ICRT International Reiki Retreat – September 3-6, 2021

Past Presentations and Presenters

Animal Reiki

Presenters:  Colleen Benelli, Sioux Strong, Pamela Allen-LeBlanc and Robyn Benelli

Presentation Length: 2 Hours

The presenters share their expertise with Animal Reiki practices and concepts, success stories, provide a distance Animal Reiki session and experience and provide a Blessing Exchange with the Divine Animal Kingdom.


Colleen Benelli is an ICRT Licensed Reiki Master Teacher and a contributing author for Reiki News Magazine. Colleen is also an Associate Teacher for the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies and has created the Reiki program for the school. Colleen is also a full time Reiki practitioner and blends her Reiki and shamanic healing techniques in her Reiki sessions. Colleen experiences Reiki as a lifestyle. Colleen inspires her students to feel confident in their ability to use Reiki for personal growth or professional Reiki business development. Colleen is a Holy Fire Karuna Reiki® Master Teacher.

Colleen’s passion and commitment is teaching Reiki as a mainstream profession and as a life management tool. She trains people from all professions, belief systems, and spiritual experience. With the common goal of living a life of meaning and purpose, Colleen teaches how to use Reiki to know oneself more directly and as a practice that contributes to the well being of others and the planet.

Holy Fire® Reiki Brings Gifts

Presenters: Karen Harrison, Jill Thiel, Kathy Milanowski, Pamela Allen-LeBlanc, Jay Jackson and Joan Maute

Presentation Length: 1.25 Hours

Experience the Lights that come through the Grace of Holy Fire® Karuna Reiki® in a sacred meditation. Let each stream of light wash through you and over you to nurture, heal, and uplift you. Our team has been exploring the Lights in our sessions, classes, and personal practices and we want to share them with you!

William Lee Rand, founder and president of The International Center for Reiki Training (ICRT), The Center for Reiki Research and The Reiki Membership Association. William has been and continues to work on the development of Holy Fire Reiki and related classes. He has authored Reiki, The Healing Touch, The Reiki Touch Kit, Reiki for a New Millennium, The Spirit of Reiki (along with Frank Arjava Petter and Walter Lubeck) and over 100 Reiki articles and 12 CDs. From 1993 to 1995, with the help of some of his students, he developed the Karuna Reiki® system of healing, and has recently begun the development of the Holy Fire Reiki training programs. He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Reiki News Magazine as well as editor of the Online Reiki Newsletter.

Karen is a Senior ICRT Licensed Reiki Master Teacher, Mentor Teacher, and Co-Director of the Licensed Reiki Master Teacher Training Program. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Karen’s passion is helping people transform their lives through the love and power of Reiki, connecting more deeply with themselves, with Source, and enhancing all areas of their lives.

All the presenters are Licensed Reiki Master Teachers with the ICRT. Presented by by Karen Harrison, Ed.S., LCPC, LCMFT, AASECT; with Jill Thiel, BA, LMT; Kathy Milanowski, Love Goddess; Pam Allen-LeBlanc, B.Sc.(Agr), MBA; Jay Jackson, RN; and Joan Maute, LMT, CPT. Karen Harrison is also Co-Director of the Licensed Reiki Master Teacher Training Program for the ICRT and Jill Thiel is the Social Media Manager for the ICRT.

Reiki Drumming

Presenters:  Father-Son Team Michael and Arthur Baird

Presentation Length: 1.5 Hours

Michael Arthur Baird originated the Reiki Drumming Program in 1999. Michael has blended his knowledge and 25+ years of experience with Reiki, healing drumming, and spiritual healing, into this powerful, transformational event. Biofeedback research indicates that even brief heartbeat drumming can double light meditative brainwaves (alpha) and reduce stress. We now know that stress depresses the immune system and has been linked to nearly all diseases.

Michael has been practicing Reiki for over 26 years, and has found it to be a powerful tool for healing and spiritual growth. He is a retreat facilitator, practitioner of the healing arts, and a middle eastern drummer. Michael has developed special drum-making workshops for healers, and co- created the Reiki Drumming shamanic healing techniques, taught in the Reiki Drumming class. Drumming and Reiki assist him in attuning to high levels of consciousness, and listening to his Divine guidance, and following his heart


Michael is the Executive Director of  ICRT LMRT Program, a Professional Licensed Holy Fire® Reiki Master Teacher with the International Center for Reiki Training, a member of the Sound Healer’s Associated, and affiliated with ISSSEEM. 

Arthur has been around sound and Reiki his entire life, but started his formalized training in healing techniques at age 11 in 1999. He completed his Usui Reiki Master training in 2006. Arthur is now a Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki®, Usui Reiki, Reiki Drumming and a ReikiSonics™ Teacher.

Arthur has been a guest lecturer at Arizona State University and a presenter at the International Reiki Retreat.

Healing Music

Entertainers: Pamela and Donald T. McMahon

Music provided through out the Event

Pam is a Certified Transformational Breathwork Facilitator and ordained minister as well as a Reiki Master Teacher. She stepped onto the Reiki path in 1996 and received her first Mastership in 1999. In 2003 she became a Karuna Reiki Master when she took a class from Laurelle Shanti Gaia and Michael Baird and was so impressed with their knowledge and teaching style that she decided to pursue another Reiki Master Class with Laurelle, Michael and William Lee Rand, all Senior Licensed Reiki Master teachers with the International Center For Reiki Training. It was in this 7 day Residential Master Class that Pam and Don both feel that they found the confidence to begin teaching Reiki in a committed way. Don started Reiki in 1997 and began teaching with Pam after the 7 Day Intensive Master Class. In his day job, Don is an independent computer consultant and software developer for several small county water districts in WNC. Pam and Don have also made music together since they met, over 50 years ago

Shake Your Soul®

Presenter: Barbara Pastie

Sat, Sun & Mon: 1 Hour

Shake Your Soul® is a non-judgmental movement practice that relaxes your nervous system, energizes your body and awakens your soul through a powerful, fluid dance repertoire set to world music. Barbara will create sacred space in which to find communion with our own bodies and community with fellow Reiki practitioners. Begin your day feeling alive, joyful, and connected. The class is suitable for all levels of fitness, flexibility or dance/yoga experience.

Barbara is a certified Shake Your Soul® dance instructor. She has studied at the Leven Institute for Expressive Movement in Lenox, MA for over 10 years and teaches classes in Massachusetts with a focus on seniors and people with disabilities. In addition, Barbara is a Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master and Holy Fire II Karuna® Reiki Master. Nothing brings her more joy than combining the beauty of dance and movement with the powerful energy of Reiki.

Communicating with Animals and all of Nature

Presenter: Carolyn Musial

Presentation Length: 1.25 hrs

Reiki is a tool that helps us connect to the spirit of another being.  You will learn techniques to help you open to telepathic communication, with the help of Reiki; step by step instructions on how to communicate with Reiki as the bridge and a meditation to connect to the spirit of an animal and experience the world from their point of view. Learning to communicate will give you access to a whole new world, one where it is easy to understand that we are all One.

Carolyn is an ICRT Licensed Reiki Master Teacher and Mentor Teacher. She is the Director of the ICRT Licensed Teachers. She has been a full-time Reiki Teacher and Practitioner since 2013, living Reiki with everything she does and with every breath she takes. Carolyn recognizes and understands that All is One, and we share a connection through The Divine Within.

How to Communicate ‘Reiki’ across Cultures

Presenter: Muniqui Muhammad
Co-Founder or Healing Land Reiki

Length: TBA
Date: TBA

In the USA, the language used to describe Reiki has been successful with certain demographics but not others. In order to extend Reiki’s reach to more members of the human family, we must be ready, willing and able to communicate Reiki to multiple communities, while maintaining accuracy of its description. We will discuss some of the language and visuals to extend Reiki’s reach to diverse members of the human family.

Muniqui Muhammad, Co-Founder or Healing Land Reiki
*Presenters & Topics are subject to change without notice.

Retreat Participant

Such a wonderful and magical retreat it was so great connecting with so many awesome and amazing people.


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