Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Online Classes

These online classes qualify you to become a member of SARA. Please consider taking one today to become a member of our amazing community!

Animal Reiki allows animals to be at the forefront of their own healing. It is not about “fixing” something that is wrong; rather, it is about providing a positive space where healing can occur. We offer 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.

Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners - Teleclass & Audio Course

Are you interested in bringing animals into your Reiki practice? Have you tried human Reiki with animals and are not getting results? If so, this class is for you!

This unique class is an overview of Animal Reiki levels I and II classes. With lessons from the world’s foremost Animal Reiki expert, Kathleen Prasad, and support from SARA co-founder and course instructor Leah D’Ambrosio, you will be able to create a powerful and effective Animal Reiki practice.

This course includes Animal Reiki treatments in every course lesson and assignment. Through this hands on approach, you will develop a deeper, personal connection with animals, as well as with people in your life!

For each lesson, you will receive:

  • PDFs with information regarding the lesson, along with a link to all class recordings.
  • An assignment, which includes a suggested Reiki practice.

Each Reiki practice assignment deepens your understanding of how Reiki heals animals, and how animals respond to treatment. This is the perfect safe space to share experiences, and express your biggest “takeaway” from each week's lesson!

The cumulative effect of eight weeks of Animal Reiki? Certainly, you will feel prepared to practice reiki with any animal, in any situation. On top of that, the self healing you experience will make it easier to practice with people, and fortify yourself against the challenges of daily life!

Instructor Leah believes that personal connections with each of her students are extremely important, so she is available for support through email, as well as Skype sessions when requested.

Once you turn in all eight of your assignments, you will receive your course completion certificate via email.


Prerequisite: Level II Reiki in any lineage.

This course meets each Monday for eight weeks, from 6pm PT/9pm ET to 7pm PT/10pm ET. Students will call in to join the teleclass for discussion and Reiki practice.

Dates: TBA soon!

Time: 6pm PT/9pm ET to 7pm PT/10pm ET

Cost: $275

Teacher: SARA Vice President Leah D'Ambrosio

Audio Course

(Same as teleclass but pre-recorded, with online and Skype support from Leah D'Ambrosio)

Prerequisite: Level II Reiki in any lineage.

This is an 8 week audio course where students will receive their first assignment on the Monday after registration and for every Monday thereafter for eight weeks.

Cost: $275

Teacher: SARA Vice President Leah D'Ambrosio

Curriculum Overview:

Week 1: Japanese Reiki Fundamentals

Week 2: Shoden and Okuden Techniques

Week 3: Meditating with Animals; Healing Treatments for the Self and Others; Creating a Reiki Space

Week 4: Treatment on Animals

Week 5: Symbol and Mantra 1

Week 6: Symbol and Mantra 2

Week 7: Symbol and Mantra 3

Week 8: Review and Discussion

Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners Testimonials:


“I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in working with animals with Reiki to take this extremely informative teleclass. It opened up a whole new perspective on Reiki, specifically animal Reiki. The class is extremely well run and Leah shared knowledge that you could never get from any book as it was directly from her heart and her personal experiences. I looked forward to each and every week with this wonderful group of people. It definitely left me wanting more knowledge in this field. I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of my fellow students in person and have kindle a new friendship.”



“I enthusiastically recommend the class, “Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners”.  Leah was so welcoming and she immediately created a space where it was safe for us to share our experiences.  I’m not one to voluntarily open up, but I felt comfortable doing so with her.  This class really opened my eyes as to the connection one can establish with an animal by creating the “Reiki space” and inviting that animal in.  Who wouldn’t want to experience that?!”



“Leah is a wonderful teacher and someone you feel you can really connect with even if it is only via email from another country! Listening to other peoples’ experiences is so interesting and just knowing you have a supportive network available to you through SARA as and when you start offering Reiki to animals is an added bonus. If you are interested in offering Reiki to animals but need some confidence to go out there and do so I warmly encourage you to take this course. You won’t regret it.”



“Taking this course has made my shelter practice go more smoothly and effectively. I love that I can plant myself in a busy room and offer a session with all the kitties there and be confident that they are getting whatever they want from it. I still greet each one individually to offer whatever social contact they want as well which is also fun for me! And I know that every time I’m there I will be improving more and more.”



“Leah’s class created so many wonderful shifts in my Reiki practice. She’s provided me with an incredible set of tools that no doubt will continue to teach me and expand my practice for years.  I’m deeply grateful to have found this class and to have been able to take it from home!”



“This class was transformative for me, It allowed me to solidify the foundation of my animal reiki practice. I gained more confidence in my delivery of what animal reiki is all about with the Let Animals Lead® Method. I’ve grown personaly and so has my practce during those 8 weeks , I feel better equiped to spread awareness about this beautiful practice.”



“The course brought a new awareness to how I practice Reiki with animals as well as people.  Learning more about breathwork, chanting and finding my place “within” myself, have opened up a deeper level of healing, understanding and oneness.  I’m truly blessed to have been a part of this course.”



“It was an absolute pleasure and an illuminating experience taking SARA Reiki with Leah. She is an outstanding teacher and it was apparent that she is passionate about SARA and is exceedingly knowledgeable. I am attuned in 2nd Level Western style Reiki, but this Japanese-based form of Reiki felt so much more natural and relevant in working with animals. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to positively impact the lives of others. I am glad I participated and look forward to using it in my volunteer work at Humane Society of Southwest Washington, and upon completion of my Small Animal Massage Therapy certification.”



“I went into this class thinking it would mostly reinforce the Reiki training I already had, with the exception of adding Reiki for animals into the mix.  Wow, was I wrong!  This class is thorough and deep and taught with compassion.  This class brought me to a deeper level in my own Reiki practice and instilled in me a humbling appreciation for working with animals.  A very valuable and worthwhile course.  Thank you Leah for your warmth and sensitivity.”


Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class

This Level 1 online certification course will give you a transformational and in-depth foundation in Kathleen’s unique and groundbreaking Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki.

Sept. 4 – Oct. 23, 2019

Morning Session:
8 Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:15 PM Pacific Time

Afternoon Session:
8 Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:15 AM Pacific Time

Whether you want to deepen your own spiritual journey with animals or to begin a professional journey towards Animal Reiki Teacher certification, this class is for you! This course is also a great way for Kathleen’s Level 3 students to brush up on the basics before teaching a Level 1 course in-person.

Each session will meet 8 times via webinar. In order to receive your certificate, participants must have animals they can practice with daily and must attend at least 7 of 8 webinar meetings. Students must also submit written homework for any week that they are unable to share with the group.  In order to ensure that all students are being supported, registration for each session is limited to 8 people, so sign up before we sell out!

What you’ll learn:

The traditional Japanese meaning of Reiki and how it relates to the healing of self and others

Traditional practices of Joshin Kokyu Ho and Seishin Toitsu, and how to use them with animals

The Reiki Precepts, and meditations for working with them with animals

Hands-on Reiki self-treatment, and how to incorporate animals into these sessions

Overview of the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics and discussion of its importance when approaching animals with Reiki sessions

Tried and true methods for sharing Reiki with animals and people together

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

Kathleen’s groundbreaking philosophy of “being” Reiki “with” your animals, rather than “doing” Reiki “to” them

What you’ll receive:

Eight 60-75 minute teaching sessions via webinar, recorded in both video and audio formats (Each meeting also includes a guided meditation, distant attunement and time for discussion.)

Daily practice assignments and weekly notes and resources to guide your journey

A free copy of Kathleen’s newest 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 may serve as a prerequisite to Kathleen’s Level 2 in-person courses.

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

An invitation to join a private FB group for Kathleen’s Level 1 online graduates, to stay connected with other like-minded animal lovers


Students will need to be able to participate live at scheduled times (attendance required at a minimum of 7 of 8 sessions to receive certification). You must be able to connect via video (preferably) or audio on the webinar platform Zoom.

Students will need to be able to download and open pdf documents in order to read the weekly lessons and assignments. All assignments must be shared either verbally during class, or if that is not possible, written up and sent to Kathleen via email.

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 (weekly assignments will be given). The main purpose of this requirement is to help you experience the power of Reiki practice 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 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class Testimonials:


“Thank you for this wonderful class.. to put a one liner.. Excellent class! So much information, was so glad this was a webinar for 8 weeks instead of a day class. Having the class notes and the video/audio from the class will be very helpful for review. Having the time with others helped to understand where everybody was in the training, appreciated their inputs. So sad at Week 8 that it was ending.. but looking forward to future classes. Onward with my practice…”



“This class is amazing and taking it online is a great way to train with Kathleen if you are not able to get to one of her in-person classes.Kathleen helped me to understand how simple her approach is to work with Reiki and animals can be. Who would have thought that one can create a healing space anywhere! Kathleen is an amazing animal ambassador and I feel very blessed to be training with her virtually. I highly recommend this Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification class and am very grateful to Kathleen for making Level 1 available online. Thank you, Kathleen!”



“This class solidified my desire to practice reiki with animals. And, more importantly, it showed me how important Reiki is to me personally. This is a well constructed class, allowing plenty of time to practice and experience during the week and share during the online session. Kathleen’s presence shines through in the online class so there is no difference to being online with her instead of sitting in a barn next to her. Kathleen delivers the material in an inspiring and, yet practical, way. Bonding with the other classmates over the 8 weeks was and unexpected bonus! This class has changed the way I observe and interact in my daily life.”



“This is a wonderful class. The pace (8 weeks) gave us plenty of time to practice the meditations and absorb the resources. Kathleen covered all the pertinent information during the course to help students begin to establish their own daily practice and gain an understanding of her ‘let animals lead’ method of Animal Reiki. The small class size was beneficial in that we all had an opportunity to share our experiences during the session. I personally felt the energy of the Reiju that Kathleen offered us during every class.”



“Prior to taking this course, I did not feel equipped to be able to enter a shelter in a way that I felt would serve the animals. I did not quite understand even what animal reiki meant though I did have practical experience with hands-on/distance reiki with humans which I learned was very different from animal reiki. At the end of this course, I felt like I was very well prepared to ‘be’ reiki in a shelter and be able to be of service to those there and in fact, I was able to conduct my first reiki session shortly after the course ended.”



“I am so grateful that Kathleen offered this class online because it’s the only way I was able to take it. I love that even though it is over, I can go back and listen to the recordings again and again. That for me is such a bonus because I get to re-experience the energy and animation of her teaching as well as the meditations. The classes are full of information, wisdom, sharing and support and Kathleen had so much practical advice for us as we shared our experiences and questions. I’m looking forward to taking the Level II class at some point.”



“I came into this class knowing little about animal reiki and left so full of knowledge it’s amazing. And through what she taught me I am healing myself as well as offering my help to animals. She has a light about her, and a kind, learned soul that shows through in her teachings. So all in all, if you are looking for a fantastic animal reiki class, this one’s for you.”



“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in the Level 1 Animal Reiki course on line. I learned so much about animal reiki and myself. Kathleen was such a great teacher. She provided the knowledge we needed and the support as well. I can’t explain the personal change this course has given me. I am unable to share in an inperson class because of my cats personal needs. This was perfect. I enjoyed the homework every week and the sharing. I look forward to the Level 2 animal reiki class on line as well.”



“Kathleen’s expertise, knowledge, and beauty of being shines through the virtual pathways ! Her class is an exceptional experience with comprehensive teachings and delightful and inspiring interactions with classmates – The course provides an abundance and wealth of information and tools to begin the journey of offering Reiki to all species. Life changing and life affirming, I cannot recommend it highly enough!”



“I took this class as a refresher and it was amazing! Perfect for those new to Reiki and for practitioners/teachers who want a “back to the basics” refresher. The format promotes immersion in and contemplation of each concept and/or technique, which helped deepen my practice by bringing me back to the basics. Kathleen’s wisdom and teaching, as always, was life changing, energizing and inspirational. Learning from and becoming friends with other Reiki practitioners around the world is an added perk! I highly recommend this class to anyone new to Animal Reiki and seasoned practitioners looking for a refresher.”



“This class was wonderful. Kathleen guided us through the teachings, helping us to unfold, in a loving and gentle way. Her healing presence was strongly felt in this online format as was the loving and earnest energy of the other students. I feel much stronger in my practice. Thank you, Kathleen, for making this possible.”



“I had the most rewarding experience with Kathleen and the Reiki level 1 course. Her knowledge wisdom and professionalism is unsurpassed. The course has surpassed all my expectations! Thank you Kathleen for the amazing work you do. I look forward to continuing my journey with you.”