Sarah Gregg - The Reiki Drum Technique

A winter sceneWell year of the Horse has certainly lived up to its name here at Reiki Drum.  I’ve travelled extensively both here and overseas with this fabulous work in 2014  and am looking forward to resting in the bosom of Winter as the wheel of the year slows to its end before it picks up speed again with the coming Spring. 

We started a new Reiki Share in East Herts this year, the Herts & Essex Reiki Share.  Having completed its first year I can wholeheartedly say it’s been a success. We’ve always had a great turn out, thank you to those of you who have come along and supported it, there has been a lot of beautiful Reiki shared, but also camaraderie and stories from those who have come along.   We have had amazing community healings, beautiful distant healing, deep Reiju empowerments and lots of different types of meditative techniques, both Reiki and other.  If you haven’t yet managed to join us for our monthly event, it would be great to see you in 2015 to add your beautiful energy to the mix.

Reiki Drum ShareMarch 2014 saw probably the best of our annual Reiki Drum Shares to date with the addition of our beautiful gathering drum which has been played by many of you by now and created some fabulous energy.  See our fun and happy smudging ceremony here Reiki Drum Share Smudging Ceremony  Next year’s event on March 22nd looks like it is going to be just as much a high energy day as ever.  At the time of writing there are around 15 places remaining for those of you who would like to come and enjoy some Reiki and drumming with sixty other Reiki attuned practitioners.  We always leave on a high after sharing Reiki drumming, sacred ceremony, group drumming, journeying and much more.  The love in the room is tangible!  It is an event to come to if you want to leave behind any worries for the day and just focus on being present and joyful as well as meet up with old friends and of course make some new ones.  You don’t have to have completed your Reiki Drum practitioner training, but you do need to be Reiki attuned to join us. 

In April I facilitated the fifth Sacred Sound & Light Immersion, which again seemed to be the best yet in terms of high energy.  This weekend is a fabulous opportunity to dip your toe in the water for many different sound healing techniques.  From here students often go on to explore different aspects of sound healing at a deeper level.  We tone and chant mantra, chant ancient sacred chants, use rattles, drums and many other forms of percussion,  partake in crystal and Tibetan bowl meditations, and possibly the piece de resistance, each participant gets to play the gong and give those attending a gong bath.  Some students have said this is one of the best two day workshops they have attended.  It’s certainly fun, insightful and deeply healing.  I am taking bookings for next year’s event which is taking place April 18th & 19th in East Herts.

Due to the effects of last year’s Usui Reiki Kotodama day which is the first time I had run the event, and the positive feedback from many of the people who attended, we held it again in 2014.  Gathering a large group of Usui Reiki practitioners in one space to chant the sacred Usui Reiki chants is quite phenomenal.  Again this event is running again in June 2015 and is attracting many who have already completed the day as the energy we create is truly beautiful.  It also gives students the opportunity to learn and work with different sacred Buddhist Chants which can be used for a variety of healing purposes. I would invite any practitioners who have completed Level II or Okuden and above to join us in this powerful day because not only will you experience great shifts during the event but you will have a new tool to incorporate for your clients, but principally for your own spiritual practise.  Chanting the Kotodama for 20 minutes a day can be a deeply healing experience.

Cornwall Retreat Coastal WalkAlso in June we returned to Cornwall and Tintagel for the special Reiki Retreat, Exploring our Divine Potential.  Not only did we spend time amongst the beautiful Cornish scenery exploring sacred sites, beaches, caves and coastal paths, but we also explored what made us tick, what skills we had, what our passions were and how these were propelling us into our future paths.  The group of people this year were such a lovely group of old souls and strong bonds were made by those who attended. There was a lot of love and a lot of laughter!  The weather was absolutely stunning, and because of the incredible temperatures it almost felt Mediterranean.  We had such talent amongst us and one of the highlights was the poetry that one of our participants  graced us with each day themed and based around our day’s activities.  Next year we are returning to Glastonbury for our annual retreat July 13th – 17th and at this current time there are five places remaining for what is always an incredible week.  I will write more about next year’s retreat over the coming weeks as I am going to showcase various events which are coming up with their own blog write up which they are all worthy of.

In July I took a sabbatical and spent time overseas following some beautiful teachings and connecting with incredible souls, part of my soul family I feel, making friendships that I feel will last for ever.  How important it is for us as teachers and practitioners to take time out for ourselves at least once a year to work on our own development.  The experience did indeed feed my soul and gave me the energy boost I needed to meet the demands of the latter part of the year.  I try and undertake some form of retreat myself at least annually.  I am always grateful when experienced and practised Reiki and metaphysical teachers find their way to my events.  Sometimes it’s not necessarily to learn a host of new things, but to immerse oneself in old and familiar teachings to gain the practise from them rather than learn them as new.  Our Reiki retreats are one event in particular where participants with a wealth of teaching and healing experience mix with students who have just been attuned to Reiki and make for a really interesting blend of lovely people.

In August due to many different synchronicities and prompts from the Universe I revisited my Karuna Reiki Master training to complete Holy Fire Karuna Mastership which appears to have opened up my world even further.  This will be the first of the courses I am going to dedicate a piece to in the next few weeks, needless to say the new energy channelled is I feel an ancient energy, revisiting us to impart its love, wisdom and power.    I ran the first of the Master courses in September and will be rolling out both a practitioner training in February and August and Master course in March and September for any Usui Reiki Masters who are interested in taking their training to the next level or for Karuna practitioners and Masters who would like to incorporate the new Holy Fire energy.

Autumn Equinox EventIn September our Autumnal Equinox Celebration of Gratitude Event was an incredibly beautiful affair.  Many of us met to celebrate the many blessings this lifetime has graced us through sacred chant, gong baths, dance and drumming.  We all left with open hearts full of gratitude and joy.

October was the icing on the cake for the trainings I had delivered.  From spiritual guidance and channellings in 2013 I had put together a new system of healing called The Ancestral Resonance Process™ which was rolled out for the first time during the Celtic New Year Honouring the Ancestors Retreat in Suffolk.  Again, a more in depth piece will be dedicated to this amazing retreat.  It attracted hugely gifted individuals and the healings that took place were profound, supported by our ancestors through the medium of sound.  I am looking forward to running this again October 30th through to November 2nd in 2015 and have started to take bookings.  If you feel you may have inherited not only family personality traits and characteristics that sabotage your life but also see yourself repeating circumstances which have occurred in the family lineage time and time again, this process sheds light on the original source of the issue along with creating a space for deep healing.

Not forgetting our regular offerings of Reiki Drum practitioner workshops, and Usui Reiki workshops, all of which were well attended in 2014.  Reiki Drumming is practised so widely now throughout the UK and draws such interest nowadays that I decided to offer only two trainings in 2015, in March and September, so if you have not yet added this fabulous healing modality to your Reiki toolbag, take the marvellous opportunity to do so in 2015.

I have been guided to introduce several new projects for 2015, news of which will be coming out in due course, needless to say they are all very exciting and will include several new events and a powerful life changing workshop which I’m hugely excited about, which I have been working on for a few years and is now looking like it finally near fruition.  Many of the offerings I now teach and facilitate are purely sound healing based, and as such I have set up a sister organisation to reflect these teachings called Sacred Sound Inspirations which works in tandem with Reiki Drum for many of the events.  If our paths have not crossed in 2014 I hope it was a great one for you and if we haven’t yet met, perhaps some of the offerings coming up in 2015 will appeal to you.

In terms of the global reality.  2014 seemed to be a year of cleansing, chaos and conflict.  Many of the global conflicts  I felt deeply and had to do a lot of personal practise to release emotional attachment to some of the things that were happening around the world, which appear so senseless and violent originating from fear as opposed to love and which touch Sensitives like us so profoundly.  But cleansing it was and through the pain and misery that many souls suffered through the global shadow, growth and hope will always endure.  When we work with the Reiki consciousness, it is hard to witness the heartless ego driven actions of others and some of us may find it difficult to understand these actions. There is a need like never before to continue to raise consciousness on the planet through the work we do through our healing and teaching, stay strong in knowing that the work we do matters and contributes to facilitating great change for people and protect ourselves from those lower vibrational energies who would try and sabotage our endeavours  through continuing our own personal practise and also through the joy we find in our communities of like-minded.

Just writing this has made me realise what a full year it was for the teachings shared with so many wonderful people.  I often wonder if things will slow down but 2015 looks like it holds many more beautiful opportunities to connect with like-minded adventurous souls on their spiritual quests and I believe when one holds passion for what one does, the Universe will keep providing fantastic opportunities to explore that.

I would like to thank so many of you who made 2014 such an incredible year of joy for me.  At a recent Master class I was asked what drove me and I can honestly say seeing the transformations that this work I have been blessed to be part of, creates for individuals, has to be my driving force.  Seeing people come to Reiki shares and workshops or sound events looking slightly grey around the gills and world weary when they arrive, often weighed down with the burdens of life, but leaving so much lighter and with radiant smiles on their faces having experienced the healing effects of the Reiki energy or the profound shifts sound healing can create.    This is something that cannot be taken away or destroyed in my mind or memory and inspires me to continue this work.

Solstice Blessings beautiful ones, may the end of the year draw to a gentle close for all of you giving you time to reflect on your 2014, the dark and the light, and may 2015 bring you new growth in all areas of your life.

With love, Sarah xxx

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

  • 31 January/1 February – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 February – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 February  – Reiki Two (Okuden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 21 & 22 February – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki  I & II Practitioner – Sawbridgeworth
  • 5 March –  Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 7 & 8 March – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 13-15 March – Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher Training – Sawbridgeworth
  • 22nd March – Annual Spring Equinox Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex 10:00-16:30 pm £20
  • 2 April – Monthly Reiki Share (no booking required) Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall 7-10 pm £5
  • 11 & 12 April  – Reiki One (Shoden) – Sawbridgeworth
  • 18 & 19 April -Sacred Sound & Light Immersion Training – Sawbridgeworth


As we come to the close of 2013 and reflect on this year of change, and adaptation to change, our thoughts also are cast forward to what potentiality the New Year will bring.  I love the changeover into a new Calendar year; it always brings so much promise.  Some years don’t always  turn out the way one expects, some bring more challenges than we had hoped for or were prepared for, and some bring peace and many joys.  I personally find my life has been quite cyclical up to this point.  I have “new beginnings” years  followed by “building on those beginnings” years, “challenges associated with” years, “seeing them manifest” years  and then “assimilating them into my normal way of being” years”, and finally  “culmination” years  so that something new is required, hence a period of reflection.  2013 has been that year of reflection for myself, a time to look back at the work I’ve done with Reiki Drum since 2007 and review the next stage of my development.

I have been heartened to see that Reiki Drumming is being widespread throughout the UK.  In 2007 my new beginning was to spread its teachings and I feel this powerful and effective healing modality is working its magic around the country through the efforts of many enthusiastic Reiki teachers who have embraced the combination of sound, shamanism and Reiki.   I will still be teaching regular Reiki Drum Practitioner Classes throughout the year, but my focus has shifted slightly and I am keen to create more opportunities for deep healing incorporating everything I practise in the realms of sound and energy healing.  This year I introduced the very powerful “Exploring your Divine Potential Summer Solstice Reiki Retreat” which is held on the beautiful North Cornish Coast.  The five day retreat is being dont-tell-me-the-skys-the-limit-when-there-are-footprints-on-the-moon-paul-brandt-held in 2014 and is the perfect opportunity to explore what makes you tick, where your passions and talents lie, what your dreams are and how you can manifest them.  It synchronistically brought participants in 2013 who were at the end of one life cycle, ready to move onto other things, and gave them the chance to review where they were going and what they truly wanted in their lives.  It really was “life changing” for those who attended, and I am hoping to create more of these types of opportunities in the way of workshops and residentials in the future.    All information about the 2014 Summer Solstice retreat can be found in the Retreats section of the Reiki Drum website. At this time there are still a few places remaining for this truly beautiful experience, which through the magic of Reiki and the content of the retreat coupled with the fact that we are staying in one of the most beautiful places in the UK and spending time at sacred sites in the magnificent North Cornish coastal area, will be a remarkable and unforgettable experience for those who are attending.

Secondly due to the incredible energy which was raised during the workshop of 2013,  I am holding the Usui Reiki Kotodama and Buddhist Chant workshop again in 2014 on Sunday 8th June in Sheering, Essex.  If you missed last year’s workshop which lended itself to some deep and powerful healings for those who attended, and you would like to discover more about the Usui Reiki Kotodama, then this day is a wonderful way of exploring these sacred sounds in a group energy.  The event is also open to those who attended last year, as it’s a perfect day to repeat and to see how far you have come with your Kotodama practise in the 12 months.    Details can be found on the Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop Page.

And finally, but by no means least, I have spent my Christmas period spiritually “downloading” lots of exciting practises for a new retreat “Honouring The Ancestors & Healing The Ancestral Line Retreat” to be held October 2014.   For the past five years I have been running a variety of events around Samhain, The Celtic New Year.  This is a very powerful time energetically; a time to remember and honour all of our Ancestors, as well as letting go of the past and looking forward to the New Year.  All the events have been high energy, very moving and incredibly powerful because of the nature of the work, and this weekend scheduled for the end of October is no less.

Ancestral LineThe weekend will be a whole weekend dedicated to the Celtic New Year and all that symbolises.  We will be particularly concentrating on honouring our own ancestral line as well as healing inherited traits that no longer serve us and have been passed down our own line.  That in itself will be powerful, but we are going to work with Sound in many forms during the weekend to facilitate deep healings for all of those who attend. The weekend will be a weekend of voice work through toning, chant, song and mantra, many gong baths, sacred drumming, journeying, shruti, crystal bowls, monochord, earth chanting and much more all with the group intention of honouring the ancestors and healing the ancestral line.

Besides the ancestral healing that will take place during different sessions, we will (weather permitting) take part in a coastal walk along the beautiful Dunwich coastline where we will do some Earth Chanting, before the highlight of the weekend which will be the all night community group vigil on Saturday evening.   The vigil will be initially led by myself with a variety of practices, but it will also give each of those who attend an opportunity to honour their ancestors in their own way as part of the group.    For anyone who has attended a gong puja, it will be something very similar, although there will be a variety of beautiful energetic offerings made during the evening by all of us, as well as some silent time if members of the group are shy!

The Phoenix Centre BarnI am holding this retreat at the fabulous Phoenix Centre on the Suffolk Coast.  I’ve been running residentials there for about six years and missed 2013, so am thrilled to be going back to the incredible energy again.  It’s perfect for really deep healing work, and is very self contained.  Accommodation is shared in the lovely Southyard Cottages and the main Bridge Barn house.  We will be catered for over the weekend by Trish Dent who has done all of our catering before.  Trish is a talented vegetarian and macrobiotic chef who specialises in particular in allergy cooking which has always been appreciated by our sensitive clientele.

The retreat starts  on Friday 31st October and will finish after a group breakfast on Monday morning November 3rd.  The area around Dunwich is quite magical, an area of outstanding natural beauty, so when the retreat is finished, you may wish to spend a few hours exploring this lovely part of the Suffolk Coast.

For those of you who have been to any of the Celtic New Year events I have run in the past, I believe this particular event is going to surpass anything we’ve done before.  And for those of you who have been to Dunwich before, then this is a great opportunity to return to the wonderful energy there.  This is going to be such a beautiful weekend and will effect deep healing for all those who attend.   The Reiki Drum website angel, Jo is still on holiday at present so the Retreats section hasn’t been updated as yet, although I expect it to be in the next few weeks, but you can click on the following link to download the full brochure for the weekend. Honouring The Ancestors Celtic New Year Sacred Sound Celebration Retreat  (it takes a few seconds to download).    If you have any questions about this magical opportunity, then please don’t hesitate to let me know.  The Phoenix Centre is a small centre and places are limited, so if this is something you would like to attend, I urge you to book at your earliest convenience so as to avoid disappointment.

Glastonbury July 2012 036I have several other new things planned for the coming months and will let you know when I have more details.  Of course we will be running the usual Usui Reiki and Karuna Reiki classes throughout the year as always and one more exciting change is the new monthly Reiki share being held in Sawbridgeworth the first Thursday of the month starting in February.  For the past decade or so I have traditionally run shares from my home, but over the past couple of years it has become apparent that numbers were exceeding the space we had available, so from February we will have a much larger space to share the magic at the Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall.  All Reiki attuned practitioners are welcome to attend what is fundamentally a traditional Reiki share, with Reiju, Distant Healing, Japanese practises and Reiki sharing, although Western practises will also be incorporated and I am sure we will have many of the community Reiki healings which have become a main feature of the Reiki events I run.  Fee is £5 for the evening and the evenings will run from 7pm for 7:30 start, finishing at 09:45 pm.  All dates are listed on the Events page, along with all other classes and events this year.

The next big event is our legendary annual Reiki Drum Share on 23rd March.  There are just a few places remaining for this event if you haven’t yet booked and I expect them to disappear in the next weeks as people get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break, so if you are keen to come along, then please let me know at the earliest opportunity.

On a personal front I am exploring lots of new things myself next year which I hope to share in the future, and I’m really excited for 2014, it feels like it’s going to be an amazing one full of adventure and new opportunity.

So it just remains to wish all of you a beautiful turn of the year.  I hope 2013 allowed you to look at yourselves as it did myself, look at the good and the not so good, and take the best of all of it into the New Year.  Wishing you all a joyous one, a year of expressing your radiant selves in the optimum way.

With love and blessings, Sarah x

Forthcoming Highlighted Events

6 February – First monthly Reiki Share, Sawbridgeworth, Herts (repeated first Thursday of every month)

23 March – Reiki Drum Share, Sheering, Essex (5 places remaining)

5 & 6 April – Sacred Sound & Light Immersion, Sheering, Essex (1 place remaining)

3-4 May – Reiki Drum Practitioner Training

8 June – Usui Reiki Kotodama Workshop

17-21 June – Summer Solstice Reiki Retreat “Exploring Your Divine Potential” – North Cornwall

31 Oct-3 Nov – Honouring The Ancestors & Healing The Ancestral Line Retreat



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