Reiki Training

Begin your Reiki Journey with us….

To learn Reiki is to re-awaken spiritually and to embark on a voyage of self-discovery and healing.

At the Richard Ellis School of Reiki we bring over 30 years of dedicated experience to your training. You can find us in the peaceful surroundings of The Retreat New Forest, a holistic well-being centre in the heart of Hampshire. Richard is a founding member of The Retreat New Forest and, after years of international travel and teaching, is now firmly rooted here.

 I have completed my Reiki 1, 2, Master and Master Teacher training with Richard and not only does he have a wealth of knowledge, but his delivery is exceptional. My journey with Richard has resulted in significant life changing decisions that have transformed me as person. 

Karen Wright

Richard Ellis is truly a one of a kind Teacher, Healer and Mentor. His knowledge and capacity to understand the human body and mind, is a gift he thankfully continues to pass on to his students so that his wisdom, support and guidance can reach as far and wide as possible. I feel blessed to have learnt the most authentic form of Reiki and Qigong from the most authentic and intuitive Teacher there is.

Rebecca Marr


The Reiki healing method originates in Japan and is a form of hands on healing that works holistically to bring mind body and spirit into alignment.

"I believe there exists one Supreme Being - the absolute infinite - a dynamic force that governs the world and universe. It is an unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it. So therefore, it is absolute. This power is unfathomable, immeasurable and being a universal life force, it is incomprehensible to man. Yet, every single living being is receiving its blessings daily, awake or asleep. Different teachers and masters call him The Great Spirit, The Universal Life Force, Life Energy, because when applied it vitalises the whole system. I shall call it 'Reiki'
because I studied under that expression." Hawayo Takata

First Level Reiki

Reiki Level One

The first level initiates your ability to channel Reiki through a series of blessings given by the Teacher. These initiations serve to open up the student to the flow of universal life force energy and form a connection to the Reiki lineage. The level one course introduces both theory and practical elements. Taught over two full days, we explore the philosophy, history, principles and meditations of the practice and then go on to learn how to give ourselves and others Reiki treatments.

The goal of Level One Reiki is to give you a direct relationship with the principles and essence of the Reiki practice. When nurtured and developed, it becomes a part of your daily life.

Cost: £220.00
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27th - 28th April 2024
5th - 6th October 2024


Reiki Level One - What you will learn

  • The History of Reiki

  • What is Reiki

  • The Principles of Reiki

  • Clearing and Gathering Practices

  • Guided Meditations

  • Reiki Attunements

  • Scanning

  • Subtle Anatomy

  • Full Treatment Hand Positions

  • Self Body Scan

  • Self Treatment

Second Level Reiki

Reiki Practitioner Training

The second level of Reiki is also known as Reiki Practitioner Training.
On this course you are introduced to the three Reiki two symbols. Each of the symbols has a specific function that allows a more active involvement in the practice of giving Reiki and helps in the understanding of personal growth and development.

Taught over two full days, we explore the history and philosophy of the symbols and why they are included in the system of Reiki. We introduce the concept and methods to achieve distant healing and offer additional practices to give you the tools and confidence you need to set up your professional Reiki practice.

Level Two Reiki: £250.00
Location: The New Forest Retreat view map
1st - 2nd June '24
23rd - 24th November '24


Reiki Practitioner Training - What you will learn

  • The History of the Reiki Symbols

  • The Philosophy of Reiki Symbols

  • Reiki Attunements

  • Space Clearing and Preparation

  • Opening and Closing Treatments

  • Setting Strong Intention

  • Chakra Balance

  • Distant Healing Techniques

  • Spine Clearing

  • Full Treatment with Reiki Symbols


Speaking as a long-term beneficiary of Richard Ellis' exceptional powers as a Reiki Master, I am so glad to have this chance to put into words how grateful I am to have encountered him in my life. His sessions are revelatory and profound and I believe them to have been a guiding force in my journey into better health. It always astonishes me that within moments of starting a session with him I have dropped into a place where physical and emotional change becomes palpable. There's a good deal of talk these days about 'detox' - without always having a clear sense of what that looks like. For the sceptic, a session with Richard would demonstrate exactly what it can be. Richard's authority in the field is second to none. And speaking as the founder of The New Forest Retreat we are supremely fortunate in being able to offer his work to our wider community.

Lady Meyrick

How do I express in such a few words how wonderful and inspiring Richard is. His lineage of Reiki is so pure and powerful its a step above anything else i have ever experienced. His style of teaching is so natural, warm hearted, and inclusive. He creates a safe and welcoming space that everyone can relax into and feel supported by. After my first workshop, I was hooked. I rarely miss any reiki days, and have progressed to reiki master with his continued ongoing support. I'm proud to be part of the reiki family, and love the sense of belonging this brings. Not only do I enjoy the reiki, but also his weekly Qigong classes. I have to say I love these just as much, and that's saying something!

Emma Butchers

Third Level Reiki A

Reiki Master Practitioner

The third level of Reiki is also known as Reiki Master Practitioner Training.

Level 3 deepens our understanding of the symbology given in Level 2 and further enhances our Reiki practice by offering us new tools and methods. On this course, you are introduced to the Reiki master symbol, taught its uses and understand its inclusion into the system of Reiki. Level 3 offers an understanding into the symbiotic relationship between all the symbols and introduces methods to bless objects, people and places. We explore body posture and learn to observe where potential unwinding and release can take place. Taught over two full days, this course gives you an in-depth understanding and the tools to work with clients.

Level Three A Reiki: £300.00
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7th - 8th September '24
25th - 26th January '25


Reiki Master Practitioner - What you will learn

  • The History and Philosophy of the Master Symbol

  • The Symbiotic Relationship between all Reiki Symbols

  • Reiki Attunement

  • Space Blessing

  • Blessing Objects, Water and Room Sprays

  • The Inclusion of the Master Symbol into many Healing Practices

  • Chakra Pairings

  • Central Channel Clearing

  • Crown Chakra/ Heavens Gate Activation

  • Full Treatment Additions

Third Level Reiki B

Master Teacher Training

Level three B of Reiki is also known as Reiki Master Teacher Training. Level thee B offers a framework to assist people that is, in my opinion, unrivalled. Whether you wish to develop your existing complementary healing practice or simply be able to initiate friends and family into the Reiki practice, there is something for everyone. What differentiates Reiki from many other healing modalities, is it is passed like a gift between master and student. Reiki itself is seen as the active initiator and like a candle is dormant without a flame, so too a master cannot initiate a student without first having been blessed with the Reiki phenomena themselves.

This four day course will immerse you into the system of Reiki, take you through all aspects of the practice and give you an understanding of the key elements required to teach and share the system. Once the course is completed, you will have the tools available to teach Reiki yourself and the knowledge of how to structure your business to give yourself every chance to succeed.

Come and develop your skills and practice to the next level. Develop the knowledge and confidence to teach Reiki as a healing modality and inspire others to start their own journey towards wholeness.

Level Three B Reiki: £1195.00
Location: The New Forest Retreat view map
5th - 8th July '24


Reiki Master Teacher 3b Course Content

  • Exploration Into Becoming a Reiki Teacher

  • The Four Aspects and Nine Elements of Reiki

  • Reiki Techniques Revisited

  • Additional Symbols for initiation

  • Non Traditional Space Clearing Techniques

  • How To Pass the Original Reiki Initiations

  • Class Scheduling

  • Master Initiation

  • Blueprint for a Successful Reiki Teaching Practice

  • Presentation Skills and Strategies

Training Centre Location

The New Forest Retreat
Lyndhurst Rd, Hinton
Christchurch BH23 7EF