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Dawn Brooks will talk about “Reiki: Ancient Healing, Spiritual Path” at the Jan.21 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The free, ecumenical meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute silent meditation.

Brooks was introduced to Reiki in 2007 when she accompanied a close friend to Reiki level 1 Initiation and was blown away by the experience. At first she used the practice mainly for self-healing and spiritual development. Now she is a Reiki Master Teacher sharing this healing practice with private clients and those who wish to be initiated into the practice.

Brooks has lived in the Panama City area for 12 years. She moved here to be close to the water and enjoy the warmer climate, along with her husband and two sons. Following a 30-year nursing career, she is now following a new calling as a yoga instructor and reiki trainer. Interested in all movement and energy traditions, she studies qi gong, reiki, and yoga tantric practices, among others. Owner of Yoga Elements in Carillon Beach, she says she enjoys guiding others to better understand themselves and their path.

Brooks grew up in Maine and moved to Kansas at age 17. She attended the University of Kansas, then graduated from Stormont Vail School of Nursing in 1984. She worked as a nurse in many capacities over the years while raising two sons, then retired from nursing in 2014.

She obtained her basic 200-hour yoga training in 2008 at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine, then her 500-hour training in 2011. Dawn is also trained in prenatal yoga and standup paddleboard yoga. Meditation being part of the path, she has enjoyed insight meditation training through Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in the Tergar Tradition and facilitates a Buddhist book club monthly, open to anyone interested. She also leads a Monday evening Metta Meditation group, and yearly Yoga Adventure Retreats in the mountains.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. Contact for information.
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