Saturdays | April 27th, May 4th & 11th | $210

Translating to “Inner teachings”, the Okuden degree brings us deeper both within the system of Reiki, and ourselves. Having had an initial experience of our True Nature in the Shoden/1st Degree, and resting firmly on the practices learned there, the Okuden Degree takes us on a journey from Divine Self into the Divinity of All. From Hara to Head to Heart, the 3 symbols and 3 mantras of the 2nd Degree are learned, each which holds a key to our own self-knowing and to our ability to hold wise resonance.

At this level, foundational practices of the Shoden degree are reviewed and worked with at greater depth. From this solid foundation of meditation and technique, the Okuden degree unfolds through mantra and symbol work, intuitive hands-on healing and the practice of “distance” healing. It is in this level of practice that we learn to dispel the illusion of distance, through sitting at heart center, bringing us into greater connection with our own hearts and to the singular pulse of all creation.

Upon completion of this degree, each student will earn certification as an Okuden Level/2nd Degree practitioner. This level of training is accessible to practitioners trained in the traditional Shoden degree, as well as practitioners from other Reiki lineages who wish to deepen their understanding of the origins of the teachings of the 2nd Degree.

Space is limited to 9 students. Payment plan is available, please email us at for more information.




Saturdays | May 18th, June 1st, 15th & 29th | 1:00pm-6pm | Pricing Below

The original word for the 3rd Degree of the System of Reiki is Shinpiden, which translates to “Mystery Teachings”. In contrast to the concept of “mastery”, it is in the 3rd Degree which students are initiated into a lifetime of learning directly from Source, from the center of the Self, from the great Mystery. Through in-depth exploration of Reiki philosophy, techniques, and working with the 4th and final symbol and mantra of the system of Reiki we learn how to embody our own Light and to assist others in remembering theirs. It is in this way that the Light spreads, as each Shinpiden level practitioner/teacher is able to humbly serve in the process of collective awakening to Truth.

Course participants will gather bi-weekly for 5 hour intensive training sessions in the practices of the 3rd Degree. In-class practices will focus on experiential learning of the total system of Reiki, awakening the student to the Mystery this system points to and providing them with the training required to confidently teach the system of Reiki. Initiate students will deepen their learning through rigorous self-practice and supplemental coursework between class meetings.

Course curriculum includes:

Reiki philosophy and its origins

Meditations and techniques for embodying the Light and touching the Void

Shinpiden level Mantra & Symbol practices

The origins of the Attunement and Reiju (“Spiritual Blessing”)

Training in giving and receiving Attunement & Reiju

Exploring Shoden (traditional Reiki I) & Okuden (traditional Reiki II) from a Shinpiden perspective

Class facilitation skills & in-class experience teaching Shoden & Okuden practices

Cultural appropriation and right relationship

Ethical responsibilities of the Reiki teacher

Living the Reiki Precepts at the Shinpiden level

Course Prerequisites:

Reiki II or higher certification in any lineage. This course is open to and equally beneficial for Reiki III practitioners and teachers from other lineages. Students who have trained in lineages other than Usui Reiki Ryoho will be provided with Shoden and Okuden level student manuals to review and to work with the practices therein prior to the start of this course. Shoden and Okuden level material will be covered at the Shinpiden level during this course.

Required Texts:

The Reiki Sourcebook by Frans & Bronwen Stiene & The Japanese Art of Reiki by Frans & Bronwen Stiene



Early Registration: $1,050 paid in full before April 15th

Payment Plan: $600 deposit, 4 payments of $150, one per class weekend

Re-Sit Registration (for graduates who have trained with Mea previously at the Shinpiden level): $600


The system of Reiki supports personal and community resilience by way of stress reduction and healing through meditation and hands-on practice, authentic witnessing of self and others, a language for giving and receiving care, vocational skill development, and a code of living which assists us in being in right relationship with ourselves and others.

In order to make this work more accessible to those committed to this system of individual and community healing, scholarship assistance is available in the following ways:

One scholarship of $600 and one scholarship of $300 will be awarded on the basis of financial need and short personal essay on commitment to community resilience. $1,200 in tuition assistance is reserved for BIPOC and will be given to support the individual needs of each applicant until funding is no longer available.

If you feel called to apply for a scholarship, please email Mea directly at



WITH ELIZABETH APRIL, jennifer gelfand, joy many & jackie gallo

Saturdays & Sundays | All sessions meet from 9:30am-6:30pm

September 7th & 8th | September 21st & 22nd | October 5th & 6th | October 19th & 20th | November 2nd

Early Bird $1050 (if paid in full by July 1st) | Full Price $1250 | Deposit $250 | Payment plans available

Love barre and interested in taking the leap into teaching? Looking for a training that brings you deeper than just choreography and set movement? We are excited to be offering a full 100-hour Barre Teacher Training beginning September 2019, which will provide exactly that plus more!

Join Elizabeth April, Jennifer Gelfand, Joy Many & Jackie Gallo in this one of a kind in-depth barre teacher training. You will receive a full 100 hours worth of anatomy, sequencing, movement lab, practice teaching, hands-on assists & we do not stop there. The training also includes one full weekend of how to work safely and efficiently with your Pre AND Post-Natal students and another full weekend of how to work safely and efficiently with students with injuries or limitations at ANY age.

You will leave this training with the skill set to teach an effective, fun and safe barre class to the general public and/or to specific demographics. When delivered mindfully and intelligently barre can not only be an amazing workout but it is a practice we can bring through life to protect and create integrity especially within joint stability throughout the entire body… This is our approach and this is why we believe that every hour of this training is necessary.

Spots are limited to ensure enough space and time for each trainee. Put your deposit down now to secure your spot. Reach out anytime with any questions at all…

For more information on your trainers, continue reading…

Elizabeth April, Lead Trainer

yoga & barre teacher

Elizabeth, co-owner of The Portland Yoga Project, completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Monica, CA through YogaWorks in 2008 and later finished her 300 hour training through Down Under Yoga School in Brookline, MA in 2015. She holds a 100-hour Barre Teacher Training certification from Barre & Soul in Melrose, MA, in 2014. Elizabeth has led several Barre Trainings throughout the last 3 years, as well as many barre based workshops.

Jenn Gelfand, Barre for Healthy Aging Trainer

yoga teacher, barre teacher & doctor of physical therapy.

Jenn’s yoga journey began over a decade ago when she took her first power Vinyasa class in 2007.  She completed her 200hr teacher certification with Leslee Clark of Well Heart Yoga School in Falmouth Maine in 2015 and Yoga Assistant Training with Sue Jones and Ray Mucci of Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge Massachusetts in 2011 and 2017.

A Doctor of Physical Therapy practicing locally in Portland with over 10 years of experience, Jenn is a specialist in orthopedics, women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

She received her barre teacher certification from Elizabeth April in 2018.

Joy Many, Barre for Healthy Aging Trainer

yoga teacher & doctor of physical therapy

Joy was introduced to the physical practice of yoga at a young age and studied for her yoga teacher certification in 2010 at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass.

She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in NY and has been blending the two disciplines ever since. She has post-doctoral experience within the fields of women's health, orthopedics, pediatrics, and geriatrics, and she enjoys working with people across the lifespan as they journey into wellbeing.

Jackie Gallo, Pre/Post Natal Barre Trainer

prenatal yoga teacher, doula, & barre teacher

Having worked in Women's Health since 2008, Jackie has served women throughout all stages of the perinatal journey - preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.  Her experience in clinical trials research paired with her work in midwifery and holistic prenatal care allow her to integrate traditional wisdom with modern medicine in her teaching, providing students and clients with a well rounded experience drawing from a variety of disciplines.

In addition to her 200hr yoga teacher training, Jackie has completed 90 hours of advanced study in Prenatal and Postpartum specific yoga, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Margo Rosingana, and is a trained Yoga for Recovery teacher through Y12SR. Outside of the yoga community, Jackie completed Doula training through DONA, a year long midwifery apprenticeship, is a certified Lactation Educator with over 90 hours of education through UC - San Diego, and is an ongoing student of Western Herbalism.

Jackie completed her Barre Teacher Certification with Elizabeth April in 2018.



Study in Restorative Yoga Through a Trauma-Informed Lens


Saturday & Sunday | September 21st & 22nd | 12pm-8pm | $400

“You do not have to be good./ You only have to let the soft animal of your body/

love what it loves.” ~ Mary Oliver

The art of undoing patterns of tension, gripping, and protective holding is at the heart of restorative yoga. At this particular moment in our collective history, creating the time and space for deeper listening is crucial for self-care and for leading a truly well-balanced yoga class.

This training is dedicated to exploring the benefits and transformative potential in restorative yoga for EVERY body, everyday. From the strategic use of props, to crafting genuine and customized support tailored to a diverse audience, we’ll tap into a quieter, nourishing practice. (You’ll also get plenty of time on the bolster for yourself!)

You’ll leave this training with a dynamic and mobile restorative toolbox, confidence in your intuition as a teacher and practitioner, and a quiet sense of grounding.

Who is this training for?

  • Yoga students interested in a deeper understanding of the power of restorative yoga, and how to integrate these techniques into your home practice

  • Yoga teachers who are interested in teaching restorative yoga

  • Yoga teachers who are interested in weaving restorative shapes into their non-restorative classes

You’ll leave with:

  • A clear understanding of how to skillfully incorporate restorative poses into your classes

  • Working with abundant AND limited props

  • Crafting an intuitive and soulful restorative yoga class for your students, and yourself

  • Understanding the power of basic hands-on assists

  • Thoughts on the wisdom of omitting hands-on assists

  • Knowledge of the variables that can create a trauma-informed restorative class

Join Nicole and Kate for a Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga long weekend! Yoga Alliance CE’s available.