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Meet The California Reiki Team!

Meet the Reiki teachers and practitioners of The California Reiki Team!

Be sure to check our Latest Announcements page for the very latest scheduled classes and events, as well as news. In addition to our teacher profiles on this page, you can also find some Lineage Information at the bottom.

UPDATE: We are currently expanding our services and taking on new Reiki Teachers and Reiki Practitioners. Further updates to this page are on the way. If you are interested in joining the California Reiki team, see how you can join us.

Jennifer Kelo — Reiki Master Teacher (RMT)

California Reiki Master Teacher Jennifer Kelo

Jennifer offers Reiki classes and personal Reiki treatments in the South Bay and Westchester (LAX) area covering Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Playa Del Rey and Westchester.

Main Practice Locations: Manhattan Beach (South Bay) and Westchester (LAX)

Languages: English

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): First and Second Degree Reiki and Reiki Master Teacher Level from Jessica Miller, Licensed Teacher of ICRT. Additional training and attunements from William Lee Rand, founder of ICRT (www.reiki.org).

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, William Lee Rand, Jessica Miller, Jennifer Kelo

Professional Memberships: International Center for Reiki Training Association Member

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: When I was going through a very difficult time in my marriage, I received a Reiki treatment as a birthday gift from my sister. I was astounded by how I could feel the energy of the practitioner who merely placed her hands over the chakra centers in my body. I became fascinated with the energy of our being.

What drew you to Reiki?: A knowing that there is so much more to our universe than what meets the eye.

How has Reiki changed you?: Reiki for me is part of a spiritual journey that has continued to bring miracles to my personal life as well as an unshakable faith. It is my desire to help others receive the gift of Reiki.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: I think Reiki will continue to lead me down a divine path and to help others on their journey in becoming light workers.

Why California Reiki?: I feel aligned with the intentions of the organization in that Reiki be made available and affordable for everyone. This is also an incredible way to network and practice with like–minded individuals.

Tell us something fabulous about your life: After a life of seeking (often through conflict and pain), I have received the peace of God. I have not had to walk this journey alone, as Reiki energy has served as a guide along the way. So here I am with a wonderful life and family with a desire to help others find inner peace. I am grateful each and every day.

Anything else you'd like to share in your own words?: If you are reading this now you have a calling to explore the blessings of Reiki. I encourage you to follow the inner voice that led you here. In the words of one of my spiritual teachers, “many are called, few answer”.

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Jackeline Gonzalez — Reiki Master Teacher (RMT)

California Reiki Master Teacher Jackeline Gonzalez

Jackeline is offering Reiki classes and personal Reiki treatments primarily in Van Nuys, California. She is also a certified rebirthing practitioner and Ayurveda and Panchakarma practitioner.

Main Practice Locations: Van Nuys (Los Angeles), California

Languages: English, Spanish

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Among others, First, Second Degree from E. Katrin Kissel, and Third Degree Reiki Master Teacher Level from Margaret Sanders. (Western Reiki branches include: Usui Shiki Ryoho, Tibetan, Seichim-Sekhem.)

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Among others, Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, Edith and Horst Günther, E. Katrin Kissel, Jackeline Gonzalez

Professional Memberships: None

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: My first experience with Reiki was right on the Reiki class, when I took the first level, with Katrin Kissel. Being in the Reiki class, I got my turn to be on the table and receive Reiki. I felt a lot of peace, relaxation and infinite harmony. From that moment I knew I wanted to experience that feeling forever.

What drew you to Reiki?: Ever since I was a girl I've been looking for something to fulfill me. At first I chose to be a social worker and later I studied rebirthing therapy, but I was not completely satisfied. One day, out of nowhere, the word “Reiki” suddenly appeared in my mind. I had no idea what Reiki was, or what it meant to me. All I was sure, was that God had placed that word in my mind for some good reason, so I decided to follow the plan he was drawing for me and I took the reiki courses.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: I trust and hope God will use me to help anyone who needs Reiki energy to bring their physical body and spiritual evolution, and also to help more animals.

Why California Reiki?: Well as a Social Worker and Reiki Practitioner, I believe in helping those in need. In California Reiki I see a wonderful space where we can all help more people, through reiki and also for charitable donations.

Tell us something fabulous about your life: Having had the chance to be born is the most fabulous thing that happened to me, I just wish could do something really fabulous for people and animals that need help.

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Jenna DesRosier — Reiki Practitioner (RP)

California Reiki Practitioner Jenna DesRosier

Jenna is offering Reiki services primarily in Tustin, California.

Main Practice Locations: Tustin, California; Costa Mesa, California

Languages: English

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): First and Second Degree Reiki from Jessica Miller, Licensed Teacher of ICRT (www.reiki.org)

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, William Lee Rand, Jessica Miller, Jenna DesRosier

Professional Memberships: IARP Member

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: My first experience with Reiki was in class with Jessica Miller. From all that I had read and heard about healing sessions and attunements, I was expecting something spectacular. Instead, what I experienced was something quiet and subtle. It was relaxing and soothing and left me with a sense of calmness. Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed at first, but upon reflection and observation of my day-to-day life, I realize that perhaps my body/mind/soul (everything but my conscious mind) and the healing powers of Reiki knew that what I needed was the quiet relaxation. Since then, I make it a point to give myself some “Reiki love”... even if for just 5 minutes.

What drew you to Reiki?: There are some things in life that seem to “fall into place” — and for me, Reiki has been one of them. Because of this, I feel like Reiki has been calling to me and only until recently have I finally listened. I thought this was something I'd never be able to do, but here I am.

How has Reiki changed you?: Reiki has changed my life in many subtle but wonderful ways — I apply it to just about everything.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: My hope is to help (even in the smallest way) everyone I come into contact with.

Why California Reiki?: I chose California Reiki because we're “on the same page” — I believe in a donation-based business model for Reiki services. I like the East-West balance they have. And, as I said [when we met] at coffee... it just seemed awesome!

Tell us something fabulous about your life: I tried to think of a way to answer this without sounding cliché, but the more thought I gave to this, the more I realize it's the absolute truth... the most fabulous things in my life are my family and friends. I couldn't ask for better people to surround myself with. Life is good — but with them, it's even better.

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Jastej Kaur — Reiki Master Teacher (RMT)

California Reiki Master Practitioner Jastej Kaur

Jastej is an avid Reiki Master Teacher offering Reiki classes and personal Reiki treatments in Burbank, California. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.

Main Practice Locations: Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, California

Languages: English, and Telugu, Hindi from India

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): First, Second, and Third Degree Reiki Personal Mastery Level from Sangeet Kaur Khalsa, Phoenix, AZ; Also Third Degree Reiki Master Teacher Level from Kerri Draper, California Reiki (www.californiareiki.com)

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Among others, Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Barbara Webber Ray, John Latz, Clarity Ann Martin, Sangeet Kaur Khalsa, Jastej Kaur

Professional Memberships: Shibumi International Reiki Association

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: My first experience with Reiki was part of the Reiki I class. It felt very close to my heart and took me into a deep meditative space.

What drew you to Reiki?: Reiki came to me as a gift when I had no idea what Reiki was. When I was going through a major transition in my life and was overwhelmed a friend literally gifted the Reiki I and Reiki II classes to me. The blessing continues.

How has Reiki changed you?: I believe the transformation with Reiki is a continuing process, Reiki helps me to experience new depths in everything and I thrive on the ever unfolding nature of Reiki. Reiki has also taken me on a path of healing myself and all that I come across.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: My hope for Reiki is to help get Reiki to as many people as possible affordably. I also hope to work with and help children with autism and similar disorders.

Why California Reiki?: California Reiki is giving me a way to expand and reach out.

Tell us something fabulous about your life: The harmony between my inner being, my clear life purpose and the external happenings keeps me smiling in surprise and gratitude. Every day with all that comes to me I discover more and more of my being and I am able to give, share, and serve from my core more and more. Since the day I learnt Reiki I felt the need and so I include anyone that needs healing in my daily Long Distance Reiki Prayer Process and it has kept growing since and so does my happiness.

Anything else you'd like to share in your own words?: I have been working with a family with an autistic child the past few months. The child has made an amazing progress in a quiet but definite way after a few healing sessions and now interacts more calmly with family members and is willing to speak. I will soon be working with another family with an autistic teenager. I am humbled at the magnitude of the trust that is being placed in me.

Jastej's Bio: All my life I have been a seeker, not really knowing what and why. Outwardly, I was highly successful in academics, high profile technical job, comfortable physical existence, friends and family, but internally I was on a quest, unknown. Then in 2006, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation came into my life, through a friend. Being always open, I took it up. The inward journey began, which led me to Reiki. Receiving it as a gift, and cherishing it as a gift I began sharing it with one and all, for free! The bubbling joy in me continued to crystallize my life purpose and I learned and practiced ‘shunya’ — ZERO-ness based meditative healing practice. I see that each enhances the other and gathers strength and intensity. All of this foundation has become integrated in me and has shaped me uniquely to share, to serve and to heal with my words, touch, and presence. I am eternally grateful and joyous.

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Jessica Miller — Guest Reiki Master Teacher (RMT)

Guest California Reiki Master Teacher Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller is a Licensed Teacher of the International Center for Reiki Training, and joins us as a Guest Teacher for themed Workshops and special events.

Main Practice Locations: Glendale, California; Santa Monica, California

Languages: English

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Licensed Teacher of ICRT (www.reiki.org)

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Among others, Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, William Lee Rand, Jessica Miller

Professional Memberships: International Center for Reiki Training Association TLC Member

Jessica's Bio: Reiki is a modern form of energy medicine that started in Japan that anyone can learn easily in a weekend to use on family, friends, and all areas of your life, even across distances. Jessica Miller is an experienced Reiki Teacher, Technique Innovator and Historian, who welcomes people of all levels of ability and experience to her classes. She has been a senior licensed teacher for the renowned International Center for Reiki Training (reiki.org) since 1995, and has written numerous articles, many of which appear on her website Reikimastery.com She wrote Reiki's Birthplace: A Site Guide to Kurama Mountain, Japan and has studied with Reiki masters in both Japan and America. She encourages questions, and encourages students to use intuition, and their own experience to find their own answers. Her classes are informal, fun and informative, including both traditional Reiki, and many techniques and applications that she has developed.

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Margaret Sanders — Reiki Master Teacher (RMT)

California Reiki Master Teacher Margaret Sanders

Margaret offers Reiki classes and personal Reiki treatments in the South Bay, Los Angeles area covering Torrance, Lomita, San Pedro, and Gardena.

Main Practice Locations: Torrance/Lomita, California

Languages: English

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): First, Second, and Third Degree Reiki Master Teacher Level from Linda Peters

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Iris Ishikuro, Arthur Robertson, Marilyn Miller, Patricia J. Crane, Linda Peters, Margaret Sanders

Professional Memberships: International Center for Reiki Training Association Member

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: I have been on a spiritual journey since 1991. I have experienced some incredible workshops, retreats, and avidly sought metaphysical literature, etc. In a nutshell I was seeking. In 1998 I went to an Adult Education class about Reiki. When I read the bio it seemed to jump out to me. When I went to the lecture, I felt a stirring in my ‘gut’ that this was my next step and I was going to do all 3 levels so I could teach others this incredible and easy way to help themselves and others. What I felt during that info lecture was calmness, warmth, bringing inner peace and well being.

What drew you to Reiki?: I knew I was looking for something, not knowing what. The timing was right and I knew I would be able to help others to transform and welcome their true self.

How has Reiki changed you?: I have incorporated Reiki into all of my daily living experience. I send Reiki to all my family members about everyday. I Reiki all my food I cook, energize the water I drink, Reiki my car before driving, etc. I tell my students, “If you think something is out of sync use those wonderful Reiki hands and everything falls into place”.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: My hope is to be able to help those who are ready to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Why California Reiki?: To me California Reiki comes from integrity and a way to reach the community.

Tell us something fabulous about your life: The most fabulous thing about my world is knowing that my eight children are healthy, wholesome and all have BIG hearts. Somehow each evolved into their own personalities with love and a genuine sense of why they are here. I am so grateful for their presence in my life. I feel very blessed and grateful for my husband, children and our sixteen grandchildren.

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Rebecca Thompson — Reiki Master Teacher (RMT) - Trained in Traditional Japanese Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho)

California Reiki Master Teacher Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca teaches traditional Japanese Reiki classes (Usui Reiki Ryoho) and also Western style Reiki classes, and also offers personal Reiki treatments, all primarily in the Chatsworth district of Los Angeles in northwestern San Fernando Valley.

Main Practice Locations: Chatsworth, San Fernando Valley and Ventura County, California

Languages: English

Training: Traditional Japanese Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho): Shinpiden Reiki Master/Teacher training from Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki

Lineage: Traditional Japanese Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho): Mikao Usui, Kanichi Taketomi, Kimiko Koyama, Hiroshi Doi, Frans Stiene, Rebecca Thompson

Training: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): First Degree with Gail Ferrari, Second and Third Degree Reiki Master Teacher Level from Marydale Pecora

Lineage: Western style Reiki (Usui Reiki): Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, Mary McFadyen, Virginia Samdahl, Joyce Morries, Gail Ferrari, Jessica Miller, Marydale Pecora, Rebecca Thompson

Professional Memberships: International Center for Reiki Training Association Member

Tell us of your first Reiki experience: Along my path, searching for spiritual growth, I took a class called Life Works. In this class we studied meditation, chakras and manifestation, among other metaphysical things. The facilitator of the class was also a Reiki practitioner. Since almost all of us in the class were very intrigued by Reiki, she found a Reiki master to teach us our First Degree of Reiki. It seemed to be the natural next step on my journey. The room where we had gathered for Life Works was the same place we took our Reiki I class. On the day of the class when I walked into the room I could immediately feel the difference in the energy level. Throughout the course of the day and especially during the attunements I could actually feel the energy. I was in awe of its radiance. For the first time I could actually feel that there was more to life than I knew.

What drew you to Reiki?: From a young age I have been drawn to healing through alternative medicine. When I felt the energy of Reiki and saw and felt the effects it has on people and animals, I knew it would be a part of my life forever. I feel more like Reiki found me!

How has Reiki changed you?: It is hard to explain without filling up this whole page, but Reiki has brought a peace to my life that I did not know existed.

Where do you think Reiki will lead you?: In addition to the goodness that Reiki brings to me in my personal life, I know that it will lead me to those who are in need or seeking Reiki for themselves and others.

Why California Reiki?: I absolutely LOVE that California Reiki offers Reiki on a donation basis! We are all taught that anyone and everyone can be attuned to Reiki. I believe that the ability to receive Reiki should not be hindered by the amount of money one can pay. Offering Reiki on a donation basis makes it more accessible for those seeking Reiki and eliminates any feelings of indebtedness or guilt.

Tell us something fabulous about your life: This would also fill up multiple pages! Let's just say Life is Fabulous!

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Lineage Information

The Reiki lineage of a teacher is the line of Reiki Master teachers traced back to the founder of the system of Reiki, Mikao Usui. In this section we include some general information about lineages.

(If you are interested in learning Reiki, we teach two styles: see traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho Classes, and non–traditional Western style Usui Reiki Classes for more information.)

Usui Reiki Ryoho — Traditional Japanese Reiki

Usui Reiki Ryoho as taught by our teachers is a traditional Japanese branch of Reiki that aims to teach Reiki following the original methods practiced by the founder of the system, Mikao Usui.

We teach all of our traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryoho Classes (Shoden, Okuden, and Shinpiden) in accordance with the Usui Reiki Ryoho branch as taught by the International House of Reiki, and all of our Usui Reiki Ryoho teachers are required to have had training with them.

If you study Usui Reiki Ryoho with us, you'll take on this lineage:

  • Mikao Usui
    Founder of the system of Reiki
  • Kanichi Taketomi
    3rd President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
  • Kimiko Koyama
    6th President of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
  • Hiroshi Doi
    Current member of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai
  • Frans Stiene
    Author and co–founder of the International House of Reiki
  • Your California Reiki teacher
    See teacher profiles for California Reiki teachers trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho

Usui Reiki — Western style Reiki

Reiki as taught by many teachers in the West can include many non–traditional elements, such as the Chakra system, and a wide range of non–traditional techniques, and there can be many different teaching styles.

We teach all of our Western style Usui Reiki Classes (Levels I, II, and III) based on the well–established teaching material provided by ICRT (International Center for Reiki Training).

If you study Western style Reiki with us, you'll take on the lineage of your teacher as shown in our teacher profiles.

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California Reiki offers Reiki services for donations: Reiki Healing Sessions, Reiki Therapy, Reiki Treatments, Reiki Classes, Reiki Training, Reiki Workshops, and Reiki Practice Meetings. If you would like to make a donation, please go to our Donations Page. A portion of all proceeds is shared with Save the Children or other charities.