In June my friend Gwen Robinson and I put on a second Reiki retreat in South Wales. There were a total of twelve this year in a smaller venue.
What goes on at a Reiki retreat? We plan for four sessions with two or three to a table. If you have four over four days you don’t have time to slide backwards, but keep moving forward healing whatever it is that is a problem for you. There is the benefit of being able to “sleep on it” in between sessions, and the dreams can be vivid and informative. You wake up knowing that you have another treatment coming, with more healing. On a table of three two people share treating while the third lies down, and your personal healing takes place while you are treating and being treated; it blends into a long treatment. Things begin to shift on a personal level.
On our retreat we had every afternoon free, so people grouped together and went out, or stayed in. Conversations happened, and because we had come together for the four-day Reiki share, the conversations were potent. You could hear something at the dinner table that would shine a light on your own process. Everyone was in the same boat, everyone has a part that can benefit by healing, and people were generous with their time and feedback for others. Healing in a group can be accelerated healing and there was space to be alone and think about everything that was coming up as a result of the treatments.
I believe that Reiki is enough to uncover and heal the hurts inside. At Gwen’s and my retreats healing takes place through just the Reiki, the conversations and “sleeping on it”, without recourse to teaching and guidance by either of us. Our role is to plan it and make the space so that the healing can take place.
Our next retreat will be in 2013.