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Little Elephant Project

Children and Youth Project

“If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.” Confucius

What is the Little Elephant project?

  • Promote health programs to local children
  • Enhance children’s creativity through fun activities
  • Improve concentration

You can sign up for internship or volunteer to co-create above programs with us.

Children’s courses are also available upon request. In order for children to learn these skills, at least one parent must be a practitioner.

  • Meditation
  • Reiki
  • Yoga


  • Sunrise Reiki, Phang Nga Bay

REIKI is a Japanese word that pronounces as Lei-ki instead of ‘Rei’. In fact, technically, in the Japanese language, there is no word or letter with R as its pronunciation.

REIKI means Universal Life Force Energy. Simply put, this ‘hands-on’ therapy restores our physical, mental and emotional imbalances into original state of wellness. Once you learn the technique on how to channel the abundance of natural resource that is energy, it will be with you the rest of your life as a way to heal yourself, to heal others and any living beings such as animals and plants. It is not based on a belief system of any sorts – but simply follows the natural law of physics. You can be a conduit of Reiki energy so long as you do your daily practices.

Followings are few benefits which everyone could obtain from using Reiki

  • Feeling less tired/stressed
  • Relief of physical and emotional pain
  • Increase in vital energy and feeling happier
  • Reduction in old patterns of habit

 Shima Healing offers two different types of classes for level 1 and 2.

Type 1 – Short: 12 hrs over 2 or 3 days – On Demand, in various locations
Learn level 1 and 2 together or individually but focused purely on theory, attunement with limited hands-on practices. This course is also suitable for those coming from other schools of Reiki and would like to take the Reiki Master class at Shima Healing. If you like to gain more hands-on experiences after the course, you are welcome to come back to sign up for charity activities at our Little Elephant Foundation on the island.

Type 2 – Long: 30 hrs over 6 days – On Schedule twice a year. Dates & Rates
This level 1 and 2 combined 6-day course is for people who would like to learn in a Retreat setting. It starts with early morning Meditation and Yoga, followed by morning classes and evening practical training (on certain nights). It provides for a more comprehensive approach and experiences. Please see bi-annual schedule on Dates and Rates page.

Level 3 (Master)

Information available upon request.

Level 4 (Teacher)

Information available upon request.


A Clear, well guided education course done with lots of heart, wisdom and dedication is very much needed in the healing and wellness industry.

Josephine Ong, Yoga instructor and Reiki teacher

Tibetan Singing Bowls

“We cannot solve our problems with the same mind that we created the Problem.” Albert Einstein

Vibration/Sound + Intention = Manifestation

The power of the sound healing using ancient Tibetan Singing Bowls is indescribably profound and alters our consciousness for positive transformation. It not only can penetrate the body at the cellular level as transfiguration to ease pain, but also open our energetic body to healing, regeneration, and restoration to regain balance and harmony.

Course Modules:

Singing Bowl Foundation course  (30 hours over 6 days)

This week-long workshop will give you the foundation to be able to use one singing bowl of the Seven Chakra bowls for assisting daily meditation practices, self-healing and healing of friends and family members. You will learn the theory, techniques with ample practicing time during the course. This is a first and a pre-requisite course to take practitioner course which we have in two different segments moving onto up to 7 bowl therapy.

Singing Bowl Practitioner Course (30 hours over 6 days)

You may take this course after practicing singing bowl for yourself for at least one year after taking Singing Bowl Foundation course. In this practitioner course, you will learn to use up to three bowls for treatments as a professional therapist. Must re-take this course once completing homework to successfully complete this course within 18 months.

Singing Bowl Practitioner Course Advanced (30 hours over 6 days) Available in 2019

If Singing Bowl Therapy is your path and would like to experience deeper into sound healing as therapist using seven Chakra bowls, this is the class for you. In order to take this course, you will need to take the above Practitioner course for a second time and pass both practicum and written exams.

Specialized courses also available

If you are already a professional teaching yoga and a therapist, it may help you to broaden your skills by incorporating Tibetan Singing Bowls into your current work. If you are one of the following professions it may benefit you to gain some knowledge in Sound Healing. Each course takes one day to complete.

  1. Yoga and Meditation Practitioner and Teacher.

The society is producing many yoga teachers. If you would wish to gain unique yet powerful skills to share and also differentiate yourself from regular Asana classes, this may be the class for you. The Centre’s singing bowl classes not only focus on the bells and bowls but also give you a very solid background in yogic practices. Nada Yoga is the flow of sound yoga in ancient traditions. You will learn how to incorporate sound into your daily practices either internally or externally.

  1. Energy Worker.

When combining with bowls and energy together, it allows us to relax deeply and help give us gain clarity. The sound and the energy will guide you and facilitate the healing process. This course also covers preparation with Singing Bowl sound, beginning and ending the session with bowls and Tingsha, the Tibetan bells.

  1. Physical/Massage Therapist.

Many leading Spas are using Tibetan Singing Bowls at the beginning of massage treatments. The sound from ancient bowls made with seven metals facilitates deep relaxation more quickly and deeply than any other modality. Similarly, physical therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturist have been incorporating bowls and getting positive outcome with their patients. They are a great fusion of therapy with holistic approaches.


It was an immersive experience with a lot of practical practices to have your intuition and techniques as singing bowl practitioner. Much thought and care is given to know the course is conducted so that we can understand the nature of singing bowl therapy and be able to practice it in a safe and responsible manner. Overall, it was a cool retreat set on an island with awesome people and rustic charm. Perfect place to heal, learn and recharge.

Joan Loi, Yoga Instructor and coach, Singapore

It’s hard to put into words my experience on the island. There is a magical energy there and Shima Healing is a beautiful complement to that energy. I learned so much and left refreshed. I personally witnessed the healing power of the Bowls: My wrist injury healed completely during the course! Thank you, Shima Healing! I will be back.
Emmeline, Reiki healer and actor, USA


  • Singing Bowl Workshop in Turkey

We offer the following classes in 3 steps.

  • Learn the healing skills for self-healing and others
  • Practice the skills at our associated centres and the local foundation
  • Introduced to opportunities as therapist in various venues after completing practical training

Community Service at our local community on the island
Upon completion of our courses, we offer an optional practical training to share your new skills in helping local communities to improve their health. If interested, please check out Activities/Little Elephant Project on this website.

Akiko Igarashi

Akiko Igarashi is a distinguished teacher of healing. She is a Reiki Instructor, a Qigong practitioner, a Yoga teacher, and a Tibetan Singing Bowl Master. Above all else, Akiko is a dedicated student of life.

The practice of inner stillness and focus began at a young age with Akiko. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, she was raised in the Eastern tradition of mindful living and the knowing of the interconnectedness of all beings in our existence.

For many years, even though Akiko chose a corporate life path, the practice of cultivating inner wisdom was never far from her heart, or her mind. Whilst many who worked in the same field holidayed in cities or on the beach with a cocktail in hand, Akiko walked the pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago Compostela three times, volunteered in orphanages, and studied healing with teachers in far-off places of Nepal, India and Japan.

Through her own journeys, Akiko embodies the understanding that to heal others we must heal ourselves. This healing of the self comes from a willingness to see, feel and listen to the messages within. And from that point of bliss, greater joy is experienced by giving, and receiving in return. This is the gift Akiko wishes to share with the world through the Shima Healing Institute and its associated projects.

Akiko can be found at the Shima Healing Institute in Thailand facilitating courses, or conducting workshops in Asian countries and Europe in the summer. When she is not teaching, practicing or traveling, Akiko is rock climbing, composing children’s science fantasy literature, writing calligraphy works, and creating new projects that uplifts communities. And of course, she makes sure there is always time to just do nothing, and be.



Yoga and Meditation

2005 Yoga Teacher Training in India. (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham, India.
2005 Initiated in TM (Transcendental Meditation) technique, Mumbai, India.
2006 Yoga Therapy (250 hrs) Yoga Vidya Dham in Nashik, India.
2006 Vipassana 10-day silent meditation in Kyoto, Japan.  

2010 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2011 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.

2012 Vipassana meditation, Singapore.
2017 Meditation Phuket Meditation Center, Thailand.

Therapy Training

2003 Usui Reiki Masterby Chikako Uehara , Japan.
2010 Usui Reiki Teacher Training at Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.
2010 Ancient Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy by Kathmandu Center of Healing, Nepal.

2011 Kundalini Reiki Master by Shirley Tay, Singapore.
2012 Lama Fera Master by Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.
2012 Komyo Reiki Shihan by Kathmandu Reiki Center, Nepal.

2013 Lama Fera Teacher training by Sivvyachetna Temple , India.
2014 Jikiden Reiki Okuden by Frank Arjava Petter in Lesvos, Greece.
2015 Jikiden Reiki Shihan Kaku by Frank Arjava Petter and Yamaguchi, Germany.


My experience at Shima Healing was without a doubt life changing. I first met Akiko five years ago on Koh Yao Noi, and she administered a Singing Bowl Therapy Session for me. I found it to be deep, gentle, and transformative. Years later, we reconnected, and I was lucky enough to be among the first class to study with her at Shima. The course is unlike any other I have ever experienced, and this unique approach to healing has been so beneficial in my life and the lives of my clients. In addition to the coursework, Akiko is a gifted healer, a generous soul, and it is an honor to call her a teacher and a friend. Learning from her and working alongside her is a blessing for which I am beyond grateful.
Rae, Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist, Vietnam, 2016 March