Reiki Level 1 Healing Course


Next course: 1-3 November 2019 

Learn to channel gentle, healing reiki energy to nurture, re-energise and protect.

Discover the magic of energy work

Reiki is a is a well-respected and trusted, non-invasive hands on modality. It teaches us to reconnect with the universal life force energy - in Chinese called Qi, in Sanskrit known as Prana.

Reiki not only helps you to heal on a mental, emotional, and physical level, it also supports your personal development by enhancing self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. The training will assist you with energy revitalising, energy protection, grounding, and developing a way to be at peace with yourself and your environment.

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Reiki Level 1 Healing Course

Why Should you Learn Reiki?

Whether you have experienced Reiki or you are completely new to the practice, there are many reasons why people opt to take Reiki training at Krishna Village. If you are wondering whether our Reiki level 1 course would be suitable for you, let’s take a look at why learning Reiki can bring benefits to your life that go beyond learning how to heal others.

Anyone can learn Reiki. Whether you want to use your training to become a practitioner or you just want to learn more about this fascinating holistic therapy, you will find that the knowledge that comes from attending one of our Reiki courses will enhance your overall quality of life. It’s not just for people who want to become healers; it’s a way to explore your spiritual nature and to further your self-development.

The attunements you receive during the course and the practice of regular self-healing will help to control your ‘monkey mind’ and enable you to be more present in the now and connect with the natural flow of the Universe.

Reiki Training Courses That Connect You To Nature

Many students who have taken a Reiki 1 course here at Krishna Village have said that they feel more balanced mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually and that they feel more grounded. You are also likely to feel a closer connection to nature and find it easier to feel gratitude and inner peace.

Our Reiki courses offer you the opportunity to explore your own nature and take you on a journey of self-empowerment. You will start to take more responsibility for your own happiness, your thoughts, your feelings and relationships and become more aware of your emotions. As a result of this, your self-confidence and self-love will increase in a natural way.

Start With Our Reiki Level 1 Course

By taking our Reiki level 1 course, you will learn the art of self-healing which will enable you to connect to your body and listen to your own inner wisdom. You will learn how to let go of things which no longer serve you, channel your healing energy and tap into nature’s natural pain reliever.

Many people who study Reiki experience moments of greater clarity about their past and their future. This is particularly true for students who progress to our Reiki level 2 courses.

Learning how to tap into and trust your intuition is another aspect that students have found extremely helpful during their Reiki journey. Reiki helps you to reconnect to your own unique essence as well as nature, so that you can tune into the balance and harmony of the Universe and appreciate how you fit into it. Many students find that Reiki gives them a whole new perspective on life.

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Reiki 1 works to open up the Heart Chakra, which will give you a new appreciation of life, more compassion for both yourself and others and an increasing sense of gratitude.

Remember, you don’t have to become a healer if you study Reiki, but we are sure that once you have received your attunement, you will want to use what you have learned to help both yourself and others.

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This weekend workshop is for individuals and couples likewise. Come along if you are interested in learning to work with Reiki on yourself, family, friends and pets. The workshop is also for people who have had previous contact with Reiki and would like to re-connect with their practice.

You will learn how to channel this gentle soft healing energy, which can be included with any other hands on work. This practice will support you in being more present and heart centred, developing greater compassion and joy. 

To find out more, have a look at the course schedule.

Please note: The Australian Reiki Connection recommends that only Reiki Level 2 practitioners practice on other people for payment and get professional insurance. This course here is for private use but provides the foundation to upgrade at a later stage. We offer a Reiki Level 2 training at Krishna Village as well.

To see if this experience is for you, read our FAQ for retreat guests and have a look at our Code of Conduct. If you are dealing with any physical or mental health issues, please also check our Are you ready page to make sure this is a suitable course for you.

What's included

  • 12 hours hands-on instruction and experience with Joan and Steven:

  1. Introduction to the history and principles of Reiki

  2. Techniques to practice Reiki safely

  3. Attunement process to open up your channels to receive life force energy

  4. A symbol for you to use to for grounding and protection

  • Certificate for Level 1 Tibetian Usui Reiki upon completion of workshop

  • Copy of Master Teacher lineage recognised by Australian Reiki Connection

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day

  • 2 nights accommodation

  • 3 Yoga classes (optional)

    For more details, please have a look at the Reiki course schedule.

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Australian Reiki Connection recognised certificate

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Cost & payment

The cost of the course incl. 3 meals/day and 2 nights accommodation is:

Without accommodation: AU $285

In your own tent: AU $385

In twin share accommodation: AU $465

In a single room: AU $495

For full time volunteers: AU $250

Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. Payment has to be received in full upon booking.

Booking steps

Your Reiki course starts on Friday at 7pm and finishes on Sunday around 2pm. Your accommodation will be booked for Friday and Saturday night, checkout is on Sunday morning. Included are all meals from lunch on Friday at 2pm until dinner on Sunday at 6pm.

Meet your facilitators

Joan and Steven are a dynamic and inspiring couple from Sydney and as a husband/wife team have a unique approach to teaching this wonderful modality. They have been receiving intensive training in the Tibetian Usui System for almost two decades and have been facilitating Reiki courses (up to Reiki Master Teachers level) together in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. 

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Joan is a practising Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher trainer and has been faculty on teacher training programs for over 12 years. She teaches Reiki in Sydney and at the Krishna Village in Northern NSW and has trained a number of practicing Reiki Master/Teachers throughout NSW. Joan became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2003. Her passion for teaching Reiki has grown over the years and her main focus is sharing her experience and insights to others who feel drawn to healing and helping others.

Steven visited a spiritual retreat centre with his parents at a young age. Ever since, he felt and intuitively knew that our body is capable of having great awareness and ability to heal itself. Over many years, after working with different modalities, he was drawn to Reiki and became a qualified Reiki Master Teacher in 1999. 
Steven has found Reiki to be essential in making better life choices and developing a stronger spiritual practice. He has worked with many people from different walks of life, especially supporting men, and has found the ability to hold space in a safe grounded environment a cornerstone to his success. Over the last 10 years in a professional capacity as Executive Officer he has developed management and life skills specialising in quality management and found Reiki an invaluable tool to complement his skill set. 

Joan and Steven are both members of the Australian Reiki Connection, Australia’s leading Reiki Association. 

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Venue and accommodation

Krishna Village is located on a beautiful organic farm in the scenic foothills of Mt. Warning, half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Closest town is Murwillumbah, and the nearest airport Coolangatta (the Gold Coast airport).

We can host up to 75 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 25 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 10 long term community members and 15-25 retreat guests or Karma Yogis.

All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities block includes showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 


Single & double rooms

The Krishna Village has 3 double, 5 twin share and 8 single rooms. They are all set in former shipping containers that have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation. Most rooms are equipped with bunk beds, bedding is being provided. 

Camp ground

Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 10 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...


The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organicveggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

From the moment when you cross the rustic wooden bridge over the Oxley River and pass through the beckoning avenue of trees which comprises the entrance to the farm, you will notice that this Vedic Yoga Sanctuary is a special place and that your soul finds peace and a sense of coming home.

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 



I feel completely blessed that I have been guided over the years through to Level 4 Teacher by Joan and Steve. Their passion for and dedication to Reiki is inspiring. The way in which they show honour to this energy by teaching it with utmost respect ensures that it will continue to be treated with the highest regard by all who are taught by these two incredible people in the future. 

- Carolyn


I studied Reiki level 1 & 2 with Joan in 2012 and found her knowledge and mindful approach to sharing the teachings highly valuable. I walked away with clarity and understanding of how I could incorporate the teachings into my own personal practice and into my work. As a Movement educator and Manual therapist, it has been hugely valuable to have Reiki as a tool to balance my own energy and that of my clients. Joan’s knowledge of the human body and awareness of energy through touch allows for a supported learning environment where you will feel safe and respected. I have studied with Joan as a Yoga Teacher and body worker and believe she is a Teacher of Teachers. This will be an investment well made.

- Amy


I have attended  numerous Reiki workshops and shares hosted by Joan and Steven. It's amazing how knowledgeable they are, and how they always manage to create a warm and interactive environment. They form a great team and I can highly recommend working with them". 

- Vincent


Joan's experience and affection for Reiki totally inspired me to focus more on self-love and healing. Before studying level 1 & 2, I thought of Reiki as being a service to others and was completely missing the point that we’ll be limited in what we can facilitate as practitioners if we’re not committing to our own energy and consciousness first. I'd say this is the profound gift Joan shares with you, and in a way that you discover it for yourself so it resonates and sticks! She’s one of the best, most humble and funniest teachers I know.

- Phil


I am so grateful to Joan for her masterful space holding and gentle way of imparting her wisdom to us during our Reiki 1 and 2 transmission. I felt held in a container of pure light, and Joan was truly authentic and clear with every aspect of our course, and beyond. So much gratitude.

- Erin

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