Joyce Leonard

Reiki Teacher based in the Santa Cruz, California area
Specializing in:

  • Reiki Courses: What is Reiki – an Introduction, Shoden, Okuden, Shinpiden, Reiki Teacher, How to be a Professional Reiki Practitioner
  • Reiki Treatments
  • Reiki Shares (Reiki Expansion Groups) for students
  • Reiki Master Intensives for those trained at the Shinpiden Level
  • Animal Reiki Intensives for anyone trained in Reiki

Santa Cruz Reiki Works is run by founder and Reiki Teacher/Practitioner Joyce Leonard. Joyce began her adult life working in the corporate world, holding positions of customer service representative, call center manager, instructor, product manager, project manager, and team lead. In her late thirties, Joyce felt a different stirring inside her and, after much soul-searching, changed careers and became a Life & Relationship Coach. Here, she helps people discover within themselves how to lead healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives. In 2005 Joyce became a Reiki practitioner, studying under Kathleen Prasad, of Animal Reiki Source. In 2007 she began her Master’s training with Frans Stiene, of the International House of Reiki. Both Kathleen and Frans continue to be Joyce’s Reiki teachers and mentors today.

Joyce was a volunteer foster parent for the San Francisco SPCA, fostering no less than 125 orphaned, underaged, and sometimes undersocialized kittens over the course of four years. By offering these little ones Reiki on a daily basis, Joyce witnessed how Reiki helped kittens become healthier and less afraid much more quickly. Joyce also volunteered for Crossroads Hospice in San Francisco, relieving full time caregivers for an hour or so each week. Here, Joyce was able to do her Reiki meditations and Reijus alongside the dying. She saw how Reiki energy provided some relief to the dying in the form of peace, comfort, and sometimes, even joy.

After relocating to the Santa Cruz Mountains in the summer of 2008, Joyce started Santa Cruz Reiki Works, where she thoroughly enjoys both teaching and offering Reiki sessions. She also teaches an introductory Reiki workshop at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Continuing with her coaching, Joyce teaches classes on various topics such as stress reduction, clutter-proofing, and living a profound life, along with providing individual coaching sessions to support people in living life more fully. In 2017 she became a certified hypnotherapist, helping her clients get answers to deep questions about their lives.

Joyce created Reiki BreaksTM, providing 25-minute Reiki sessions to businesses and organizations as a stress-reducing break in their day. After their sessions, employees report feeling more relaxed, grounded, peaceful, and productive.

Joyce is a Grief Support Volunteer at Hospice of Santa Cruz County, supporting individuals and co-facilitating groups through the loss of their loved ones. One group, Many Paths to Healing, incorporates Reiki as a way to move through the grief.

Joyce enjoys life in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, three cats, six chickens, her garden, and a rich community of dear friends and students.

You can find out about classes, workshops, and Reiki sessions at Contact Joyce at [email protected] or at 831-431-1877 (call or text).

“Joyce’s engaging teaching style is down-to-earth and open, Which facilitates self-healing and community. No matter the students’ or clients’ background, everyone feels included, accepted, and at home. Whether your journey is for wellness, wellbeing, self-awareness, personal growth, or all of the above, I highly recommend Joyce Leonard and Santa Cruz Reiki Works.”  - Reiki Student and Client