The Deep Roots of Reiki Tour 2025

 

Embark on a transformative journey to uncover the roots of Reiki and Japanese esoteric spirituality. Join us for 8 immersive days filled with exclusive access, esteemed guests, unparalleled learning experiences, and cultural immersion not found on any other tour!

9-16 May, 2025
A 8 Day/7 Night Tour to KYOTO, JAPAN

Booking for the tour will go live exclusively for Rootsoflife.org members and students on May 31st!  Booking open to all participants from June 30th!

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Bruce created a outstanding Reiki Pilgrimage. It was full of unexpected blessings that revealed themselves like miracles. Many times the spaces we were welcomed into brought me to tears. We had so many experience that were off the beaten path and I felt so privileged to have this special access. Ultimately it answered my Reiki questions, created sacred space for me to settle into to, and to bless my healing practice. Thank you Bruce for the incredible journey!

K.R. - Austin Texas

Exclusive booking access for rootsoflife.org members opens May 31, 2024!  The early bird discount is offered exclusively to rootsoflife.org students and members!  Space on the tour is first come, first served and is limited to only 20 participants! 

Booking for NON rootsoflife.org students and members will go live on June 30th, 2024!

Are you not yet a rootsoflife.org student or member and keen to join?  Registration is simple and can be done here

Do you have a question or would you like to speak to Bruce directly about the tour?  If so, please fill in the contact form below to start a conversation!

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Video Testimonials from Deep Roots of Reiki tour attendees

Christine Renee from Reiki Cafe
Speaking on the 2023 Tour

Myriam – speaking on the 2024 tour

Melhem Zouheiri @starseedreiki717

Speaking on the 2023 Tour

Young Woman Enjoying Japanese Countryside
Japanese Food with Rice
Buddhist Temple

I will hold the experiences in the first and last zen temples and those in deep Kurama in my heart and mind forever. Thank you, Bruce. Your good heart held a high vibration that built a field of caring – keeping everyone together and attracting higher forces

M.A. - Barcelona, Spain

Going on a pilgrimage through the sacred sites of Reiki was incredibly powerful and impactful. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to join this tour and would encourage anyone who loves Reiki + all Reiki practitioners to embark on a similar journey once in their lifetime. The tour was elegantly organized and culturally rich. It was wonderful to have Inamoto Sensei on the tour to give us a deeper awareness of Reiki from a Japanese perspective. Thank you Bruce for organizing such a meaningful tour. You will benefit greatly from embarking on this experience!

K. L. S - California

Join Bruce Taylor for this amazing tour that includes:

  • 8 Days/7 Nights in the Kyoto area
  • Tours of Mount Kurama and a very special audience with the head priest of Kurama Temple
  • Full Moon fire ceremony on Kurama mountain led by the head priest of Kurama-dera temple – a profoundly moving and spiritual experience! 
  • Tour of sacred Mt. Hiei with a private audience and training from Ajyari sama (an individual revered as a living god in Japan!)
  • A magical tour of the Deep Kurama area – renowned for its spiritual heritage – where we will come together with Yamabushi to discover the mystical practice of Shugendo under the full moon and within the captivation of a traditional Goma ceremony (pictured bottom left)
  • Teachings from Bruce Taylor on Reiki, Spirituality, and Esoteric Buddhism within the Kurama temple complex & throughout the tour!
  • Reiki Share Evening with Komyo Reiki-Do Teachers and Students
  • Time to explore the beauty of Kyoto with its wealth of temples, gardens, and rich history

– The Goma Ceremony –
Will You Be With Us For A Similar Experience?

Tour Price: 3975 (EUR)
~ 4200 USD

Rootsoflife.org Students + Clients
Exclusive Early Bird Discount of

375 until October 31 – 2024!

Tour Date: 9-16 May, 2025

Location: Kyoto – Japan

 

Discount will be applied to either full booking or final payment (if booked via deposit) and will be via a coupon code to rootsoflife.org students and members

Payment plans are set up for the tour which spread your cost over three payments!  Simply select the payment plan option on the booking page!

 

👀👉 And GREAT NEWS

Currently, the Japanese Yen is at a
35-YEAR LOW! Japan hasn’t been this

affordable since 1990!!🙏

Do you have questions about the pilgrimage?  Contact me via the form below, and let’s talk!

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When I saw the ad about this tour, I immediately felt that I was already there. The energy felt right, the goal felt like mine, and it was the quickest “yes I am in” I have ever taken in my life. After that, all the logistics (I need a visa to travel almost every where) fell in place. It turned out to be one of the most cherished experiences of my life!

R. H - Hong Kong

It was an amazing adventure, beautifully put together.  The tour allowed such unique access to people and places that you just can’t get anywhere else.  Bruce’s efforts in crafting a spiritual tour of a lifetime didn’t disappoint!
M. Z. Lebanon

  Deep Roots of Reiki Tour Itinerary

   The “Deep Roots of Reiki” pilgrimage – spanning eight days/seven nights, including:

  • Two trips to sacred Mt. Kurama (the birthplace of Usui Reiki Ryoho), inclusive of a
    PRIVATE audience with the head priest of Kurama-dera temple and full Reiki teachings from Bruce Taylor in the Kurama Temple grounds!
    – Together, we will uncover the mysteries of the Sonten Sect of Mt. Kurama, and we will learn of the rich esoteric spirituality of this mountain and further why Usui Sensei sought enlightenment here.  

  • Full moon fire ceremony at Mt. Kurama in which we will come together to experience a fully immersive evening ritual to the deities of Mt. Kurama! 
  • Full-day excursion to sacred Mt. Hiei – the birthplace of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan and home of the famous Marathon Monks – inclusive of sutra recitation and a PRIVATE audience with Ajyari sama (the most senior of the marathon monks on Mt. Hiei) taking place in a secluded mountain temple where we will learn about the Kaihogyo and the mysteries of Mt. Hiei!
    – Ajyari sama has spend the past 13 years in continual training on Mt. Hiei – completing the 1000 day Kaihogyo.  He is the current senior resident Ajyari sama and is one of only 46 people to have completed the Kaihogyo since 1885 (and the only one currently on Mt. Hiei!)    We will partake in a very special private Goma fire ceremony with Ajyari sama and receive the blessing of Fudo-myoo and further we will have a fully private zazen meditation experience with the Ajyari sama!   If you don’t know about the marathon monks or the Kaihogyo, you can watch a wonderful YouTube documentary on them here
    Or you can read a great article from the Guardian on them here

  • Reiki attunement, teaching, and practice on Mt. Kurama – the spiritual birthplace of Reiki and the home to the esoteric and mysterious Sonten Sect

  • A private and fully guided tour of Shogo-In Temple in Kyoto will be conducted by the head priest
    This is the head temple for the practice of Shugendo in Kyoto and is dedicated to The Immovable Wisdom King – Fudo-Myoo.  Further, the temple is  CLOSED to visitors and tour groups – but we will have full access on this fully private tour!  This tour will bring us deep into the temple to explore the rich history of Shugendo with access that is NOT offered to tourists and we will have the unique opportunity for deep and enriching teachings on Fudo-myoo, the practice of Shugendo, and how it all relates to our own internal personal journey of discovery.

  • PRIVATE Goma Ceremony in Deep Kurama guided by senior priests from Shogo-In Temple and Yamabushi practitioners from the Kurama, Kyoto, and Hiei areas.  This very special celebration will mark the first anniversary celebration of Fukuden-ji temple in Deep Kurama and you will be part of the foundational visitors as a new chapter of spirituality in the Kurama valley begins to take form! 

  • Full temple musical performance by Hiroki Okano in Deep Kurama – See Hiroki-san perform at the Ladakh Shanti Stupa in Leh – India
  • Private ceremony at Fukuden-ji inclusive of a complete recitation of The Lotus Sutra – all set in Deep Kurama – an area well off the tourist map, yet it remains one of the richest spiritual centers of all of Japan
  • Reiki share evening with Inamoto Sensei and Komyo Reikido shihans in Kyoto

  • Time in and around Kyoto to explore everything this world-famous city has to offer
  • Ongoing teaching on Reiki and Esoteric Buddhist practices by Bruce Taylor paired with plenty of time to practice!
  • Experience authentic Japanese culture and living as we venture deep into the forests surrounding Kurama mountain! This is an an opportunity to experience the tranquility of countryside living while focusing on our practice and investigation of Reiki and esoteric spirituality
  • Please note that this tour is a dynamic experience, and the above itinerary is subject to change without notice.  Additional opportunities for the tour may be added or modified at any time. 

Deep Roots of Reiki Tour Itinerary By Day

👺 May 9th – Meeting at Yasaka Shrine – lunch – Private guided tour of Shogo-In Temple by the head priest of the temple – evening free
Here we will learn about the rich history of the Shogo – In temple, the connections between the temple and the imperial families of Japan,  and explore the many significant cultural treasures held within the temple grounds.  We will further learn about the practice of Shugendo (The Way to Spiritual Power Through Discipline) – and how this practice may begin to explain Usui Sensei’s journey into Mt. Kurama – The Mountain of Darkness, Mountain of Light. 
The majority of Shogo-in Temple is closed to the public, however we will have exclusive access to the temple grounds.  

👺 May 10th – Depart from Izumo – no – Okuni statue meeting point for Mt. Kurama – Morning Reiki and Spiritual teachings in Kurama complex – lunch in Kurama town or Kurama-dera temple (TBD)- first ascent of Mt. Kurama and full tour of mountain with the head priest of Kurama-dera temple – Return to Kyoto for dinner 
Here, we will learn about the mysteries of Mt. Kurama directly from the head priest- why this mountain was once called “The Mountain of Darkness, Mountain of Light.” We will learn about the breakaway Sonten Sect and the mysterious main deity of Mt. Kurama, gain a deeper understanding of why Usui Sensei sought out this mountain for his 21 days of austerity,  and further understand why and what makes this one of the most sacred – and least understood – mountains in all of Japan

👺 May 11th – Free morning in Kyoto to explore – late afternoon private tea meditation ceremony in a private temple complex – sightseeing or personal time as desired – dinner in Kyoto

👺 May 12th – Depart from the meeting point for our second full day on Mt. Kurama – Morning Reiki and Spiritual teachings from Bruce Taylor in the Kurama temple complex – lunch in Kurama town – second ascent of Mt Kurama – Reiki attunements (if applicable) and meditation practice throughout the day – trek to Kibune and explore Kibune town and temple complex – Dinner in Kurama town and ascend the mountain to attend the Uesaku Full Moon Fire Festival at Kurama-dera temple.   

👺 May 13th – Free morning in Kyoto – Depart for Deep Kurama – Lunch in Deep Kurama village in traditional Japanese home- relaxed afternoon and time with special guests, monks, and teachers – late afternoon full Goma fire ceremony with Yamabushi  – temple Lotus sutra recital – full moon evening practice around the Goma at Fukuden-ji temple – return late evening to Kyoto

👺 May 14th – Free day in Kyoto to explore on your own, rest, or tour as a group (led by Bruce Taylor) with events TBC- evening Reiki share at Komyo Reikido in Kyoto (TBC)

👺 May 15th – Depart from the statue meeting point for Mt. Hiei – lunch at Mt. Hiei and exploration of main temple grounds – descend to the Wisdom King Hall for our half day with the Ajyari sama (private goma fire ceremony and blessing + private zazen meditation in the the Imperial Guest House of Hieizan (closed to the public) Here we will learn about the practice of the Kaihogyo, as shown in the video below, the rich history and spirituality of Mt. Hiei, and the deity Fudo-Myoo and the austerity practices one may undertake to become a living god. Return to Kyoto for dinner

👺 May 16th – Depart from meeting point to make way to the Toji Temple grounds – late morning at Toji Temple – tour concludes at 12:30 PM

This is a rough outline and is subject to change or to be modified/updated 

 

The Kaihogyo – A taste of what’s to come on Mt. Hiei

👺 The Mysteries of Deep Kurama await! 👺

Bruce Taylor teaching at the base of Mt. Kurama

Tour Refund Policy & Further Details:


The tour is strictly limited to 20 people.

It is the full responsibility of each tour participant to ensure any/all travel requirements are met:

Adhering to the tour refund policy as outlined below, please note that there will be NO refunds offered should an individual not be able to join the tour because of visa/document/personal issues that may arise beyond the dates set forward in the refund policy.  This is inclusive of personal injury or family issues that may arise.

Tour Size, Booking and Refund Policy:

Tour dates: May 9 – 16, 2025
Early Bird Pricing is open until 31st October 2024 for rootsoflife.org members only!

Tour Group Size min/max:
Minimum number for tour to run: 12 pax
Maximum: 20 pax

Should the minimum of 12 pax not be met then all booking fees will be refunded in full to each person (not restricted to the refund policy dates as discussed below)

Tour Liability Policy:

From your payment which secures your space on the Deep Roots of Reiki Tour 2025, you agree to remove Bruce Taylor, Rootsoflife.org, and any associated guests, and those deemed as guests by Bruce Taylor, fully free from any liability – personal or otherwise – from your attendance on this tour.  
Further you have agreed that you have fully read and fully agree to the tour liability terms and conditions which is outlined within the general terms and conditions for rootsoflife.org, which can be found here  

Refund Policy Dates:

 

For all bookings (inclusive of full payments and deposits), the following refund dates will be observed:

Before Oct 31, 2024 – bookings (deposits and full bookings) are 100% Refundable

From November 1, 2024 – to January 31, 2025 – bookings (deposits and full bookings) are
50% Refundable

From February 1st until the tour – Booking is NOT refundable, AND FURTHER from February 1st – deposits for bookings will NO LONGER be accepted.

Because of the nature of this experience and all involved in planning this pilgrimage, the above refund policy timeline will be strictly followed, and exceptions to the above cannot be entertained.

What is included in the tour cost, and what costs are your responsibility?

Included in your booking of this tour via Rootsoflife.org  are the guiding and teaching services offered by Bruce Taylor and opportunities with special guests (i.e. priests, monks, musicians, scholars, etc) on the tour (when appropriate).  Also included in the cost is the lunch on our first visit to Mt. Kurama (May 10th) as well as meals and transportation during our time in Deep Kurama.  

Further, there will be a PRIVATE Facebook group established where I will share tour information and travel details and assist with your questions on accommodation and logistics. 

What is NOT included in the tour cost listed here at Rootsoflife.org?

You are responsible for:

  • Fees associated with our experience on Mt. Kurama (sutra copying, private prayer practice for Shoten) – estimated cost for this is around 25 EUR/USD/person 
  • Transport TO and FROM Kyoto.

  • Flights to and from your home country to Osaka or a point of entry of your choice into Japan (with further transport to Kyoto arranged on your own)

  • All transport costs within Japan (rail, taxi, bus, etc) – excluding the transport explicitly noted above as included

  • Any admission fees to any sites, temples, and any associated costs with all excursions beyond those which are either explicitly or implicitly noted from the tour and/or Bruce Taylor/Rootsoflife.org

  • All food-related expenses (meals, snacks, etc) – please note that the ONLY meals included in the booking price are those as noted above during our time in Deep Kurama.  All other meals and food-related expenses are NOT included. 

  • Travel insurance, medical insurance, or any other personal fees or expenses you may incur that are not directly related to the guided services as outlined in the section above.  It is STRONGLY advised that you purchase fully refundable flights and a comprehensive travel insurance policy that will ensure your external trip costs can be fully refunded if the tour does not take place because of pandemics, acts of god, unforeseen travel restrictions, border closings, or any other issues that may arrise. 

    A General Estimate On Prices In Kyoto:

    GREAT NEWS! Currently, the Japanese YEN is at its lowest price against the USD in 30 YEARS!  Your USD and EUR are going to go FAR in Japan! 

    Visa Fee: (USA, Europe, and most countries enter visa-free. Some countries may need to apply in advance; please check this list:

    General Transportation Estimated Costs:
    Osaka-Kyoto bullet train ~$10 each way
    Subway ride in Kyoto ~$1 USD per trip (depends on distance traveled)
    Bus fare ~$1 USD per trip, based on distance
    Taxi in Kyoto ~$10-25 USD depending on distance

    Entrance to most shrines (Mt. Kurama, etc) ~$5 USD or less

    Dinner out at a mid-range restaurant ~$15-20 USD
    Budget restaurant dinner (still amazing food!) ~$6 USD

    Onsen (public bath) entrance fee ~$7-10 USD per person and usually good for an entire day

    A rough estimate on all of the above might be around $40 USD/35 EUR/day for food, admission, transport, and general expenses. Slightly more depending on the quality of restaurants and transport used.

    As a very rough estimate for the total trip cost, you should budget between 6-7.5K EUR (~ 6500-8000 USD)  , which would be inclusive of all travel, personal expenses, and retreat costs,