Reiki Symposium at the NY Open Center


2008 Reiki Symposium

"Reiki and Your Creative Spirit"
Presidents' Day HOLIDAY ~ February 18, 2008

Open to Reiki students and practitioners of all lineages... and anyone** interested in Reiki!

A joyous one-day event that includes:
* experiential presentations
* book signing with Frans and Bronwen Stiene
* Reiki exchange room all day
* meditation room
* special “Reiki” bookstore
* and Reiki Healing Circle

KEEP READING for descriptions of presentations and bios of presenters.

Tuition: $125 * CEUs available

To register, please call the New York Open Center at 212.219.2527, or visit

** Note: If you not already a Reiki student or practitioner: (1) you will not be learning Reiki at the Symposium, and (2) the use of Reiki will be referenced in the presentations, however, it may not be possible to explain references.

2008 Presentations

"Dancing with the Chakras" with Jean Bromage, Reiki practitioner, owner of Dancing Light Candles
In this workshop, we will explore how dance and movement can be a healing and invigorating way to experience and transform the vibrations in our energy field. We will begin the workshop by calling in the Reiki as a group and experiencing its energetic flow together while using guided imagery to take us through the seven chakras and the different energetic qualities each one offers. From there we will explore how the qualities of each chakra can be expressed in our bodies through dance and creative movement. For each chakra, we will have a chance to move together as a group and then to improvise as individuals allowing us to experience the Reiki energy and chakra vibrations in different ways. As we dance our way through each of the seven chakras, music that resonates with the vibration of each energy center will be played for inspiration as we find our creative voice through movement. No previous dance experience will be necessary. Just come with the desire to dance and experience the joy of movement.

"Reiki and Puppetry: Divine Connection Between Healing Art Forms" with Yvette Edery, M.A., Reiki Master, founding Director of ArtistrYE Productions
Beginning with a marionette performance that takes you from the most simple marionette through the most complex controlled puppetry, Yvette will walk you through understanding positive and healing energy transfer in multiple realms of life. You will learn an internal process Yvette uses that combines meditation, Reiki, healing oils and prayer while designing, building, and performing puppetry. There will be short puppeteering lessons, followed by practice with the sample marionettes… or you can begin designing your own puppets.

"Mandala: Drawing Out Your Creative Spirit" with Natasha Shapiro, LCAT, ATR-BC, Advanced Reiki Practitioner, visual artist
The mandala sacred circle form is used as a symbol of the Self. This workshop will focus, strengthen, and enhance your personal relationship with your Creativity through a combination of body sensation and art making. You’ll experience how energy work, Reiki and meditation can help with creative blocks located in the body. The workshop includes: a meditation/relaxation exercise including a body scan, and guided imagery to help you go to a place of their choosing to encounter their creativity, or Muse or Creative Spirit. Then Natasha will guide you through creating your own mandala, using Reiki, meditation, and imagery. Discover how to use art making to enhance your Reiki practice. No drawing experience is required -- just a willingness to explore your creative connection to Self.

"Write from the Heart: Developing Your Writing Skills with Reiki" with Bronwen Stiene, Reiki practitioner, teacher, internationally acclaimed author
In this workshop Bronwen will help you discover ways to let Reiki guide you in developing your writing skills. As a published author and Reiki teacher, Bronwen understands the difficulty that many Reiki practitioners experience when faced with writing material for advertising, articles or even books. There are a number of techniques that Reiki practitioners can utilize to support and stimulate them in these tasks. Find out what these techniques are and let them work for you! Gain confidence in getting your message across without being self-conscious. You will need to bring a notepad and pen to this workshop as you learn to let your creativity flow.

"Reiki, Sacred Imagery and Your Creative Life" with Faith Linda Weissman, astrologer, storyteller, Reiki practitioner
The opening and extension of one's creative channels are augmented by being in the profoundly relaxed state that Reiki facilitates. In this open, receptive and confident state of being, very specific and short imagery exercises from the ancient system of the Kabbalah of Light bring a wealth of concrete images, sense impressions, ideas and openings for creative projects. These exercises also can help remove blockages or obstacles on the path of creative endeavors when done as an ongoing practice. In this workshop, breath work in a group and private writing by each participant of issues related to their creative lives will be followed by hands-on transmission of Reiki energy and then the short imagery exercises. A sharing period will end the workshop.

Bios of Presenters at the 2008 Reiki Symposium

Jean Bromage, BFA, Reiki Master, began her Reiki studies in 2003 and received the master attunement in 2005. For Jean, Reiki has expanded the creative inspiration she finds in her daily life, enhancing her artistic expression in dance, writing and crafting candles. As both healer and artist she has helped people connect with this flow of inspiration and creativity that reawakens the inner journey to becoming whole on every level of being. Jean brings a fluid, graceful and compassionate nature to her sessions as a Reiki Master and Spiritual Counselor. She enjoys incorporating her knowledge of the Chakras, crystals, color and aromatherapy into her sessions. Her continued interests in other healing traditions and wisdoms also bring a unique depth and insight to her work. Before becoming a Reiki Master, Jean earned a B.F.A. in Dance from Purchase College and has performed and choreographed her own work in New York City.

Yvette Edery, Director of ArtistrYE Productions, Puppeteer, Creator Producer, Reiki Master, and RisingStar Practitioner. She has built and performed her ownpuppets all over the world including Spain, Italy,Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the UK. Sheis the recipient of an individual Masters degree,Producing Puppetry for Cinema and Theater, from NYU,the Fractured Atlas 2007 Emerging Artist grant, the2005 O'Neill Puppetry Conference Emerging Artist, andfour national ambassadorship grants abroad. She is currently writing a book on how she relearned to behappy, creating her first feature film with all marionettes, and teaching a course at the Tisch Schoolof the Arts at NYU, Puppetry in NYC.

Natasha Shapiro, LCAT, ATR-BC, Licensed Art Therapist, Advanced Reiki Practitioner and visual artist. Natasha has a private practice in her Tribeca art studio where she works with adults. She combines Reiki and art therapy in longer 1-1/2 hour sessions that consist of consultation and Reiki table work followed by time for processing the experience through drawing and reflecting on the images that came up from the Reiki experience. She has also co-led workshops on Yoga and Art with yoga therapists and has conducted workshops combining meditation and art making. She is currently working on a series entitled “Inner Landscapes”, using drawing and mixed media as well as collage on paper and canvas.

Bronwen Stiene, Reiki practitioner, teacher, speaker and author in healing and spirituality. Australian-born Bronwen Stiene has worked with, taught and/or researched healing in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and Japan. With husband Frans, they began researching the system of Reiki, and Bronwen wrote her first book The Reiki Sourcebook. This book was the culmination of their initial research into the system of Reiki from Western and Japanese perspectives and was soon followed by a number of other equally successful books such as The Japanese Art of Reiki and Your Reiki Treatment. Bronwen is an active member of the Reiki community. The writing of Reiki books has been just one avenue she has taken to support her passion for promoting education in the Reiki community. Another major project to support this passion has been the ongoing development of the Reiki information portal which hosts a weekly audio interview program called “The Reiki Show.”

Faith Linda Weissman has had astrological, spiritual and healing transmissions from many teachers, including some very early Reiki teachers in the United States, including Aurora Agni and Ellen Sokolow, beginning in 1983. She maintains an active in person healing and counseling practice as "spiritual midwife" in NYC, Bergen County, NJ, Maryland and upstate New York. She connects by telephone counseling sessions and Reiki transmissions with clients all over the world. She has received the Kabbalah of Light ancient tradition of 'spiritual medicine' personally from Gerald Epstein, MD, taught astrology and mythology, which are central to her counseling practice, leads retreats, and been a storyteller at The New York Theosophical Society, The Open Center, The Women's Rites Center, The C. G. Jung Center, the Mount Eden Retreat Center, and many others. She is lay leader in the Jewish Renewal Movement. She works as a writer, contributing to the C.G. Jung Center/ARAS' Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism and The Dictionary of Symbols.