final meeting, all students will give a presentation, teaching a concept from the Level 1 manual. 

Level 3 Let Animals Lead® In-Person at CARE Foundation Florida

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February 23-25th, 2024 – 10am-5pm CARE Foundation, Apopka, FL

 

LIVE REIKI. BE REIKI. FOR ANIMALS

We will spend three full days immersed in meditating with animals at the CARE Foundation, an exotic animal rescue in Apopka, Florida with over 200 animals of many different species.

 

Learn how to truly live and be Animal Reiki for animals in your life from the world leader in the Animal Reiki profession, Kathleen Prasad.

 

This Level 3 Animal Reiki Class includes:

  • Dive deep into the transformational, healing practices of Shinpiden level Animal Reiki as you learn to share them with animals using the Let Animals Lead® Method.

  • Learn the most important ethics and practices to include when you teach the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki, levels 1, 2 and 3.


​This class is for Level 2 and 3 Practitioners interested in embodying Animal Reiki in the world, for the good of animals as well as those wanting to learn to teach Let Animals Lead® method Animal Reiki classes. Being able to connect energetically with the amazing animals at CARE makes this class truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

25% of proceeds donated to CARE

Animal Reiki Gone Wild

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February 26, 2024 – 10am-4pm
The CARE Foundation, Apopka, FL

 

Strengthen and deepen your Animal Reiki meditation practice and receive a lifetime of lessons from animals!

 

Join us for an awe-inspiring day of Animal Reiki meditation and heart to heart connections with the unusual and exotic animals of the CARE Foundation. Experience the power of letting animals lead from the most amazing animal teachers:  tigers, alligators, parrots, monkeys and more!

 

This class is open to Levels 1–3 Animal Reiki practitioners who’ve been trained by Kathleen or any of her teachers in the Let Animals Lead® method.

 

25% donated to the CARE Foundation!

 

Are you coming to the Level 3 course at CARE too? Get this class for 50% off, email Kathleen for your coupon 

3-Day Animal Reiki Challenge

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This on-demand Animal Reiki Challenge will help you create lasting energetic bonds with your beloved animals.

This Animal Reiki challenge was created with all animal-lovers in mind: people who want to do right by their animals and to be the best humans they can for their animal friends! You don’t have to have any previous Reiki or meditation experience, you just need an open mind and open heart and one hour per day!

Here are some of the results people get when they learn even the basics of the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki:

  • Anxious animals and pets grow calm when their people are around!

  • Animals that can’t “settle” lay down and snooze!

  • Sick animals relax and their discomfort is obviously eased!

  • Injured animals often heal more quickly than expected!

  • Animals who are dying or in hospice clearly feel less pain, anxiety, and discomfort!

  • Shelter and rescue workers create a shift from anxiety to calmness in the facility housing the animals!

  • People who work with animals regularly see a noticeable difference in the energy and dynamics of animal behaviours!

  • Some people feel or “see” what their animals are feeling! (Even though our method doesn’t teach anyone how to do this, it seems to often be a common side effect of learning LAL® Animal Reiki.)

  • Wild animals start coming closer to enjoy the space people create with meditations!
     

Learn how to “hold space” for animals during this 3 days of learning about the Let Animals Lead® meditation method of Animal Reiki

If you’ve ever heard the expression holding space, it will make sense if we say that the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki teaches us how to hold space for the animals around us, even the wild ones. This is a space they are drawn to and want to interact with; a space that can offer comfort to them when they are anxious, sick, or dying; a space that often facilitates healing when an animal is given the choice to participate in it.

This will help your pet (or animals you work with regularly) to trust your energy and bond with it.

Each day of this 3-Day On-Demand Animal Reiki Challenge course will help you to cultivate a calm, peaceful, open-hearted space within yourself that your animals will WANT to connect with, even if you’ve NEVER meditated or tried to connect with your animals before.
 

Here’s what the 3 days of Animal Reiki basics will look like:

Day 1: We focus on building better bonds by improving awareness of physical connections with our animals


Today’s focus is all about learning to live in the moment more fully, as our animals do! As we build mindfulness, we’ll be able to experience life with more joy and fullness with the animals we love! You’ll learn a very special mindfulness meditation to practice in the presence of your animal friends that can quickly strengthen your relationship with them.

You’ll also receive a recording of a nature meditation to support your physical connections with animals and 1 lucky student (must be present, live!) will receive a free book, “Your Guide to Forest Bathing.” 


Day 2: We focus on Building Better Bonds through Improving Mind Connections with our Animals

Today’s focus is all about learning to expand our view from what is “wrong” to be able to hone in on the positive, even in difficult moments. When we do this, our vibration lightens and animals are drawn to us when they need us most. 

You’ll learn a very special affirmation meditation to help you strengthen your mind connections with the animals you love!

You’ll also receive a recording of a meditation with the lion, courage and wisdom to support positive mind connections with animals—and one lucky student (must be present live!) will receive a free book, Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh.


Day 3: We focus on Building Better Bonds through Deepening Spiritual Connections with our animals
 

Todays’ focus is all about remembering our inherent connections and unity with ALL life and contemplating our place in this beautiful world. When we can see that we are the light, and our animals are the light—we can find a deep and lasting happiness, no matter what’s going on around us or within us. 

You’ll learn a very special compassion meditation to help you build heart-to-heart connections with the animals you love. 

If you want to build better bonds with your beloved animal friends, but aren’t quite sure how and don’t have time to commit to a bigger, bulkier course on this topic, this Animal Reiki Challenge on-demand course will be perfect! It will give you some basics and some tools that will help you build trust with your animal and find a new space of healing calm within yourself.

Kathleen Prasad (founder of the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki) designed this quick and easy-to-follow Animal Reiki challenge to introduce people to Animal Reiki meditation techniques and the Let Animals Lead® method. Animals are all about energy and, since they can’t just tell us what’s going on with them, it’s really helpful if we can learn to reach them on an energetic level and anyone can do this, with a little practice! We can also learn to create a loving, safe space for our animals that will help them feel comfortable and safe in many situations.

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Animal Reiki Core Curriculum Course

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This course had over 100 5 Star Reviews on our old website!

 

The Core Curriculum Course runs 5 weeks and be started at any time, it's ongoing and on-demand. To see recommended dates for starting it, check out our Upcoming Events calendar!

 

With this core curriculum course in the Let Animals Lead® method of Reiki, you’ll learn everything you need to become a successful and ethical Animal Reiki Practitioner!

Why take this course? If you are at least Reiki 1 certified in any Reiki lineage and you had to choose just ONE course to take in Animal Reiki, this core curriculum course will truly transform your practice!

 

You’ll learn an overview of the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki, including guided meditations, from the world’s leading Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad. The Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki is a beautiful way of creating mindful relationships with animals using Reiki meditations and it’s very different from the hands-on human Reiki approach. Since it gives animals their choice (and preference) of connection, the Let Animals Lead® method truly resonates with animals by creating positive and trusting responses.

The lessons, meditations and creative and fun assignments will show you the most successful, ethical way to share Reiki with animals. This course will give you everything you need to honor animals with your approach and to troubleshoot difficult situations effectively. This course contains so much valuable information, you’ll find yourself re-reading and re-listening to the lessons again and again as you put Kathleen’s advice to practice.

 

The Animal Reiki Core Curriculum Course consists of:

• 5 1-hour mp3 audios and accompanying written lessons in pdf format (sent via email once a week on five consecutive Mondays)

• a Certificate of Completion upon turning in all 5 assignments

 

Suggested supplemental materials and support:

• Kathleen’s latest book: Healing Virtues: Transforming Your Practice Through the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics

• The “Be Reiki” Pawprint Journal to record experiences and reflections

• The Animal Reiki Talk: a free monthly meeting live with Kathleen, via teleconference

Core Curriculum – Lesson 1:

  • Goal and Overview

  • The Approach, And A Few Golden Rules to Keep in Mind

  • Assignment: Create a symbol and description
     

Lesson 2:

  • Considerations before you begin treatment; Communicating with humans about what an animal Reiki treatment is and is not

  • Assignment: Vision Board
     

Lesson 3:

  • Staying Positive

  • The healing ripple effect

  • Affirmations

  • Building a healing partnership suggestions:

  • The treatment space

  •  Length of treatment

  • Introducing yourself/setting intention

  • Assignment: Reiki partner discussion/feedback: Affirmations and Introductory Practices
     

Lesson 4:

  • Signs of Acceptance

  • Intuition

  • Hands-on Treatments

  • How to tell if an animal doesn’t want treatment

  • Assignment: Three Photos w/Captions
     

Lesson 5:

  • Healing Reactions

  • Ending and After Treatment

  • Suggested Treatment Programs

  • Suggestions for Practitioner Excellence

  • Special Issues:

  • Wild Animals

  • Dying Animals

  • Other modalities

  • Volunteering at Shelters and Sanctuaries

  • Assignment: Spiritual Sculpture, Final Contemplation

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Animal Reiki Source is a Preferred Education Provider (and offers Continuing Education Credits) for Levels 1 & 2 of Let Animals Lead®:

IAAMB/ACWT: Animal Reiki Source is approved by the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork/Association of Canine Water Therapy as an Approved Educational Provider. Contact Kathleen if you want to earn 10 CEU for this course.


NBCAAM: Animal Reiki Source is also approved by the National Board of Certification for Animal Accupressure & Massage as an Approved Educational Provider. Contact Kathleen if you want to earn 15 Hours of CE for this course.

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