Reiki Event for Caregivers

Have you ever thought about organizing a public Reiki event to introduce people to Reiki practice? When Gina Cook mentioned her Reiki event for caregivers on Facebook, I invited her to tell you about it.

Reiki Event for CaregiversReiki Wakie
By Gina Cook

I was pacing the house with the phone in hand, my heart racing, making up stories in my head why I shouldn’t call, trying to gather the courage to step out and be a voice for Reiki.

I had a vision of an event called Reiki Wakie, I wanted to share the benefits and beauty of Reiki in my community in North Vancouver, Canada.

My idea was to give free 15-minute Reiki sessions to community service providers, people who give on a daily basis, to give them a way to reconnect with their wellness.

Reiki Wakie would have a slogan– “Giving back to Giving.”

I called the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation to pitch the idea. At the end of a 10-minute conversation, I had a yes!

The foundation thought it was a unique event, and appreciated that we would raise money for the Lions Gate staff education fund.

I was calm, excited, and nervous on the day of our first Reiki Wakie. I did my best to let go of the high expectations I had for the success of the event — not easy to do for a perfectionist, someone afraid of the mere thought of failure!

Eight ladies set up the silent auction room while nine Reiki practitioners set up the Reiki tables in the oasis room. The practitioners’ business cards were on a table so people could follow up with them directly.

Attendees were welcomed and escorted to and from the silent auction and oasis room. I asked the staff to interact with our guests in a friendly, fun and uplifting manner, and could tell by the laughter I heard that they did.

People came out of their Reiki sessions shining, relaxation evident in their faces.

Three people out of 55 used open time slots to get a second Reiki treatment. People described their Reiki experience with words as grounding, serene, peaceful, calming, and a gift.

Our second Reiki Wakie happened March 03, 2016, where we served 45 staff members at a care center in North Vancouver, Canada.

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It’s time to step out in your community and organize a public event to bring Reiki to more people. The 7 Steps to Successful Public Reiki Events is a proven system for success!

Thank you for your training on Public Reiki Events… Our Reiki event was a huge success, and it would not have happened without that information.
— Bonnie Gray-Levesque

7 thoughts on “Reiki Event for Caregivers”

  1. So glad to hear about the success of this event! I’m originally from Calgary and always interested in hearing about the acceptance of Reiki in Western Canada. I know Vancouver has always been so much more open-minded and accepting of alternative therapies, and I would not have doubted that someone in the hospital system there would be open to giving Reiki a try. Congratulations to you for having the courage to take that first step and trusting your instincts! Let’s hope this continues throughout the hospital system in Canada! Best of luck!

    1. Just a note — Reiki is not considered an alternative therapy in that it is not recommended instead of conventional medical care, but rather as an adjunctive, or complementary, to conventional care.

      Introducing professional caregivers to Reiki practice is a very smart way to open opportunities for medical collaboration.

  2. What a wonderful idea! I used to be a care worker for many years and I wish someone had come along and offered me Reiki. Most care workers aren’t aware of how much of their own energy they give away every day and how much of other people’s energy they pick up. Reiki would be a great booster to replenish lost positive energy and help flush away any negative energy that has been picked up.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I used to be a care worker for many years and I wish someone had come along and offered me Reiki. Most care workers aren’t aware of how much of their own energy they give away every day and how much of other people’s energy they pick up. Reiki would be a great booster to replenish lost positive energy and help flush away any negative energy that has been picked up.

    1. I agree that the balancing affect of Reiki self-practice is very useful for caregivers.

      I have trained many physicians and nurses to practice, both in my private practice and in my hospital programs, and they have found it useful for themselves as well as their families and patients.

    2. The nursing administrator at our small local hospital pays for two one hour Reiki sessions during Nurse’s Week. She draws names for the sessions, which I give at the hospital. I always give free 30 minutes sessions for any of the staff interested . One nurse told me last year that I should come once a week.

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