Usui Virtual Retreat

What is the Usui Virtual Retreat?

UsuiSepiaThe Usui Virtual Retreat is an opportunity for us to deepen our practice and strengthen our connection within the global, diverse Reiki community.

In 2009, Reiki master Mari Hall asked me to lead the 21-day Usui Virtual Retreat she had been offering the community for 13 years. The retreat started on Mikao Usui’s birthday, August 15 and continued through September 4.

I was so inspired by your desire to go deeper into your practice, expressed by so many of you on my blog and through email, that I am keeping the retreat materials available here as a resource for you and any Reiki practitioners to access as desired.

I especially hope new Reiki students will use the retreat as a practice support in the weeks following their First degree training.

No matter when you start the retreat (or how many times you take it), I encourage you to start with the first week’s material and move sequentially, even if you don’t spend a full week with each set.

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Welcome to the Usui Virtual Retreat

I am honored and delighted to be your facilitator for this year’s retreat.

This year we are commemorating the 144th birthday of Mikao Usui, the founder of our practice, the very first Reiki practitioner. Usui was a brave and compassionate man whose spiritual longing and effort literally gave us this practice, who lives on today in our own practice, even though the form of our practice may be quite different than how Usui himself practiced and taught.

We are a diverse group of Reiki practitioners from around the world. We come from different lineages, different practice styles, different countries, cultures and lifestyles.

My intention for this retreat is to deepen our relationship with Reiki, and to strengthen our sense of being connected to a global community. So I hope you will reach out and invite others to join us.

This is a very special opportunity for all of us. As your facilitator, I want to offer enough structure so that this can be a meaningful adventure into practice for you. I am also counting on each of you to participate in the retreat in the way that works best for you.

You know yourself and you know what your life is like. Please find the balance of commitment and comfort that fits your lifestyle. Look at what invites you to practice, and doesn’t feel burdensome. Don’t make it big, make it steady, and practice every day. Find an amount of daily practice that you can comfortably commit to, and a time when you can place your hands and be with your self-treatment every day. When we want to create change, steadiness and consistency matters.

I hope you will find a way to practice Reiki everyday for the next three weeks, in whatever way you can, and know that we are all practicing with you. But if you miss a day, come back to your practice, and your community, the next day.

I suggest that you keep a paper and pen near where you practice, so that you can jot down your observations and contemplations after each session, and even between sessions, as an insight blossoms in your awareness.

Thank you for being with us for this retreat. I look forward to practicing together.

Usui Virtual Retreat Week One, Part One

Usui Virtual Retreat Week One, Part Two

Welcome to Week Two of the Usui Virtual Retreat

The material for the Week 2 builds on the foundation we created in our practice in Week 1. If you are joining the retreat in the second week, Welcome! I encourage you to back up, spend a few days with the material from Week 1, and then move into this material.

Usui Virtual Retreat Week Two, Part One

Usui Virtual Retreat Week Two, Part Two

Welcome to Week Three, the Final Week of the Usui Virtual Retreat

The third week’s practice builds on what we have been contemplating for the first two weeks. If you are just joining the retreat now–a special welcome to you! In order that you have the fullest experience possible, I encourage you to spend at least 2-3 days with the material from the first week, and then the same with the second week, before practicing the material from the third week. The benefits of any retreat come to us as we actually go through the process. There’s no way to expedite that. Rushing to the end means we don’t create the inner foundation to receive the end-of-retreat gifts.

Usui Virtual Retreat Week Three, Part One

Usui Virtual Retreat Week Three, Part Two

Welcome to…the never-ending retreat!