Seminar Reiki, History and Science 2023, Portugal
Seminar Reiki, History and Science 2023, Portugal

Seminar Reiki, History and Science 2023, Portugal

On July 1st, 2023 the Portuguese Reiki Association will hold the Seminar Reiki, History and Science, in Lisbon, at the Eurostars Universal Lisboa Hotel, in Expo.

It is with great pleasure that the Association invites its members and all Reiki practitioners, to this international meeting where we will share the history of Usui Reiki Ryoho, the culture that influenced the creation of this method and the importance of so many women who brought to the method aspects that helped it survive over time.

This event, exceptionally, will be held in English. The presentations will be translated into Portuguese and delivered to the participants.

For english participants you can register here…

Antendee price

  • €35 Members
  • €45 Non-members

The entrance fee includes the coffee break.


The reservation of seats, which are subject to safety regulations, is made using the following form:

Registration is only accepted upon payment.

  • Payment for the Seminar can be made to the Association’s IBAN:
  • PT50 0033 0000 45366862462 05

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If you need to pay in cash, please send an email to


The Seminar will be held at the Hotel Eurostars Universal Lisboa in Lisbon, close to the Expo. See google maps here…

Programa / Agenda

13h30 – Reception

13h50 – Opening – João Magalhães

14h00 – Reiki Ryoho – Frank Arjava Petter
The practice of the basic Japanese Reiki Techniques, Gassho, Kenyoku and Reiji Ho as a valuable practice.

14h50 – Martial Arts and Reiki – Nathalie Jaspar
Mikao Usui’s family was hatamoto samurai (the highest rank). The samurai era ended just three years after his birth, which means he grew up surrounded by the budō ideology. Over time, samurais created what we know as modern martial arts. In this talk, we will explore concepts from sword-based martial arts that can help us deepen our understanding of the Reiki practice.

15h40 – The Historical Context of Usui Reiki Ryoho through the Poems of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken – Rika Saruhashi

It is necessary to know the historical context of the time when Usui Reiki Ryoho was born; only in this way can we fully understand this method that surged in the tumultuous time of the Taisho era. Because if it had occurred in a different time and space, it would have developed differently.  By studying the coetaneous of Usui sensei, Emperor Meiji, and his wife, Empress Shoken, especially their waka poems, we can get to know the thinking and feelings of the people who lived in the Meiji era. Emperor Meiji expressed his thoughts and sentiments through almost 100 000 gyosei and his spouse through 30 000 miuta. Usui sensei used to admire Emperor Meiji, and after founding the Usui Reiki Ryoho Gakkai incorporated some gyosei of the emperor Meiji as food for the soul.   We will look deeper at the thoughts that influenced the Japanese public of the Meiji and Taisho eras to comprehend Usui Reiki Ryoho better

16h30 – Coffee-break

17h30 – Inspirations from the Japanese women who helped Reiki practice to survive – Silke Kleeman and Amanda Jayne

Amanda and Silke will talk about four of the women featured in their book, Women in Reiki. Chie Hayashi, Chiyoko Yamaguchi, Hawayo Takata and Kimiko Koyama dedicated their lives to using and teaching Reiki. Learn about stories and events in the lives of these women that helped to carry Reiki through some difficult times and can inspire us as teachers and practitioners today. 

18h20 – Takata – a historic figure – René Vögtli

World War II comes to a barbarous end with two nuclear bombs in 1945. During the war, many Reiki practitioners vanished. The promising development initiated by Mikao Usui in the 1920ies got as much as extinguished. The grip of the occupying powers after the war drove the remnants into hiding and the practice was seen a house-hold remedy at best.

Elsewhere, in Hawaii, in a battle for survival, Hawayo Takata, managed to evade the US concentration camps to go treat people with Reiki. She even opened her own practice and later she practiced and taught on the mainland, too. Thus, she single-handedly laid the foundation for Reiki’s unfolding leading to the status quo.

While Takata sensei was still alive, the potential field of global expansion gravitated around her. By the time she died in 1980 it burst open much like a rose-bud does. She left 22 Reiki Masters behind. And there was dissonance amongst them. That, too, is part of Hayayo Takata’s legacy.

The rapid expansion of Reiki into the world, the tension field of dissonance containing the controversy about Reiki styles, human ambitions and egos was painful for many. But it was also the catalyst for research, the re-emergence of ‘Japanese’ Reiki and – eventually – how it came about that we are all here today.

“During my presentation I would like to take a look at this historic figure, not so much from a historian’s point of view but from the perspective of my work as an ‘agent for reconciliation’.”

René Vögtli has led a 16 hours interview with Hayayo Takata’s grand-daughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto from which he will show exclusive video clips pertaining to Hawayo Takata but also to her daughter Alice Takata who played an often underestimated role in the history of Reiki.

19h10 – End of Sessions (encerramento)

Palestrantes / Speakers

Frank Arjava Petter is a German author and workshop facilitator who is best known for his internationally best -selling books on Reiki history and practice that are translated into twenty-two languages.
He has taught thousands of students in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Besides Reiki he also practices and teaches  Meditation as well as Family Constellations.
Arjava lives in Eressos, Lesvos Island with his wife Bhakti Georgia Mouriki and their two children, where they run a retreat center and an organic olive farm.

Frank Arjava Petter
Nathalie Jaspar is a Reiki master with over fifteen years of experience. She’s a graduate teacher from the International House of Reiki and trained with the Center for True Health and the International Center for Reiki. Nathalie studied Zen Buddhism at the Chokai-san International Zendo in Japan and has a second-degree blackbelt in Iaido, the art of drawing the sword.  
Nathalie is the author of Reiki as a Spiritual Practice: an Illustrated Guide and the Reiki Healing Handbook. She is also the host of the Dive Into Reiki podcast that explores the journey of high-profile Reiki masters. Nathalie has been invited to demonstrate Reiki practice at venues such as Soho House, the New York Jet’s Athletic Center, and Fashion Week.
Rika is a Japanese Reiki master living in Madrid, Spain, for over 30 years.
She has worked as a Reiki Master, Interpreter, and Translator at Reiki events and seminars since 1999. She interprets and translates, especially for Hiroshi Doi, a renowned Japanese Reiki Master. She is currently working on translating three of his books into English and Spanish.
Her mission in life is to serve as a bridge between the Western world and Japan. She is happily dedicated to fulfilling that role in her life. She was one of the organizers of the Usui Reiki Ryoho Centenary, held in Osaka, Japan, in April 2023, bringing together 285 people from over 29 countries.
Amanda Jayne and Silke Kleemann are authors of the book Women in Reiki. Lifetimes dedicated to healing in 1930s Japan and today, published in 2021.
Amanda Jayne learned Jikiden Reiki directly from Chiyoko Yamaguchi in 2002. Silke Kleemann first had contact with a Reiki lineage going back to Hawayo Takata, but from 2004 onwards became a student of Tadao Yamaguchi, son of Chiyoko Yamaguchi and her successor as head of the Jikiden Reiki Institute. Today, Amanda and Silke are Daishihan (senior teachers) of the Jikiden Reiki Institute and provide treatments and training up to Shihankaku level (assistant teacher) in several countries.
Silke is a certified naturopath in the field of psychotherapy, she teaches meditation and also works as a freelance writer, editor and literary translator (mainly Spanish into German). She lives in Munich. 
Amanda also gives one-to-one heart circle sessions and writes books for children and adults. In 2006 she gained a masters in Spiritual Psychology in the USA and is currently based in Folkestone on the south coast of England. 
Is full time Reiki Mater Teacher since 1992. Before that, he worked as a commodity trader and lived in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Together with his wife Mischa Vögtli-Egloff they run giving Reiki classes and training Master-teachers globally. They live in Switzerland and Greece and have two sons.
René Vögtli has been founder and member in committees of exclusive and inclusive Reiki organisations. E.g. The Reiki Network, ProReiki, RIO and the European Reiki Group ERG.
He is the source of Reiki-Conciliation focusing on reconciliation within the Reiki community. His projects can be observed on Most notably the talk-show RTalk in which he welcomes guests from all walks of life in the spirit to ‘agree to disagree’.
René Vögtli is considered one of the best connected Reiki professionals in the world. He uses these contacts for the unfolding of peaceful co-existence in an ever more diverse world.

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