Japanese Reiki 1 and Animal Reiki 1 retreat: Cultivating and Sharing Inner Peace


Apr 12, 2018 to Apr 16, 2018
11:00 AM until 04:00 PM


Discover peace and wellbeing in meditation with animals!

April 12-16, 2018

5-day Experiential Meditation and Healing Retreat

Japanese Reiki 1: Cultivating our Peace Within
April 12-13, 11-4pm

Animal Reiki 1: Sharing Peace with Animals
April 14-15, 12-5pm
April 16, 11-3pm

This enriching 5-day retreat provides the introduction to the traditional Japanese system of Reiki meditations for personal development and wellbeing, focusing our attention on how to gently and respectfully share the benefits of Reiki with loved ones and animals of all types and sizes.

We will also expand our capacity to be grounded, present, joyful, positive, loving, peaceful, and compassionate in everything we do.

Includes practice sharing Reiki with rescue horses, burros, and feral kitties at Wildhorse Ranch Rescue and/or rescue pigs, horses, burros, alpacas, sheep, goats, turkeys, and chickens at Aimee’s Farm Animal Sanctuary ~ tba!

Experience with Reiki welcome, but not required. All animal lovers and Reiki practitioners welcome!

Full retreat investment: $350 earlybird* for all 5 days (BEST VALUE!), $395 after March 8

Sign up with a Course Buddy and save $25 each on your full retreat registration

Or combine with Level 2 registration on April 19-23 for $650 earlybird (or $740) ~ a $50 savings!

*Special animal rescue retreat rates:
$250 for Animal rescue staff serving 40+ hours per month;
$300 for Animal rescue volunteers serving 8+ hours per month

Individual course rates:

Japanese Reiki 1 only: $200 earlybird ($240 after March 8)
Animal Reiki 1 only: $280 earlybird ($330 after March 8)

Payment plans available

*A portion of proceeds supports local animal welfare*

Who this is for:

This course is perfect for anyone interested in:
Stress management, Personal growth & development, Positive psychology, Self-healing, Mindfulness, Meditation, Self-care, Holistic health, Happiness, Personal responsibility, Alternative medicine, Spirituality, Personal & spiritual growth, Reiki, Animal welfare, Animal rescue, Conscious communication, Energy healing, Buddhism, and more!

If you:
*Work in animal rescue (or would like to!)
*Care for loved ones or pets
*Prefer natural approaches for health and wellbeing
*Would like to add to or create your own personal spiritual practice
*Consider animals to be like friends and family members
*Want to be able to foster greater wellbeing, for yourself or for loved ones
*Would like to integrate personal nourishment into your daily routine
*Want a constructive way to share your compassion and caring for all creatures
*Have ever felt at risk for burnout or compassion fatigue, or have felt drained by your emotions, worries, or anxiety
*Understand animals better than most people 
*Have experienced a personal health challenge (you or someone close to you)
*Would like to manage stress better

…then we welcome you to join us! This retreat will awaken your heart and give you tools for strengthening your wellbeing!

About the retreat

Throughout this nourishing week, you will practice tools to find and maintain a grounded feeling of peace within you ~ and learn to facilitate space for this feeling of calm and wellbeing for others.

You will also gain practice with consciously feeling grateful, showing compassion, developing mindfulness, dialing down anger and worry, and expanding your wellbeing on a daily basis!

We will put our training into practice sharing Reiki meditation with local animals. There will be opportunities for reflection and discussion about each of the experiences.

After the retreat you’ll be welcomed into a global Tribe of Animal Reiki and traditional Reiki practitioners, for fellowship, support, and continuing education!

Reiki & Animal Reiki 1 workshop ~ Phoenix, AZ

April 12 & 13, 11-4pm
April 14 & 15, 12-5pm
April 16, 11-3pm

Earlybird registration: through March 8
Registration closes: April 10 (Animal Reiki 1: April 12)

For more details:
Level 1 retreat:
Level 2 retreat:

Registration is required.

To register, email Kat Forgacs at

About the instructor

Kat Forgacs, owner of BLISS Reiki and Animal Reiki, is a traditional Japanese Reiki teacher certified by the International House of Reiki, and an Animal Reiki teacher certified by Animal Reiki Source. Kat also received her Reiki 1-3 certifications in Western-style Reiki. For more information: BLISS Animal Reiki – Info & Q&A and

Kat started her Reiki journey 7 years ago in Western-style Reiki, instantly attracted to the strength and possibilities of Reiki healing. Early on, Kat felt a strong desire to learn how to practice Reiki in a way her cat would approve of. Following her intuition, and an inkling that there was something more to Reiki practice than direct hands-on healing, Kat did some research and soon found her way to California to complete Shinpiden (teacher) training in Animal Reiki, which quickly changed her life and her Reiki practice.   Through Animal Reiki, Kat found her way into Usui Reiki Ryoho (traditional/nonwestern Reiki), on which Animal Reiki practices are based, and was at first amazed and then intrigued to discover that there was so much more to the system of Reiki than she had even imagined.   Kat loves witnessing joy and freedom develop in her students through the insights of traditional Reiki, including techniques and practices for improving our physical and spiritual health, for increasing our resilience and emotional intelligence, and for expanding our ability to live joyfully and mindfully present in the world.   Kat has now traveled to teach Reiki and Animal Reiki classes in urban New England, the Midwest, the Southwest, and Europe as well as at home in Bloomington, Indiana. Kat is a satellite member of the planning committee for the nonprofit educational organization Celebration of Reiki, Inc and gave a presentation on Animal Reiki at the annual Celebration of Reiki conference in Boston in 2017.


$395; Discounted for animal rescue staff, volunteers


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5802 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ

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BLISS Reiki & Animal Reiki



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Kat Forgacs

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