irest meditation sydney australia

iRest Meditation Retreat

April 14–20, 2019

Sydney, Australia


Retreat is your opportunity to dive deeply into the invitation that life is always calling you to, above all other tendencies in your life: to awaken as your essential nature, the mystery that can never be objectified, but which expresses itself as your very presence and ease of nondual being and authentic aliveness.

While awakening lies outside technique or approach, meditative self-inquiry is an undeniable portal that supports authentic realization, psychological integration, and spiritual awakening to your innate non-separateness with yourself and all of life.

The emphasis on retreat is upon meditative self-inquiry, which permeates every practice we engage, from early morning meditation to mid-morning meditation, bodysensing, and iRest® yoga nidra, to afternoon meditation, to evening meditation and satsang-dialogue. Each offering is designed to support and nourish outer silence, inner stillness, and self-realization at all levels of body, mind, and spirit.

During retreat you’re asked to put away your involvements with computer, phone, reading materials and social conversation, and engage instead with the deep energies that call you to be fully awake, alive, and authentic. You’re welcome to bring your journal for recording your reflections but plan on leaving behind what otherwise would take you away from truly meeting, greeting, and being with yourself.

I’m grateful to have Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota joining me this year to co-lead the retreat . For those of you who are new to Fuyuko, she is a senior IRI teacher and Retreat Leader, iRest Supervisor, as well as IRI’s Director of Australia-Asia. Fuyuko will be assisting me in teaching morning and afternoon practices.

I look forward to our time together, sharing the deep stillness and ease of being and what lies beyond, the mystery that interconnects us all.




Richard C. Miller

Founder, Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors Integrative Restoration Institute Richard Miller, PhD, C-IAYT, ERYT-500 is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, yogic scholar and spiritual teacher. For over 40 years, Richard Miller has devoted his life and work to integrating the nondual wisdom teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Advaita, Taoism and Buddhism with Western psychology. Among his mentors were Jean Klein, T.K.V. Desikachar and Stephen Chang. Richard is the founding president and CEO of the Integrative Restoration Institute, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT.

He is also a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and a senior advisor for the Baumann Foundation for the study of Awareness and its impact on well-being. Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he has developed (Integrative Restoration ~ iRest, a modern adaptation of the ancient nondual meditation practice of Yoga Nidra) researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty soldiers, veterans, college students, children, seniors, the homeless, the incarcerated, and people experiencing issues such as sleep disorders, PTSD, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and related disorders. In addition to his research and writing projects, Richard lectures and leads trainings and retreats internationally.

Please read the interview with Richard:

"You are love itself." —Nisargadatta

Teacher Specialty

Active Duty Military
Chronic Pain
Chemical Dependency
At Risk Youth
High School



Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota

Fuyuko Sawamura-Toyota is a certified iRest® Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor. For the past 22 years she has been deeply committed on the path of Yoga and ancient Non-dual wisdom. She is a certified Senior Hatha Yoga teacher (Yoga Australia) and Yoga Therapist (IAYT) as well as a registered Meditation Teacher (Association of Meditation Australia) . 

She incorporates iRest and Self-Inquiry in her teachings of Yoga, Somatic body awareness and meditation at her yoga studio “Prema Yoga” on the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Richard Miller, her spiritual mentor, brought to Fuyuko a deeper awakening.  From a life of ever deepening joy, astonishment and Stillness, a heartfelt desire to share these precious teachings is her recognised Dharma.

She teaches and hosts iRest trainings and retreats in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Asian countries. She has been assisting iRest trainings in North America for Richard Miller and other senior trainers.  Please visit her website;  or write to

Teacher Specialty



Sydney, Australia
33 Barina Downs Rd
Baulkham Hills , NSW 2153
New South Wales AU


The St Joseph’s Center


A$840 - Early Bird Pricing *
A$1,040 - Regular Pricing

(* must register before February 14 to receive early-bird pricing)


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

See registration link for accommodations pricing


Sunday, April 14, 2019 to Saturday, April 20, 2019


Sunday 14th April, 2019

  • 3pm – 5pm    Arrival & Registration
  • 6pm – 6:45pm    Dinner
  • 7:15pm – 9pm    Evening Program
  • 9 pm    Silence Begins for the retreat


Tuesday – Saturday, 15-19th April

  • 7am – 8am    Early Morning Program
  • 8am – 9am    Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 12:00pm    Mid Morning Program
  • 12:30pm     Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 3:00pm    Free time
  • 3pm – 5:30pm    Afternoon Program
  • 6pm – 7pm    Dinner
  • 7:30pm – 9pm    Evening Program


Final Day Saturday 20th April

  • 7am – 8am    Early Morning Program
  • 8am – 9am    Breakfast
  • 9 am    Silence ends after breakfast
  • 10am – 12pm    Mid-Morning Program
  • 12:30pm    Lunch and Departure



Required Reading


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