Meditation through deep rest brings us in touch with life beyond imagination and ideology.

Old burdens fall away, and we can fall into deep and simple “already awareness.”

About deep rest retreats

Meditation through deep rest brings us in touch with life beyond imagination and ideology.

Old burdens fall away, and we can fall into deep and simple “already awareness.”

Our body-mind releases old experiences of power as contraction, trying hard, and dominance.

We dare to step out of the pervasive sense of lack and problems.
We are then more free to fill with life, to let joy guide us, to be willing to grow up and meet life, and to discover a powerful care for the whole. 
With room for ease and challenge, one can give up trying to be a “good meditator,” and start discovering what we are, what life is, and what is possible.


The teachers offer experiments to help lean or melt the mind and body towards flow and clarity, and an underlying aliveness. Techniques can help us get started and then we launch into the playful and organic emergence of our own unique and alive path.


~Lying or sitting meditation seamlessly integrates with the Japanese healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu.

~Yoga, connected movement, and walking meditation complement stillness.

~Guided meditations, one-to-one meetings with teachers, and group teachings and dialogues enrich the silence.
Resting into our true nature we can be moved by the deep heart and intelligent body of a human being.

What it's like to go on deep rest retreat

"For me, lying down has been a revolution. 
I resisted it for some time until my body gave me no choice but to surrender to it. 
When the body is lying down, the whole system can relax.  When the whole system relaxes, something spacious and light can be accessed. 
I am often aware of a dropping feeling – as if dropping into other (deeper) levels of consciousness. 
It is when I am in deeper levels of consciousness that I am able to see what really matters in a situation and the heart feels more open."

~Beka, UK

On past courses, people have loved:
~ the unexpected immediacy and live presence;
~ the regular and profound contact with Jaya, and
with the international community; as well as
~ the long-term centering of daily life around what is most important.

"The way the course seems to weave into my life in an invisible way, so I can feel the same feeling as being on retreat sometimes."


" need for a time limit to answer anything, and no limit to how deep it could go."

~" practice regularly in a way that truly supports my life. Without dogma and always coming back to the body and the inner truth it can share."

"The gift of feeling so seen, not having to be good, like to get a diploma for a course, is also making me ease more into activities I do, more of that just being in it, in the learning process."

"Listening to the many voices of the participants and my own and how much I appreciate all the different voices.
The course is Essential to my life by keeping me 'on the path' to keep me active in my discoveries and enquiries and knowing that I am not alone on the path."

~ Julia

"I loved that the teachings and meditations were so interactive".

"I like that it continually forces me out of my comfort zone.
And the constant-ness of the course has meant that this growth internally has stayed present to my awareness."

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And that probably best expresses my own love of life: I repose in myself...

that part of myself, that deepest and richest part...


 ~Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life~

May our practice and our lives be dedicated to the momentum of awakening for all,

including ourselves.

 Images and text not attibuted to others are  (c)Jaya Julienne Ashmore, 2017

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