Reiki Symposium at the NY Open Center


1st Annual Reiki Symposium at the NY Open Center

A Special One-Day Event for Reiki practitioners of all lineages
Monday, January 15, 2007 (MLK Holiday)

Join us for a powerful day of community, learning and sharing. This exciting one-day event will include experiential presentations, interactive lectures, Q & A forums, and panel discussion. Plus Reiki exchange room all day, meditation room, special “Reiki” bookstore, and Master sessions.

The day will conclude with a Reiki Healing Circle in the evening, open to the general public. All are welcome! Evening includes guided-imagery meditation, the Healing Circle, and personal Reiki mini-sessions with a certified practitioner.

So whether you’re an experienced Reiki practitioner, have just taken your first class, or are somewhere in between, there’s something here for you.

Event and Presentation Schedule Grid

(1) If you have not studied Reiki with Reiki Arts Continuum, a photocopy of your Reiki certificate is required for admittance to this event.
(2) Some presentations have an add’l materials fee.
(3) Master sessions are an add’l fee.

Monday, January 15, 2007 (MLK Holiday)
9:30am – 5:30pm
$100 in advance/$125 at the door
Prerequisite: Reiki 1 and above

6:30-8pm @ the NY Open Center
$5 Requested Donation
No prerequisite ~ Open to all!

To register, call the NY Open Center Wellness Dept. at 212.274.1829.

Description of Symposium Offerings


Universal Energy, Personal Energy: Qigong for Reiki Practitioners
With Reiki Master Janet Dagley Dagley

All Reiki practitioners are familiar with the force known as ki in Japanese and qi, or chi, in Chinese. In Reiki practice, the ki is not the practitioner's personal energy, but universal life force energy, while in qigong practice, the goal is to cultivate the practitioner's own energy field. In this active workshop, practitioners will focus on the energy within themselves, using gentle movement, breathing exercises, self-massage, meditation, and visualization to gather and cultivate personal qi. A stronger, more balanced personal energy field enables a practitioner to become a clearer, more powerful channel for Reiki energy.

Aromatherapy for Reiki Practitioners
With Reiki Master Michelle Shinagawa

This will be an exciting demonstration of how aromatherapy will benefit your Reiki sessions. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years to balance, calm, and energize the body, mind and spirit. You will be shown specific examples for using these oils and bringing these benefits to your Reiki clients. A hands-on mini-workshop, practitioners will leave with the experience and knowledge to incorporate this powerful modality into their practices.

Healing Light: Candle Magic with Reiki
With Reiki Master Jean Bromage
Lighten up your Reiki practice using candles! Candles offer a warm and magical glow that is both relaxing and rejuvenating. Using them in our Reiki and meditation practice invites this magical presence into our sacred space. In this workshop we’ll discuss using color and scent in candles, including an overview of the chakra colors and essential oils. There will also be a candle reflection meditation. We will end with an intention setting exercise using candles. Each person will choose their own candle for this exercise (scented and unscented will be available) and take it home to experience the candle magic first hand. There is a $5 materials fee for this class.



Q&A Forum: General Practice
With Reiki Arts Continuum Founder and Director, Margaret Ann Case, BA, Reiki Master, RPP

Meditation through Calligraphy with the Reiki Symbols
With Reiki Master Margaret Ann Case
Prerequisite: Reiki 2 and above
Discover the beauty of meditation with the Reiki System symbols, using the practice of calligraphy. Master Usui developed the symbols based on mystical practices of esoteric Japanese Buddhism (Shingon). Come and discover why spiritual traditions the world over use calligraphy as an entrance into deeper levels of being and perception. There is a materials fee for this workshop. No calligraphy or meditation experience is necessary.

Connect with Your Inner-Self - A Four-Step Process
With Reiki Master Sinikka Laitamaki
In this interactive session we will explore how to connect with your inner-self and how to sustain a positive outlook. You will be guided through meditation, visualization and behavioral anchoring to establish the connection. You will also discover supportive affirmations and action steps to release resistant thoughts and replace those with more allowing thoughts. We can utilize the process daily to enable us go with the positive flow of life. Also, this four-step process provides a helpful platform for co-creating and manifesting what you want in your life. Come and experience how to tap into the power of your positive inner-self!

Reiki in Cyberspace
With Reiki Masters Janet Dagley Dagley and James Rosenow

Like Reiki, the Internet can facilitate connections across space and time. Reiki is all over cyberspace – found on more than 20 million sites, and counting. But how can you sort through it all, and what can you believe? Can you get a real attunement from a web site? (No, but you can find valuable information and connect with other practitioners as well as clients.) Are the Master Certificates advertised online worth anything? (Yes, to the sellers!) Can you set up and maintain your own web site, online calendar, and e-newsletter yourself for free? (Yes! We'll show you how.)

Q&A Forum: Professional Practice
With Reiki Arts Continuum Founder and Director, Margaret Ann Case, BA, Reiki Master, RPP

Panel Discussion: Blending Reiki With Other Modalities
Panel members include:
Margaret Ann Case, Reiki Master and Polarity Therapy Practitioner
Maggie Connell, Reiki Master, LMT and Certified Reflexologist
Janet Dagley Dagley, Reiki Master, Qi Gong Practitioner and Thai Yoga Therapist
Nicholas Sweeney, Reiki Master and Tarot Consultant



SPECIAL Reiki Healing Circle
All are welcome! Open to the general public, as well as Reiki practitioners
Experience the Reiki System of Natural Healing. Evening includes guided-imagery meditation, the Healing Circle, and personal Reiki mini-sessions with a certified practitioner. $5 requested donation.

Reiki Exchange Room
Open to all Reiki practitioners attending the Symposium
Exchange and share Reiki with one another in pairs or in groups. The room will be set up with tables, chairs, pillows, music… and you can come and go as you please.

Master Sessions: $60 special rate for those attending Symposium

Bios of Presenters

Jean Bromage, BFA, Reiki Master, began her Reiki journey in 2003 and received the master attunement from Margaret Ann Case in 2005. Jean is also a candle maker and her products are popular both locally and internationally. Weaving these two beautiful art forms together has been a real joy for her. Jean has her B.F.A. in dance from Purchase College and has performed and choreographed her own work in New York City.

For more than 14 years Margaret Ann Case, BA, Reiki Master, RPP, has been a recognized leader and innovator in the teaching of Reiki and spiritual healing, as well as an esteemed healing practitioner, intuitive-spiritual counselor, and mentor. She is a life-long student of holistic and wisdom traditions. Ms. Case is the founder and director of Reiki Arts Continuum, as well as director of the Reiki training program at the NY Open Center. Ms. Case maintains a private practice in New York City.

Maggie Connell, LMT, CR, Reiki Master, has been a student of the Healing Arts for 15 years and practitioner for 10. Maggie’s teachers include Rosalyn L. Bruyere, and Reiki Master Margaret Ann Case. She incorporates massage, reflexology, shiatsu, as well as shamanic techniques, into her Reiki sessions with clients. Also a veteran songwriter, Maggie continues to play and record original music.

Reiki Master and Thai Yoga Therapist Janet Dagley Dagley dedicated herself to natural healing after a journalism career that included a stint as "Keeping Fit" columnist for the Los Angeles Times and science and health reporting for such publications as the Orange County Register and Dayton Daily News. A qigong practitioner for 20 years, she is the proprietor of Healing Movement in Hoboken, NJ, and editor of The Reiki Digest and Qigong Digest.

Sinikka Laitamaki, MS, MEd, is a Reiki Master, Spiritual Healing Practitioner, Spiritual Counselor, and a Master–Teacher of Magnified Healing. She maintains a private practice in New Jersey. She is also a visiting lecturer in New York University. Prior to her Reiki journey, Sinikka successfully led corporate culture changes and the development of high- performance organizations with empowered employees for over 15 years. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources from Cornell University and a Masters in Education from Finland.

James Rosenow, MFA, Reiki Master, is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of New York University's Graduate film school who left the film business to focus on a more spiritually centered life. James received his Reiki Master certification in 2006 and is the president of As a not-for-profit corporation, combining the written word and multi-media, explores Christian dogma, alternative concepts in spirituality, and the viability of a spiritually-based model of abundance.

Michelle Shinagawa, BFA, is a Reiki Master and certified Aroma Therapist. She is dedicated to spreading her knowledge about the importance of organic lifestyles and complimentary non-invasive healing therapies—for people as well as for dogs! Through her extensive background and trainings, Michelle has established a working relationship with the most recent developments in such fields as macrobiotics, ontology, animal communication, dog massage, esoteric healing, chakra theory, and crystals.

In 2005 Nicholas Sweeney, MFA, Reiki Master, made a life-long commitment to his own and others' personal healing journeys and began his formal Reiki training with Margaret Ann Case at the New York Open Center and Reiki Arts Continuum. In June 2006 he graduated from the Reiki Arts Continuum Reiki Master-Spiritual Healing Practitioner-Spiritual Counseling program. Nicholas is the founder of Phoenix Wisdom Healing. Currently, he serves the New York City area with Reiki, spiritual counseling, Tarot, and Astrology.