Shoden Reiki Level 1

Awaken to the Gifts of Reiki

Reiki is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever learn for yourself. You’ll always have something on hand to support you through life. Calm your mind, nourish your body and uplift your spirit.

Reiki is simple to learn but it is an amazingly powerful healing technique for calming and re-vitalising your mind, body and spirit, for relieving stress and pain, for increasing your well-being and for bringing deeper insight, healing and balance to yourself, your family and friends. You will learn how to transform your own energy for self-healing and growth.

Reiki level 1 is the start of a beautiful relationship – a relationship that will only ever guide you, support you and continue to invite you to go deeper.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know yourself on a new level and become aware of how your body is continually speaking to you. All you have to do is slow down and listen which is where the self practice comes in!

Experience the true magic of receiving a reiki level 1 reju (initiation / attunement / blessing). Receiving a reiki initiation is a gift as it invites you to come into harmony with yourself as it unlocks your innate power to heal yourself. The word attunement means being or bringing into harmony, feeling of being at ‘one’ and initiation means ‘an occasion when someone is first introduced to an activity or skill’. So the Reiki attunement / initiation is an opportunity for us to begin afresh.

Self reiki is one of the most important activities you can do that will help you remember your spirit.

What will you learn:

Shoden is a Japanese word meaning ‘first teachings’. It is the first level of teachings in the traditional Japanese branch of Reiki called Usui Reiki Ryoho. We step into beginners mind as when we learn to empty our mind, body and hearts there is room for infinite potential and energy. This training is the start of you embarking on a path of self-discovery from within.

This training provides a direct experience to begin revealing the mystery of your own True Self. The 2 days training and follow up support are deeply experiential, giving you direct and  practical experience leading to an inner understanding of energy.

My teaching draws heavily on the deep roots of Reiki which originate with Usui and Japanese Buddhism (Usui Reiki Ryoho).


4 Reiki Attunements to re-awaken your innate self healing ability


What reiki is and how to explain it simply to others


How reiki works with our entire system on all levels


Discuss the Reiki Precepts, the foundation of the System of Reiki


Explore history of reiki & Usui’s deeper teachings


Learn hands on healing protocol for your reiki self practice – using a variety of hand positions so you can see the flexibility of your practice


Learn hand on healing protocol for treating family & friends (chair treatments & plinth treatments)


Give and receive a full reiki treatment.


Hands on experience of sensing energy


4 additional traditional japanese meditations and centering techniques to cultivate your energy


Bringing Reiki into all areas of your life

Along with having 2 days of reiki theory and hands on practice, you will leave with:

Your Comprehensive Reiki Level 1 Manual

Guided Reiki Self Practice MP3 for use at home

Case Studies: 3 excerpts from your reiki self practice journal and 3 reiki treatments to be completed within 6 months

Your Reiki Level 1 Certificate

A practice plan to keep your self practice going after the class.

An Online 2 hour follow-up after the Course

Optional - Join the Reiki Sanctuary for continued practice

Optional - Access to reiki mentoring as most of the questions happen later on when you practice on your own

Reiki Level 1 is an invitation to come back into touch with the true essence of who you are.

Experience the feeling of your true self beneath all the ‘stuff’ in our lives – feel peace, calm, compassion, silence, stillness and happiness come from within through reiki.

Learn to embody the Reiki Precepts in your daily life so you experience less worry, less anger, more gratitude and more compassion for yourself and others. Have your own personal experience of Reiki and be open to receiving the healing that is here for you in a supported and safe space.

After reiki level 1 you’ll have the ability to give yourself a Reiki session every day, contributing to your own healing. You’ll also be able to use Reiki to treat family & friends and pets.

Your own personal and unique experience of reiki is what matters most.

The two days are tailored to the energy of the group and there is plenty of time for discussion or questions as they arise.

We start practicing reiki straight after the attunement so you have plenty of time to experience reiki during the course so your confidence and practice can grow over the weekend.

First it’s an intention, then a behaviour, then a habit, then a practice, then a second nature, then it is simple who you are ~ Brendan Burchard

What are the benefits in learning Reiki?

It connects you with your own innate self healing ability.

The most beautiful thing is it helps you in being more of ‘you’ i.e. you feel more like yourself.

An empowering way to take care of yourself, enabling you to connect with your inner wisdom and find true health.

Supports you to become more grounded and centred so you can learn to ride the ‘waves’ of life in a different way and trust life.

If you are sensitive person (empathetic) reiki can support you in managing your own energy levels rather than feeling drained, ‘like a sponge’ or overwhelmed by all that is going on within them and in their outer world. It’s like a salve for your sensitive nervous system!

Your daily self practice helps to feel calmer, more aligned, balanced, connected and practice self love. Reiki meets you exactly where you are at, and opens the doorway to the support you most need at that time.

You’ll have this healing practice for the rest of your life and Reiki can become a significant source of inner support in your daily life. The magic is the more you use it, the stronger it is – just like any muscle you exercise!

Supports you to be more present and therefore let go of worries and invites in calmness and peace.

Can help you to develop more compassion to yourself and others as you open your heart to the world around you

Guides you to recognise fear for what it is, listen to it’s wisdom and your inner guidance so you can move through it with strength.

Everyone is intuitive; reiki helps you to awaken and strengthen your own intuition so you can make decisions and choices that are more aligned with your truth, your life and your purpose.

Helps you to sleep better and feel more at peace.

Here’s what some of my students have to say

Awaken to the Gifts of Reiki – Presence, Peace, Clarity, Alignment Await You

Like many I was finding it difficult to cope with the challenges life throws at us and wanted something more than meditation to help me relax and hopefully the ability to able to heal myself. Reiki has been absolutely amazing in allowing me to sit and connect with myself on a whole new level. Roseleen is a great teacher and very down to earth and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to explore or expand on their spiritual journey.



Roseleen is an excellent teacher. She is really grounded and really cares about reiki. I really enjoyed her down to earthness as I was worried it would all be a bit out of my reach. In the warm, friendly atmosphere we were all given the opportunity to develop at our own pace and the freedom to experience the magic of energy in our own way. This is a fantastic workshop suitable for anyone interested in Reiki or in simply getting to know themselves better.



Roseleen is an experienced and caring teacher who led a thoughtful, practical introduction to reiki. the workshop was very well-organized and especially welcoming for beginners. the information and support provided before and after the weekend were added bonuses. anyone looking to explore energy work would benefit from studying with roseleen



Upcoming Shoden Reiki 1 Course

Date: Sat & Sun, TBC

Time: Sat 10.30am – 5 / 5.30pm and Sun 10am to 5pm

Investment: €250 (Non-refundable deposit €100) / Refresher €150

Class Number Limit: 6 – 8 people so it’s an intimate and personal teaching weekend

Venue: Ballygortagh, Summerhill, Co. Meath A83 RC65

Pre-requisite: None. I do recommend that if you haven’t experienced a reiki treatment before to receive at least one before the training.

Everyday I choose healing for my Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit. ~ Jill Talve

Is this course for you?

Simply, yes –  reiki is for everyone. Reiki is something anyone can learn and use, there is no special ability or prior training required. Reiki is perfect for people who are wishing to support themselves through life, to manage transitions and who are interested in stress management, self healing and personal growth, with the added benefit of leaning how to channel healing energy to help others, too. The ability to channel Reiki is then with you for life and the more you work with it, the more you will be amazed at its awe-inspiring power. Everyone is welcome to learn – no prior experience or training is needed, just an open and inquiring mind and the time and commitment to continue practising the techniques. All of my classes are designed so that anyone can benefit from the material presented. The class material is helpful for professionals such as nurses, massage therapists, physicians, or “regular people” who wish to use Reiki for spiritual growth, or to help family, friends and for the student’s self-healing.

Finding the Right Reiki Level 1 Course for You

When you have decided to start your Reiki journey it is important that you choose a teacher that is right for you. Therefore I offer potential students a discounted Reiki treatment to discuss my approach so you can decide whether the timing is right for your adventure with Reiki to begin. If you are interested in the course but have never had a reiki treatment before, I would advise having at least 1 treatment before the course so you can experience the benefits of reiki for yourself. Please contact me for more information; call 086 889 8433 or email [email protected]

I have done Level 1 before but I am feeling like I would like to repeat it with you, can I do that?

Of course you can! You can attend the 2 day course. No two reiki teachers are the same, even if they come from the same lineage as every teacher will teach Reiki based on their own personal experience so there is always benefit from learning from different teachers and lineages. There are many reasons why students come and repeat reiki level 1. I often have students coming to repeat that have either trained under another lineage or have done the training years ago and are wanting a refresh. Then there are those who are maybe interested in teaching reiki and would like the experience of seeing how others teach.  You are not being ‘re-attuned’ as you always have reiki within you but the initiation / attunement will give you a consciousness boost where ever you are at, so it will only build on your existing foundation.

Your Reiki Teacher, Roseleen McNally

I have been teaching reiki since 2009 and my love affair with it began way before then. No matter what else I have trained in, I always come back to the beauty and simplicity in Reiki.

I am trained in both the Western and Japanese teachings which both originate from Mikao Usui.

Having studied from two lineages – Usui Shiki Ryoho & Usui Reiki Ryoho provides me with a broad, balanced and authentic view of the system of Reiki

I continue to deepen my knowledge, understanding and experience through additional Reiki trainings which I love to share with my students once I’ve integrated the teachings for myself.

My teaching is grounded, practical with plenty of emphasis on theory and developing your own personal practical experience.

Reiki continues to guide and teach me even after all these years as there is always the potential to go deeper into the teachings and practices of reiki.

I hope to create a space for you to truly experience the healing and spiritual growth reiki can offer you.

Reiki Level 1 with The Thirsty Soul

My Reiki courses:

  • are straightforward, comprehensive, professional and offer a wonderful opportunity for personal growth and development.
  • are suitable for those wanting to work as a therapist as well as those for whom Reiki is for personal use.
  • cover everything you need to be able to treat yourself and others safely, effectively and professionally.
  • involve lots of hands on practice so you get to grow in confidence with giving self treatments & treating others.
  • includes plenty of time for sharing experiences and for your own personal healing.
  • have a good dose of play, laughter and curiousity as you begin to sense reiki.

Frequently Asked Questions about Reiki Level 1

I have done Reiki Level 1 before but would like to refresh / retrain it with you, can I do that?

Of course you can! You can attend the 2 day course at the refresher rate.

No two reiki teachers are the same, even if they come from the same lineage as every teacher will teach Reiki based on their own personal experience so there is always benefit from learning from different teachers and lineages.

There are many reasons why students come and repeat reiki level 1. I often have students coming to repeat that have either trained under another lineage or have done the training years ago and are wanting a refresh.

Then there are those who are maybe interested in teaching reiki and would like the experience of seeing how others teach.

You are not being ‘re-attuned’ as you always have reiki within you but the initiation attunement will give you a consciousness boost where ever you are at, so it will only build on your existing foundation.

Who am I able to treat after Level 1?

Reiki Level 1 is where we learn the importance of healing ourselves i.e. committing to our reiki self practice. Reiki is a path to rediscover our own inner self-healing power, which when practiced, can create a certain radiance of healing around us, from which others can benefit.

It is through healing ourselves that we can notice that our relationships with our family, friends, work and life begin to shift even though we haven’t given them a reiki treatment. That is the beauty of Reiki, as we open our hearts and our minds we begin to interact with the world around us differently.

However, after Level 1 you can treat family, friends and pets to the magic of reiki. Just don’t forget yourself!

When can I do Reiki Level 2 or Level 3?

The weekend provides a strong foundation for your reiki self practice on which you can build after the course (and add to if you choose to attend Reiki  Level 2 or Reiki Level 3 further on your path).

There is no obligation to continue to Level 2 as for some people Reiki Level 1 is all they want for their self healing.

The time between the courses is as unique as the individual. Please remember there is no hurry. The most important thing is the integration of each levels teachings and your own personal experience of reiki through treating yourself and your family / friends if you wish to share it with them.

Per the RFI, the minimum wait period is as follows:

Between Level 1 and Level 2 – 6 weeks

Between Level 2 and Level 3 – 12 weeks

What Ongoing Support do Your Offer Students?

The role of a Reiki teacher is very important to me. I want to be a part of your Reiki journey and not just at the beginning of it.

I am available for any questions or support face to face, by phone or if you would prefer by email.

I provide continued learning with Reiki shares, Reiki days, workshops and retreats. All with the aim to offer a space to deepen your reiki understanding, experience and practice whether you use reiki for personal growth, practice is professionally or teach it.

Roseleen is also available for one to one reiki mentoring, this can be a great way to deepening your learning or adjust your practice etc.

Refund / Transfer Policy

A lot of energy & time goes into creating the space and material for my reiki courses. As the course is limited to 6-8 the deposit for the course is non-refundable.

Your deposit can be transferred to the next course if 14 days notice is provided prior to the commencement of the course.

I thank you for honoring my time and commitment to providing all students with an excellent level of training and support.

The Thirsty Soul

Roseleen McNally

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