Who Is The Reiki School + Clinic?
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We create a community of wellness and healing, bringing Reiki practitioners together for a common goal.
We increase the accessibility of Reiki, integrative therapies and holistic health practices to the general public.
We provide reliable, responsible, credible, capable practitioners and educators.
We speak and act from a place of love and integrity.
The Reiki School + Clinic was founded by educators. Kim, our school’s director, has a master’s in education and is a former elementary and preschool teacher. George, our school’s co-founder, taught, directed and created curriculum for preschool for nearly 20 years before he passed away. Kim always says, “If I can teach a first-grader math I can teach anyone anything.” We took a fresh look at Reiki education and created a new way of training that’s more in line with how people learn. Take a look at the following educational principles that drive our practice and support our longer style of training:
Practice: In order to learn we need to do… and, do again. In fact, the best questions and answers come from hands-on experience with the subject matter. You can’t even think of good questions about practice when you haven’t practiced. The two-day workshop model without follow-up doesn’t support this. We built extra practice/integration time right into our training, so you don’t have to seek it out on your own.
Patience/Process: Learning takes time; Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s easy to integrate any new tool if the information is given slowly, with time to digest it, process it, ask questions and practice.
People: We learn from each other. Our peers ask questions that are on our minds, they show us examples of what to do/what not to do, they listen to us and provide mirrors for our growth. Our teachers give us ongoing support, direction and guidance. With our teachers and peers we create an understanding community of learners — especially when we may be learning something that others in our lives may not accept or understand.
service, and support. We collaborate with healthcare groups, nonprofit organizations,
and companies to bring health and wellness initiatives, provider services, as well as education to employees, caregivers, patients, families, and underserved communities.
In 1995, Kim Fleisher was studying Cultural Anthropology through her university’s exchange program in Israel. During her studies, she made a friend whose mother was a Reiki Master. The friend told Kim that he was going to take a Reiki class with his mother, and he invited her to take the class too. Kim knew nothing about Reiki, except that it made energy come out of the hands and the energy helped heal people. She thought it sounded weird and unlikely, but she really liked and respected her friend’s Mom, so she decided to take the class.
That class changed her life.
Through her studies in Anthropology, Kim learned about other cultures practices with nature, spirit, healing and love. She always admired and respected other cultures embrace of life, living, spirit and a connectedness to something bigger. Before Reiki, she was intrigued by these ideas but never thought she could bring them into her own life. Then Reiki really worked, and it was a simple, practical, non-religious practice that gave her a context to explore her own relationship with the universe and her own heart.
Eventually Kim returned to the states to finish her undergraduate degree, but returned again to Israel two weeks after graduation to finish her studies as a Reiki Master.
In 1997 Kim came back to Philadelphia and began teaching and practicing Reiki. One of her first students in Philly, George Barrick, eventually became a Reiki Master and co-taught with Kim. Meanwhile, Kim’s teacher back in Israel, Yehudit Gruber, was busy crafting a method of training that extended the typical weekend workshop into a several week endeavor that included clinical practice.
George was a preschool teacher. Kim started teaching preschool and later elementary school. Yehudit came to visit them and explained the method of Reiki training she’d been developing. It made so much sense! Together, over the course of a few years, the three of them developed the curriculum, based in principles of education, for extensive training and clinical practice that The Reiki School + Clinic teaches today.
The Reiki School + Clinic was founded out of a desire to create a community of wellness and to provide people with thorough, quality Reiki training and sessions that could be easily integrated into their everyday lives. We also wanted to help educate the public about this modality by providing accurate information about Reiki.
In 2003, George left The Reiki School. Kim left elementary teaching to devote more of her time to Reiki. Today, The Reiki School is growing and developing programs, sessions and community outreach for adults, children and animals. Our team is growing too, and it now includes a wonderful staff of amazing practitioners and teachers!
Our logo is quite meaningful for us. It represents who we are: an amazing community of individuals coming together, with hearts and hands, to help heal ourselves and make the world a better place.
Our logo is also a honeycomb, because bees are wonderfully symbolic of community. Bees are well known for working together for the greatest good. The result of their efforts is literally soooo sweet! Each worker bee goes out into the world, spreads her gifts, collects something new and brings it back to the hive to share. What a wonderful metaphor for life!
They are also pretty cute.
And they remind us to “Just Be(e).”
The bee’s honeycomb signifies unity and building community. In the center of the honeycomb you will see two hands holding a heart, and within the center there is a peace sign. The hands around the center all have the same image, and they are all linked together, joining to make something bigger and beautiful.
Recently bees have been in the news because they are rapidly disappearing.
You can also help support the continuance of beekeeping internationally while helping a family earn a sustainable living. Visit Heifer International to provide families from Uganda to El Salvador with a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping.
Our home base is on historic fabric row, on 4th street in Philadelphia, just a few doors away from Essene Market and Cafe’, on top of the shoe store Bus Stop Boutique. Located on the 2nd floor of 727 South 4th Street, our new space is custom designed to meet our community’s needs. Features include quiet treatment rooms, a roomy office/waiting area, kitchen area, outdoor deck, energy efficient fixtures/appliances, and a roomy classroom. The building features restored/reclaimed doors, vents, flooring, fixtures and other unique features. Painting, faux finishing, and custom kitchen by local artists. We can’t wait for you to see it!
Our Second Home in New Jersey
In the fall of 2006, Kim was consulting with her dear friend Jill on the opening of her new, fabulous yoga studio in Collingswood, NJ. From the moment Kim walked through the doors of the studio she knew she was home. It took Jill and Kim about two minutes to decide that the Reiki School + Clinic needed to be a part of the new studio, named “Yogawood.” Fortunately, Yogawood had a second floor with a treatment room and classroom just waiting for The Reiki School!
It seemed like a natural fit to bring our programs and sessions over the bridge to South Jersey. We couldn’t be happier. For more information about Yogawood, and what we’re doing there, check out the Yogawood website.
We are pleased as punch to offer Reiki services, classes and shares for our friends over the bridge!
Our Crazy Skills
Our Valuable Team Members
Sophia brings over 25 years of healing experience to an authentic and dynamic spiritual perspective. As a proponent of self discovery, Sophia’s Reiki classes focus on developing your own personal connection to, understanding and expression of your practice. Treasuring the human experience, intuitive wisdom and the power of lineage, she holds a space where you can feel safe and empowered to learn and deepen as you go, as a beginner or an experienced teacher. Sophia is known for digging deep and laughing the whole way.