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!
WOW! It has been 10 years since Leah and Kathleen sat in the kitchen at Brighthaven and talked about starting SARA. It was May of 2008 and Leah was taking a Level 2 class from Kathleen. At lunch they started talking about Kathleen’s dreams for the future. She shared how she would love to have a community that was bringing Animal Reiki to shelters and rescues all around the world. At the time Leah was a legal assistant and said, “I can help you with that!” So they pulled together some of Kathleen’s students to help create the foundation for this amazing organization! Some of the very first SARA members, Bill Stevens, Kelly McDermott-Burns and Sheryl Schlameuss are still with us today helping to grow SARA.
2009 was a busy year for SARA. As Kathleen said in her blog, it was a year of change, new projects, new members and much growth!
SARA started off the year on wobbly legs and spent most of the year like all new businesses – trying to reach goals, find balance and maintain quality. As the year ends, I feel I can safely say we have achieved all three. And when I say “we ” I mean we as in me, Kathleen and each of you. We would not be where we are today without the hard work and devotion each one of you has given to SARA.
As 2009 closes today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the help, guidance and encouragement we received from our members, friends, experts, animal lovers and of course, the animals themselves. So many of you willing gave your time and expertise to help SARA not only become a professional non-profit but to be one of the first (if not the first!) organizations to create structured Reiki programs for shelters, rescues and sanctuaries here in the U.S. and abroad. A big thank you to all who have helped us end 2009 on a successful note.
A word of gratitude and special thank yous are sent to our SARA shelter organizations and all other shelters and rescues who have opened their doors to the healing power of Reiki. With your help, more and more animals are receiving the benefits of Reiki daily.
Each of you has shined your inner light on SARA and as we connect with others, our light grows brighter. Thanks to you, SARA is starting 2010 with a very bright future!
With love and gratitude,
SARA Vice President