Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May 2022
in person at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills, NSW
or livestream online

It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and stress of the world. If you’re experiencing overwhelm, anxiety, or exhaustion, know that these are important messengers. Perhaps they’re letting you know that the pace is too fast and the doing too intense. Perhaps they’re asking you to slow down and take time to reconnect to a sense of self, a wholeness and peacefulness, that lies deep within you.

This harmonious inner state is always present and available to you. It’s your true nature—untouched by the busyness and stress of life, always easeful, at peace, and unchanging.

When you intentionally slow down and give yourself time to go within, you’re able to reconnect with and return to this natural state of wellbeing, freedom, and calm, regardless of what’s unfolding in your life. One way to enhance your experience of true nature is through iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation.

Slow down and reconnect during this iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion

During this iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion you’ll be guided to rekindle and nourish this connection through the entry points of your body, breath, and mind. Through gentle and compassionate self-inquiry you’ll learn how to befriend yourself, and in doing so, find an ease with life as it is and a felt-sense of harmony return.

This iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion fulfills the short retreat requirement of the iRest Certification Program.

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary. Come enjoy a restful, playful program for enhancing self-care, self-love, and the return of effortless wellbeing, joy, and delight!

What is iRest Yoga Nidra?

iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based meditation, relaxation and healing protocol. It offers a portal for awakening to your essential nature, deeply calming your nervous system and integrating difficult thoughts and emotions. A beneficial personal practice, iRest meditation is also a brilliant adjunct for healthcare and healing professionals.

Research shows iRest effectively reduces stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, and enhances joy, equanimity and well-being in daily life.

Through experiential practice and dynamic dialogue, you can:

  • Explore the 10-Step iRest Protocol to enhance your meditation practice
  • Foster wellbeing and cultivate resilience against burnout, stress, and anxiety
  • Learn a few effective tools for skillfully meeting difficult emotions and beliefs in daily life
  • Learn how to slow down and reconnect with yourself
  • Develop and access an inner resource of wellbeing, ease, security, and peace
  • Experience BodySensing in movement meditation for deep peace
  • Practice BreathSensing for increased energy and deep relaxation
  • Awaken to your essential wholeness

Explore the healing power of yoga nidra meditation

Research and evidence align with our iRest experience

The healing power of yoga nidra is becoming very well known.  But not all forms of yoga nidra are created equal.  iRest has enhanced the basic structure of yoga Nidra by adding several therapeutic steps to heighten its effectiveness for our western lifestyle and world view.

Much of the research on yoga nidra done in the west is on the iRest protocol specifically, and it suggests that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, chemical dependency and post-traumatic stress.

See examples of the current research on iRest »

Complementing formal research, iRest practitioners report a range of benefits to their day to day lives. Many people report enhanced personal relationships and a keener sense of self compassion that stimulates how they look after themselves generally: sleep, diet and exercise. Their feelings of everyday peace allow them to respond, rather than simply react, to life’s challenges.

iRest is also a path of meditative self inquiry. At a basic level, it provides the initial building blocks for a mindfulness practice in which one learns to stay present and alert. At an intermediate level, one learns how to meet challenging experiences, emotions or beliefs in order to integrate and go beyond them. At the highest level, iRest offers the teachings of the “end path” of direct realisation into one’s true nature as abiding peace, infinite calm, and interconnected wholeness.

In person – register
Livestream – register
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What can I expect of a weekend immersion?

An Immersion is an in-depth workshop in the form of a 2-3 day, non-residential event to learn the practices of iRest in an highly experiential environment. At Immersions you’ll be guided first-hand by seasoned staff who will help you understand the basics and develop a personal practice.

A deep dive into the iRest teachings

This weekend immersion will consist of:

  • Teachings and discussion.
  • iRest group practice.
  • One to one iRest practice with a partner.
  • The only physical yoga movements included in the weekend are very gentle body sensing exercises.
  • You will remain in control of your experience. If you are not comfortable with any of the practices, they can be modified.

Experience the 10-Step iRest Protocol with us

The very rich philosophy that underpins the iRest protocol, based on ancient yogic texts and the wisdom of modern psychology and neuroscience has been distilled into the 10 steps of iRest. They elicit brain wave states that evoke a profound depth of relaxation and rejuvenation.

It could be said that these 10 steps are Universal truths that lead you to peace, happiness and wholeness – to return you to your innate state of simply being – to get acquainted and familiar with that part of you that remains unbroken and is always whole and complete. It is spiritual exploration, without any trace of religion.

This weekend will give you both an in-depth understanding of these steps and an intensive experience of them in a safe space with a like-minded community.

iRest is about wholeness

The protocol will offer you with a complete self-care system that you can weave into your life in a way that works for your unique circumstances. You may be seeking to manage challenging circumstances in your life, find relief from pain, insomnia or other health concerns. You may be seeking a greater sense of purpose or meaning in your life. Whatever your healing, it will come from a wholeness rather than a sense of lack, that you need to be fixed or changed. You will discover that you are your own teacher and experience ways to reconnect to this ever present wisdom within you.

Towards certification

This weekend also counts as credit towards iRest certification. This could be the beginning of developing a powerful skill to use in professional practice or to provide progress along a journey that you’ve already commenced.

Yoga Nidra training

Venue: St Josephs Baulkham Hills

St Josephs Baulkham Hills
33 Barina Downs Road, Baulkham Hills

The Immersion venue is 900m walk from Norwest Metro station.

St Josephs Baulkham Hills
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Immersion schedule

Friday 20 May Registration: 5.00pm to 5.45pm
Program: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Saturday 21 May Program: 9.00am to 6.00pm (90 minute lunch)
Sunday 22 May Program: 9.00am to 4.00pm (90 minute lunch)

Includes light morning and afternoon refreshments – fruit and teas.

N.B. This immersion weekend is not residential.

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