Classes Offered by SARA
Have a positive impact on the lives of rescued animals by becoming a certified Let Animals Lead® Practitioner and a member of SARA today! In order to be certified in the Let Animals Lead® method and to join SARA, students must complete a Let Animals Lead® class with SARA President, Kathleen Prasad, OR complete one of SARA's Let Animals Lead® classes taught by SARA member teachers. SARA offers both Level 1 and 2 classes and, for Reiki practitioners of any lineage, a special Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners course with SARA VP, Leah D'Ambrosio.
The Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki allows animals to lead their own healing process. It is not about the practitioner “fixing” something that is wrong; rather, it is about providing a calm, positive space that is optimal for self-healing. We hope you'll consider becoming a member of our amazing community of animal advocates!
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Introduction to the Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki
If you work or volunteer with a shelter or rescue and are looking for a significant way to help animals be more adoptable, then consider our free Introduction to the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki/Meditation.
Photo courtesy of Kelly McDermott Burns
Let Animals Lead® Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class
If you’re involved in the care of shelter and rescue animals, whether you’re a volunteer, foster, veterinarian, or staff, and are looking for a significant way to help animals be more adoptable, then you’re ready to learn the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki/Meditation.
Level 2 Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki
Let Animals Lead® Level 2 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class
This Level 2 Animal Reiki Let Animals Lead® online certification course will take you farther in the unique and groundbreaking Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki. Whether you want to deepen your own connection with animals or to begin a professional journey towards an Animal Reiki Teacher certification, this class is for you!
Let Animals Lead® Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners - Teleclass & Audio Class
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.
*The Teleclass sessions are live via Zoom. If there are no current live classes available for the Teleclass, please consider taking the Audio Course on-demand. Register at the link below:
Let Animals Lead® Level 3 Animal Reiki Intensive Teacher Training
Take the next step and become an Animal Reiki Leader!
This coming October, Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) Co-Founder Leah D’Ambrosio and SARA Director Kelly McDermott Burns are hosting a Let Animals Lead® Method of Animal Reiki Teacher Intensive at the C.A.R.E. Foundation!
What is an Animal Reiki Teacher Training Intensive? It is a Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki Teacher certification course with three full days of learning and practicing how to teach Animal Reiki Levels 1, 2 and 3. Each day will be devoted to learning how to teach the unique techniques of this proprietary method, including a review and practice of all the traditional meditations, how to guide your students in understanding why we don’t use hands, and will include hours of training with the exotic and wild animals of C.A.R.E.!
Let Animals Lead® Level 3 Animal Reiki Teacher Training Online Certification Course
Take the next step and become an Animal Reiki Teacher.
If you have trained in the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki and would like to become a teacher, it has never been easier with this 9-week Animal Reiki and Animal Reiki Teacher Training online certification course.
In this course, you will learn the Level 3 traditional Shinpiden training such as how to offer Reijus to students, the 4th Reiki symbol and advanced meditation.
"I just finished the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioner's course. With Leah's guidance and support, I gained valuable insight into and a new love for my practice. Each week's homework brought such deep connections with the animals, and I feel like I've learned so much more than I could ever find in a manual. Take the class...do the homework...listen to the animals. I'm so grateful for this class and the many amazing lessons learned over our 8 weeks."
"Maybe it will sound like a cliche but ARRP class really changed my life. And I cam also say it changed the lives of animals and people around me. Working in a dog shelter in Croatia with 500 dogs is very hard, stressful, and emotional in many ways. I was even very close to quitting my job but Reiki and this course with Leah helped me to bring myself back to path i obviously belong. I've learned simple to help me at my work and my every day life . They are simple and easy but so powerful and helpful - for me, for the animals animals and people around me. I've been able to support them with compassion, strength, light and love. I also feel my colegues at work come to me more often now for advice, or support, or just for sharing thoughts. And I admit, it feels very nice 🙂 I can also say Leah is such a wonderful teacher! And not only a teacher, but also a true friend with whom I could share all my experiences, even worries and doubts. I feel like talking to her made my light shine brighter 🥰 and I hope and believe animals and people around me can feel it. I’m very grateful and touched that I had this wonderful opportunity and for still being a part of such a beautiful and loving comunity 🙏 - Monika Hudin, Croatia"
"This class was exactly the kind of atmosphere you'd want out of an online course. It felt like we were right there in person with each other. It was easy to share, ask questions and connect with the others.The manual and all the extra files and information shared allowed me to dive deeper into this knowledge, and to expand my practice to a new level. My confidence has grown and this helps me spread word and be able to educate others on this lovely approach."
"I highly recommend this course! Leah is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher in this field. I really enjoyed her teaching style and methods. Classes were chock full of information, discussion, sharing, and answering questions. She is very personable and caring which made me feel very comfortable. I have never been very good at meditating on my own, and Leah provided guided meditations, tips for meditating, simple meditation practices and recordings. I now easily connect into a meditation mind-set. I learned ways to improve my own mind/body/spirit connection everyday which has had a big impact on my pets and animals that I come in contact with. I'm excited to use the techinques/info. that I learned to help animals of all kinds."
"I am so grateful for the opportunity to take the ARRP class with Leah! Leah was not only a teacher, she was a true friend. I could share all my experiences with her at any time, and with her support and light everything went easy and smooth. I waited for every lesson with an open heart and I learned so much and developed my Reiki practice very strongly every week. Almost every day I had beautiful examples how these easy and simple tools worked. They helped me in my work at a shelter with 500 dogs! So simple and easy, but so powerful, and so helpful, for me, and for the dogs around me in the shelter, and also in my home. I’m really touched and gratefull for being a part of such a beautiful and loving community."
"This course was a game changer for me. I came to this course as an Animal Reiki Practitioner. I had been taught to share Reiki with animals somewhat similar to the way you share with humans, but without the rituals. This course truly opened my eyes and my heart. Learning to meditate, chant was something new to me, but I was determined to learn. After only 2 weeks I started to feel a huge shift within myself. I was calmer, more relaxed, more at peace with everything. I was more connected to my higher self and to the animals. This method of practicing Animal Reiki has also helped me with my Animal Grooming which I can honestly say I see a huge difference in the animals. Leah is a fantastic teacher. Her expertise, guidance, support is like no other course I have ever taken. This in itself meant a lot to me. I am so grateful that I followed through with the decision to take this class as it is thorough and taught with love and compassion. I highly recommend this class to anyone wishing to work with animals, you will not regret it. I thank you so much Leah for helping me to change the way I practice Reiki with both animal and human. "
"I came to "Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners" as a practicing Reiki Master Teacher of 12+ years, who worked with both humans and animals. I had always felt that letting the animals approach me for physical contact felt right but I had no idea how right! My eyes have been opened to seeing Animal Reiki as not an offshoot of my human practice, but as an entirely different Reiki system to be learned, honed, and honored. In this class, we were blessed to have Leah as our patient, knowledgeable, always available teacher of everything Animal Reiki. I have never taken a class that was so thorough and well supported by both a wealth of hands on information and honest dialogue that made us all desire to improve and grow more within ourselves, our community, and our practice. Thank you to both Leah and SARA for changing my life and taking my practice both animal and human to an entirely new level of Love and Light!"
"Since taking this class, my animals sure look forward to my nightly sessions now! They don't run away! They come and find me, actually seek me out! I have also noticed everything likes to be around me now. Bugs, wild animals, my pets, you name it. Not just when I'm doing a session either, so I figured my whole presence or vibe must be a tad different now too. A little confirmation I have noticed that I never aimed for happened recently. I noticed my dog's hair on her belly is filling in again. She usually loses it from stress and it’s bare down there. Since doing this practice with her, it’s been growing back! Huzzah! Also, my old kitty is starting to bathe herself again! She was getting a little frumpy, full of knots, a tad stale smelling, she had the old kitty thing going for her. But since my little mascot has been joining me for sessions, she is grooming herself again! This class has definitely added some more tools to my bag!"
"When I worked in a boarding facility for many years, I performed pet massage and various modalities of energy work. I remember how I wanted the dogs to stay with me and not walk away. It was very frustrating at the time when some of them didn’t want to be touched and walked away. I’m so thankful for the Let Animals Lead® method. I wish I had taken this class back then. What a difference it would have made for myself and the lovely dogs I had the honor to work with. I’ve also taken a lot of Reiki classes before, and I’m blown away by how detailed and informative this class was. It contains a wealth of information. Leah is an incredible teacher."
"I absolutely loved the Animal Reiki for Reiki Practitioners course! I learned so much from the instructor, Leah D’Ambrosio, and the stories she shared. Leah created a very caring and safe group experience where I was able to learn and ask questions. I really enjoyed learning the different ways to meditate with animals and the chants. If you are a reiki practitioner of any level and want to work with animals I highly recommend this course!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."