Upcoming Events

Virginia Beach Chapter, IANDS – International Association of Near Death Studies

Start date: November 16, 2019

End date: November 17, 2019

Location: Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightment, 215 67th at Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach

I’m thrilled to be invited to speak with the Virginia Chapter of IANDS. Thank you David Bennett, inspirational author and near-death experiencer for this wonderful invitation.

  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:00-12:00 pm. How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life.
  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 2-4:00 pm. Workshop: Increase After-Death and Spiritual Communication Experiences
  • Sunday, Nov. 17, Fellowship of the Inner Light Church: Speaking With Loved Ones in the After-Life
  • Contact David Bennett at Dharmadb22@gmail.com or Ellyn Dye at LionMcLeod@msn.com for further information


AOTA Annual Conference 2020: Reiki, A Complementary Health Modality, Level I, Certificate Provided

Date: March 25, 2020

Time: 12:00-6:30 pm

Location: Boston, MA

I’m thrilled to provide Reiki Level I training for all levels of OT practitioners, students, and faculty for the 6th year in a row at the American Occupational Therapy Annual Conference in Boston, MA!

This empowering workshop includes Reiki history, philosophy, research, and AOTA documentation that supports the use of Reiki with OT. Attunement to Reiki energy occurs followed by extensive experiential training sessions that include giving, receiving, and sharing Reiki energy with multiple partners. Comprehensive complementary and integrative health research, resources, and references are provided. A variety of sound healing experiences accompany this training.

A certificate in Usui Reiki Ryoho will be received after the completion of this dynamic 6.0 contact hour workshop.


AOTA Annual Conference: Reiki, A Complementary Health Modality, Level II, Certificate Provided

Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Boston, MA

I am delighted to once again offer Reiki training at the AOTA Annual Conference for the 6th year in a row!

Come join us for this intermediate course in Reiki training. Attendees at Reiki Level II must have completed a Reiki Level I course with any Reiki Master. The scientific analysis of energy medicine, vibrational explorations including sound healing, spirituality, and client empowerment are presented. Current research, crystalline energy, and long-distance healing are explored with specific emphasis on using Reiki in medical and healthcare settings. Reiki symbology is taught to facilitate the cognitive use of Reiki principles. Extensive experiential practice with numerous partners synthesizes multiple Reiki Level I and Level II experiences.

Reiki Level II is taught in two back-to-back workshops from 8-11:00 and 12-3:00. Participants must attend both sessions. A Usui Reiki Ryoho Level II certificate will be received at the conclusion of the second workshop.

AOTA Annual Conference: Incorporating Reiki Instruction, A Complementary and Integrative Health Biofield Energy Modality into OT Education

Date: March 27, 2020

Time: 12:45 - 2:45 pm

Location: Boston, MA

I am excited to provide Reiki training information at the AOTA Annual Conference for the 6th year in a row!

This poster will describe the benefits of teaching a Reiki training course at university and college OT programs. Reiki research at Stockton University demonstrated that 9o% of college students participating in a 20-week study felt Reiki was effective in reducing their stress. A recent Harvard study with 1400 subjects reported statistically significant results that one session of Reiki reduced pain, stress, anxiety, nausea, and fatigue. A pre-post multivariate survey of 402 OT practitioners, faculty, and students stated that 93% of attendees at a one day, six-hour Usui Reiki Ryoho training course felt Reiki was a valuable modality to use with Occupational Therapy.

Highlights will be presented from a 2017 American Hospital Association nationwide survey that reports 42% of hospitals include complementary therapists in their services. This poster will present data to support Reiki experiential instruction within OT education to assist student preparation for integrative health care.

Vermont Reiki Association Retreat: Speaking about Medical Research That Validates Reiki

Start date: April 4, 2020

End date: April 5, 2020

Location: Reiki State Association Spring Retreat

I am thrilled to be speaking at the Vermont State Association Retreat about current medical research that validates Reiki. Teaching Reiki to large groups along with sharing dozens of resources, techniques, and procedures in a retreat style format filled with lots of discussion and empowerment will occur.

International Association of Near Death Studies Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter: Speaker, Rebecca’s After-Death Communication Techniques

Date: April 8, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:45 pm

Location: Dallas/Fort Worth Friends of IANDS Chapter, First United Methodist Church, 907 West Main St., Lewisville, TX (Northwest corner of Main and Summit), Room: The Parlor - in the front of the building

I am excited to travel to Dallas, TX to present my 7-step after death communication techniques course at the IANDS: International Association of Near Death Studies Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. This empowering 1.5 hour workshop provides numerous after-death communication experiences and a supportive environment to learn about communicating with our deceased loved ones. Individual after-death communication plans will be developed. Sound healing experiences will supplement experiential practices.

I discovered the ability to communicate with my deceased brother even though I had no psychic or spiritual experience. It took me 20 years to gain the courage to share my story. Copies of my award-winning book Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life that describes my journey and provides numerous suggestions and activites for your own empowerment will be available for sale at a discounted price of $15.00. Come join us for this dynamic and engaging workshop!


Misericordia University presenting Reiki, A Complementary Modality Used With Occupational Therapy, Level I Certificate Course

Date: April 17, 2020

Location: Misericordia University, Department of Occupational Therapy

I’m excited to present Reiki and OT, Level I certificate course at Misericordia University, Department of OT. This empowering 6.5 hour course provides the history and philosophy of Usui Reiki and includes numerous experiential activities regarding this biofield energy modality. Significant Reiki sharing and practice occurs with multiple partners. Attendees are able to provide Reiki to themselves, clients, family, friends, and colleagues immediately upon completion of this course. Lots of research and documentation that supports AOTA’s acceptance of Reiki as a component of occupation based practice is provided.

Contact Dr. Lori Charney, Department Chair and Assistant Director of OT: (570) 674-3330, lcharney@misericordia.edu for further information.