Let Animals Lead® Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class – Afternoon Session

(22 customer reviews)


Session 2: Afternoon

The next session begins Monday Sep. 5, 2022. Lessons are released online to students each Monday from Sep. 5 – Oct. 24, 2022. Live sessions run on Wednesdays from 6-7PM Pacific time, Sep. 14 – Oct. 26.

If you can’t come to study in-person with Kathleen, this class is the next best thing! 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.   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 consists of 8 emailed lessons, with 7 live webinars to support these lessons. In order to receive your certificate, participants must turn in weekly homework, have animals they can practice with daily, and must attend at least 6 of the live webinar meetings.  *Note: Discounted rate given to full-time staff of animal shelters and sanctuaries. Kathleen’s Level 1 students can also resit this class for a reduced cost. Email Kathleen for more details!


See animals with fresh eyes and a positive view. Embrace dark, challenging moments with compassion. Ease the suffering of animals you love, while staying respectful of their agency and independence. Practice mindfulness of the gifts your animals give you each and every day!

It can be so challenging to support our animals when they are suffering! Kathleen has used Animal Reiki to heal from breast cancer, as well as support countless animals through life and death moments.  These experiences have given her a unique perspective on the role of Animal Reiki in healing.

This 8-week, in-depth certification course will positively transform your bond with animals and they way they connect with you, forever!

Kathleen’s vast experience as the world’s pioneer and leader in the Animal Reiki profession, having taught over 100 Level 1 Animal Reiki classes over the past 20 years in various shelters and sanctuaries around world and online, makes her uniquely qualified to teach you an Animal Reiki method that will truly change your life! You won’t find Kathleen’s Let Animals Lead® method anywhere else, unless you train in person with one of her teachers!

IAAMB-ACWT Approved Preferred Educational ProviderAnimal Reiki Source is approved by the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork/Association of Canine Water Therapy as an Approved Educational Provider. Contact Kathleen if you want to earn 10 CEU for this course.

What you’ll learn:

  • How and why the Let Animals Lead® method of Animal Reiki is different than traditional human Reiki and other Animal Reiki methods, how and why it evolved, and why these differences make it the best and most ethical practice Animal Reiki method in existence.
  • Traditional Shoden (Level 1) Japanese Reiki practices and how to modify them so that animals can lead meditation sessions.
  • When and how to use physical contact ethically during an Animal Reiki session, as well as hands-on protocol for humans. 
  • The importance of seeing the animal’s perfection during Animal Reiki sessions, and why this shift in view is pivotal in developing trusting connections.
  • What are the 3 energy centers and how to develop them to ensure gentle, animal-led meditations.
  • An overview of the Animal Reiki Practitioner Code of Ethics and why these ethics are a crucial foundation to your practice. 
  • The difference between holding space for an animal and “doing” an energy treatment “to” an animal, and why this distinction matters.

What you’ll receive:

  • Eight weekly video teachings, guided meditations and written supplemental materials to support each week’s lesson.
  • Seven hour-long live sessions via webinar, recorded in both video and audio formats. Each meeting includes a virtual Reiju and Q and A from students. These live meetings are your opportunity to submit questions and receive personal feedback and coaching from Kathleen. 
  • Daily practice assignments and weekly homework to guide your journey.
  • A free copy of Kathleen’s 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 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 students and graduates, to meet and connect with others in our community and engage in weekly discussions based on the lessons.


Students will need to be able to participate live at scheduled times. Attendance is required at 6 of 7 sessions to receive certification. You must be able to connect via video (preferably) or audio on the webinar platform Zoom.

Students must turn in (via email to Kathleen) weekly homework assignments as well as questions for the live calls. Students will need to be able to download and open video and pdf documents in order to watch and read the weekly lessons and assignments. 

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. The main purpose of this requirement is to help you experience the teachings 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!

Healing Experience from a Student:

I just wanted to share this while it is still so fresh. I have been dealing with some significant chronic pain in my neck/shoulder area. It has been getting increasingly worse over the last several weeks. 

Anyway, after the meditation/Reiju during class today, I sat up and noticed that the pain had all but left that region! I was so surprised by this feeling (or lack thereof) that I had to move my head from side to side to make sure this was real! I also noticed that after doing the hara breathing this ball of uneasiness in my gut was no longer weighing me down either! Just an overwhelming sense of calm and peacefulness. 

The pain isn’t completely gone but on a scale of 1-10 it was a 15! Now it’s 2-3! I am truly blessed to be able to attend your class and so grateful that you even offer it!

22 reviews for Let Animals Lead® Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class – Afternoon Session

  1. Debbie Curtis

    Let Animals Lead is a piece of the big spiritual puzzle! Kathleen’s gentle teaching style is packed with life changing information. I learned human Reiki back in the 1990’s, and I’ve been an animal communicator for friends and family about that long as well. Other students are going to say many of the same things that first came to my mind, so my review will be a bit different in that this class and the teachings are meshing with my other spiritual endeavors. I’m developing my medium/psychic skills as well as being on my journey to be a ‘light worker’, ‘service worker’, or whatever the name would be for a person who wants to help animals live a better life, and as my vet said to me once, “Every animal has a person attached to it.” So true! This class, which if full of help for the students personal well-being as well as the animals that will come to us, or have been part of our lives, is a piece of the entire, strange, wonderful, Universe we share.

  2. Anne

    Kathleen leads an amazing journey through which her students can learn to interweave many ways of being with animals in both a personal and professional context. The course is thoughtful, rigorous, fun, well organized, and life-changing. The structure is a rich mix of live sessions, reading, written work and videos. Formats for every kind of learner. Thank you!

  3. Bee Evans

    Thank you, Kathleen! I had been trying to practice human Reiki on animals for years with very little success. Your unique approach towards healing animals has not only transformed my practice of Reiki with animals, but it has also completely transformed my relationship with animals.

  4. Arzu Calguner

    Thank you for teaching me ” being” Reiki instead of “doing” Reiki. My life is now more colorful and blessed after I’ve learned to look at it with my Reiki Eyes.

  5. Chew Tze Yi (Yiky)

    I love love this course, I’m very glad that I pursued it. I’ve gained profound insights about the animal-human relationship and reiki healing with animals. The depth of Kathleen’s knowledge and her experience on animal reiki are admirable. She’s also very articulated, in that she is able to answer questions in clear, concise manner, and easy to listen to! She’s also a funny and gentle teacher. 

    I would definitely recommend you to take this course if you are serious about practicing animal reiki. It’s no bullshit, hit the ground running learning experience. I sense that Kathleen & her students are here to do real work!

    Throughout this course, students have access to email support where Kathleen is able to answer any questions you might have, usually within 24 hours. Such accessibility and efficiency come in handy given that this course is conducted fully online.

    I enjoy the course format of first self-study via video lesson, self-practice and homework, and then live group QnA session. This format allows me ample time to pace my own learning and to reflect on questions as the week unfolds. As I’m based in Malaysia, this afternoon session allow me the possibility to join in the live group QnA session where students get their questions answered. Listening to questions that other students are facing accelerates my learning and benefits me in practical way.

    Also, being an 8-week course, the longer period allows for time to develop my regular practice and reflect on questions that arise as I practice. As Kathleen calls reiki practice a ‘spiritual gym’, it does takes time to develop the muscle. This is something that you won’t get from a weekend crash course.

    Thank you for the amazing learning journey!

    Yiky Chew

  6. Deborah Short

    Thank You Kathleen, for this incredible class. I am so grateful, I followed my heart and the animals, who ultimately led me to lovely YOU! I have worked with animals/wildlife for the past 45 years, (Veterinary Assistant/Animal Care Business) all of which has been very hands on. There have been many times, I realized that animals heal and respond best when given their own space to heal and on their own terms. For this reason, when I discovered Kathleen, Animal Reiki Source and Let Animals Lead method of Animal Reiki, I knew in my heart I had found my Teacher. You’re remarkable and honourable respect for the Animal Kingdom and professional integrity is what sets you apart from any other Animal Reiki class being offered online or in-person. At this time on our Planet, there needs to be dedication and commitment to the Animal Kingdom; together, we can shift the consciousness of humankind into respecting, honouring and treating animals as our teachers, healers and lifelong companions. It is time for them to lead the way and for humankind to be humble and follow their lead. The Let Animals Lead method of Animal Reiki is undoubtedly shifting human consciousness. When I came into this class, I was prepared for change with how I interact with animals, moving forward. However, the spiritual shift I experienced over the course of this class, has been deeply profound for me. I have always had a difficult time meditating, but I found in nature, I could sit still and focus on my breath, allowing myself to practice the meditations Kathleen taught us during these classes. For the first time, I found myself meditating and sharing Reiki with the trees, the birds, the seals and sea lions, Whales and our beautiful ocean world… Sooo amazing! It has now become part of my morning routine, to share Reiki with all of nature and any animal in my care, I have the pleasure of sitting with. The most enlightening experience I had during my meditations and through these classes, was unexpected visits from Whales. On the 7th week of class, I was sitting by the ocean meditating, my eyes were closed and I was focusing on my breath. All of a sudden I heard a loud swoosh, and as I opened my eyes, there before me was a Humpback Whale and her calf. Her breath was deeply and profoundly ancient, I cannot put into words the love and gratitude I felt, to be sharing the moment with her, and knowing she had felt the Reiki energy, blessing me with her presence. This Whale had come on her terms through the Let Animals Lead method of Animal Reiki. This experience will live in my heart forever. I can also share, the Reiju that Kathleen offered us during every class has stayed with me, and is beautiful! I have loved each and every class, and my animals have participated in all the classes, especially during our last class, they both snuggled up to me, ready to receive Reiju. Doing these classes online, allows us to have our animals with us during class which I feel is so important. I am excited to continue this journey with Kathleen and looking forward to my Level 2 class. Blessings of love and light to you Kathleen. Thank You for ‘being’ my wonderful Teacher!

  7. Lisa Peronne

    You will definitely leave this class with a new perspective. Not only with a different form of Reiki, designed specifically for animals, but also a different perspective of yourself. The students from my Level One class, we all came away with the same experience of transformation of the self first, so that your cup is full enough to hold space for the animals.
    I searched high and low for a teacher training, and even took two other Reiki Level 1&2 for humans and for animals and when I finally found Kathleen’s class, I immediately resonated with this technique! I highly recommend this class for anyone that wants to focus on Animal Reiki.

  8. Kathy Wolff

    I just completed my Let Animals Lead Reiki Level I learning.
    I had read 2 of Kathleen’s books when my sweet Malamute girl Luna said it was time to transition. We honored her wishes and while this was one of the most heart wrenching experiences, what I learned reading just 2 books blessed Luna and I with a beautiful sacred journey. Luna lead the way and I followed her, supporting her as best I could. She teaches me today and forever will. We are never apart.
    I want to help facilitate these connections now and in the forever for those who wish to receive. Learning to be Reiki, that we are all One, and even during these sad times, all is well and happening as it should creates a deep connection that is sustained through the veil.
    What I have learned with Kathleen is hope, love, and joy is always there even in the darkest times. What a gift, this knowledge. I am humbled to be able to offer some small comfort and love to any who ask. Thank you Kathleen for shining your light and showing us the way ❤
    You will find your self here…

  9. Caitlin

    I was lucky enough to join in Kathleen’s level 1 course this fall. The online aspect was perfect for me since I am on the east coast. The class was very organized and we were provided with so much detailed information. Being able to meet on a video chat each week allowed for us to have a safe space to connect with the class. Kathleen always had insightful and thoughtful answers to any questions asked and was very supportive.

  10. Kya

    Kathleen’s on-line course was amazing! I was unsure about on-line courses but loved Kathleen’s course! This began my journey with the Let Animals Lead Method which is profound and beautiful! Kathleen creates and holds an incredible space to learn, grow and share where you truly feel deeply encouraged and supported. You have the opportunity to deepen the journey with practice between each week. Having this opportunity for a longer class you also develop special bonds with other classmates and your experience and learning are enriched! I highly recommend this course! I attended Level one along with Level two and they have been life changing! Thank you Kathleen! With love, gratitude, and blessings!

  11. Tamara

    I have recently completed the 8-week Level 1 online Animal Reiki course with Kathleen Prasad. During the past few years of my life, I had been on a quest for deeper spirituality and self-discovery. Being an animal lover, I happened to accidentally stumble upon the topic of Animal Reiki, and began to read Kathleen’s books. I immediately felt that I had found what I was looking for. Kathleen’s unique Let Animals Lead method (offering Reiki to animals with gentleness, reverence and respect) resonated with my personal values and compelled me to deepen my knowledge about the subject even further. Unable to attend a course with Kathleen in person, I decided to take the online course, although I was afraid that it would not live up to my expectations. I am very happy to say that I was completely wrong! From the very beginning, the course was well organized, providing useful and inspirational reading material (beautifully written by Kathleen) and practical homework every week, guided meditation practices, and clear explanations that helped everyone progress smoothly. The small group size (8 participants) permitted each student to have a chance to share their personal experiences during each class and ask questions, and helped to form a lovely and supportive bond between everyone. The tone of the class is informal, and Kathleen makes everyone feel at ease and welcome. She takes the time to answer all questions precisely, honestly and respectfully. Kathleen is a true inspiration to her students, in that she so gracefully embodies all the Reiki precepts that she teaches, which is the real key to this course’s success. This course has been transformational for me and has definitely encouraged me to pursue my spiritual journey in Animal Reiki even further. I am looking forward to begin the Level 2 Online Animal Reiki course with Kathleen tomorrow, and hope to attend one of her courses in person in the near future.

  12. Brandy Lovingier

    I cannot fully put into words the true gratitude of Kathleen and her class. My whole life I have wanted to make a difference and wanted to work with animals but didn’t know what that would be? Finding Animal Reiki, not only are you learning to be there and really make a difference in animals lives, but it heals and changes you as well. From the inside out. It’s life changing. Truly life changing. A priceless, life changing experience.

  13. Kelwyn

    I am forever grateful to have been a part of the Online Level 1 Reiki course with Kathleen, it has truly changed my life. The 8 week format allowed the perfect amount of time in between the beautifully written lessons and meditations and I really enjoyed sharing our experiences with my lovely classmates throughout. Kathleen herself is one of the most kind, loving, patient, light filled beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It is an honor to see someone living their purpose fully and creating a more compassionate world for all beings through the work she does. To be able share this practice with the animals in my life, friends/family, and myself has been the the most incredible, transformational gift. My connection with animals, nature and myself has deepened, I feel a sense of peace, oneness and connection to all living things I’ve never felt before, it has been a wonderful experience and blessing. I am beyond thankful I found Kathleen and her courses, I can’t wait to continue my journey with the next online course offering.

  14. Danielle Barker

    I took the animal reiki 1 course in April of the year online with Kathleen. And it has changed my life. I wanted to share a story with you about my animal reiki practice. Over the summer I was sharing reiki at a friend’s farm. Horses, goats and mini pigs. I was asked to share reiki with one specific pig, Lucy. They didn’t tell me her history. The first time I sat with her she barely noticed me. She was so shut down. I continued sharing reiki once a week. She seemed to notice me in her paddock but was still pretty shut down. It wasn’t until last week that I had returned to the farm after 6 weeks away that her guardian said “have you seen Lucy? “ I hadn’t gone to see her yet. She said “ I have had this pig for 7 years and only after you started coming by have I seen a change. It’s been gradual but go see”. I saw Lucy, and she was spry and following me along the fence and even allowing me to touch her. She would poke her snout to my hand. She even looked like a different pig! The back story is that Lucy was sold to a home as a piglet and after three months was returned to my friend abruptly. A question of abuse was raised. It has been an honor to share reiki with these animals. Taking this class has opened up my world. I am so very grateful to make a difference in animals lives.

    • Kathleen Prasad

      Thanks so much for sharing this Danielle, it’s wonderful! And a true testament to the power of peaceful presence 🙂 I’m so proud of you, keep up the great work!

  15. waterw

    This class has the perfect classic learning structure: get info, spend a week practicing, come back for correction, then repeat. We all learned so much more than if we’d trained for just a weekend. The interactive video format is perfect, and Kathleen is a calm and patient teacher full of knowledge that she imparts with mastery. Kathleen’s version of animal reiki has had such an impact on my own life, on the lives of the animals I interact with, and on all my interactions with animals in the world. I can’t recommend this class highly enough.

  16. Kathleen Delaney

    Kathleen Prasad’s class offered such insight into not just an incredible soul-connection with the animals I work with, but into my own daily mindfulness practice. In-depth information and guidelines into Reiki background, principles, ethics, and beliefs, as well as practical application and meditations. I recommend this class with all my heart, and cannot wait to take her Level II class!

  17. Dave

    Very professionally done. Clear instructions, respectful atmosphere, and multiple content delivery styles (e.g., live videos, recorded videos, website links, .pdf files, etc.) made this one of the best online courses I’ve seen, and the students were literally from all over the world. Well done!

  18. Danielle Barker

    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.

  19. Deanna

    When I first started looking for an online animal reiki certification, I was very wary of being scammed and worried about finding a well taught course. I happened to stumble upon this class, and let me just say Kathleen has changed my life.

    The class took place over an eight week period of time, and we moved at a pace that let us digest and practice the techniques and information we learned each week. One of the other fantastic things about this course is that it’s not just a premade video; it’s completely interactive. Each week, we would have a video meeting and discuss how our meditations and practice went. This made it so that each week we all got to know each other a little bit more, and it made it so that we could all bond. Also, it allowed us to learn from each other as well as from Kathleen.

    Moving on to Kathleen’s teaching, saying she is wonderful is an understatement. 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.

  20. Sandra Harada

    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….

  21. cheryl.parrett

    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.

    I finished my degree online and I work remote, so the online venue is very comfortable for me. Video support makes a huge impact in bringing a virtual group together. The timing and availability of the homework packets are prompt and applicable to our work for a given week. The ability to share experiences within the class adds to a very moving online experience.

    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!

  22. Deanna

    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. If you find it difficult to travel and attend one of Kathleen’s in-person classes, I highly recommend her online Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification class. Thank you, Kathleen.

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