Yvonne Higgins

Yvonne Higgins

Director

Yvonne has experienced great loss in her life, in the form of the death of her two sons at the ages of 7 and 9, through a genetic disorder.

She says, ”Support groups, returning to work, personal development courses and meditation all did help to begin to fill the void left by the loss of the boys. A turning point came in 2007 when I attended a mind power training course and received a blessing that was referred to as a form of Reiki. My experience with the Giver placing the hands on my crown was overwhelming. A surge of uncontrollable tears came over me, unleashing locked up grief and sadness.”

Following this experience, Yvonne attended a Reiki seminar and was initiated in the Usui Shiki Ryoho form of practice, saying, “I found Reiki to be very comforting and healing. New confidence and directions seem to open up for me. My wish was then to pursue a path in Reiki and to share this healing gift with family, friends and the community.”

Yvonne joined Reiki Australia in 2009. Also in 2009 she participated in Reiki Australia’s National Reiki Conference ‘Living our Practice’, during which she completed Module 1 of Reiki Australia’s Certificate in Applied Reiki Treatment Practice, ‘Maintain Effective Professional Relationships’.

In November 2010, she was drawn to re-sit the levels of her Reiki training in the teachings of Usui Reiki Ryoho, and in October 2011, completed the Komyo Reiki Kai Shihan/Teacher level.

Since 2009 Yvonne has also undertaken training in both counselling and mentoring, and she holds a Certificate for Self-Employed People, a requirement in NSW for self-employed people working with children. She regularly participates in Reiki Australia’s Reiki Share Days in Newcastle, and she assisted as a Reiki Australia volunteer providing Reiki to delegates at the AIMA 16th International Holistic Health Conference, Sunshine Coast, in 2010. Between 2010 and 2013 Yvonne provided Reiki treatments as a volunteer on a weekly basis, to clients and staff of the Newcastle Family Support Service.

Since 2011 she has worked from her own Reiki clinic, ’Waves of Energy’. She is a member of Reiki Australia’s Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner membership category, her clinic has been accepted as a Reiki Australia-Certified Clinic, and she is always a willing volunteer in Reiki Australia projects.

In 2014, whilst in Ashiya, Japan, Yvonne received initiation as a Reiki Master from Hiroshi Doi Sensei, President of the Gendai Reiki Healing Association.

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Sharon Swansborough

Sharon Swansborough

Director

Sharon has over 40 years experience in the health industry. Until her retirement last year, Sharon was a registered nurse, specialising in care of renal patients. In 2000 Sharon was responsible for setting up the dialysis unit in the Shoalhaven Hospital on NSW’s south coast.

Sharon found the comfort and community of Reiki after her marriage broke down in mid-1990’s. Initially skeptical about Reiki, she found that it kept crossing her path, and she eventually surrendered. “I was dragged to it,” she says, speaking of her resistance to the wisdom of her spiritual self.

After using Reiki to help herself and others, there came a point in Sharon’s life where she could not ignore the inner voice that insisted, “You should be teaching,” so she continued her training and became a Reiki master.

In 2001, despite concerns that standards might mean regulations and rules that could limit the freedom and simplicity of Reiki, Sharon again followed her inner voice that drew her to register for Reiki Australia’s inaugural conference. “I knew that Reiki meant for me to be there,” she says. “What I feared had nothing to do with the aims of the group. I felt humbled by what I found there, and I’ve been a member ever since”

Sharon would love to see Reiki more accepted in mainstream healthcare, knowing from experience how much benefit it could bring. Whilst she hopes to contribute to this outcome, her real passion lies with creating spiritual community connections, for herself and others.

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Catherine Garth

Catherine Garth

Director, Chair


From childhood, I have had healing hands, as my mother before me. I have always enjoyed making people and animals feel well, with the healing energy of nature, earth and the universe.

I am a natural empath and clairvoyant, using crystals and cards in readings. I also practice relaxation and sports massage and sports taping, at Point Cook Health Centre, Victoria and The Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Victoria.

From healing through Readings and Relaxation massage, I found that Reiki has rounded me as a healer.

I commenced Reiki doing Reiki 1 with my Reiki Master Susan Hardy in Usui Shiki Ryoho and Reiki 2 and Reiki Master with Reiki Master Carissa Stoneham. Currently, I am a Reiki Practitioner and Reiki Master within my business "Feel Well Naturally" with my aim of becoming a Reiki Australia Certified Reiki Clinic in Creswick, Victoria.

One of my passions is to see REIKI be recognised, as a mainstream form of holistic healing.
Having undertaken a diverse career, ranging from being involved and responsible for start-ups, project management, owning/managing a popular Health Food Store in Daylesford, through to public presentations, I bring these key skills to the board table:
• Small to Medium Business and Corporate Finance and Management
• Business start-ups and set ups
• Public Presentation Skills
• Proficient in key office productivity tools and computer
• Budget Management
• Marketing and Business Plan building
• Sponsorship, expo and promotional experience in diverse fields
• Sales and Advertising
• HR- all aspects of staff management, recruitment and performance
• Working within a team
• Leading a team
• Preparation of proposals
• Project Management
• Hospitality and Tourism
• Experienced working within local government departments
• Local Government procedures
• Government Planning Schemes
• Extensive knowledge of Public or Private Dental and Aged Care

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Lee-Anne Preddy-Ryman

Lee-Anne Preddy-Ryman

Director

Lee-Anne was first introduced to Reiki in 2003. In 2004, she became attuned to Reiki first and second degrees, and on the 8th of February, 2005 Lee-Anne became a master. A wonderful opportunity presented to travel to Japan in June of 2005 and Lee-Anne visited Mt Kurama, Kyoto and Mikao Usui’s memorial stone at the Saihoji temple in Tokyo. She started giving Reiki treatments to friends and family from her home, and by 2012 she had opened Jasmine Sky Wellness Centre shopfront, which offers predominately Reiki teaching and treatments, ion spa foot detox, and wellness courses. Before starting her Reiki teaching practice, Lee-Anne undertook the journey of researching her lineage of initiation, as this was not received when she became a master. She is proud to be able to pass this onto her students, as well as her own manuals. Lee-Anne sends distant healing regularly to those in need, as well as practising Reiki daily, including the principles, which are so much a part of her being.

Lee-Anne’s previous background is in hospitality where she worked in various roles with increasing responsibility, including purchasing officer for a large hotel chain. Lee-Anne understands from first-hand experience, the struggles of operating a viable Reiki business: as a member of Reiki Australia, with a shopfront business that is approximately 80% Reiki therapy and teaching, she has had to build her business with a lot of patience and love, in a community that is predominantly closed to complementary therapies. With time, perseverance and tears, Lee-Anne is slowly opening more and more people to the benefits of Reiki.

Lee-Anne is the published author of Why? Why Not? A self-help book introducing readers to fifteen different topics including Reiki to help in creating a more balanced and harmonious life. She is currently working alongside a local community college introducing Usui Reiki First Degree as part of their 2017 Lifestyle course program commencing in February.

Lee-Anne has a passion for Reiki; if she did not she would have closed her business a long time ago. She would like nothing more than the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people, to help develop ways to bring the benefits of Reiki to people’s attention wherever possible, as well as helping Reiki to be recognised by the government and healthcare providers and practitioners.

Lee-Anne has never shied away from contributing where she can, volunteering in different sporting groups, committees and aged care homes. She is comfortable working as part of a team.

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Louise Croker

Louise Croker

Director

Louise has been actively practising Reiki since she completed Levels I and II Usui Hands on Healing in 2002, after first learning about meditation and energy work in her early twenties. She has been committed to this journey ever since.
Louise later completed master/teacher level in 2004 and over the past 14 years, she has actively worked to improve her Reiki practice and continue her spiritual journey, through disciplined practice, ongoing education, mentorships and networking.
Louise has been teaching others and passing on the joy and gift of Reiki since 2011. Her Reiki practice is central to her spiritual and healing practice, and through her healing and teaching business she seeks to contribute to the wellbeing and awakening of others. Reiki is a constant journey and she continues to learn and grow as she teaches and supports others to do the same.
Louise has 30 years’ experience in the community service industry, working in both not-for-profit organisations and local government. Her professional studies have included psychology and sociology, and throughout her career she has utilised these skills in counselling and group work environments, and community development projects.

Louise has worked with a range of service types and community groups, including youth services, child care, multicultural services, drug and alcohol education and awareness, older people, people with disabilities, and the arts.
Currently working in local government, Louise would bring a diverse set of skills and experience to the Board, ranging from project management, marketing and promotion, through to budget management and community engagement and consultation.
In the early part of her career Louise sat on numerous boards of management for not-for-profit community organisations, undertaking both board member and executive roles.
She has been a member of Reiki Australia for a number of years and wholeheartedly supports the vision and intention of the organisation.

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Wendy Watson

Wendy Watson

Retired Director, Founding Member, Board Mentor

Wendy has a background in biological sciences and education. She began her career path in medical pathology managing a haematology department with the Commonwealth Department of Health. Wendy furthered her education in natural therapies studying massage, naturopathy, iridology, nutrition and herbal medicine before specialising in homoeopathy.

In 1985 Wendy began her work as a Reiki treatment practitioner and in 1987 added homeopathy to her fulltime private practice. She currently operates the Wellspring Clinic in Caboolture.

Wendy is an elder in the Australian Reiki community having first been initiated into the Reiki in 1985. She trained as a Reiki Master in 1995 and regularly conducts Reiki classes. Wendy is a founding member of Reiki Australia and currently manages the Professional Standards Team as well as being a director on the board.

Wendy has strong case management and organisational skills developed through overseeing a diverse caseload. She brings this clinical experience and a scientific perspective to the Professional Standards project.

Wendy was nominated by the CS&HI Skills Council as an Industry Reference Group (IRG) member for the Complementary and Alternative Health IRG. The role of the IRG was to provide sector coverage for the review of the Health Training Package HLT02.

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