Deep Rest: a Six-week Program of Mindfulness & Relaxation


To be alive and walk on the Earth is a miracle, and yet most of us are running as if there were some better place to get to… Our mind is filled with noise, and that’s why we can’t hear the call of life, the call of love.  Our heart is calling us, but we don’t hear…

Thich Nhat Hanh, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, pp 3-5.


As we approach the home stretch of the year – with the inevitable “running” and rushing that seems to come with it – how would you like to give yourself permission to pause, breathe and practice the art of letting go and simply being? The perfect antidote to habitual habits of hyper-arousal, this six-week program invites us to Dare to let go of busy-ness, perfectionism and what sleep doctor Rubin Naiman calls “addiction to wakefulness,” in order to stop and listen to the inner call of our own bodies and hearts. Each session we will start lying down on the floor, wrapped in a blanket and guided through a practice of Deep Rest meditation.  Between the sessions we will continue this thread with a guided daily Rest & journaling session at home, supported by a Podcast or reading on the theme of the session.

This program will be adapted from Karen Brody’s 40-day Daring to Rest program, which comes from the world of Yoga Nidra and in particular Richard Miller’s work of Integrative Restoration (IRest), that is showing promising results in terms of healing from trauma & enhancing levels of ease, well-being and joy. In this 6-week program, I will be adapting the practices so that they fit well within a grounded mindfulness and compassion context.

There will also be the opportunity to explore your own sleep & dream patterns and become more aware and responsive to stages and phases of both sleep & wakefulness.

The Program

Session 1: Daring to “let go,” Daring to Rest, 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 16th October
Session 2: “Falling in Love with Sleep,” 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 23rd October
Session 3: Deep Listening (to body, heart & interpersonally), 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 30th October
Session 4: Releasing, “letting be,” 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 6th November (n.b. no session on 13th Nov.)
Session 5: Awareness (including opposites & “antidotes”), 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 20th Nov (n.b. no session 13th Nov.)
Session 6: Living Intention, Living on Purpose, 11:30-2:30pm, Wednesday 27th November

Castlemaine Program

Location: The Forge, 341 Barker St Castlemaine

When: Wednesdays, 6 X 3 hour sessions (including Lunch Break), 11:30am-2:30pm, from 16th October

Fee: Full $349 Earlybird (paid before 10th Oct) /  $399 (after 10th Oct) Concession &/or Repeaters: $299 Earlybird (before 10th Oct) / $349 (after 10th Oct). 


To secure your place, please enrol by filling in the enrolment form below, and pay your nominated amount via direct deposit to:

Bank Account Name: Margaret O'Shea
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 145643953
Reference: Your initials plus H-DTR (for Hawthorn) and C-DTR (for Castlemaine)