academy of ancient healing arts

Scroll down for details of Shoden, Reiki One - watch this space for the next course dates!

Academy of Reiki & Ancient Healing Arts


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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.


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

Practicing Reiki as path, you will 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 about 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, includinng which stones amplify Reiki and heal ancestral wounds 
  • How to set up and work with an altar as your personal power center
  • Smple 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 - original empowerments, as given by Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. These sacred transmissions 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 information, worksheets and exercises which use different 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 chanting
  • A private group for community and connection, a partner system if you want to participate in it
  • 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!


Watch this space for the next course dates!

the course runs for 6 weeks, including the traditional level one reiki empowerment, weekly live teaching Sunday sessions on zoom, 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

for a rough idea, the price of the last course was:

$998 when paid in full

 or 3 monthly instalments of $349.33 

but this is open to change...



  • this is not 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. (the thesis is 'felt senses of self and no-self in therapy'). 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) 

when I started receiving reiki treatments from sarah, i was extremely burned out and depleted. each reiki session has energised me and enabled me to retain more energy cumulatively. reiki is the cornerstone of replenishing my energy stores and creative spark. the quality of my energy has changed too. i feel refreshed, uplifted, and yet calm. in fact i loved the experience so much that i immediately wanted to learn how to do reiki myself!

after recieving a (very intense) initial empowerment, i realised that i never need be burned out or depleted again. i have this miraculous connection to energy right at my fingertips. it's quite beautiful   

 (Kim Noriega)




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

 Mikao Usui

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