Hawayo Takata: A Life in Reiki
Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November 19:00 – 21:00
Limited to 50 Attendees, you will be notified by email if you have been successful
Through diary entries and private correspondence, voice
recordings, personal belongings, and rare photos, take an
exclusive and intimate look at the life and legacy of the Hawayo Takata.
It is through Hawayo Takata’s lifelong dedication to teaching that Reiki is now recognized, offered and taught throughout the world. Born on the island of Kauai in 1900, Hawayo Takata was widowed early in life with two daughters. She became gravely ill. Her personal healing journey took her to Japan where she found and learned Reiki. Takata brought her teacher and the practice to Hawaii, just as her students would bring her to North America. Hawayo Takata called her practice Usui Shiki Ryoho – The Usui Method of Natural Healing – and she shared Reiki with the world until her death in 1980.
After Takata’s passing, her daughter Alice Takata Furumoto preserved her personal belongings – a treasure trove of notebooks, photos, letters, recordings, gifts from her teacher Chujiro Hayashi, and even an original Reiki table. Under the direction of Takata’s successor and granddaughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto, these items were organized, cataloged. Many more items were kept within the family. Now, join Reiki Master Joyce Winough for a special exploration of the life and legacy of Hawayo Takata.
About this Presentation
Longtime Reiki Master Joyce Winough, spouse to late Usui Shiki Ryoho Grandmaster Phyllis Lei Furomoto, was an active member of the team that prepared the Hawayo Takata archives for donation to the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In 2017, Joyce compiled the archival materials to showcase at a family reunion. As the slideshow was enthusiastically received by Takata’s relatives, Phyllis suggested Joyce create a daylong lecture for Reiki communities. And, at the end of 2017, Joyce flew from Kyoto, Japan to Vladivostok, Russia for the premier presentation to 30 Reiki students and masters. Joyce continues to share this offering when and where invited.
Her historically rich presentation includes slides and their accompanying stories. Remastered voice recordings of Takata Sensei from the original tapes, as well as transcriptions. Joyce will then share about being with Phyllis and the global Reiki community during the last twenty years of Phyllis’ life. Before her death, Phyllis appointed her successor Johannes and he is now continuing the tradition that his teacher, Phyllis, created and also creating a new way of being together.
Recently recognized as part of The Office of the Grandmaster, a working group that supports the work of the Lineage Bearer along with Paul Mitchell, Joyce holds not just the materials of the Takata and Furumoto archives but also the energy of connection to this unique and storied family.