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Male healthcare provider wearing a white coat and a face mask

A Path of Heart: Flourishing in Our Lives and Work in the Midst of Challenging Times

November 11—14, 2021



Join meditation expert and clinical psychologist, Richard Miller and renowned medical practitioner Dr. John Patterson for a practical meditation course proven to facilitate healing, transformation, and wellbeing. 

This evidence-based CE/CME course is designed for medical and mental health professionals who wish to acquire personal and professional knowledge and skills for integrating research-based meditation protocols for enhancing stress-reduction, resilience and well-being in their personal life and offer them to their patients and clients in a safe, effective, and up-to-date manner. 

iRest is an empirical, mind-body approach to facilitating health, healing, resilience, and wellbeing. It’s the result of over fifty years of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr. Richard Miller. Research indicates that iRest effectively alleviates PTSD, insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, chemical dependency, and sleep issues. 

The iRest Program is being delivered successfully to active duty military and combat veterans, chronic pain sufferers, homeless people, people who are incarcerated, medical and mental health caregivers, and other special interest groups. 

Research reveals that stress can either disrupt our ability to feel connected within and with our patients and clients, or it can serve as a portal for transformation that enhances indestructible resilience and well-being. Stress can lead to psychological and physical disorders, including heart disease, immune deficiency, pain, depression, post-traumatic stress, and addictions. Or, it can serve as a messenger that enables us to get back on track and feel in harmony within ourselves and with our sense of value, purpose, and meaning. 

Studies show that mindfulness-based practices such as iRest are analogous to neural training regimens, targeting core body, mind, and brain skills and functions that are important for success and well-being in daily life. These practices are especially effective as they target brain plasticity in the areas of sensory, motor, and limbic and prefrontal cortical functioning. Thus, iRest is an ideal intervention for re-shaping neural pathways critical to fostering emotional self-regulation, ethical decision-making, resiliency, enhancement of cognitive and emotional skills and development of empathy and well-being. It also improves overall physical and mental health. 

This training covers six major areas of learning: 

  1. The Neuroscience of Meditation 
  2. The Ten Steps of iRest: a modern-day secular adaptation of Mindfulness Meditation 
  3. Working with challenging sensations, emotions and cognitions 
  4. Stress-busting skills for attaining deep rest, relaxation, resilience, and well-being 
  5. Practices to enhance resilience and restful sleep 
  6. Integrating iRest tools with patients and clients 

Learning Objectives 

Unit One: Theory 

  1. Knowledge of the historical roots of iRest 
  2. Basic knowledge of current scientific research that underlies iRest 
  3. Basic knowledge of Western and Eastern psychophysical healing perspectives underlying iRest 
  4. Basic knowledge of the neuroscience of meditation 
  5. Basic knowledge of trauma-informed protocol 
  6. A beginning orientation to the Path of Meditation and its use in working with individuals and groups 

Unit Two: Method 

  1. List and define the 10 steps of iRest 
  2. Define working definitions of Integrative Restoration, Attention, Law of Awareness, Principle of Welcoming 
  3. Differentiate between ‘Dissociation’ and ‘Disidentification’ 
  4. Describe the five pointers that facilitate experiencing unbreakable resilience 
  5. A basic understanding of when and how to use opposites of sensation, emotion, and cognition 
  6. Understand basic needs of listening, hearing, connecting, and belonging that foster safety 

Unit Three: Using iRest with Individuals and Groups 

  1. How to useiRest Meditation with individuals and groups 
  2. Guide a person through an individual session using the principles of iRest 

Unit Four: Developing a Personal Practice 

  1. The ability to apply the ten steps of the iRest Program within a personal practice 
  2. Practice the physiology of somatic BodySensing and BreathSensing during guided experiential practices 
  3. Integrate practices to support self-regulation and well-being during daily life


This event is being livestreamed using Zoom.


$495 - Early Bird Pricing *
$595 - Regular Pricing

(* Early Bird pricing available through October 11, 2021)


Approximately 22 Continuing Education (CE) credits.
CE registration information will be sent with your event registration receipt.
This event satisfies the Certification short retreat requirement.

* 22 credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) will also be available for MD, DO, PA, and NP. CME registration information will be sent to you via email 10-14 days prior to the event start date. 

If you have have any questions about CE or CME registration for this event, please contact


Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14, 2021


All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Thursday, November 11: 4:30–8:30 PM
Friday–Saturday, November 12–13: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
Sunday, November 14: 9:30 AM–1:30 PM

CE Info

† CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) ( which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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.

LCSWs, MFTs, and other mental health professionals from states or provinces other than California need to check with their state or province licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California.

For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact the iRest Institute at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at