Training Classes and Workshops

The Reiki Center of Greater Washington offers training classes and workshops in a number of energy modalities, including Usui Reiki, Gendai Reiki, Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki, Karuna Reiki (R), Lightarian (R), Integrated Energy Therapy (R), Shamanic Reiki, and Shamanic Healing and Journeying using Crystals.

Below is a listing of the modalities, followed by a detailed explanation of each class offering. To see our lineage for each modality, please click here.

Introductory and Advanced Training

Usui Reiki is the foundation of all other Reiki-based systems. In our classes, we teach a combination of the Western Usui Shiki Ryoho and the Eastern Usui Reiki Ryoho systems. Normally, students take the Usui Reiki I course as their entry into RCGW course offerings. This is followed by either the Usui Reiki II or the Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki I-II courses at least one month later. We suggest that the student complete a combination of ten Reiki healing sessions before registering for any second level course.

Integrated Energy Therapy (R) begins with the Basic level, a one-day class of eight hours.. It is followed by Intermediate and Advanced levels, both also of eight hours each..

Shamanic Reiki (link to Shamanic Reiki courses) begins with Level One, a two day, 16 hour course and continues to Level Two, also a two-day, 16-hour course..

Our Crystal classes begin with Crystal Healing I or Crystal Journeying I and continue as you deepen your connections with the crystal and shamanic healing process. Each of our classes at the introductory level are one day, followed by one or two day classes at the upper levels of training.

Master Training and Internship

Training beyond our level two classes requires the student to spend some time in practice and self-development. RCGW assists with this by providing opportunities to practice (our Reiki and IET Shares and Reiki and IET Student Clinics, as well as our Reiki Practitioner and Master Practice Groups). We also meet with students individually as they are thinking about how they want to continue their development

We strongly suggest that students complete 50 documented sessions after they have completed their level two training before registering for a Master-level practitioner course. This is because a large part of the experience of Reiki is in the connection to the client (and the self) which occurs in the healing process. We encourage our Master/Teacher students to have completed 100 documented sessions, at least half of which have been hands-on.

Level II students who have completed 50 documented sessions and three healing courses may want to join the RCGW Internship program to have the opportunity to see clients professionally at RCGW. For more information about this program, please click here.

RCGW encourages our students to continue on their healing paths with a variety of programs after formal training. This begins after level two training, when students are able to assist at up to three level one or two classes to deepen their knowledge before they take their Master training. After Master training with us in at least two modalities, students may apply for our Internship programs, which allow them to work in a professional setting doing sessions or teaching in conjunction with our practitioners or teachers.

Those students who would like to teach or deepen their healing experience may apply to take any of our master level courses, usually at least six months after their level two training. We suggest that our level two students do a minimum of one hundred Reiki healing sessions before applying to take the Master level. For more information click here.

After students have taken their initial master training, they become eligible to study Karuna Reiki® or Lightarian Reiki™.

Usui Reiki

Our classes begin with traditional Usui Reiki, the Western version of Reiki as brought to the West by Hawayo Takata. It is called Usui Shiki Ryoho in Japanese. Usui Reiki is taught in three classes:

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We also offer both historical and modern culturally-Japanese courses called Usui Reiki Ryoho and Gendai Reiki. You may find more information about these courses by clicking here.


After you have taken Usui Reiki I, you can take Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki (also known as SSR), a version of Reiki developed by Diane Ruth Shewmaker in conjunction with Patrick Zeigler, based on his experiences in the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. We strongly suggest having taken Usui Reiki I before taking the SSR I-II class, however, if you have already taken other energy healing modalities, you may take this class as your first Reiki training. We offer this system as a:

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Karuna Reiki

After you have completed your Master training in either Usui Reiki or Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki and have six months practical experience, you become eligible to take Karuna Reiki ®, a system developed by William Rand and the International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan. We offer this system as a:

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Japanese Reiki Techniques (Usui Reiki Ryoho and Gendai Reiki Ho)

Usui Reiki Ryoho I-II- Shoden-Okuden (Intro/Advanced)
Parts of this course are included in our Usui Reiki I and II courses, above.

Usui Reiki Ryoho I-III – Shoden, Okuden & Shinpiden (Teacher)
Parts of this course are included in our Teaching Reiki I, II and II courses above.

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Gendai Reiki I Shoden (Intro)
This course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Prerequisite: None

Gendai Reiki II- Okuden (Advanced)

This course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Prerequisite: Gendai Reiki I.

Gendai Reiki III-IV- Shinpiden-Gokuidaiden (Mystery/Teacher)
Prerequisite: Gendai Reiki I and II and either Master-level training or 100 documented session hours. This course runs for two days from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.

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Lightarian ™

Lightarian (TM) registered with the Lightarian Institute for Global Human Transformation. All Lightarian (TM) courses are taught one-on-one at RCGW. Please purchase your course(s) on the Lightarian Reiki Store page and then see our healing sessions page to make an appointment through our appointments system, 

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Lightarian Rays (TM) (course description)
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Shamanic Workshops

Our Shamanic workshops are divided between our Shamanic Healing and Journeying workshops and our Shamanic Reiki workshops.

Shamanic Healing or Journeying

These workshops are usually one day experiential sessions of six hours each. Our Level I workshops are the prerequisites for the upper-level workshops. These workshops are good preparation for our Shamanic Reiki workshops.

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Shamanic Reiki

Shamanic Reiki workshops at RCGW are taught in a series of two courses, Shamanic Reiki One and Shamanic Reiki Two, usually offered once each year. We also occasionally offer a Shamanic Reiki Day of Healing, which can be taught by request at other locations.

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Integrated Energy Therapy

RCGW offers Integrated Energy Therapy (R) classes which were developed by Stevan Thayer of the Center of Being, Inc. They are one-day workshops of seven hours and are eligible for continuing education credits for Massage Therapists. Please contact us in advance, if you are interested in taking this class for CE credit hours so that we can have the appropriate forms available for you.

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Benefits for RCGW Students and Clients

Once you take your first class at RCGW, you receive the following membership benefits:

  • a discount of $10 off Reiki practitioner sessions or $20 off Reiki Student Clinic sessions
  • a discount of $5 off of RCGW Healing Events such as Healing Drumming or New Moon Meditation Circles, Reiki Shares and Practice Groups
  • free admission as a practitioner to our Reiki Student Clinics
  • 10% off of Custom Craftworks, Inc. reiki tables sold by RCGW.

After you take a second-level workshop at RCGW in Usui Reiki or Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki, you may assist at any comparable level one or two class offered, subject to space limitations. We encourage you to assist at a minimum of two classes before applying for the Master/Teacher courses. If you want to assist at one of our classes, have taken the class elsewhere, but not at RCGW, you would need to register as a student to be an assistant.

Taking our Karuna Reiki (R) Practitioner course gives you a $300 discount towards your Karuna Reiki (R) Master course.

Taking any master-level course also entitles you to mentoring consultation by appointment either face-to-face, email, or telephone with the instructor at $10 off our usual hourly rate.

Sponsor a Class

Sponsor an RCGW Class and receive a free or discounted course for yourself by providing a location and some assistance with promotion. If you know a group that would like to have a class and can provide a space and at least six students, you would be eligible to receive a free class as a bonus. If you are interested in sponsoring a course or have questions, please click here!

Click here to see our Events Calendar to see the classes listed by type and month.