Calming the Stress of Coronavirus
Need peace and balance during this chaotic time?
SARA Co-Founder Leah D’Ambrosio leads a beautiful meditation using the 5 Reiki Precepts to relieve stress and bring you strength!
The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (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. Our goal is to create a calm, healing environment within shelters and other animal care settings. We work closely with staff and volunteers of shelter/rescues, veterinarians, and service organizations to help create a positive healing space for all.
Not a student? No problem! You can take the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners class taught by SARA VP, Leah D’Ambrosio (available as a teleclass or an ongoing “go at your own pace” audio class).
You might be asking why you have to take these classes in order to join. It’s really simple – we want all of our practitioners practicing the Let Animals Lead® approach. Our methodology is unique and very different from other Reiki practices. Students who study the Let Animals Lead® method experience a profound shift in their understanding of sharing Reiki with animals. We know after taking these classes you will not only be prepared to share Reiki in an ethical and positive way with animals and their caregivers, but you will also be inspired to serve your community with these teachings.
SARA is dedicated to the memory of Dakota, Kathleen Prasad's beloved dog, and the inspiration for Kathleen's work in the field of animal Reiki.
Adopted by Kathleen from Sacramento County Animal Control in 1992, Dakota spent 16 and 1/2 years at Kathleen's side, even assisting in her early animal Reiki classes. Although Kathleen initially thought that she was rescuing Dakota, when looking at how using Reiki with animals changed the course of Kathleen's life, one may wonder: who rescued who?
Adopt an animal from your local shelter: perhaps the perfect animal is just waiting to rescue YOU too!
We believe our greatest healing power lies in compassionate service, and therefore we give back to our animal rescue community through Reiki treatments and training programs using the Let Animals Lead® method.
In the tradition and teaching lineage of Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad of Animal Reiki Source, our Reiki practice is meditation based and we let animals direct all healing sessions.
In order to always honor animals' preferences, we do not approach Animal Reiki in the same way as human Reiki. For this reason, we do not rely on physical touch, do not teach a prescribed set of hand positions, and never use energetic techniques which focus on what's "wrong."
To heal ourselves, support others, protect animals and model the highest ethics of Animal Reiki in the community, we follow the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics.
To honor the wisdom and journey of each unique animal, we do not consider ourselves healers, but rather practitioners and/or teachers of a mindfulness healing practice. The peace and harmony of our meditation practice radiates out to help the animals around us.
Please read Healing Virtues for a detailed look at The SARA Way.
"Helping, fixing, and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul." -Rachel Naomi Remen
SARA offers a variety of classes that will help you understand how to use Reiki
to not only benefit yourself but also improve your animal's quality of life.
Meet Mandy. She is an elder canine. She was recently welcomed into her forever home. Today was her Reiki session.
With Mandy, I practiced the Let Animals Lead® approach created by Kathleen Prasad of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).
What does that mean? It means that I meditated, using
Many animal communicators are trained in the system of Reiki and find the two go hand-in-hand, but too often the lines get blurred. What is the difference between an Animal Communication (AC) session and an Animal Reiki (AR) session, and why does this matter in a professional context?