First Degree (Shoden)

Reiki Foundation: Develop Confidence, Knowledge, & Wonderment

Prerequisite: None

In this immersive course, you’ll develop the skills to apply Reiki to heal yourself and others, and come away with a sense of confidence, wellbeing, and wonderment.

Whether you want to practice Reiki for your own healing purposes, hope to supplement your massage or medical work, or dream of becoming a Reiki Master – the First Degree is the perfect place to start.

Here, you’ll find a focused, supportive environment where you’ll be introduced to core Reiki practices, learn the fascinating history of Reiki, and embark upon your own journey of healing and discovery.

Students emerge from the First Degree with a comprehensive understanding of Reiki, and the skills to move forward to the Second and Third Degree if desired.

Please note: All First Degree classes are approved for 12 Continuing Education hours (CE hours) for Massage Therapist: NCBTMB Provider #451005-09


Yes, I Want to Enroll


What Do I Get From This Reiki Training?


Reiki can have positive effects on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing; working to restore balance, promote relaxation, and induce a sense of inner peace.

This powerful technique can supplement medical practices, in private practice, or is an invaluable skill to have for your own personal growth and wellbeing.

When you study Reiki in the First Degree (Shoden) you’ll get:

  • A permanent connection established with the Cosmic Life Force Energy (Reiki): by a series of four energy activations/initiations


  • Discover how to perform Reiki self-treatments: heal and re-energize your own physical self through your practice


  • Develop the skills to perform Reiki treatments on others: help your friends, supplement your medical training, or begin the journey to start your own Reiki practice


  • Learn the five Reiki precepts that will effectively improve your life: gain wisdom, skill, and a sense of wellbeing


  • 12 standard hand positions: covering and treating all the major organs of the body, as well as recommended hand positions for specific illnesses


  • An education in the history of the Reiki system: so you can gain perspective, knowledge, and understand yourself in relation to the practice


  • And much more…


Reiki in the First Degree is Experienced in Two Sessions:

You’ll get 12 hours of classroom instruction and practice over a 2-4 day period.


First Session – Reiki for the Self

How to use this cosmic energy for self-healing

Second Session – Reiki for Others

How to treat others using this cosmic energy

These two sessions compliment each other by laying a foundation of practical understanding of the art of Reiki. The First Degree (Shoden) is whole and complete in itself. Some people may feel the calling to Second Degree, while others will be content with First Degree.


Who is This Reiki Training For?

The word “Reiki” can be translated as “universal life force energy,” “spiritual energy”, Cosmic energy”, or “life energy”. One aspect of this system is a hands on healing practice that can be used on yourself, on others, in private practice, and in public health settings. Another aspect of this system is a Spiritual Practice, allowing our minds and our hearts to re-connect.

Practicing allows our inner conflicts to dissolve and we enter the state of Anshin Ritsumei – absolute inner peace. The system of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho is a complete system for unifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit.

It is by practicing the system of Reiki (Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho),  that  we find it easier to live the Reiki Precepts:

Just for Today, I will let go of worry.
Just for Today, I will let go of anger.
Just for Today, I will be grateful.
Just for Today, I will do my work honestly and with diligence.
Just for today, I will be kind to all things that have life.


At the Reiki Preservation Society, we see individuals from across the spectrum of professional fields and personal backgrounds. Reiki is specifically popular with:


Healthcare Providers

Including doctors, nurses, naturopaths, and other wellness professionals


Massage Therapists

Especially those looking to complete continuing education hours


Reiki Practitioners in Training

Individuals who want to prepare for their own private practice


Folks Just Like You!

Anyone looking to expand their horizons and deepen their understanding of Reiki


Why the Reiki Preservation Society?

In-Depth Study. Unabridged Teachings. Unbroken Lineage.

The Reiki Preservation Society is devoted to maintaining the traditional teachings of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

Here, you’ll experience teachings brought to the United States by Mrs. Hawayo Takata, taught by highly respected Reiki Master and author, Robert N. Fueston.

At the Reiki Preservation Society, you’ll get in-depth teaching in a friendly, focused environment. You can count on an immersive, rewarding course that leaves you inspired.


About Your Reiki Master: Robert N. Fueston

Internationally respected Reiki Master/Teacher Robert N. Fueston has been practicing and teaching the system of Reiki for over 20 years, and has written the book on the traditional system of Reiki. He is the founder of the Reiki Preservation Society.

The History and System of Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho (Reiki: Transmissions of Light)

Starting in October, 2018 Robert N. Fueston will only be teaching the First Degree course on a very limited basis until otherwise noted. This will allow him time to spend on completing research, writing, and training advanced students in Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.

However, First Degree classes will continue to be taught on a regular basis at The Reiki Preservation Society’s headquarters by Reiki Masters Liza Binford and Debbie Coomer. Both Liza and Debbie were trained by Robert N. Fueston as Reiki Masters over the course of several years. As a gift to the public and the Reiki community, these First Degree classes will be taught at a discounted rate. Students who wish to study the First degree directly with Robert N. Fueston can arrange for an individual class. The price for this class is $375.

Now, it’s Your Turn to Experience the Art of Reiki

Finally, you’ve found a safe, focused space to begin your Reiki studies – whether you’re simply curious, or have ambitions of starting your own Reiki practice. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Reiki Preservation Society, where you’ll discover the incredible wonders of Reiki.


Reserve Your Spot Today!

Looking to Bring a First Degree Class Intensive to Your Area? If you are interested in having a class in your area please contact us to setup your personalized class dates.

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Please Note:

The word “Reiki” refers to the “Cosmic Energy”. The specific system taught at The Reiki Preservation Society is called Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho.