RFI Promote Reiki At The Cultivate Health & Yoga Day
Held on the day of the Summer Solstice, 2008, Cultivate organised an event of educational and social exchange. Cultivate is the main initiative of Sustainable Ireland Cooperative. It is a hub for a community of people and activities which provides the tools and facilities that support people's efforts to become more sustainable. Cultivate aims to be an engine of local economy, community building and cultural renewal. RFI was approached in early April and the Committee decided it would be beneficial to take part especially in light of the very positive feedback following the RDS Mind Body Spirit Show in March 2008.
We really had no idea what to expect. We were unsure of numbers to expect, exact logistics of the event (there were two buildings in use) and so on. An appeal was sent out to RFI Members to volunteer their services on the day, and boy did we get a response. There was a fantastic team at hand all day. Two committee members arrived early for the set-up and got the ball rolling. Between the volunteers, a stand was co-ordinated in the main hall of St. Michael & John's at Cultivate, and plinth treatments were facilitated in a classroom in the Aspect Language School. It was only on arrival that it was discovered there was a huge gap between the two areas to be in use on the day, so at the stand in the main hall we started running chair treatments, and were inundated for the day. There were four plinths on the go over at the language school with clients queuing all day long - not even a lunch break was possible.
There were literally hundreds of queries, everything from 'What is Reiki?' to 'How do I join RFI?' and 'Can I learn Reiki?'. Contact details were left at the stand which will give us an opportunity to follow up with people who had treatments on the day. Many people attended the talk that was given at 5pm, and a demonstration was also given.
All credit is due to the members who turned out in force on the day and gave of their time. Thank you all for once more putting the best foot (or should we say hands) forward in the promotion.of Reiki.
Other participating organisations included: Lotus Yoga, Oscailt, Samadhi Yoga, Irish Aikido Federation, Amma Ireland, Art of Living Foundation, Irish School of Homeopathy, Inner Bliss, Walmer College (Suaimhneas Reflexology), Govinda's (serving food), the Indian Embassy, Natasha's Living Foods, Bikram Yoga, Perfect Health, Lake Isle Retreats, Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, Tea Board of India and Yoga Dublin Studios."