While my brother, Walter, was my first reiki teacher, I’ve been hanging out with the amazing Frans Stiene for longer than a decade now. He and Bronwen Logan run the International House of Reiki. They used to have a little studio in Newtown that hosted both reiki share evenings and classes, but now most activities are in the Blue Mountains.
Frans and Bronwen promote traditional Japanese reiki, studying and researching the work of Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki, as well as Japanese philosophy and spiritual practices to put all the pieces together and learn how reiki was first taught.
Since reiki moved outward from the Japan to the USA (starting with Hawaii) and then around the world, many variations have formed. People have combined with other types of healing and different modalities, and people often can’t help adding their own twist to teachings. I guess that’s natural, the idea that we can add something of our own to a practice, but I really love the directness and purity of the work that IHR does.
In the meantime, Frans travels the world, and his courses and workshops usually attract other reiki teachers. This says to me how much he is respected, and really, I think he’s one of the world’s best reiki teachers and researchers and it’s been an incredible privilege to be able to study with him and spend time with him in person, because he lives in the Blue Mountains!
Bronwen offers Reiki treatments in Leura, in the Blue Mountains, outside of Sydney, at the Tomah Reiki Retreat and at Mandala in Leura.
So, if you’re still reading… my recommendation is:
If you are thinking of studying reiki, check out the IHR website, and see if there are dates that suit you. I really believe that you can’t get a better reiki teacher than Frans.
And if you’re in the Blue Mountains, or close to, or visiting, and you’d like a reiki treatment, then look up Bronwen!