Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training Intensive Midsummer Retreat | ARAN ISLANDS

19 - 25 June 2016

with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli

plus Special guest tutors: 
Dara Molloy (Celtic Monk and Priest – ​, Jacinta Carey (Founder of the Temple of Eiriu – and Jack Harrison (Celtic Kirtan –

This training is now Fully Booking – waiting list available


This is the first ever Intensive Retreat Training option to offer the full content and practice of the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training in one long retreat at midsummer on the Aran Islands. Usually this course is offered in two parts, but on this occasion, by popular request, and after much searching for the perfect time and venue, we have decided to offer the entire course in one long intensive retreat. The success of this format for the Well Woman Yoga training and for the pregnancy Yoga training in Stroud and London has convinced us that this is not only possible, but preferable for some people. 



Please be very aware that this is what it says: an Intensive Retreat. It will suit people who would prefer not to make two separate trips to do the course in two parts. it also requires a willingness and energy to maintain an intense focus on learning and practice and sharing over the five day period, and to work some long hours with early starts (teaching begins at 0830) and some evening sessions (there will be a nice long break in the middle of the day).  We feel that the energy of Inis Mór, the hospitality of the island and her people, and the special time of year all support this intensive course. 



We designed this course because we believe Yoga Nidra to be the most powerful of all yoga techniques and we wanted to share its benefits widely. There are quite a number of different approaches to the techniques, and we felt it was about time that yoga teachers could engage in a yoga nidra training that gave them an opportunity to explore all aspects of approaches to yoga nidra.

There is a wealth of excellent work encompassed by the name yoga nidra, and whilst we both fully honour the crucial innovations set out by Swami Satyananda, we feel it is important to offer a sustained examination of the other approaches which have developed over the past forty years. Swami Satyananda’s greatest (of many) contributions to the practice of yoga was to set out a clear and effective system for using yoga nidra, which has become, like a fountainhead, a source of inspiration and refreshment to many different practitioners and teachers of yoga throughout the world.  This course explores all these approaches, and examines their relative therapeutic benefits, providing course participants with a broad understanding of yoga nidras, and developing each teacher’s own creative capacity to respond to the needs of their students, themselves and their clients with sensitivity and awareness.

The course has two compulsory set texts, the first is Swami Satyananda’s Yoga Nidra, and the second is Richard Miller’s Yoga Nidra, the meditative heart of yoga. Course participants are required to have read both these books before the course begins. The course rests equally upon these two texts, and upon the new and comprehensive manual which we have prepared  especially for the course and which contains abundant diverse resources including articles and research material from a variety of other sources too.  The course is non-denominational in terms of yoga schools, seeking to offer the best that all forms of yoga have to offer: this is a hallmark of Yogacampus trainings, which is why we enjoy to offer this course within the Yogacampus framework.

The course demands great commitment and regular practice from students, and includes high levels of exploratory, comparative and investigative work in yoga nidra and its effects. The hypnotic aspects of yoga nidra are well understood by Nirlipta from his perspective as a clinical hypnotherapist and yoga teacher, so he is well placed to guide student explorations of this dimension of the practice. In addition to Uma’s doctoral level skills in communications, and her experience as an author of four books, which enables her to offer very detailed technical guidance on the best use of language for effective yoga nidra, including topics such as grammar, metaphor, imagery and syntax, the course also includes contributions from Lucy Clarke, a yoga therapist whose doctorate is in Clinical Psychology. The understandings about yoga nidra which come through study of these adjunct healing disciplines of hypnotherapy and psychology provide very valuable perspectives for gaining a profound understanding of what yoga nidra can be and how it works.



As with all of the facilitator and training courses, the pre-requisite is successful completion of the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation course. Additionally, in order to ensure that everyone is at the best level to connect with the training course and to get the most value out of it, further preparation in the form of daily listening practice of designated yoga nidras is very important. Our training course is firmly rooted in the development of personal daily practice of yoga nidra, and always involves pre-course listening. This is of especial importance in this intensive version of the course, where all of the pre-course listening needs to be completed in advance of arrival at the training, because it forms the basis for discussion amongst peers and tutors during the course. A telephone or Skype tutorial is also necessary before arrival for the course, and should be organised after acceptance on the course, to happen at the latest two weeks prior to the start of the retreat. During the final days of the retreat all students who chose the teaching and facilitation option will share their own yoga nidra practice with the group (a small number of places are available who for those who wish to attend the retreat but not to share their nidra practice with the group). 

After the retreat is over, the completion of assignments documenting the practice of sharing yoga nidra (with students, clients, friends or family), will be supported by a further tutorial if necessary to ensure completion of the case studies by 15 September.    



We have placed  this unique intensive course at the height of the midsummer on a most extraordinary island with a deep tradition of meditation and prayer, so there is ample light, prana and good energy to support intensive study and practice of yoga nidra. We have also organised the schedule to provide special opportunities to honour the Celtic midsummer (St John’s) celebrations on the Island, and to spend some time with two local spiritual guides in the Celtic tradition: Celtic monk and priest, Dara Molloy and the founder of the Temple of Éiríu (upholding the ancient spiritual traditions of Ireland), Jacinta Carey. We are honoured to have these two special people sharing their wisdom with us as part of the retreat.  

We will have an option for those who wish to join Uma for dawn greeting yoga practices every morning on the cliffs at Dun Aonghusa. 



We have chosen an extremely beautiful and energising venue, Kilmurvey House, which is a few minutes walk from Dun Aonghusa, right at the cliff’s edge of Inis Mor the largest of the Aran Islands. There is an exquisite tenth century church in the garden (Teampall MacDugh), a light and spacious yoga room for practice, two sitting rooms, a dining space, and all bedrooms ensuite. There is a choice of single rooms or sharing in twins and doubles.



Cost (in EURO) of registering a place on the training is €551 per person in a shared room, or €614 for a single room (Payment will be through Paypal)

This amount includes the cost of your accommodation, your manual, a generous brunch provided at 1030 every day, all teas and coffees in the venue, and early evening meals provided at 1800 every day, either at the venue or nearby.  It also includes the cost of bringing the tutors to the venue (travel and accommodation for the tutors), and all meditational supports (flowers, chocolate, aromatic oils, candles etc etc). It also includes unlimited free entry to Dun Aonghusa, during our time as guests staying in Kilmurvey House.

What is not included in the price is the cost of your own travel to the island, and any extra meals you may wish to have (for example light lunches in nearby cafes are not included).

PLEASE NOTE that the cost of registering on the course is a payment to ‘make it happen’: it covers the actual expenses of the course…  it DOES NOT include any payment whatsoever for the cost of the teaching itself.  

At this event the teachings on the training are offered as a gift, and you are invited to make a gift in return for this teaching, in the tradition of dana - gifts from the heart for the teachings. This event, like all Uma's inedependent teachings in Ireland throughout 2016, is operating 'off grid' from the usual forms of monetary exchange. So there is no charge for the teachings at this special training, but you are invited to bring cash gifts to give to express your thanks for the loving gift of the teachings. As a guide to what sort of amount is the appropriate gift to give, you may find it useful to know that when this course is offered in Stroud, UK, the charge for the teachings, including manual and meals is £720 GBP (not including accommodation); when this course is offered in London the cost of the training (not including meals or accommodation) is £650 GBP.

By opening up the training to the gift economy it gives you the chance to feel into the value of these priceless teachings for you. You can give as much as you feel is appropriate, depending upon your own sense of the value of the teachings to you. By going ‘off grid’ from the usual way of charging for such events, we are taking a step in the right direction - dismantling oppressive economic regimes and settling this work very firmly in the field of heart-exchange. The teachings flow from from our hearts to yours and we trust that your hearts will be touched by the teachings and guide you to make the appropriate gift. You can make the gift  in cash on the island, direct to the teachers, by placing it on the altar at the end of the course, or if you prefer you can make the gift online through out contribute page on this site. To hear Uma speak more about gift ecomony   

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Kilmurvey House
Inis Mór, Aran islands
Co Galway