Photo of students participating in a Reiki Circle at the NYC Reiki Center with Brian Brunius

Searching for more opportunities to give and receive Reiki? Organize a Reiki Share! To help you, here are a few things to consider when hosting a Reiki Circle for practitioners:

  1. Photo of students participating in a Reiki Circle at the NYC Reiki Center with Brian BruniusTime. How long do you want your Reiki Share to last? Start with determining how many participants you’d like to host, and how many positions you anticipate covering, and for how long? If you’re doing chair Reiki, then participants can give and receive in pairs and the circle might conclude in just 2 turns. If you have a table, you can do a practice taking turns on the table as we practice in class. The length of time on the table may vary based on number of participants. Generally speaking, the more practitioners, the less time on the table to give a full treatment, but more people to work on.  It will be important for someone to keep time, or to set a timer that dings per position.
  2. Participants. Make a list of who you will invite. Perhaps classmates or people you’ve met at a Reiki Circle. If you’re organizing a larger event, will you post on social media, a mail list, or meet-up board?
  3. Practice. If practicing with students of varying lineages, it’s important to make clear what treatments will look like. Be clear that hands will be laid and talk about positions. Be clear if you will divert from Reiki practice. Not everyone is comfortable with crystals, essential oils, tuning forks, or techniques from other modalities, if they’re anticipating a Reiki treatment.
  4. Cost. Consider if you will charge a fee for attendance. Will you hold time & space and supply materials for the event for free? Or perhaps with a smaller group of practitioners, will you take turns hosting Reiki Shares?
  5. Photo of students participating in a Reiki Circle at the NYC Reiki Center with Brian BruniusSpace. Creating a space for Reiki sharing really requires little more than participants and a table or chairs, but also consider:
    • Music. Meditative sound can set a mood and music can also be integrated with the sound a hand position timer.
    • Hand sanitizer. Cleans hands are a must!
    • Candles. Be wary of scented candles and oil diffusers if participants are sensitive to smells.
    • Water and snacks. Reiki can be very dehydrating, and food can be very grounding. If someone feels light-headed after treatment, a sweet or salty snack can often bring their awareness back to their body.
    • Tissues. These are handy for many reasons, but imperative to lay when treating the eyes or front of face.
    • Airplane mode. Nothing is worse than helping someone into that deep meditative Reiki headspace and someone’s phone goes off!
    • Eye mask, pillows, blankets. These keep participants comfortable on the table, and are handy if anyone feels chilly after a deeply restful treatment.