2018 Celebration of Reiki Conference Individual Presenters
If you are interested in learning more about members of any of the scheduled panel sessions, see the Panelists page.
Frank Arjava Petter, Keynote Speaker: "The Origins of Reiki"
Frank Arjava Petter
Frank Arjava Petter is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer in reviving the original Japanese Reiki tradition. Having lived in Japan for twelve years, Arjava knows the language and culture well and draws from those close contacts. Above all, Arjava draws from his own wealth of experience in the practice and teaching of Reiki, which has always been sourced by his enormous dedication to the possibilities of Reiki.
At the age of eighteen, Arjava went to India to live in the spiritual Commune/Ashram of Osho Rajneesh for several years. This is where he received his training in meditation and the art of living in the present. Later in his life, Arjava found himself in Japan for twelve years, during which time he embarked on the Reiki Journey. From 1997, after the publication of his first book, "Reiki Fire: New Information about the Origins of the Reiki Power, A Complete Manual," Arjava began to travel extensively all over the globe teaching Reiki. His most recent book is "This is Reiki: Transformation of Body, Mind, and Soul from the Origins to the Practice." In 1998 Arjava began to study Family Constellations under the guidance of Bert Hellinger.
Arjava currently lives on beautiful Lesvos Island in Greece. As the Vice Representative of the Jikiden Reiki Institute, Kyoto, Arjava teaches Jikiden Reiki, as well as Family Constellation workshops and Meditation Retreats. When he is not teaching, you can find Arjava giving treatments in his Dojo in Eressos, having a cup of tea in his small olive plantation or working on another book.
The Origins of Reiki
The keynote speech will be a lively, warm, and engaging presentation about the origins of Reiki, replete with documents and photographs of the historical and cultural context of Mikao Usui.
Linda Marks: "Embodying Mind-Body Leadership: Your Inner Board of Directors"
Linda Marks, MSM, developed Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) in the 1980s and has taught and practiced EKP with individuals, couples, families and groups for 33 years. Linda is the author of "Living With Vision" and "Healing the War Between the Genders." She is also a professional singer/songwriter with five albums. She holds a BA in Music from Yale and a Masters of Science in Management from MIT and has taught nationally and internationally.
Embodying Mind-Body Leadership
Embodying mind-body leadership is a way of life, as is Reiki. As we become more emotionally embodied, and cultivate intentional presence of mind, body, hara and heart with our Reiki practice, we naturally become integrated mind-body leaders. What we embody creates an energy field that holds everyone around us. Incorporating mind-body meditation, grounding exercises, group discussion and a wonderful mind-body tool called the Inner Board of Directors, we will explore how to stay grounded and connected with the flow of life, including in challenging situations requiring us to embody leadership skills. We will also reflect on what's in the way of embodying our leadership right now and how to move through these barriers so we can become more emotionally embodied, maintain an intentional presence and be the leaders we can be.
Ellen Albertson: "Mindful Self-compassion and the Fifth Reiki Precept"
Ellen Albertson, PhD, RDN, CD, CPHWC, is a Reiki Master-Teacher, PhD Psychologist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Professional Health & Wellness Coach and Mindful Self-compassion teacher. An expert on well-being, Ellen has appeared on Extra, the Food Network and NBC World News and has been quoted in Psychology Today, Eating Well, Reader’s Digest and USA Today. She has written for SELF, Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping. Her groundbreaking research on Mindful-Self-compassion and Body Dissatisfaction in Women was published in Mindfulness. She brings 25 years of counseling, coaching, and Reiki experience to her international teaching and healing practice.
In 2015, after practicing Reiki in hospice work, Ellen felt called to teach Reiki and currently teaches all levels. She offers a monthly Reiki share at Yoga Roots in Shelburne, VT, and practices Reiki in her South Burlington, VT, office, and at the Turning Point Center in Burlington, VT, where she works with individuals in recovery. She’s passionate about empowering women at midlife, mentoring Reiki students, combining Reiki with self-compassion and using Reiki to address the opioid crisis.
Mindful Self-compassion and the Fifth Reiki Precept
The Fifth Reiki Precept encourages us: "Just for today, to be kind, loving, and compassionate towards others and yourself." Following this and the other four precepts increases happiness and helps us to rediscover our True Self. Self-compassion, the emotional attitude of bringing kindness to yourself when things go wrong, can be learned, cultivated and applied to your life with wonderful results. Powerfully linked with well-being, self-compassion reduces negative states including depression, anxiety and stress and boosts positive states including happiness, life satisfaction and optimism.
In this interactive workshop you will directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that increase self-compassion in daily life. After participating, you will be able to:
Nora Buckley: "The Conversation Project: Taking Care of You and Your Family When Preparing for Future Health Care Needs"
Nora Buckley RN, MS, is currently a Senior Manager at Tufts Health Plan Senior Products. She manages a team of specialty clinicians and leads the development of Population Health focused care management programs for Tufts Medicare Preferred members.
Before coming to Tufts Health Plan, Nora worked as a Visiting Nurse and as a Tufts Medicare Preferred Care Manager for a medical group north of Boston. She graduated from Boston University with a Masters in Rehabilitation Nursing and has spent many years caring for the geriatric population. In 2013 she was trained to be a Conversation Project coach and is passionate about the Conversation Project mission. Nora is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Level 1 Practitioner.
The Conversation Project: Taking Care of You and Your Family When Preparing for Future Health Care Needs
The Conversation Project began in 2010, when Ellen Goodman and a group of colleagues and concerned media, clergy, and medical professionals gathered to share stories of “good deaths” and “bad deaths” within their own circle of loved ones. It went on to become a public engagement campaign dedicated to assure that everyone's wishes for health care at the end of life would be expressed and honored. To that end they began engaging the public with the use of their Conversation Starter Kit. The beauty of this tool is that you do not need to be a nurse or doctor to use this tool. The conversation is framed to answer the question "What matters most?" The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. The focus is on having a conversation on values — what matters to you, not what‘s the matter with you.
In this workshop, you will be introduced to the Conversation Project Mission and why it is important for us to think about now before we become ill. This will be followed by an opportunity to practice for yourself with the Conversation Starter Kit.
This workshop is offered during the extended Lunch Break.
Michiko Imai: Japanese Calligraphy Demo
Michiko Imai was born and raised in Nara, Japan where she began her studies of Calligraphy at the age of 4. As a young adult, Michiko Imai became a member of the Cho-ko Guild, the most prestigious calligraphy society in Japan. During her apprenticeship, she taught calligraphy and studied the art of Japanese silk scroll making in Japan.
In 1998, Master Calligrapher Michiko Imai was awarded, and currently holds, a guild license called for “Shihan” for teaching both calligraphy and instructing teachers to teach calligraphy. Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum Of Art, Nara City Museum Of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum Of Art. Michiko arrived in the United States in November of 2008 and currently teaches at her studio (Michiko Studio) in Salem and is a member of the faculty at the Kaji Aso Studio in Boston for Japanese studies.
Michiko has performed her calligraphy at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Prudential Center in Boston, Boston Children’s Museum, Tufts University and Brandeis University. She has given workshops for MIT, Harvard University, Montserrat College of Art, Northeastern University and other museums and universities throughout United States.
Celebration of Reiki Inc. warmly welcomes Michiko Imai to the 6th Annual Celebration of Reiki Conference. Conference-goers can browse, learn about and purchase Michiko's original creations as well as enjoy her calligraphy demonstration at the conference. Her website is michikostudio.com.
David Sholemson: Qigong & Energy Yoga
Have you ever experienced difficulty getting to a quiet and loving space before offering Reiki to a client, or yourself? So many thoughts and emotions pulling your focus away. In this workshop David Sholemson will offer some tools to help prepare you to settle your mind and unblock your energy so that Reiki can get flow through you, more efficiently. This short practice will help cultivate your Qi using energy yoga and Qigong.
In December 2005, after his second knee surgery, David Sholemson wandered into an energy yoga center to see if they could help with his pain. Traditional physical therapy wasn't helping. After practicing for two weeks and receiving energy healing, David knew this was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After 3 months, his knee was pain free and range of motion went from 50%-100%. His love of energy yoga and healing led David through many trainings and workshops before becoming a teacher and workshop trainer. After 8 years of practice, David moved on to learn other forms of energy healing. He became a Reiki master, Tong Ren practitioner, studied with QiGong masters, Robert Peng and Grandmaster Mantak Chia, and spent years studying the teachings of Ram Dass. David created 3 Body Healing Arts to offer teachings and healing that combine energy yoga, Qigong, Reiki, Tong Ren and meditation and mindfulness. David has been offering workshops and continuing classes for individuals, groups and companies for the past five years. Some of his programs are: Re-Discovering Your True Self, Music Meditation 101, Releasing Your Stress for Health & Healing, How Well Do You Listen? And Meditation & Mindfulness classes. Find David at 3bodyha.com.