What does an iRest Teacher Training entail?
It’s a 5-day practical and experiential program that teaches the research-backed 10-Step iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation protocol. The iRest Level 1 Teacher Training offers you all of the tools and experience required to deeply enrich your personal practice and teach the fundamentals of iRest to others.
This training is dedicated time to embark on a journey to discover your unwavering inner resource of wellbeing and unlock simple and profound tools that transform how you meet yourself, navigate life and learn to support others to do the same.
Is this training right for me?
Yes! If you’re looking for a transformative experience and in-depth exploration into the origin, evolution, and practical application of this secular meditation practice. It’s something that anyone can do and everyone can benefit from.
Our students usually fall into three categories:
The self-practitioners: People from all over the world who are seeking authentic connection, relief from inner turmoil, or are simply curious about meditation as a tool for self-inquiry.
The 1-on-1 practitioners: Yoga therapists, psychologists, clinicians, and practitioners of the healing arts looking to learn new skills and incorporate this complementary practice into their toolbox.
The group facilitators: Professionals looking to teach iRest to people in general settings like yoga classes and more specialized treatment facilities such as rehabilitation centers.
What will I learn?
- How to better understand your thoughts, emotions, and difficult experiences so that you can use them as messengers toward inner freedom and renewed ease.
- How to move beyond attachment and identification with your body, mind, and experiences to uncover feelings of peace, wholeness and authenticity.
- How to apply the 10-step iRest protocol in your own life and deliver it as an offering to individuals and groups.
By the end of the training you’ll be confident and competent in your personal practice and ability to guide and teach others.
Students have shared that this training has been one of the most transformative experiences of their lives.
“Once I felt the power of the practice for myself, all I wanted to do was share it with others.“ — Mary Steinberg
“I’ve seen over and over again how iRest has completely transformed people’s lives—mine included. It gave me an absolute perspective shift, a reset, and transformed the way I relate to myself, to life, and to everyone around me.” — Una Hubbard
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need prior experience? No prior experience in meditation or yoga is necessary.
- Is this religious or traditional? No. iRest is intentionally designed as an inclusive secular protocol.
- Can I take this training if I’m struggling with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, or depression? Absolutely. iRest is beneficial for everyone and our teachers are trained to hold a safe and supportive environment for you.
- What does the research say? iRest is effective in reducing feelings of stress, worry, and depression. It brings calm and ease, improves sleep, and reduces trauma-related symptoms. You can read the specific research papers here.
What is a hybrid event?
Hybrid events are designed so you can choose to join us in person or live online as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Hybrid events reflect our commitment to provide you with a choice in how you'd like to explore iRest. The choice is yours, but either way, you can expect a high quality experience to keep you immersed in the teachings and in community with your fellow participants. We value the importance of gathering in person, but it’s our duty to ensure every participant is safe by following health guidelines and restrictions. Our hybrid events are held only at venues where it’s deemed safe and legal to do so, and meet our own health and safety protocols. In-person attendees at a hybrid event can expect us to take every precaution to safeguard their health by adhering to all COVID-19 health restrictions and mandates. We'll provide clear and accurate information on what to expect at the event - and keep you updated on any changes. If our safety protocols outlined below don't meet your needs and expectations, we encourage you to join us online for a wonderful livestream experience from the safety of your home.
Which registration option is for me?
If you'd like to join us online and attend this Level 1 Training via livestream each day, please click the "Register Now" button at the top of this page and select "Tuition".
If you'd like to join us in person and attend this Level 1 Training at the venue each day, please click the "Register Now" button at the top of this page and select "Regular Commuter".
What happens if we can’t gather in person due to local COVID-19 restrictions but I’ve registered for in-person participation?
We will continue to hold this Level 1 Training online via Zoom in the event that we cannot hold this retreat in person due to local COVID-19 restrictions. If you registered to participate in person, you will be given everything you need to successfully participate online. We encourage all participants to join us online in the event that we cannot gather in person, but if you are unable to do so, we will issue a partial refund on tuition if you reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1700 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
What health and safety protocols should I expect in-person at the event?
At Yoga Kula studio COVID operations and policies are guided by the recommendations of public health officials. In all situations, and especially in regard to COVID, it is our goal to keep everyone safe. We take these actions with you in mind, so that we can best support our community and continue to practice together as safely as possible. Please note the safety protocols below are subject to change. We will keep you notified on what to expect if standards and protocols are updated.
Vaccinations are required to attend this event so please bring your vaccination card on the first day.
Masks are not a requirement for this event. If reinstated, we'll update you. You are welcome to wear a mask to meet your own personal safety preferences. Safety Features The Yoga Kula studio will provide hand sanitizing stations located throughout the studio.
For your continued health and safety after the retreat, we'll retain your contact information from registration. If a fellow participant tests positive for COVID, we'll alert you immediately.
If a participant becomes ill during the event they must notify staff immediately.
Early Bird Price: $1,495 (Available through September 21, 2022)
Regular Price: $1,595
Scholarships are available.
*If you would like to join us in person at the venue, please select "Regular Commuter" at checkout. If you would like to join us online via livestream, please select "Tuition" at checkout.
- Clinical CE's are available for those with PSY, RN, LCSW, and MFT licenses. For more information on our clinical CE guidelines and registration please click here. To register for Clinical CE's, please click here.
- General CE's will be available for Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists, and other non-clinical licensed participants.
This event will be held in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
Weekend 1 (October 21-23)
Orientation for both online & in-person participants: 1:00-1:15 PM
Program: 1:15 - 5:30 PM
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Lunch break 12:30-2:00 PM
10:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Lunch break 1:30-3:00 PM
Weekend 2 (October 28-30)
12:30 - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch break: 1:30-3:00 PM
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch break: 1:30-3:00 PM
LIVE ONLINE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT:
If you register as an online participant of this live training, it is important to note that you must be present and engaged in all sessions of the training in order to receive an iRest Level 1 Certificate of Completion and classification as an iRest Level 1 Teacher. Attendance will be tracked during each session.
If you are unable to attend this livestream training due to a time zone conflict, please know that we are working toward increasing the number trainings available in non-U.S. time zones. You can see all of our upcoming events here.
Book | CD
Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing
by iRest Founder Richard Miller
Book | CD
The iRest Program for Healing PTSD: A Proven-Effective Approach to Using Yoga Nidra Meditation and Deep Relaxation Techniques to Overcome Trauma
by iRest Founder Richard Miller
† CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.
For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact us at email@example.com.
For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.