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

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Session 1: Morning The next session begins Monday Jan. 2, 2023. Lessons are released online to students each Monday from Jan. 2 – Feb. 20, 2023. Live sessions run on 7 Wednesdays from 10-11 AM Pacific time, Jan. 11 – Mar. 1. Note: No live class on Wed. Feb 22. 

 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 online 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.

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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!

30 reviews for Let Animals Lead® Level 1 Animal Reiki Online Certification Class – Morning Session

  1. Erica Gledhill

    This course was a grounding, spiritual and healing experience… Kathleen is wonderful teacher!! The classes flow seamlessly from one to another and there is a ton of supportive learning material. Kathleen expresses herself so clearly and shares personal stories, which helped us to understand not only what reiki is, but how to ‘be’ reiki and how to share our gifts and the universal energy with our companion animals. She also creates a safe space for classmates to share their own experiences while learning and was always happy to answer soooo many questions, lol. I was also very grateful to have shared the experience with such a beautiful group of like-minded women. This has been a life changing experience, thank you so much Kathleen!! Let the Reiki journey continue!!

  2. Elizabeth Maxcy

    I am so blessed to have found Kathleen and Let Animals Lead. Being a dog massage therapist, I’m well aware that not all dogs can accept treatment that requires touch. This is the groundbreaking tenet of this method – that the animals choose how much physical touch is right for them at all times.
    As I myself have stepped more into the world of energy, this was a logical progression that appeared before me when I didn’t even know it existed. I trusted, I believed, I followed and now I’m sure that I have found my most powerful gift to the world. But I have also found one of the most powerful guiding forces for myself to stay vibrating in the higher frequencies of love and healing with the precepts and other “tools” provided.
    Kathleen is a bright light that emits the most beautiful aura – in fact, one of the brightest lights I’ve ever seen or felt. She never sways from the main principle which is to let the animals guide you. Her love for animals is immense and her gentle, kind spirit is steady and unflappable. I miss her weekly presence already. I cannot wait to continue my education with her!
    This course isn’t just for practitioners who would eventually like to exchange treatment for payment, it also creates an incredible healing space for and strengthens the bond with your own animals. I’m certain that one of the reasons my hospice doggy love is still here is all the wonderful healing reiki energy swirling about.
    The course materials and classes are organized in such ways that it is easy to know what is expected from the students, easy to find additional resources if you’re an overachiever like myself, and easy to complete the tasks in the given time.
    Thank you so very much Kathleen and Dakota in spirit. Love and light. All is well🌸

  3. Cristie Moore

    If you’re looking to learn from someone who places animals at the heart of everything and lets them lead then this is the course and Kathleen is the teacher. I loved how it was spread over eight weeks as my practice was able to deepen and develop. There were lots of opportunities to ask questions. The class has been such a blessing in so many ways, ways in which I hadn’t expected. Including four very happy guinea pigs who get to lead their Reiki sessions and choose how they want to interact – or not – and all is welcome. Thank you so much Kathleen.

  4. Karla Krook

    Kathleen is such an inspirational advocate for her specialized let animals lead Reiki. She is truly passionate about animal reiki being a necessity healing modality in every shelter which inspires you to be the ones that bring it. Being able to connect to animals this way was truly heart centering, the most beautiful work you could ever do.

  5. Katy Fulton

    Kathleen’s course was beautiful and healing. Learning the unique meditations helped me to deepen my reiki practice and tune into the light within. It was an honour to hear her wisdom and to have her support along the way. Her lesson of seeing with your heart the perfect light within the animal has helped me to use my empathy for good rather than being overwhelmed by it. Her course was a comfort and I looked forward to every lesson. I recommend this course to anyone who has a love and compassion for animals and the natural world and for anyone who wants to live with an open heart and do their highest good for all beings.

  6. Dawn Crockett-Towle

    I was first attuned to Reiki in October of 2017. I’ve since taken level 2 and 3 reiki. I’ve taken a different animal reiki as it was taught like the human reiki with the Charka’s. I’ve taken many other healing modalities as well. I’ve always believed in the healing of these modalities. What I struggled with was myself and if I was actually capable of doing healings. So over the Course of my first reiki attunement til now. I had been up and down with practicing reiki. Through Kathleen and her teachings and my animals teachers. They have shown me that through my reiki practice and how differently they have responded to the Let animals lead vs. human animal reiki have been amazing to watch the progress. If you have a love for animals and helping them this is the right step to take in helping them and not only helping and healing yourself. I could not imagine my life now without Let animals lead. I promise you, you will not regret doing this for yourself and for the animals in your life.

  7. Vani

    This was my first Reiki class back in 2020 and it totally changed my life and the way I function as a human being! I’m eternally grateful that I found Kathleen and learned about the Let Animals Lead method – I finally found something that makes perfect sense to me and something that resonates with my whole being. And more than that, I see amazing response from the animals and the Nature Kingdom – they come to me and give me such beautiful messages and wisdom lessons, they help me grow and be a better human being! I highly recommend this class to everybody who is interested in deepening their connection with themselves, with animals and nature, and to those who want to help animals, whether it’s an animal in your home, in the wild, or at a shelter or sanctuary.

  8. Joanne Bosch

    This was my first experience with Reiki and I am so very grateful I found Kathleen to teach me. She is a gifted teacher with so much knowledge and wisdom to impart. I highly recommend any class she teaches! She is authentic and dedicated and full of such beautiful energy. Thank you Kathleen! You bring so much light and love ❤️

  9. Heather Eversley

    I highly recommend this course! Kathleen is a natural teacher and her experience speaks for itself. Kathleen’s honest, authentic and thorough approach to learning was invaluable. A perfect combination of big heart and big learning. Loved this course!

  10. Karen Satz

    I can’t rave enough about this class. Kathleen is the founder of the “Let the Animals Lead” method of Animal Reiki. How fortunate was I to study with her – a person who is so experienced, knowledgable and has ultimate respect for animals and people. We learned the basics of Reiki, which was a review of what I had learned in my “people” Reiki classes. Then, we learned how it can help animals, who are really our teachers and our partners in the process. My meditation practice and sense of peace grew during the 8 weeks, as we learned different methods of connecting with animals. It was great to take this class online, and I didn’t feel it was impersonal at all. I also liked the weekly format because we had a lot of time to practice and integrate the teachings as we went along.

  11. Tracey Bird

    I loved this course. Everything was perfect – the content, the structure, the handouts, the meditations, the daily practice and the lovely supportive group of people. Kathleen is the best human teacher I have had the pleasure of learning from. Her kindness, compassion, wisdom and connection with animals shone through and created a unique and transformational learning experience. I am new to Reiki and learning Kathleen’s Let Animals Lead method has opened my heart to a beautiful way of connecting with and giving back to the animals. Thank you Kathleen for sharing the gift of Animal Reiki and the Let Animals Lead Method.

  12. Dana Smithers

    Forgot to add to my last testimonial – this is the ONLY online Reiki class I have taken where it is actually more an in-person than just recorded power point sessions!

  13. Dana Smithers

    Having taken several in-person and online human and animal Reiki courses, I kept being drawn to Kathleen’s courses because of her ‘Let Animals Lead’ approach. Her program offers a different perspective on how to conduct an animal Reiki healing session. She offered several new meditations for me and new approaches to take during a session that give me more flexibility and more for the animal. One of the most important shifts for me (and a BIG ONE) was to stop ‘doing Reiki’ to just ‘Be Reiki’. Even though I had heard this before I only really ‘got it’ in this class. On to Level 2 with gratitude for a new perspective !

  14. Linda

    Anyone with genuine love and openness for animals will benefit and grow from this course. Our class learned actual methods to put into practice, as well as pertinent cultural fundamentals of reiki. The energy with the various animals in my life has expanded even more, in powerful (and fun!) directions. Thank you, Kathleen.

  15. Jade Lovelace

    I took the online course & I have to say I was not expecting to feel the energy or connection I did, but each week I felt myself and classmates really bloom into our own inner lights. I have seen such improvement in how much more playful and open my own animals are with me, and how much calmer I am myself. Five stars will be back for Level 2! Bet!

  16. Jessica Walty

    I feel a deep appreciation for this course. The material was clear, organized and rich with insight. It was wonderful to learn the traditional Japanese teachings under the guidance of Kathleen’s progressive understanding of Animal Reiki. The weekly homework moved me through experiences with my animals that I’d never had before. The weekly Zoom calls were supportive and I learned so much from the experiences of the other students in the class. Thank you, Kathleen, for creating a Reiki method truly meant for animals. Your years of hard work and experience are a gift to others.

  17. Julia Johnson

    The class was absolutely amazing. Kathleen has a gentle and compassionate way of teaching/guiding her students. Her love of animals shines through in her teachings of healing reiki energy. Her gentle way is contagious. Everyone in the class benefited from her loving ways. She is “sunshine in a tea cup”, and all of us “drank up” the sunshine she reflected on us. Thank you Kathleen! I am looking forward to Animal Reiki II.

  18. Micaela

    This course was amazing. The way it was lead, throughout the 8 weeks, with tasks to complete and daily practices helped me absorb the learning experience and information in a way that was grounding and solidifying not only for my own practice and healing but for those around me. The more I practiced, the more clearer I got, the more I blossomed and my animals my pets noticed the positive change in my energy. My relationship not only with them but with other animals and humans around me have gotten better as well. This experience reminds me of the saying about, if you want peace in the world, start within. Reiki truly is doing that for me. Thank you Kathleen for your guidance and support! I will be a return student 🙂

  19. Indrani Das

    The Animal Reiki Level 1 with Kathleen is a must-attend for all animal lovers and Reiki practitioners. Though I had completed my Reiki Master training several years back, this course helped me view Reiki through the eyes of the animals. It taught me how important it is to let the animals take the lead and how to go about letting go of standard protocols and tune into what the animal wants vs. what I want. I also loved the meditation practices. They help me find my center and get into a Reiki space.

  20. Debbie

    Kathleen’s online Reiki 1 class has been the highlight of my week. Although I had taken previous Reiki courses with other teachers, I never felt the energy. This time I can really feel tingling in my hands. Kathleen really exemplifies the Reiki precepts in her interactions with others with her gentle, kind, compassionate nature and the loving, positive energy she exudes. It is easier for a shy person to share with classmates in this type of atmosphere. Taking this course and doing the meditations and homework have helped me to connect, reflect on, and understand the precepts, 6 pillars and Reiki code of ethics to help me become a good animal Reiki practitioner. This has helped me to let go of expectations during Reiki sessions and to experience the joy of letting animals be our partners, teachers and healers as we dwell on the sacredness of all life and realize we are all one.

  21. Dan

    Kathleen is an absolute gem! I highly recommend that if you are at all curious or interested in practicing Reiki with animals that you gift yourself this course. It was an eye-opener and a heart-opener for me in so many ways and has helped me develop much better relationships with our pets as well as gaining awareness of Reiki and my daily interactions. It was a treat to share this journey with a wonderful group of like-minded classmates as we each developed our own individual Reiki practices together. The class more than complements the book, it amplifies it though active practice and the positive community that Kathleen has fostered over the years. I feel so fortunate to learn from Kathleen’s well-earned wealth of practical and practicable knowledge. What a treat! Thank you Kathleen for doing what you do and bringing your positive light to the world.

  22. Jackie

    This was a wonderful class. I’m so thankful Kathleen offered it online because I would not have been able to take it otherwise. I’ve been following Kathleen and her teachings for sometime and I am so glad I took the plunge to join Reiki I. The support from Kathleen and my classmates was absolutely amazing. You can tell how incredibly passionate she is about the welfare of animals and sharing her message for LetAnimalsLead. I have been able to merge LetAnimalsLead into my daily life as a vet technician, as well as with my own animals. If you’re on the fence about joining, I strongly encourage you to jump in!

  23. Pamela Hedrick

    I can’t begin to express how grateful I am to Kathleen for this class; it was truly a life-changing experience. Each week, she set a beautiful healing space in which we could explore the Let Animals Lead method, always encouraging us in what we had done and gently pressing us to do a bit more. I’ve been a teacher for thirty years, and she is one of the best teachers I have ever encountered. I look forward to continuing to learn from her and from all of my classmates.

  24. Cherine

    I had the most rewarding experience with Kathleen and the reiki level 1 course. Her knowledge wisdom and professionalism is unsurpassed. The course has surpassed all my expectations! Thank you Kathleen for the amazing work you do. I look forward to
    continuing my journey with you.

  25. laura thomas

    I took this class as a refresher and it was amazing! Perfect for those new to Reiki and for practitioners/teachers who want a “back to the basics” refresher. The format promotes immersion in and contemplation of each concept and/or technique, which helped deepen my practice by bringing me back to the basics. Kathleen’s wisdom and teaching, as always, was life changing, energizing and inspirational. Learning from and becoming friends with other Reiki practitioners around the world is an added perk! I highly recommend this class to anyone new to Animal Reiki and seasoned practitioners looking for a refresher.

  26. Debora Poynter

    I am so grateful that Kathleen offered this class online because it’s the only way I was able to take it. I love that even though it is over, I can go back and listen to the recordings again and again. That for me is such a bonus because I get to re-experience the energy and animation of her teaching as well as the meditations. The classes are full of information, wisdom, sharing and support and Kathleen had so much practical advice for us as we shared our experiences and questions. I’m looking forward to taking the Level II class at some point.

  27. Tina Kim

    Prior to taking this course, I did not feel equipped to be able to enter a shelter in a way that I felt would serve the animals. I did not quite understand even what animal reiki meant though I did have practical experience with hands-on/distance reiki with humans which I learned was very different from animal reiki. At the end of this course, I felt like I was very well prepared to ‘be’ reiki in a shelter and be able to be of service to those there and in fact, I was able to conduct my first reiki session shortly after the course ended. Kathleen’s guidance was incredible and her knowledge and experience as well as those of others in the course truly was invaluable. As other students have indicated, there is ample time between each class to practice the exercises, learn more through the articles/videos/etc. provided, and meditations. What really excited me was the sharing of experiences that we had with the other students with Kathleen provided necessary guidance and support whenever we had any questions. I strongly recommend this course for those who have a real interest in doing animal reiki and sharing this healing practice with others but wanting a supportive environment to talk really about anything that came up. It was wonderful the interaction via Zoom too as we all feel like we got to know one another through this interface. So excited to continue this path in the years to come!

  28. Allison

    Kathleen’s expertise, knowledge, and beauty of being shines through the virtual pathways ! Her class is an exceptional experience with comprehensive teachings and delightful and inspiring interactions with classmates – The course provides an abundance and wealth of information and tools to begin the journey of offering Reiki to all species. Life changing and life affirming, I cannot recommend it highly enough !

  29. Mary

    This class solidified my desire to practice reiki with animals. And, more importantly, it showed me how important Reiki is to me personally. This is a well constructed class, allowing plenty of time to practice and experience during the week and share during the online session. Kathleen’s presence shines through in the online class so there is no difference to being online with her instead of sitting in a barn next to her. Kathleen delivers the material in an inspiring and, yet practical, way. Bonding with the other classmates over the 8 weeks was and unexpected bonus! This class has changed the way I observe and interact in my daily life. Such a pleasure and joy to be in her class.

  30. Emma Duvefelt

    This class was wonderful. Kathleen guided us through the teachings, helping us to unfold, in a loving and gentle way. Her healing presence was strongly felt in this online format as was the loving and earnest energy of the other students. I feel much stronger in my practice. Thank you, Kathleen, for making this possible.

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