Our traditional classes follow the discipline of Usui Shiki Ryoho – The Usui System of Natural Healing. Our classes are both academic and experiential. Reiki Master Christopher Tellez leads Reiki First and Second Degree classes over two days with 16 hours of learning, practicing, hearing the oral tradition of Reiki, and receiving initiations. Our goal is to continue the traditional teachings of Mrs. Takata (who introduced the Reiki to the West) to our students. After receiving Reiki Training at SF REIKI CENTER, you will be able to participate in the Reiki community and will have the opportunity to receive ongoing training and support through our various Reiki offerings.

Additionally, we offer continuing education classes which focus on techniques that assist and enhance your Reiki practice.



The Reiki process is a simple method of hands-on healing as developed by Mikao Usui, a monk from Kyoto, Japan. Reiki energy flows through the body to the hands of the Reiki healer and transfers into the cells of the person receiving the treatment. This energy is then used to normalize body functions and helps to reestablish balance and harmony in the physical, emotional, and spiritual planes. Reiki differs from other healing methods in that a specific initiation process is used to prepare students for the flow of healing energy. This process protects them from either transmitting or absorbing any negative energetic patterns.

Over two days you will learn, practice, and hear the oral history of Usui Shiki Ryoho. You will receive initiations which will enable you to offer Reiki to yourself and others.

During the Reiki First Degree Class you will learn to:

  • Apply Reiki energy to yourself and others and sense the energy as it flows through your hands.
  • Feel the energy of the person receiving treatment and sense areas of reduced vitality.
  • Appreciate that attitudes can create dis-ease in our mind and that the physical body can be affected.


Registration: $300


Students entering our Second-Degree Reiki program have worked with the tools and information they learned during their First-degree Reiki course. Participants should feel a commitment toward using those tools in loving service to others and wish to expand the fields of knowledge and the abilities already acquired. The prerequisite for Reiki Second Degree is at least three months of practice since completing Reiki First Degree training.  You will receive meditative initiations, which opens you to additional energies needed for second-degree Reiki work. You will learn the following techniques and tools in Reiki Second Degree:

  • The first technique involves an increase of channeling power during the Reiki treatment process.

  • The second technique teaches you how to use Reiki to help with mental and emotional problems and addictions.

  • The third technique teaches you how to utilize Reiki for absent healing (i.e., healing others from a distance).

  • Cement your knowledge of the second degree through hands-on practice with other students.


Registration: $600


Certified Reiki Practitioner Training Program

The Certified Reiki Practitioner Training Program, offered on the West coast by San Francisco Reiki Center (SFRC), and on the East coast by New York City Reiki Center (NYCRC). This program is accredited by Reiki Centers of America, a non-profit organization committed to preserving the original teachings of Reiki. We train and support new and aspiring Reiki professionals in building successful private practices and healthy Reiki communities throughout North America. Our Training program is structured from the teachings of Hawayo Takata to Reiki Master John Harvey Gray.

This six-month course is a hands-on training which integrates the system of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki with practical in-depth clinical training from the John Harvey Gray lineage. Graduates of this program will be prepared for professional private practice, well-trained to work with the SFRC/NYCRC Reiki Teams on either the East or West coast and be eligible to apply for a Reiki Master apprenticeship. Hours accrued during our Certified Reiki Practitioner Training Program will be deducted from the 2,000 hours required for Reiki Master apprenticeship.

This program is for second degree Reiki students and Reiki Masters who feel a deep calling to expand their relationship with Reiki and build their professional Reiki practice. Serious candidates must have a regular self-treatment Reiki practice, participate in SFRC/NYCRC Reiki events during the six-month training period and be committed towards your personal growth in service to others.

Time Commitment Approximately 25 hours per month across six consecutive months
Requirements This six-month training program is intended for second degree Reiki students and Masters.

  • In a monthly 6-hour class, students will review and learn new skills as professional Reiki practitioners. (Saturday or Sunday, once per month, 10am-5pm with 1-2pm lunch break)

  • In six monthly sessions of about 2.5 hours each, students will have supervised group discussions to ask questions, share experiences, get guidance on establishing and growing a successful Reiki business, elaborate on Reiki tools and techniques, and explore Reiki as a spiritual discipline. (One weeknight per month)

  • Students will see and document 50 hours of clients one-on-one in private sessions.

  • Students will practice 50 hours of group Reiki treatments in the form of Reiki Circles, clinics, exchanges with other students, or volunteer opportunities.

  • Students will have the opportunity to observe 2 full treatments from start to finish in a professional Reiki office with real clients. (Scheduled as available)

  • Each student will give and receive long-form absent treatment and hands-on treatments with a partner from the class, ensuring support during the program. The hours spent doing this will be counted toward the 50-hour requirement.

  • Student will self-treat daily for the 6-month program.

  • At the end of the program, students will perform a full professional Reiki treatment on a partner of their choice and be observed by the instructor who will give feedback and comments on their performance and professionalism.

Next CRP Training will be held in January 2020
Course Fee $3,000 for the full six-month (175-hours of training)

Class Size Six spaces are available for students in this small group class.

Matriculation The awarding of certificates, group photos, and a graduation party will be held at the end of the course.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email to request a telephone interview to discuss the Certified Reiki Practitioner Training program.



In this 4-hour class, designed for beginners, you will learn to develop your natural intuitive abilities to help you sense a person’s aura and scan their seven main chakras with your hands. You will learn to determine how the strength or weakness you feel in each chakra relates to the health and emotions of the person you are scanning.

The chakras are wheels of energy spinning at thousands of points on our bodies. Chakras collect and distribute the energy of life which our bodies use to function. When any one of the major chakras becomes weak, the body will experience physical or emotional weaknesses with the corresponding chakra.  Over time this deficiency can develop into serious problems such as anxiety and fear.

In this class you will learn:

  • Sensitize your hands and feel the energy between your hands

  • Use your hands to check for general physical vitality in the aura

  • Use your hands to scan the major chakras and detect for strength or weakness

  • Interpret the emotions or conditions of each weak chakra you find

  • Perform a simple meditative visualization to help balance the chakras


You can read more about John's extraordinary experiences with the body's subtle energy systems and learning Reiki from Hawayo Takata in his book, Hand to Hand: The Longest-Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story. 


Registration: $100



In this 3-hour class, Reiki students will learn the Opening & Closing Spiral technique developed by Dr. W. Brugh Joy and adapted Reiki Master, John Harvey Gray. Using the Opening Spiral at the start of every Reiki treatment and the Closing Spiral at the end of each treatment will help a client to absorb more Reiki during the session and hold onto that energy for several days.

In this class you will learn:

  1. When performed before the Reiki treatment, the Opening Spiral allows the client’s subtle energy system to receive more Reiki

  2. When offered at the end of the Reiki treatment, the Closing Spiral seals the client’s subtle energy system, extending the healing benefits beyond the Reiki session.

The methods of opening & closing spirals are detailed in the book, "Joy's Way, A Map for the Transformational Journey: An Introduction to the Potentials for Healing with Body Energies."


Registration $75