irest meditation buckingham virginia

iRest Meditation Immersion

November 8–11, 2019

Buckingham, VA


Come join us for this iRest Yoga Nidra Immersion event where you will learn the principles and practice of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation and experience the variety of ways iRest can be used on and off the mat.

This iRest Immersion event is open to everyone; both experienced iRest practitioners and newcomers alike wishing to sample the fullness iRest has to offer for health, healing, and wholeness of being.

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

About iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest Yoga Nidra is a research-based meditation, relaxation and healing protocol. The practice of iRest enables you to deeply calm your nervous system, integrate difficult thoughts & emotions, and offers a portal for awakening to your essential nature. iRest meditation is both an excellent personal practice as well as adjunctive practice for healthcare & healing professionals. Research shows iRest effectively reduces stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain & post-traumatic stress disorder, and enhances joy, equanimity & well-being in daily life.

Through experiential practice and dynamic dialogue:

  • Learn the 10-Step iRest Protocol to enhance your personal meditation practice
  • Explore how to integrate the practices of iRest into daily life
  • Foster well-being and resiliency from stress & anxiety
  • Experience BodySensing in movement
  • Practice BreathSensing for resilience, increased energy and relaxation
  • Learn to skillfully meet difficult emotions and beliefs in daily life
  • Access an inner resource of well-being, ease, security and peace
  • Awaken to your essential wholeness




Robin D. Carnes

iRest Certified Teacher
Silver Spring, MD

In 2005, Robin was hired as a Subject Matter Expert by the Defense Department and Samueli Institute to co-develop a research protocol and serve as lead instructor of the first DOD-funded feasibility study of yoga nidra meditation for PTS symptoms. Between 2006 and 2012 Robin served as the yoga and iRest® Yoga Nidra meditation instructor for the Deployment Health Clinical Center’s (DHCC) acute Post Traumatic Stress Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, The Specialized Care Program, at Walter Reed Medical Center. As a member of the SCP’s clinical team, Robin has worked with military families, individuals suffering from Military Sexual Trauma, and with clinical staff struggling with compassion fatigue.

This work sparked a passion for bringing mind/body healing and the military together in a growing number of ways. Robin is a co-founder and Executive Director of Warriors at Ease, Inc., which trains certified yoga and meditation teachers in core competencies required to work safely and effectively in military communities affected by combat-related stress. To date, Warriors at Ease has trained almost 500 yoga and meditation teachers across the country.

Robin is well recognized as a pioneer and innovator in her field, and has been written about in the Washington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, Yoga Journal, Army Magazine and She has presented at numerous military healthcare conferences. Her work is featured in Amy Weintraub’s book, Yoga Skills for Therapists (Norton 2012), and the award-winning documentary film, Escape Fire: Rescuing America’s Healthcare System. In 2013, the Smithsonian Institute honored Robin for her work bringing yoga and meditation to veterans.

Robin, also a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), has a private practice in Silver Spring, MD, and trains psychotherapists to integrate mind-body practices into their clinical work. Robin started her career as a management consultant and trainer to companies including AT&T, Discovery Channel, and Staples for over a decade. She left the corporate world in 1995. Her book, Sacred Circles: A Guide to Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group was published by Harper San Francisco in 1998. Robin pursued her lifelong interest in mind/body healing and went on to be certified as an iRest® yoga nidra meditation instructor, and a yoga teacher. For 10 years, Robin launched and managed successful volunteer program at a women’s shelter in Washington DC. She has produced three meditation CDs which have helped thousands of people destress.

Robin graduated summa cum laude from Keene State College in 1983. In 1985, she attended Harvard Divinity School. For three years she matriculated in the joint Masters in Social Work/Masters in Business Administration program at Boston College. She graduated with honors in 1988 from Boston College Graduate School of Management with an MBA. She is a certified yoga instructor and a certified iRest® yoga nidra instructor.

Teacher Specialty

Active Duty Military
Chronic Pain
Chemical Dependency

Additional Teacher Specialty

PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Insomnia


Buckingham, VA
108 Yogaville Way
Buckingham , VA 23921
United States
Virginia US




This event is residential.
Tuition options do not include food and lodging expense.
This event satisfies the Certification short retreat requirement.


Friday, November 8, 2019 to Monday, November 11, 2019


  • November 8-11, 2019



Required Reading


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