Lawrence Ellyard - Biography
Lawrence Ellyard is an author of nine books; is the CEO of the International Institute for Complementary Therapists; founder of the International Institute for Reiki Training and founder of Natural Therapy Finder.
Lawrence’s career in complementary therapies began in the early 90’s completing his formal training apprenticeship as a Reiki Instructor by early 1993. He later founded the International Institute for Reiki Training in 1996 (formally – The Australian Institute for Reiki Training).
Following his extensive international teaching tours Lawrence began writing his first book titled: ‘The Tao of Reiki’ which was first published in 2001 in India selling over 10,000 copies and was later republished and updated under the title: ‘Reiki Healer’. This book was published in the United States through Lotus Press in 2004.
Following the success of Reiki Healer, Lawrence had already commenced work on a new book titled: ‘Reiki Satsang - 200 Questions and Answers’ (self-published in 2004). Lawrence also completed a contemporary rendering on the Buddhist classical text – The Dhammapada which presents 423 sayings of the historical Buddha. This book was published in 2005 through his new UK publisher O Books which includes a foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
In 2006 Lawrence completed another 2 books which were published together as a two volume set titled: ‘Reiki 200 Questions and Answers for Beginners’ (a revised edition of Reiki Satsang) and ‘The Ultimate Reiki Guide for Practitioners and Masters’. Now in second editions, both books are published through O Books publishing in the UK.
In addition to his Reiki and Buddhist works Lawrence also studied with Dr. Masaru Emoto, the author of ‘The Hidden Messages in Water’ in Hawaii in the year 2006 becoming a Certified IHM Hado Instructor. In the same year he co-founded Hado Institute Australia (HIA) and upon Dr. Masaru Emoto’s invitation during his Australian tour in 2006, Lawrence commenced writing a new book titled: ‘The Spirit of Water’ published in November 2007 through O Books publishing and has since been translated and published in several foreign lanuages.
In 2008, Lawrence had Reiki Meditations for Beginners published through O Books publishing and in October of 2009 Lawrence's latest book: The Secrets of Spiritual Marketing was published also through O books.
Lawrence’s other interests include the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism through Diamond Way Buddhism under the instruction of Lama Ole Nydahl and Lawrence has also studied under the late Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche since 1993.
Lawrence is an active member of the Spirit of the Earth Medicine Society (SOTEMS). He is a Ceremonial Leader, Sweat lodge facilitator and Minister within the society under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Rafael Locke, Medicine Chief of the society and the Director of IKON International Institute for Healing Arts and Sciences. Lawrence currently runs sweat lodges in Byron Bay on a regular basis.
In addition to his writing and healing work, Lawrence has studied Transpersonal Counseling for many years, earning a Diploma in Transpersonal Counseling. In 2009 Lawrence was awarded a Masters of Transpersonal Studies (IKON Institute) in recognition for his achievements and service to the community of healing.
Since this time, Lawrence has been ultra-busy being a Dad to this two boys and working on the international expansion of his businesses.
Lawrence’s hobbies include Aikido, Snow-boarding, Scuba-diving and Travel. He lives in Byron Bay, Northern NSW, Australia.