Friends Of Baxter

Therapy Training

Natural & Holistic Complementary Therapy Training and other activities

Current Training and Workshops

Animal therapy training/workshops are on hold due to covid19.
Reiki training is however being run live online, with a requirement to attend a final shorter session in person when in-person training is again permitted.

Animal Reiki level 1
Animal Reiki Level 2 coming soon (when National Standards for Animal Reiki Practitioner training have been issued).
Please note:  you need to have trained in Reiki before completing the above  Animal Reiki training

Canine Massage and Mindfulness workshop (Introductory)
Canine Tellington TTouch workshop (Introductory)

Reiki level 1 (Introductory)
Reiki Level 2 (Practitioner)
Master Practitioner*
Reiki Level 3* (Professional Practice – approved to meet National Occupational Standards for CNHC registration)
* Please see for more details

Other support and fundraising workshops (donations given to Friends Of Baxter Animal Care)

  • Spiritual development
    8 week class and workshops: Run by Ali Mather 

Feedback from all of our training and classes-to-date has been excellent so book early to avoid disappointment

We do not offer training for therapies that require you to be a veterinary surgeon including Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine and Lazer therapy although we do intend to offer these therapy treatments from our animal/ veterinary hospital in the future.

Reiki Training Level 1(Introductory)

This is the basic entry level for learning the technique of Reiki and starts with self healing. Whether you wish to work with people or animals you need to learn to offer Reiki to people first.

The 2 day course (or equivalent hours) will consist of you receiving attunements, as well as learning theory and putting your learning into practice. After this course you will be able to give Reiki to yourself and on an unpaid basis to friends and family. You will then be asked to complete a number of case studies to show your readiness to progress to level II (practitioner level).

Our weekends are an opportunity to meet like-minded people, have fun and learn a technique that is yours for life but you are not left on your own after the training, Sue will be your mentor for life or for as long as you desire her help. 

Cost: £150 for two days 9.30am – 4.30pm

Next dates: all training is live online at the moment

Weekend course: July 11th & 12th, Aug 10th & 11th 

Weekday course: June 11th & 12th

Evenings: Can be arranged to meet demand 

Additional courses to follow and can be additionally arranged at mutually agreeable dates if a minimum of 3 delegates

For student feedback see:

This course is run by Sue Malcolm at The Reiki Experience with a contribution from all training bookings made though this website going to Friends Of Baxter Animal Care.    

Reiki Level 2 (Practitioner Level)

This takes your Reiki to a higher level, again through a mix of attunements, theoretical learning and practical sessions. At this level you will have an opportunity to work with animals should you wish, although as you continue to gain experience you should also give Reiki to people too.
As for level 1 you will be asked to complete the required case studies and hours of practice following your training in order to gain adequate experience before offering your services as a Reiki practitioner to paying customers. We will also discuss practical aspects such as professional indemnity insurance, membership of a professional Reiki association also ways to gain experience and raise awareness of your reiki service. 

In between level 1 and 2, and ongoing afterwards, you are welcome to come to Sue’s regular Reiki shares where you can meet and chat to other people The Reiki Experience has trained, learn and practice new skills, share experiences and enjoy relaxing and fun evenings. The courses do provide a lot of learning but we aim for them above all to be enjoyable and rewarding for everyone…. and Sue is there for you afterwards should you need any support or guidance.  

Cost: £175 for two days 9.30am – 4.30pm

Next dates

Weekend courses: June 20th & 21st 

Weekdays: Aug 27th & 28th

Additional courses to follow and can be additionally arranged on mutually agreeable dates, providing a minimum of 3 delegates

For student feedback see

This course is run by Sue at The Reiki Experience with a contribution from all training bookings made though this website going to Friends Of Baxter Animal Care.  

Animal Reiki LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 (Professional Practitioner)

For staff and established volunteers at rescue centres and similar animal care centres, we are setting up a special arrangement for Reiki training.

In all other cases, as a Reiki practitioner you will understand and be confident offering effective Reiki Treatments. If you wish to work professionally with animals though, it is important to understand animals (body language, behaviour, handling and ideally basic anatomy & physiology).

As well as being confident with general Reiki techniques additional tools are specifically helpful when working with animals in a Reiki session, for example with behavioural issues. You will be reminded of the legal requirements and good practice for working with animals too.

This training provides theory and practical learning to be followed again by dedicated practice and further case studies before you will be awarded with Animal Reiki Professional Practitioner status.

It may be possible for this training to be conducted at venues near you if suitable facilities are available for the theoretical learning and animals are available for thepractical sessions. 

Cost: £150 for Level 1

Next dates : 

Level 1: TBA .. as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit in person training 

Level 2 – More details to follow

Courses are only available on weekdays at the moment. 

Canine Massage & Mindfulness Workshop (Introductory)

“Touch is so simple, yet so profound, and it tells us much about our dog’s body”

If the idea of 2 hours away from ‘normal’ life in a relaxing space with your dog, learning and practicing an amazing yet simple, foundational massage technique appeals, then come along to our Canine Massage and Mindfulness Meditation Workshop on Sept 14th. In this workshop you will learn how to support your dog’s welfare through touch. The technique being taught (effleurage) can then be used at home with your dog.

Canine massage can help you to better understand your dog’s body and intensify the bonds built between you. It is a natural therapy to restore, maintain and enhance your dog’s overall well-being, and as it is holistic, it works collectively on the dog’s body, mind and emotions. Most dogs find it very relaxing. Creating time and space just for you and your dog can help to enhance your mood too!

Benefits of Canine Massage and Mindfulness:

  • Reduces stress for you and your dog

  • Strengthens the bond between you and your dog

  • Improved general mood

  • Improves well-being

  • Greater ability to notice changes in your dog’s body

More details

We just have space for 10 dogs with owners/ carers and places must be booked and paid in advance.

Your dog – must be dog friendly

What you need to bring with you:

A cushion for you to sit on

A blanket for your dog to lie on (we will be working on the floor)

Cost: £30. Pre booking is essential.

Please arrive at 10am for an 10.15 start. The workshop will end approx. 12.15 with time afterwards for questions

The workshop is being held at the Leeds, Wakefield and District RSPCA and is run by our Canine Massage Therapy Practitioner Jayne (member of the Canine Massage Guild).

Next date : January 18th 2020

Tellington TTouch Workshop

TTouch is a kind, effective and forward-thinking way to help build a dog’s confidence and improve learning.  It recognises that there is an inextricable link between posture and behaviour and uses body work, groundwork exercises and specific equipment to release tension and to promote a feeling of calm and well-being.

On this workshop you will learn how simple TTouch techniques can help your dog become calmer and more relaxed with more focus and confidence. 

The workshop will cover:

  • Observations on how to build up a picture of your dog’s
    posture and coat changes which may be causing tension
  • TTouch bodywork, more specifically some touches that
    will help to calm and relax your dog
  • Lead Handling Techniques for when out walking or doing
    groundwork with your dog
  • Body wraps for use when your dog is stressed to help
    him/her to feel calm and confident.

More details:

We just have space for 10 dogs with owners/ carers and places must be booked and paid in advance

Your dog must be dog friendly

What you need to bring with you: 

  • A blanket or bed for your dog to lie on between exercises

Cost: £35. Pre booking is essential. 

Please arrive anytime from 10.15am for a 10.30am start. The workshop will end approx. 1.30pm

The workshop is being held at the Leeds, Wakefield and District RSPCA WF3 2DX and is run by Penny Leedal, Tellington TTouch Practitioner P1

Next date: February 23rd 2020

Additional information

Introductory Workshops 

These are an introduction to give you an idea of the different techniques/ therapies. They do not qualify you to offer what you learn to animals other than your own on a paid or unpaid basis. More extensive training is required to become a Practitioner, in some cases this can take 2 years.


You may find courses elsewhere that allow you to train in Animal Reiki at both level 1 and 2 after you have completed just level 1 (human) Reiki training, however it is necessary to be qualified to offer treatments to animals carer/ owners too, to be able to help animals optimally where their emotional or behavioural issues stem from the owner’s behaviour. For this, is it necessary to have qualified as a (human) Reiki Practitioner and be insured to work with people.

It can also be helpful to allow animal owners and carers the opportunity to try a treatment themselves to better understand how Reiki works and what it feels like, so that they can better understand the possible benefit for their animal(s).

Please also note that if you opt for an on-line Reiki course you will not be permitted to join any Professional Reiki Association that is a member of the UK Reiki Council. You will also not be eligible for addition to the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) UK register of accredited complementary therapy practitioners. Being included on this Register allows GPs to refer patients to you.

General comments for all training and workshops 

The techniques or therapies offered by us in training or workshops do not replace, veterinary care, but may provide help and support in a variety of ways.
If you have any health concerns about your animal(s), please refer to your vet before carrying out these techniques or therapies.