My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Reiki Education And Research Institute, Charlotte, NC, USA
Advanced Reiki Class # 2: During class Bill calls student a “trouble-maker”. Student emails Bill asks not to be called names. This request falls on deaf ears.
Class # 3: During class Bill called same student “wicked”. Student in disbelief at the lack of ethics.
Class # 4: Same student recognizes Bill’s need for accurate information regarding military PTSD. Bill thinks PTSD is ego. Student very gently informed him that PTSD is NOT ego, but an imbalance in the Limbic system. Bill has an emotional and physical reaction (body does not lie) red faced, arms making large movements, voice angry and trembling … tries to convince student he knows what he’s talking about with an angry tone. Student thinks, “Hmmm ego? Bill is not ready to work with military trauma. He may push them to suicide. I cannot in good conscious build an alliance with this.”
Student’s husband, also a student in the class and a witness to all occurrences, is not happy with the way Bill has been treating his wife.
Conference after Class #4: After this class Bill requests conference with student. He reveals he has training in Primal Therapy. He brags in being able to push people’s buttons.
Student is informed by Mei Yin not to ask questions during class. Student thinks, “Really? $600 each?” Mei Yin explains it takes too much time. Bill’s method for answering questions is to say, “The answer is inside you. What do you think?” He then continues with time-consuming questioning to the point of fatigue in order to bring student to the answer. This is an incredibly ineffective way to teach. It does not foster empowerment or confidence in the student, quite the opposite. Why not simply provide the answer and say, “you felt this correctly” thus saving time and building confidence?
During this same conversation after Class # 4, the student asks Bill, “If you had all the money you needed what you want to do with RERI?” Bill answers, “Find more money.” The goal is not education or research.
The two above students opted to terminate learning with RERI and requested a prorated refund for the remaining classes not taken. RERI emailed that they are a non-profit organization and DO NOT PROVIDE REFUNDS.
Students are pressured to volunteer for the organization.
Classes consist of a lot of talk with very little experiential training.
Student's needs are not placed first.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Dissolve the non-profit, establish an LLC or S-Corp in order to align with your true intentions.
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