School of Intuitive Herbalism

Learning from the plants directly

Whilst training as a herbalist twenty years ago, I also started exploring bodywork. Initially this took the form of trainings in Holistic and Therpaeutic Massage as well as Aromatherapy, alongside my first steps into Reiki. At a certain point some years in I started to realise that these were simply the ‘form’ of bodywork, and that the essence lying beneath each was the same – compassionate witnessing touch. In my practice, every session now involves subtle bodywork as a means of unlocking and revealing the stories held within the body. Sometimes a little manipulation, stretching and ‘good old kneading’, but mostly very subtle deep listening – a listening that I have found can catalyse the most profound realisations and steps on a healing journey.


I know offer a four day immersion in Subtle bodywork and Reiki once a year (for Reiki levels 1 and/or 2 can be taken as appropriate for each individual). At times I’ve thought to leave ‘Reiki’ as such behind entirely, due to issues with how it is traditionally taught, but have now found a way to teach it that is congruent with my experience. Though the affirmation (initiation) into Reiki is itself short, I take such affirmations very seriously and provide ongoing support in understanding how to work with your awareness of this fundamental and universal energy.

In approaching and teaching Reiki I have completely dropped any concept of ‘channelling’ energy to one of witnessing*. Reiki simply means life energy, and the practice of Reiki (for me) is a loving act of witnessing the life energy within the person you are with. This act of witnessing supports both the emergence of this and the breakdown of the barriers we have put in place that separate us from it.

These classes have tendancy to start a profound process of your own healing and for this reason I see them as a ritual affirmation and commitment for yourself. Each person is different, but generally I recommend leaving a good length of time between the three levels of Reiki, such that each level becomes well practised and fully integrated. I see this work as primarily a self development process, since your ability to witness and be present with others is directly related to your ability to witness and be present with yourself

These sessions are for a maximum of six people allowing close support and supervision. As the school grows, these classes are increasingly taken as part of an on-going program of study (e.g. alongside apprenticeship or foundation year) and priorty is given to those who are part of an ongoing process with the school.


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‘Thank you again so much for this fabulous experience, your welcome, your guidance, your fantastic teaching style and ability and the initiation of the Reiki energy. I feel very blessed to have been part of our small group and deeply nourished. I already experienced at the weekend as I was teaching a Shiatsu course how some of it has woven into my presence with the group and teaching.’

Markus Heimpel, 2017 (Shiatsu practitioner and teacher)




* Reiki is traditionally taught as the ‘giver’ channelling energy through their hands to the ‘reciever’. This model of understanding never sat well with me due to (1) The implied duality of healer/patient and (2) The idea that the energy comes from elsewhere.


Instead I have carefully watched what happens during sesssions and prefer to teach it as a process of witnessing the life energy / soul light / divinity within and by this process supporting it in its process of unfolding and manifestation. Our natural state is to be full of this light and life force, but for most, the toils of human life cause it to shrink away. Practiced in this way, Reiki is simply a name for a type of applied meditation practice which is deeply enpowering