Reiki 1 Training-Saturday, September 9th 2023

Reiki Training

CEU Credit

You can earn 7 CEUs for an additional $5 fee. Check the box below to add CEUs before clicking on “Register”.



Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 9:00 am


Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 5:30 pm


Reiki Training Chicago-Northwest Suburbs - 26402 N. Edgemond Lane Barrington, IL 60010   View map

In this September Reiki 1 training, gain a thorough understanding of the history and principles of Reiki healing, become attuned to this gentle yet powerful energy along with learning several ways to harness and direct this healing energy to benefit people, animals, plants, and yourself for the highest good.  Receive a $100 discount when you register for Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 together (the discount will appear when both classes are in the registration cart.) The September Reiki 1 training is limited to 12 students.

More Information About Reiki

The September Reiki 1 training will teach you an energy-balancing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual). It’s administered by placing the hands on or around another person, animal, plant or oneself. It’s based on the idea that we can easily learn to harness, enhance and direct life force energy (which is always around and flowing through us) for the highest benefit of others and yourself.  If your life force energy is low, then you’re more likely to get sick or feel stress.  If it’s high, you’re more capable of being happy and healthy.  Reiki promotes this higher level of life force energy, which greatly improves the chances for healing to occur on any and all levels.

The September Reiki 1 training combines a blending of the following styles; Traditional Usui, Japanese, Tibetan and Karuna®.

The ability to perform Reiki is passed on from teacher to student via a formal initiation and education process.  Many people seek Reiki therapy for relaxation and energy balancing. Because of its universal appeal, Reiki is practiced by individuals from all walks of life and religious beliefs.

  Receiving Reiki therapy is like the relaxed feeling your body gets from a massage or soaking in a warm tub, 
only that with Reiki you remain fully clothed and the practitioner gently lays their hands on or around various areas of your body to help balance your energy.  

Whether you want to add Reiki to an existing practice, start a new practice, use it for friends and family or your own emotional, spiritual and physical well being, the September Reiki 1 training will provide you with an excellent skill to have.  For frequently asked questions, click here.

To read Neal’s article on the 5 Reiki Principles and using them for personal growth, click here.

Workshop Specifics

  • Class begins promptly at 9:00a.  Be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • The center is kept fragrance free to protect the health of all who attend.  Click Here if you need more information about our fragrance policy.  Fragrance-free hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Bring a sack lunch.  A refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.
  • Your professional license number (if you’re earning CEUs).  You’ll sign in with your name and license number and receive your certificate at the end of class.
  • Register for both Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 together and receive an automatic $100 discount ($250 total).  The Reiki 2 class which follows will be on Saturday, October 7th 2023.

Address:  26402 N. Edgemond Lane, Barrington, IL 60010
Click here for driving directions.
Note: if you’re using Google Maps, simply put in “Relax4Life, Barrington, IL”

Phone:  847-842-1752


What's Included

  • The instructor’s Reiki 1 Practitioner Manual
  • Reiki For Dummies book
  • Composition book for note taking and recording experiences
  • The Reiki 1 initiation/attunement
  • A certificate of completion as a Reiki 1 practitioner

Licensed Professionals who can earn CEUs for this training

The following licenses (in alphabetical order) can earn 7 CEUs:

• Acupuncturists
• Athletic Trainers
• Counselors
• Dentists/Dental Hygienists
• Dieticians/Nutritionists
• Marriage and Family Counselors
• Massage Therapists
• Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators
• Occupational Therapists/OTAs
• Physical Therapists/PTAs
• Psychologists
• Respiratory Therapists
• Social Workers

What's Different About Our Reiki Training

Relax4life Center offers their Reiki students:

  • Opportunities to practice Reiki outside of class such as Reiki & Energy Share Nights
  • Participation in a distance healing circle
  • An online practitioner and teacher referral network
  • Student teaching opportunities
  • Ongoing student support such as an auditing option for those who want to re-take a class to gain further practice and understanding
  • Consulting to help individuals start a Reiki practice, teach Reiki and more
  • A private instruction option

About the Instructor & Student Comments

Neal Harris

Neal Harris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.  He has practiced the art of psychotherapy for the past 38 years. He is also the managing director of Relax4Life, a holistic education and services center and has been a workshop leader in the holistic health and self-enrichment fields since 1985.  In addition, Neal is a certified Pickleball coach/trainer.

Neal’s experience stems from training in the United States, China and India.  In 1986, he was a member of the first bodywork team invited to China to study Tuina, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and massage.  In 1991, he traveled to India to study with the meditation master and sage, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji).

Neal has been teaching traditional Usui, Japanese, and Tibetan Reiki for over 25 years and been providing Reiki therapy for over 35 years.  He is also a certified Karuna® Reiki instructor and Usui Holy Fire Karuna® Master instructor, taught by William Lee Rand.  As a certified Quantum-Touch® practitioner for 24 years and instructor for 20 years, he has provided both classes and individual sessions.

He is the author of the book, Pocket Stress Manager & Labyrinth Guide, as well as the relaxation CD, Exit The Storm.  Neal as well as his work at Relax4Life has been featured on national television including WTTW, Fox, NBC, Discovery Channel and more.   He has also been featured in several national magazines including Better Homes & Gardens, Spa Finder, New Age Magazine, Utne Reader and others.

In 1997, Neal was the originator of the Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth; Illinois’ first permanent outdoor labyrinth located in Elgin. He has been a consultant on, and the creator of other public labyrinths, fabric traveling labyrinths, wood and plastic finger labyrinths (including his patented brain balancing, communication enhancing double finger labyrinth design known as the Intuipath®) and manuals for creating outdoor labyrinths.  Neal leads labyrinth workshops around the country and is both a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been a Certified Veriditas Facilitator since 1999.

Neal has been providing mental health counseling for the past 38 years (now exclusively through the virtual platforms of Betterhelp & Regain).  He assists those individuals and couples who are experiencing a variety of concerns including communication, trusting self and others, anxiety, sadness, infidelity, child rearing, family of origin issues, LGBTQIA+ concerns, setting healthy boundaries and so on.  He also assists in the process of change and growth when it comes to life-affirming conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer, Heart Disease and other chronic conditions.  To promote healing on many levels, he uses a variety of practices including but not limited to: relaxation and meditation training, Graphotherapy, Thought Stopping, EFT, Reiki, Quantum-Touch® as well as his own modality “labyrinth counseling” (using his patented double finger labyrinth design). This work explores integrative medical options, as well as the psychology and spirituality of illness and recovery. Neal also headed up a 4-year national research study to determine the behavioral effects of his Intuipath® design on children and adolescents with ADHD.  He can be reached at:

To read Neal’s article on the 5 Reiki Principles and using them for personal growth, click here.

What Students Say About Reiki 1 Training at Relax4Life:

“Dear Neal, I want to thank you so much for teaching the Reiki I class on Saturday. I really enjoyed it, and I’m thrilled that I have a way to help people heal and find balance. I’ve had Reiki treatments in the past, which have been very helpful to me and my health. I’ve been journaling and studying the reiki materials you provided for us. You have an excellent teaching style! You’re very positive and supportive, and you have a great sense of humor! I’m looking forward to the Reiki II class with you in December. Thanks again for the class!” Peace and Blessings. Janet Zarley

“Thank you so much for the experience! By far the best CE course I’ve taken. Can’t wait to apply my knowledge!” Michele

“It is an honor to have this class as my introduction to Reiki!  This class and my entire experience today was profound.  Neal is an incredible instructor.  Coleen, his assistant was also excellent.  It was informative, emotional and it was a pleasure.”

“I really enjoyed the class because Neal presented everything in a way that was easy to understand and he was very encouraging with the group.  Thank you!”

“Neal brings so much warmth and compassion to his class.  He clearly cares about each student and their growth in Reiki.  He has great balance in his explanations, practices and insertions of humor.  Excellent expert to learn from and would recommend to others.”

“Neal-you’re an outstanding teacher.  Your Reiki 1 class is excellent.  I had a wonderful day.”

“Very balanced, engaging and informative presentation on an esoteric subject.  A good introduction on this topic/practice to a novice.  Thank you.”

“This class was great. I love how interactive it is as well as how easy Neal makes it to understand what’s being taught. I also really appreciated how well any of my questions I have are always answered.”

“Very organized and easy to follow.  Thank you for your clear explanations!”

“Neal is a great instructor…attentive to student needs, questions-not ruled by ego but rather integrity.  His vast knowledge comes from years of experience in the field.  Always learning lots from him.”

“Dear Neal, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the training I received yesterday. I was very impressed with your training style. You combined a bit of lecture with a lot of hands on instruction and demonstration.
 The combination of both made it easy to grasp new concepts. You were also professional, yet comforting as well, which is a hard combination to master. I love that you’re open to questions of any kind and aren’t
offended by questions that someone might find intrusive or skeptical. I learned a lot and have already lined up some people to practice my new skills with. I look forward to learning more from you in Reiki 2.”
  Sincerely, Sandy Kamen Wisniewski

“Hi Neal,  just wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience on Saturday! You are an AMAZING teacher!!! You were born to do this-truly. Your program was extremely informative, comprehensive, and professional. I can see why the state of Illinois board for social work approves your programs. They are so picky; you practically have to walk on water to be a CEU provider for them. I am very happy I chose to re-take Reiki level 1 with you. I got so much out of it and when I left, I felt like I had received all the information I needed. I really appreciated all you put into it, and I know the others did as well. I can see why you have such a great reputation.” Sharon Rosman, LCSW

“Hi Neal, Thank you for the workshop on Saturday.  I’m experiencing noticeable changes in energy and clarity. This feels like a missing link for me. The day flew by for me, and I’m hungry to learn more. Thank you again, Neal. I’m grateful to Bob for referring me to you. You’re an inspiring teacher.” Blessings, Marcy

“Thank you very much for the class, and the laminate. Class was such an amazing experience, absolutely wonderful!”
 Maggi Penton

“Instructor extremely knowledgeable and well versed.  Expressed/relayed information seemingly with ease.  Grateful for opportunities to ask questions, share, practice.”

“Loved the class.  Neal is an amazing teacher.  So thorough and articulate.”

Neal’s teaching methods are spot on.  He covered so many topics in a short amount of time and it was all very interesting.”

“The environment is perfect for this course.  Our instructor is wonderful and very knowledgeable!  Thank you!”

“Loved it!  Simple, clear, informative and practical.”

“I had a great time learning more about Reiki and I look forward to practicing at home.  I felt this class gave me all I need to better understand Reiki at an entry level.”

“Very clear teaching.  Easy to understand-answered questions-great facilitator.  Looking forward to Reiki 2!”

“Fantastic day!  An 8 hour class felt like it flew by-so happy I signed up!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed all of it and learned so much.  I am very glad I attended this course and recommend it to others.  The instructor was patient and wonderfully spoken.  He has a great/positive energy.   Thank you!”

“I can’t say enough about Relax4Life as a space and our wonderful instructor, Neal.  Thank you!”

“I appreciate Neal’s knowledge and resources and his willingness to share them.  Looking forward to Reiki 2!”

“Instructor was amazing.  He explained everything well and would love to take more classes.  I learned more than Reiki.  Thank you.”

“Wonderful experience.  Material was so easy to digest thanks to you.  Soothing and clear voice too.”

“Excellent!  Neal is kind, clear, compassionate.”

“Knowledgeable, kind, interesting.  Thank you so much!”

“Was just what I was looking for to help release blocked energies.”

“Awesome!  Enlightening!  Thank you!”

“Very thorough.  I took Reiki 1 ten years ago and that class was just a sliver of what I learned today.”

“Well organized and intuitively facilitated. The space created allowed for a good flow of learning.”

“I loved this place.  Great energy.  I learned alot.  The environment was so free of judgement and everyone was allowed to be themself.  I loved how mindful of the environment it was.  Thank you for the experience.  Neal is very full of knowledge and I am so glad I did this.”

“Loved the class-will definitely be back to learn more!”

“Awesome intro!  Just what I wanted.”

“I thought it was a great class!  Learned alot.  The participants were really engaged.  Very good comments and discussions.  Highly recommend.”

“Thanks for a wonderful day yesterday. It was VERY comprehensive, covering a lot of helpful and practical information to take in and process. I enjoyed it very much. Neal, you always make everything so professional and you really give people their full money’s worth. I am so proud to be affiliated with you and to tell people that I did levels 1,2, and 3, all with you.” Sharon Rosman, LCSW

“Great coverage of everything relevant. Truly enjoyed this class and found Neal’s insights meaningful.”

“The time flew by, I felt great energy from this day.  I could take this class or discuss these subjects endlessly!  Thank you!”

“Neal is very informative and attentive.  He is very clear about the info provided and ensures everyone understands the content.  Looking forward to Reiki 2!”

“Going above and beyond!  My first Reiki master gave only a Reiki guide and charged more.  You charged less and gave more!”

“Wonderful experience-very easy to follow.”

“Fantastic-loved the vibe!”

“Loved the positive space and very helpful and welcoming group.  Excited for Reiki 2!”

“I thought this class was an awesome experience.  I’m happy to know that I can heal others, animals, plants etc.  I look forward to expanding myself to Reiki.”

“Very happy and grateful I was directed here.  I’ll certainly be back for level 2.  Thank you so much!”

“Neal is very good at explaining and patiently answering every question.  It was a pleasure to be in his class.”

“A new experience for me.   Wonderful time!”

“Excellent class-nice clear instruction, thank you!”

“Neutral, supportive, accepting.”

“Overall like all of it so far-amazing course here at R4L!  Thank you!”

“My second time at Relax4Life and I loved it.  Very thankful for everything I learned today.  Thank you!”

“The class was much better than I imagined. Teacher was great and explained everything really well and really wanted to help me. Great experience.”

“Neal was great!  He explains everything gently and thoroughly, with a touch of humor.  Everyone in the class was very pleasant.  I quickly felt at ease and really enjoyed all of the information and hands on practice.   I look forward to furthering my education in Reiki here.”

“I’m enjoying this so much more than the Cranial Sacral levels I did-this just fits me just right. Love it. Thank you.”

“It was a wonderful experience. The class was very informative and the instructor truly is a subject matter expert.”

“Great information and technique. Great space and scenery for the classroom.”

“Very uplifting and inspirational.  Very clear and understandable explanations of energy work.  Thank you!”

“I felt the day was well planned and I was surprised at how quickly it went.  I left wanting to explore the topic more.”

“I adored this class and will be back.  Everything was perfect!  Thank you.”

“Very thorough, effective, connected and generous. Grateful!”

“Thanks for a great class. I’m excited to be delving deeper into the study and practice of Reiki.”

“I found that the class/instructor was very informative. I felt comfortable asking questions and sharing information.”

“Excellent instructor. He has enormous amount of patience, love and compassion toward the students. I’ve learned a lot so that I can share it with others. Thank you.”

“Neal, you know how to teach and get/assist us to learn-Thank You!”

“Soothing, open discussions, it was a great class.  Thank you!”

“Excellent-I was afraid it wouldn’t take on me.  Very clear instructions and valuable proof it works!”

“Neal is an awesome teacher.”

“Very informative.  Explained everything very well.  Welcoming environment.”

“First of all, thank you so much for a beautiful day!  It was excellent and I am grateful!  Can’t wait to take more courses in the future.”

“Loved the people.  Funny all the time.  Neal an amazing teacher.  Want to come back.”

“Excellent.  Instructor was very kind and was able to get the class back on track without being harsh.”

“Neal was great at keeping the class/students on track while ensuring everyone was heard and valued.  Great pace.  Good information.”

“Wonderful group of people which makes the class quite enjoyable.”

“Terrific.  Awesome. Groovy.”

“I thought it was awesome!  I learned a lot and I would come back!”

“Neal is fantastic.  I really enjoy coming here.  It’s a very fun learning environment.”

“I could’ve taken this class many different places.  I’m really happy I chose Relax4Life and Neal as the instructor.”

“Fabulous!  Very clear guidance.”

“I am looking forward to Reiki 2.  Instructor was very knowledgeable and patient.”

“This class taught me everything I wanted to know or was curious about.  Thank you!”

“Neal Harris is awesome!”