iRest ® Yoga Nidra Immersion

August 24 – 26, 2018 | Kailua, Hawaii (Oahu)

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 resiliency, 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


Schedule:  August 24 to 26, 2018 

Friday, August 24th

Registration 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Program 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday, August 25th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday (60 min. lunch)

Sunday, August 26th

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday (60 min. lunch)



Mid Pacific Country Club in Lanikai

266 Ka’elepulu Drive

Kailua, HI 96734



Early bird price of $310 (Now through July 13, 2018)

Regular price of $370 (after July 13, 2018)


Trainer:  Jill C. Peterson, Psy.D, C-IAYT, Senior iRest Trainer

Jill is a Certified iRest Teacher and Senior iRest Trainer.  She draws on traditional psychotherapy as well as the eastern philosophical teachings of yoga and mindfulness. She specializes in teaching people how to develop a relationship with their Self: with their physical body, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and, most importantly, their own inner guidance.

Whether through traditional talk therapy, yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, or all of the above, we can connect (or re-connect) to the wisdom that has been with us all our life. Let the journey begin!

Jill believes the most important part of being human is experiencing, sharing, cultivating and manifesting JOY in all its forms. She wasn’t always able to feel her Self as Joy, but now finds tremendous joy in snowboarding, being in the ocean, seeing a French Bulldog walk down the street, eating REALLY good cupcakes, and making fun of the absurdity of being Human — we take it so seriously. It’s serious enough as it is, isn’t it?

This event is facilitated by the Integrative Restoration Institute and hosted by Warriors at Ease, both non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Proceeds from the immersion benefit Warriors at Ease and advance our efforts to bring trauma-sensitive, evidenced-based, and military culture informed yoga and meditation to warriors and their families. Scholarships for immersion are available service members, veterans and military/veteran spouses. Please contact Mary Jo Johnson at for details.

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Dates Vary | Idaho, California & New York

Higher Ground hosts week-long camps in Idaho, California and New York for injured service members, veterans and their supporters completely free of charge to all participants. Each camp invites eight to ten veterans or service members and their significant others to form a new “unit” and participate in recreational activities from winter sports to water sports to fly fishing, equine and beyond.


Higher Ground’s mission is to provide the most effective therapeutic recreation service to military families confronted with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military sexual trauma (MST), and polytrauma through the use of evidence-based practices and the sustained continuum of care necessary for a successful reintegration into their families and communities.


Yoga, meditation and other mindful movement practices are incorporated into Higher Ground’s programs by Warriors at Ease trained staff along with recreational activities and discussion groups by recreational therapists.


Register to attend a program at

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Click here to learn more and to register

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Click here to learn more and to register

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Relax & Renew (R&R) Retreats are for female service members, veterans, military spouses as well as Gold Star mothers, daughters and wives.  These retreats are hosted and facilitated by Hawaii-based Warriors at Ease teachers, local massage therapists, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and a farm-to-table caterer.  Retreat participants can enjoy yoga, meditation, art, hiking, hula, ocean adventures as well as delicious, healthy meals.

R&R Retreats are held multiple times a year in Windward Oahu in settings of 8-10 people.

These retreats fill up fast!  Please CONTACT US if you are interested in attending this retreat.  Please specify that you are interested in the R&R Hawaii Retreat.

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Next Retreat TBA

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