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This page gives you personal experiences of previous students and clients, so a big thank you to those who have contributed :0)

 reiki treatment, reiki drumming, reiki master

"The course content was great and it fully met my expectations. The course manual and CD really suited my style of learning and had all the information (and more) I needed for my live training.
I really enjoyed my live training with Cathy.
Her home has such relaxing energy and she is so inspirational. She has a great teaching style. Cathy has lots of knowledge which she easily shared.
I appreciated that there were only a few of us on the course, it wouldn't have been the same if there were a lot more people. It made learning much easier and was especially helpful during our Reiju Empowerments and practising what we had learnt."
A. Harborn, Bucks - June 2018

"I was attracted to incorporating a drum into my sound healing work and I liked that Reiki drum offered specific technigues, rather than just waving a drum over someone and hoping for the best (as I've seen in the past).
I enjoyed the journeying the most, though I think that the mental/emotional technique may prove to be most useful for clients. The course is very good value indeed, especially with the drum and the content of the manual, I read it 3x and got more from it each time!"

P.Tait - Bucks, Sept 2017


"The course content was excellent, and met my expectations as I have followed Taggart for quite some time, having the course manual and Cd's prior to the live training gave me the confidence to go on the training, as I felt quite knowledgeable about what I had learned, I found the manual very informative and been able to listen to the cds at my own pace 'What an excellent way for me to let all the information sink in'
My live training with Cathy Birkinhead was a wonderful informative experience, her knowledge and her wonderful teaching was truly inspirational,
The amount she covered was excellent
I found her a very caring and knowledgeable teacher, there was no such thing as a silly question, I learnt so much from her.What an amazing teacher!!!
I can't really imagine the course could be improved as I found the whole experience wonderful.
Having trained through a different lineage, I felt that I was missing something!!And having the opportunity to study this course through Taggart and then my live training with Cathy BirkinheadI learned a whole new perspective on Reiki I thoroughlyenjoyed the way each chapter flowed beautifully into the next, having the manual and cd's prior was excellent, I feel we all absorb information at a different pace and this way was perfect for me, When I went on the live training I felt a lot more confident as I had learned so much through the manual and cd's, I could just relax and enjoy the live training, I felt privileged to have been a part of the whole experience,I couldn't fault any part of it!
Cathy Birkinhead is a wonderful teacher, I couldn't sing her praises enough!!
Thank you all so much."
M. Jackman, Bucks - Jan 2017
 "The course content was excellent, it surpassed my expectations. The Reiki Evolution course materials were very well written and informative it was such a brilliant day, Cathy was knowledgeable and friendly. The group was fantastic and I learned a lot that day."
K. White - Herts, Dec '15

"My course with Catherine was amazing. She is very thorough and explains everything very well.  I found her warm and welcoming and came away very empowered with a lot more knowledge I would certainly recommend her."
B. Hogan  - Beds, Nov '15

"I thought my course was wonderful last Sunday.  It was a lot to take in during the day and I may have seemed a little tired at the end, but it was a wonderful experience.
Catherine was a wonderful teacher and it was lovely meeting her.  She made me feel very settled, put me at ease and answered all my questions.
It was a fabulous experience being welcomed to Shoden Reiki.
 The course content was great.  I loved the pre-reading, but learnt mostly from the CD, which I could play on my journey to and from work.  It suited my learning style better.
I like the fact that this method is closer to the original Japanese version of Reiki.  That appealed to me a lot.
With Catherine's guidance I was walked through sitting and table top treatments and the self treatment and meditations.  This was good to practice what I learnt in the manual.
It would be good to have a greater chance to practice, but that is what the shares are about, so I look forward to joining them.
 The content was great and I don't know how I could improve upon the course.  It more than met my expectations."
C. Cary - Herts, Nov '15
"I have to say that I spent one of the most enjoyable days ever at Cathy’s house.  She could not have made me more welcome.  The day ran extremely smoothly and both taught and treated the subject of Reiki with patience and a gentle humour which was lovely.
   I really enjoy the CD’s and do my exercises every day to the CD. 
 I don’t think there is anything I could say I would change. I had a beautiful Reiki learning experience thanks to a very professional teacher."
L. Shaw - Dunstable, Sept 2014

"Cathy has a very caring and gentle approach. Feeling the energy, to give and to receive treatments, this has been a fabulous experience for me. Especially the feedback afterwards has built up confidence and the desire to explore. I do realise that things are already changing within myself. I am more calm and peaceful inside, also find it easier to focus
on things. 
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to get to know about Reiki.
I am very grateful that I met Cathy who really inspired me."
 D. Winkler -  Cambridge,  April 2014

"The Reiki Master Teacher "Shinpiden"course content to me was the most interesting part of all courses.
The course definitely met my expectations, even more than I expected. I just love it! All the training materials are great and very useful. I am sure I will be going back to them in the future. I would recommend all of them.
I believe that all Reiki people are lovely, at least I would expect so. Buy saying this I want to add that I am extremely lucky I have met Cathy and I am sure as a person she has had a huge influence on me and my decision to continue Reiki training. I wouldn't change anything what she did. She is an inspiration to me...Adding to this great materials and having a chance to go through them at home at any time, I can only assume that this is exactly what I need!"

J. Botcherby - Bedfordshire, Jan 2014

"My goal for taking the Reiki Drum Practitioner course was to learn an additional form of healing.  I enjoyed all of it and absolutely achieved what I wanted to!

I thought the time scale of the activities on the course was very well balanced and the course was good value for money .The  size of our group was 4 which was perfect! The content of the training manual was excellent and the  support before and during your training was perfect for me.                                           Overall I thought it was an excellent course.  Well put together and delivered.  I had a very enjoyable two days, learned a great deal and I’m very much looking forward to taking things further. Thank you!"

 A. HALSTEAD – Huddersfield Aug 2014

"My goals by taking this course were to experience Reiki Drum techniques and how they could enhance my Reiki. The course has not only achieved my goals  but surpassed them!
The whole course was truly amazing but I think journeying was wonderful.       So much was included on the course I really could not fault it apart from the course having to end :)

The cost of the course is excellent value and the size of the group was perfect. The content of the training manual is very informative and a good reference guide once you've completed your training. Also the support before and during the training was excellent
We included so much and it was such a powerful and beautiful group, we will always be connected. xx"



"My goal was to learn more about Reiki, to understand it and to be able to learn skills to practice & the course has helped me achieve this.  I enjoyed the time spent with Catherine, her teaching, the empowerments and the practice, so I am not able to say I enjoyed one part the most, it was the whole experience of the day.

 I thought that the scale of activities was well balanced time wise, we covered a great deal of ground without feeling rushed. The cost of the course was very reasonable plus an additional C.D. and email follow up. (Good value)

  The environment was welcoming, comfortable and conducive to the work and the content of the training manual was thorough and comprehensive. Catherine gave prompt responses to emails and plenty of information provided before and during the training.

 There wasn’t anything else I feel could improve the course

 I had an enlightening and uplifting day with Catherine. Her approach was warm, empathic and professional.  It felt like a special day particularly as I was able to practice and get a real sense of the Reiki process.  It felt natural for me to do this and I felt very well supported and encouraged by Catherine. The day went very quickly and I enjoyed every minute!"

K. Mistlin, Hertfordshire, Oct 2013

"By taking on the Reiki Drum Homestudy Master Practitioner course, my goals were to deepen my connection with Reiki (I had felt for some time something was missing with my Reiki practice) and I was drawn to drums for a long time. I wanted to work with my power animals, animal totem guide and work with the healing spirit of my drum. Having been drawn to native Indian and African native sounds and having past lives in native cultures it was like a homecoming.  The course helped me to find out what my power animals are and connect me to them. I have experienced a deeper connection to Reiki and my healing work.

I think the distant course was excellent as it allowed me plenty of time (in my time) and enough time to work through each stage in depth. It was excellent value with all the help and feedback I have received and the course materials I have (manual) my drum and had access to (audio and video clips).

The training material is some of the best I have had! I think the manual in use with the audio’s and video clips all went together lovely and were excellent. They clarified what the manual said and asked me to do. The research done into Reiki Drumming and how it helps people with various conditions was a great inclusion and the consultation process, all the professional/business side. My drum is lovely and excellent quality. I think all the support I had was excellent and useful, empowered me and the ongoing support there when the course is complete.

Catherine is an excellent professional Master Teacher and I have had a lovely experience through this course. Catherine’s teaching is excellent to high standards and she is very supportive and caring. Having met a few reiki masters over the years Catherine is the most genuine and experienced. It has been a pleasure to learn from a genuine Master. Thank you."

G. Johnson, Bedfordshire, Oct 2013

“The course met all my expectations and even more. I enjoyed every minute of the course and I am very confident now to practise Reiki with other people. I absolutely love Reiki and the way how your programme is prepared is brilliant!  

 I like the idea to receive all materials earlier. It gave me a chance to gain more information before the practical exercises. As I know, some other courses are giving materials after the course and some masters are just reading information during the training instead of practising exercises. Materials are very interesting, clear and CDs are fantastic. 

I have no words to describe my teacher, Cathy Birkinhead is amazing! I feel lucky that I met her, I feel lucky she is my master and I feel lucky to have now with Cathy our Reiki-shares. She is very professional, she has a lot of experience and her personality "wants you" to learn more. Thank you for fantastic Reiki course”

 J. Botcherby, Bedfordshire, Aug 2013

"I had the most amazing day with Cathy, she's an amazing teacher, thoughtful, considerate, catering to the person individually."

M.Martin, Hertfordshire, June 2013

"I wanted to learn more about drums after connecting so strongly with them when I painted them for others and it just seemed ideal to learn Reiki drumming as I've done Reiki 1 & 2. It’s difficult to say what part of the course I enjoyed the most, I loved it all. Experiencing the power of the drums in treatments as well as in journeying was incredible.

I found the cost of the course was very reasonable & great value. Also the size of the group was perfect, I feel very privileged and the facilities where more than adequate. The training manual is very comprehensive & will remain my guide.

Cathy, your support was amazing. The lovely friendly emails before hand, the incredible looking after us during the 2 days and the great emails after each day with so many useful links.

I adored the course, it has moved me on and helped me to understand so many things on my spiritual path. "

N. Wilson, Manchester, Feb 2013

"Having just passed my 2nd degree I found this equally as good as the first if not better.                                                                 The course content was spot on not to much but enough to manage and take in fully. I think the idea of manuals and cd's to work with before the course is a great idea as I wouldn't have got to grips with the symbols on the day as the distant healing symbol is quite difficult when first looking at it. Over time and breaking it down it becomes easy but not possible to learn in one day. Cathy is a great teacher, she is warm and welcoming and very informative I learnt more than expected, I was introduced to crystals and sound of the symbols which was an unexpected bonus.                                                                                                                                         I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Cathy has given me lots of advice and is always at hand when I have questions so the ongoing support is good too. I'm not sure if I can comment on what to improve as I have never worked with anyone else regarding Reiki but I would say that I wouldn't look anywhere else as I am more than happy with the way the courses are run from start to finish."

C. Fogarty, Buckinghamshire, Jan 2013

The course content was EXACTLY what I was looking for, very detailed
and easily explained. It totally met me expectations.
The course materials were of a good standard and Cathy was lovely, very welcoming and warm. She was also professional in her approach and I was very comfortable and confident in her ability to teach.

M.Martin, Hertfordshire, Dec 2012

“I wanted to learn more about how Reiki Drum could help with my healing work. I wanted to experience the Reiki Drum for myself too. The course helped me achieve this….and more. I have learnt a lot about myself and feel that I have gained confidence in my Reiki Healing Work.

I enjoyed the attunment. Beautiful music , I liked having the course manual way before the start of the course. I found it was very well written, and It enhanced the learning. I loved the idea of the drums being charged with Crystals, and receiving the drum after connecting to it. Yes…lots of aspects I enjoyed :0)

The course timing was very good and right for each activity, and we kept to time too, I didn’t feel that any aspect was rushed. A weeks break between the two course days was beneficial…. It meant that I could reflect on what I had learnt and adjust to the attunement. Very important for me! 

I thought the cost of the course was good value and worth every penny. The group size was great and I was made to feel very welcome in the space. Plenty of refreshements, and lovely food / cake to keep us going :0)

The course materials where very good….packed with info and well written. Plenty of space to write, and I felt the follow up info was useful to. The support was excellent and invaluable. Cathy is a generous teacher… and supportive with regards to professional aspects. I felt there was a good balance of spiritual/ practical/ theory/ and also info for running our healing practices…Very Useful. My confidence has grown considerably since spending time with Cathy, thank you!”

V.Bonnett, Oct 2012


“From the first contact Cathy was very professional and made me feel I was making the right choice in course and teacher. The pre-course work book was really interesting and it helped loads. I was able to learn the history of Reiki and get a good basic understanding of Reiki and the techniques before doing the course. Having the agenda for the day before attending also helped to know what to expect. The course met all my expectations. Cathy is a fabulous teacher. The day felt very relaxed and went by quickly even though we covered so much. We went through techniques, felt energies and were able to give and receive treatments. I left feeling extremely relaxed and at peace, inspired and really connected. It was a wonderful course and I would fully recommend it.”

C. Pressland – Bedfordshire


"Cathy made me feel welcome even before I arrived on the doorstep. Cathys manner was very easy going and I was able to relax very quickly in her company. During the course she imparted her knowledge and skills. I found her instructions very easy to follow. Cathy succeeded in making ny experience extremely interesting and fulfilling"

E. Stanford - Northhamptonshire


“Having previously known very little about Reiki, it was after a lovely treatment with Cathy that I became interested in this form of therapy and decided to further my knowledge with Level 1, and later, Level 2. Cathy provided me with course information and pre-reading material in advance, and the content of the course was thorough, clearly presented and we had plenty of chance to practice what we had learnt. Cathy was a patient and enthusiastic teacher and clearly enjoyed sharing her years of knowledge with us. It was a pleasure learning from someone so passionate about what they are teaching and I highly recommend Cathy to anyone wishing to embark on their own Reiki journey :0)”

K. Cox – London


“Having known Cathy for some time now, I find her kind, caring, understanding and most efficient in her teachings of Reiki. I myself  worked under her for the Reiki Master 3rd degree.

J. Hill – Croydon


“I loved my Reiki training with Catherine Birkinhead. I found her to be really kind and patient and made me feel at ease straight away and I could tell she knew her stuff. The course materials with Reiki Evolution were really easy to understand and grasp. The course fulfilled my expectations and I really enjoyed everything about it. The practicing on each other, sending energy, the meditations…..all in all a great experience and I would love to do it again.”

M. Landolina – London


 “Cathy is a truly inspiring healer. She is organized and meticulous as well as patient and nurturing. I would consider her course of the highest standard and outlined in a way I can truly apply in my everyday life. My course with Cathy was life changing and gave me a better understanding of Reiki and a more intuitive knowing of my true healing potential. Cathy has such a professional approach to her course that I feel I gained every essential element to become a practitioner myself. I would recommend Cathy to anyone wishing to understand more about the sacred power of Reiki.”

A. Morley – London


 “Cathy has a very gentle approach, she listens well and communicates clearly. She gives clear direction and expectation of you. You feel very comfortable, relaxed and open to learning. She has a great way of engaging with you.  I would highly recommend her to anyone at any level”

J. Gibbs – Kent


“I first met Cathy through a Tai Chi retreat which we were attending in Spain, whilst there we had several in-depth discussions about Reiki. When she decided to start running Reiki training sessions, I attended the first one in October 2008 which I found very interesting and informative. I subsequently went to several workshops which she ran whilst she was still living in London. I feel sure that now she has decided to make Reiki her full time occupation she will prove very successful.”

V. Middleton – London


“Thanks to the excellent skills of Reiki Drum Master Cathy Birkinhead I have found a way to access a profound state of emotional, physical and mental relaxation – thanks to an oasis of calm amidst the maelstrom of everyday living”

J. Boake - Hertfordshire

"My goals by taking on the Reiki Drumming course where to learn another aspect of Reiki and more spiritual learning. Also give me more confidence in performing Reiki on others and a deeper understanding of drumming.

I have learnt so much and mostly about myself. This has increased my confidence tenfold.

I enjoyed all aspects of the course! Cathy, my new drumming friends, everything I learnt, My drum, The food, The location. Driving through Whipsnade - the views. The weather. It was all lovely. I liked the way the course flowed. Never bored. Full of content but really relaxed and never rushed.

It was beneficial to have a break between the 1st and 2nd day although I felt I wanted more! Will be lost this weekend without a whole day of drumming. The size of the group was perfect and the atmosphere was lovely and welcoming -  Garden, house, parking all good.

The content of the training manual was very good. Receiving it in advance gave us time to read through a couple of times to familiarize ourselves with the techniques. Cathy was so reassuring as I doubted my experience requirements and she was lovely throughout very approachable via email and in person. Glad to have been taught by such a lovely lady.

I would recommend this course to anyone who is Reiki trained to Shoden plus. It enhances your Reiki practice and I will be telling my Reiki family at our next Reiki share. A truly passionate teacher, Cathy was a welcomed tutor as she embraced every minute of teaching us. Thank you xxx"

K. Lowen, Herts

  "I was drawn to take this Reiki Drum course since it appeared on the Reiki Evolution site. I was so pleased when the dates were put up and I was able to make both days - a first for me, not having something else booked! 

The course has very much satisfied my interests in Reiki Drumming and has made me want to look further at Shamanic ways too - some which I already use and hadn't realised. The best part for me was the journey to find your voice. It was brilliant, emotional, unexpected and healing all in one.
Everything flowed together perfectly over the two days and I thought it was beneficial to do the course with a break in between as it allowed practise.

It was very good value - I'd have paid more, as it's something I really wanted to do.
I thought the facilities where great, everything was perfect.

The Training manual was very informative, gave me a chance to read through what we would be doing on the course and become familiar with it before attending, which in my opinion means you get lots more from the course.
I feel I received good support before, during and after my training. 

To some things up, what can I say, apart from that I really enjoyed the whole experience. Cathy is a brilliant teacher, she is very welcoming and puts everyone at ease. 
There was time for questions and discussions. It was lovely hearing everyone's experiences, sharing what we were all feeling. The Reiki drum journeys were amazing.

The treatments were very powerful yet so relaxing. There really is nothing you could do to improve this course, I will be recommending to all my students!
Almost forgot the lovely lunch too - thank you very much!"
S. Berrisford, Epona Equine Reiki Centre, Lincs.

"I wanted to enhance my healing work and to work with my shaman guide who is amazing and it was this wonderful man that guided me to Cathy's Reiki Drum course.

I loved the course and it was so empowering too.

The part I enjoyed the most was taking the client on a journey with the drum and working with the mantras too, although I loved every part of it really.

I thought the timing and flow worked out really well.  There was no time wasting and it was put together in a very positive way.

I felt the cost was fine and good value, also the group was a perfect size and lovely people 

The venue was lovely, homely and very welcoming with a great energy and the training manual was very informative. 

I felt the support  was great, lots of communication and never a problem when a question was asked. 

I think Cathy is lovely and was a great and perfect teacher.  Thank you xxx"

 D.Harrison, Herts. 


"The symbols were really easy to learn. Although it was a year since I had taken Reiki level 1 First Degree "Shoden" it all flowed very easily. The course met my expectations and Cathy's teaching is relaxed, positive and informative, a very enjoyable day. Working with "Reiji Ho" directing energy with intent was very interesting. I felt very calm but energized for several days afterwards, and uplifted."

L.Lear, Gravesend, Kent

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