academy of ancient healing arts

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Academy of Reiki & Ancient Healing Arts


Joy, bliss and power are your natural state - did you forget?

Imagine… Knowing how to activate the wild and free river of life force within you at any time. Living in direct conscious contact with the supreme Universal chi. You’re already healed, and you can heal yourself. 

Then imagine offering your healing essence to the world around you.

Enter the Temple of Star and Stone, an eco-system of simple, ancient practices that work -  to ignite the healing life force within your being and body. Learn to channel Reiki, ‘the secret method for inviting blessings’. Root deep into stone medicine. Activate the healing life force in your own fingertips, with your own voice. Come home to your true nature.

 It’s the force of love. You’re that as well.


The first degree of Reiki works on the principle Heal Thyself First. 

Practicing Reiki as path, you establish deep safety and ground, from the root. Focusing on the lower dantien, or hara - your power center - you nourish the nervous system and heal the self on all levels, across all space and time. 

During our 6 week spiral journey together you will learn how to run Reiki for yourself and others, and also:

  • More on the Buddhist and Taoist roots of the Reiki system, how to live and practice mindfulness and energy cultivation so the chi enlivens and permeates all that you do
  • How to use Buddhist and Taoist mantras, sound activations and chanting of the Japanese kotodama, word spirits, that formed part of the original Reiki system
  • The DNA level healing of crystal technology and stone medicine to amplify Reiki and heal ancestral wounds 
  • How to set up and work with an altar as your personal power center
  • Simple Taoist energy medicine techniques to activate your life force, give power to your communication and boost your immune system
  • Other rich energy medicine tools you can weave into your healing work

What you have to look forward to:

  • Reiju - an original empowerment, as given by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. This sacred transmission will attune you to the Shoden Level of Reiki (Level 1)
  • Weekly group classes, with plenty of space to ask questions
  • One individual mentoring session with Adrianna or Sarah to refine your practice and get personalized support, feedback and inspiration
  • Comprehensive modules with written, audio and video materials, all the learning modalities, so you can get a solid grasp of it all and make it your own!
  • Video guidance, including hand positions for self healing as well as exercises for energy cultivation, to watch and follow at your own pace
  • Audio meditations and guided chanting
  • A private group for community and connection, a partner system if you want to participate in it
  • Bi-weekly live connection sessions, which aren't recorded
  • A luscious workbook for you to use to document and deepen your learning, and an almost-even-more luscious manual sent to you by post at the end, along with your certificate, to wrap up the course materials in a way you can hold in your hands - freeing you up from the screen
  • A certificate stating your attunement to the Shoden/First degree of Reiki via Star & Stone, including your lineage
  • All materials are downloadable and so yours to keep forever!

If you're already attuned to Reiki but are intrigued by the course, feel free come back to the source with us to enliven and strengthen your practice in our thriving ecosystem of ancient practices - there are always new layers to explore!

star and stone  - heaven and earth, a testimonial

i've been thinking a lot about points of connection lately. specifically, about the metaphor of indira's net and the interconnectivity of all beings. i've been thinking about this in reflecting back over 2022, and i was struck by the fact that since i began my journey with star and stone's shoden level reiki course in march 2022, i have felt a growing sense of my interconnectivity with all life. it began quietly. one day, it occurred to me that i was walking between the falling raindrops. 

then one day, it occurred to me that i am the raindrops.

the beautiful course created and facilitated by reiki masters dr sarah luczaj and adrianna renee velez has profoundly enriched my life. the materials were easy to navigate online and supplemented with a visually stunning workbook that i treasure as my go-to manual. the course meetings were informative and comprehensive, but even more importantly they were infused with sarah and adrianna's passion for healing and their absolute joy in sharing their gifts. i especially appreciated the private, online community for our reiki cohort where we could ask questions, explore ideas, share experiences, and feel completely supported as we journeyed together. our reiju empowerment was a potent experience.

being connected to a long line of people who have dedicated themselves to shining more light into this world is exhilarating and incredibly moving. i am a jewel in indra's net. and of course, that has always been true. the difference is that because of star and stone,

 i am intentionally radiant.

and the impact on my life? though the word has nearly been stripped of its meaning thanks to buzz-wordism, i use it here in its literal sense - i have been empowered. 

i have claimed my birthright of power.

i use the self-healing practices passed on by sarah and adrianna to improve my well being on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. reiki has become my instinctive response to daily life. an ambulance screams by on the road and i raise my hands and send reiki to the patient and the crew. my knee aches and i reach for reiki to ease it. i call on reiki to calm my kitty's digestive issues. i feel much like dorothy clicking the heels of her ruby slippers. who knew this power has always been right here at my fingertips?

Kim Noriega

Adrianna and Sarah have created a warm, welcoming and safe space to learn Reiki online. I particularly appreciated how they opened up different aspects and ideas about Reiki from their own life experience of learning and working with Reiki. It was a very nourishing and abundant learning experience.

Mags Smith, community musician and TRE provider

where, when , how much?

next course dates to be confirmed!

the course runs for 6 weeks, including the traditional level one reiki empowerment, weekly live teaching Sunday sessions on zoom, bi-weekly live connection sessions, a one-on-one zoom session with adrianna or sarah, and access to comprehensive modules with plenty of audio-visual material, all within a small, intimate group here on mighty networks, including a lively and supportive community space, where we can hang out between sessions


$897 (in full, best value!) 

or 3 monthly payments of $320

  • this isn't a 'get enlightened in a weekend' experience where we throw you a random selection of feel-good new age techniques, mutter mystically over your head and cut you loose to figure out the rest on your own
  • this is beyond any new age bullshit, love and light platitudes. We delve straight into the infinite heart of healing with devotion, playfulness, curiosity and a grounded sense of wonder. Welcome to the great mystery
  • we are not interested in spicing up or spacing out - the techniques we offer are the organic blend from which reiki orginally grew, nourishing the heart of reiki as we stay intimately and concretely within our own bodies to heal - we're down to earth because the sky is in there
  • we have 57 years of learning and hands on experience between us to share! We delight in listening to exactly where you are and engaging directly - so you get exactly the wisdom clues that you need. The group sessions, the community in which we're very present, and your individual session, are all curated with this intention 
  • and as reiki and stones work across all space and time, as distance healing slips through the illusion of separation, as healing of past, present and future can take place at a stroke - of course we can do a proper energy medicine course online!
  • if you are craving a deliciously rich, personal healing journey this is for you. if you're ready to let go of all you are not  - to experience the fullness of your radiance - then follow the call and let's live from this space of infinite possibilities together. Welcome to Star and Stone!

I’m Adrianna Renee Velez. I help women activate their wild, divine life force. I’m an international Feminine Energy Mentor and Reiki Master teacher with over 27 years on this path. My dharma is to help humanity awaken to their true nature. I dream of empowering over 100,000 individuals to Reiki for the benefit of all beings. 

I engage in healing ceremonies, dream of being kept by bees, swoon over ancient Egypt, poetry & am eternally moved by the great mystics & their path of rapture. Reiki, hermetic magick, kundalini and communing with the soul of nature keep me in a state of wonder. 

I currently live in Northern California with my beloved kitty Nyxie, where we lovingly tend to our garden, feed the wild birds and are endlessly delighted by the wildlife. If you seek to heal yourself while also being a powerful force of healing in the world, you have found your home. Expect miracles. Welcome! Asé

My Reiki training with Adrianna has given me access to deeper layers of myself, ones that I didn’t even know existed. She has taught me what true healing looks like, and how to heal myself. It has been an incredible journey working with her.   

Stella Miko

Receiving private sessions with Adrianna, as well as receiving the Reiki level 1 initiation from her, have reset my life's course in a profound way. At the same time, after I started working with her, I started making leaps forward, I had access to visible and visceral momentum and movement again. Her work is uniquely powerful and life-shifting, and I say this as a counselor myself who offers and receives a wide variety of powerful healing modalities.Whenever I think of Adrianna, which I do daily, my heart is filled with love and light.     

  Angela Watrous, Restorative Empathy 

I’m Sarah Luczaj, phd. i’m here to kickstart the life-force wherever i go, through creativity-intuitive painting, sound activation, hands on healing and deep regeneration of mind, body and spirit. i’m a poet, writer, mentor, professional therapist, reiki master and co-founder of the terrealuma healing refuge, in poland. i’ve been living reiki for 30 years now, a reiki growing organically out of its taoist and buddhist roots, meditating, chanting and flying backwards on a daily basis! author of creative regeneration: plug into your natural state of bliss (wayward publications, 2019) and the chi book: reiki from the roots (wayward publications, 2020), and mother of two daughters, i’m presently based in Scotland. i’m interested in spontaneity, unobstructed flow, direct action, joy in grief, deep ethics, freedom and love. Are you?

sarah i'd describe as one of today's rare authentic shamans - shaman used in the broadest sense here, not as in someone pretending to be a native american, but someone who accompanies people down into the depths, to emerge into the fluidity that engenders a joyful life'   

 (The Barefoot Doctor, Stephen Russell) 

'My Reiki Ryoho is an original method based on intuitive power in the universe’.

 Mikao Usui