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.
*Please read the information below before registering so you understand what health and safety protocols you should expect in-person at the retreat, what happens if we can't gather in person due to local COVID-19 restrictions but you've registered for in-person participation, and which registration option is best for you (single, double, commuter, or online only).
4250 Fremont Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
What health and safety protocols should I expect in-person at the retreat?
Retreat participants will be the only group onsite at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, meaning everybody you'll encounter will be adhering to identical safety standards. You can see our requirements and protocols below. Kindy note they are subject to change based on federal, state and local regulations. We will keep you updated regarding any changes to those outlined below.
All participants and staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. You'll be asked to send a photo of your vaccination record to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington State Tracing Requirement
Contact information for participants and staff will be retained to facilitate notification in case of a positive COVID test.
Masks are required at all times for all participants, staff, venue employees, service people, and guests.
If any individual becomes ill during their stay they must notify staff immediately and will be asked to remain offsite and participate by livestream.
The Yoga Tree in Seattle has several hand washing and hand sanitizing stations located onsite. The event room is fully ventilated with open windows and fans, and sanitized after each class.
Mats, Blankets, Props, & Miscellaneous
You must bring your own mat. The studio will have blankets, bolsters, and blocks available with specific cleaning protocols to follow after each use - but you are encouraged to bring your own. Bring layers to dress warm; the event room is very well-ventilated and can get a bit chilly!
Early Bird Price: $1,495 (Available through February 8, 2022)
Regular Price: $1,595
*All prices listed in USD
Which registration option is for me?
I would like to participate in-person onsite at Yoga Tree in Seattle and make arrangements for my own meals and accomodations. I've reviewed and agree to the health and safety protocols above. My registration price includes tuition, the digital Level 1 Reference Guide, and digital Level 1 Training Manual. Recordings of this event are not available. To register as an in-person/commuter participant please select “Commuter” at checkout.
I would like to participate live online via Zoom. My registration price includes tuition, digital Level 1 Reference Guide, and digital Level 1 Training Manual. Recordings of this event are not available. To register as a livestream participant please select “Tuition” at checkout.
What happens if we can’t gather in person due to COVID-19 restrictions but I'm registered for in-person participation?
In the event this training cannot be held in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will continue to hold it online. If you registered for in-person, you'll be automatically switched to participate online and provided everything you'll need for a successful training experience. We encourage you to join us online but if you are unable to do so, we will issue a partial refund on tuition if you reach out to email@example.com.
- 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 and other non-clinical licensed participants.
All times listed are in Pacific Time (PT).
Tuesday, March 8: 2:30–3:00 PM Zoom orientation, 3:00–6:00 PM program
Wednesday–Saturday, March 9–12: 8:30 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday, March 13: 8:30 AM–12:30 PM
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) (www.spiritualcompetency.com) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA 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 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.
SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.
SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196).