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Enlightened Living: Recognizing Essential Nature in Daily Life
to Oct 20

Enlightened Living: Recognizing Essential Nature in Daily Life


Stephanie Lopez


October 16-20, 2019 (Wednesday evening through Sunday lunch)

Pricing (Tuition and Room & Board):

EARLY BIRD (before Sept 16, 2019)
Single Room: $888
Double Room: $822
Commuter: $734 (no discounted rate)

REGULAR RATE (after Sept 16, 2019)
Single Room: $948
Double Room: $882
Commuter: $734

Meditation invites you to awaken to your wholeness, to what is undeniable yet often ignored because of its simplicity. At this retreat you will learn to bring your loving presence, curiosity, and self-compassion to meet sensations, emotions, core beliefs, and memories that otherwise hold you hostage. When we stop resisting our experience in everyday life and bring skillful means to meet each moment, our underlying ease of Being and Essential Nature are able to shine forth to reveal our wholeness.

Using guided iRest® yoga nidra meditation, silent sitting, interactive dialogue, and gentle movement and breathing techniques imparting deep relaxation, Stephanie Lopez offers accessible practices that reveal your essential nature. Meditative self-inquiry permeates every offering and moment of retreat. Learn transformational practices promoting health, resilience, well-being, and awakening at all levels of your humanity, including:

  • A comprehensive map for every stage of meditation

  • Practices supporting healing the life issues and limiting core beliefs you bring to meditation

  • Meditations that nourish inherent qualities of essential nature such as love, curiosity, compassion, equanimity, joy, and wonder

  • An understanding of how to integrate meditation into daily life

Join Stephanie to explore what is alive and essential in each of us – an underlying stillness and unshakeable ease of Being and Awareness that is here during every moment of life.

Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT, is the Director of Operations, Senior iRest® Trainer and Retreat Leader for the iRest Institute. Stephanie is a skillful and authentic teacher who brings the ancient yogic teachings to life. With a deeply embodied understanding of meditation, she holds space for students to awaken to their Essential Nature. Stephanie’s offerings are informed by 25 years of immersion in the nondual teachings of yoga. As a psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and meditation teacher she bridges eastern wisdom with western psychology and neuroscience to support healing and transformation. Stephanie’s compassionate presence, depth of knowledge, and ease of being create a welcoming space for insightful learning. She leads retreats and trainings internationally with a focus on living an authentic and awakened life. Learn more at

Retreat Cancellation and Refund Policy: No refunds can be made after September 6, 2019. (Cancellation fee is 100% of the event cost). Host and IRI will discuss compassionate refund if it arises. Cancellations before September 6, 2018 will be refunded minus a $350 administration fee.

This retreat is co-sponsored by iRest Institute, Samyoga Institute and Yoga on High. It is held at the beautiful Bergamo Retreat Center in Beavercreek, Ohio on October 16-20 (Wednesday evening through Sunday lunch). It is a full 4-day retreat and qualifies as a short retreat for the iRest certification program.

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Dialogue About Death Retreat
to Oct 11

Dialogue About Death Retreat

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Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11
Retreat starts before dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday.


Marcia Miller, Lori Moffett, & Stephanie Estice


$450; please register by September 1.

This weekend retreat will offer you a place, a time and a community to bear witness to your questions, fears and grief related to death. Death is an unavoidable and natural part of life—and knowing this at a deep level allows us to more fully savor the life we have. It is so important to set aside time on purpose to talk, explore, share and cry together in an environment where those conversations are welcome. This year’s theme will be focused especially around skillfully experiencing grief, and all explorations around death are also welcome.

During this retreat, we will care for body, mind and heart through a variety of practices including regular yoga and Urban Zen classes, meditation (walking, seated and lying down), contemplation exercises, and times to share in structured and unstructured conversations with each other. Reiki practitioners will be on hand to offer energetic support. This retreat can be a time of profound renewal for those working with the sick and dying, those with terminal diagnoses and for those grieving loved ones who have already died.

Comments from past retreatants:

“I can’t imagine anything can surpass the experience of Dialogue about Death. It seems quite unusual to have this many people come together and bond enough to feel safe in sharing such intimate details about life and death. It was magical. On a personal note, I came thinking I had completed so much work around death and dying during and after my 15 years of hospice experience that there wasn’t much more to explore. Once again, humbled by this experience of life and reminded that there is always, always, always more to uncover. Your facilitating of this event seemed to wrap a big hug around the room to offer a safe experience for those willing to share and grow. Thank you again, Marcia.” ~ Sally Casey

“By the end of the weekend, it was so free and nourishing to sit with someone, not having anything to fix, or respond, just to BE with them. By far it changes the whole dynamic of energy between both parties, it is so relaxing. That has been the incorporated life changer from this retreat…I left feeling rejuvenated, connected with others, and more hopeful towards my forward journey through life.” ~Theresa Wells

Retreat Staff:

Marcia Miller is a certified yoga therapist, a facilitator of death conversations, and someone who bears witness to the challenges of life and death as best as she can. She is one of the owners of Yoga on High, a Master Teacher and curriculum designer for the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, and a Reiki Master teaching Reiki in Central Ohio and around the country. Her passions of yoga, gardening and knitting have all taught her a great deal about life and death.

Lori Guth Moffett is a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, Director of the UZIT program at Zusman Hospice, and UZIT Master Teacher. Since 2013, Lori has sat at the bedside of the dying; she believes bearing witness is the heart and soul of the UZIT practice and her best teachers are those who are in that bed taking their last breath. The only way Lori is able to do work at the bedside of the dying is caring deeply for her mind, body, and spirit by spending time with people and animals she loves, the UZIT practice, being in nature, working out, and attending Friday night Shabbat services at Temple Israel.

Stephanie Estice has had the honor and privilege of being with those who are dying and those who are grieving. She has learned skills along the way, through her meditation practice, Reiki and energy work practice, and Urban Zen. It is deep, powerful healing to share these skills with others. It is from this place of sharing and bearing witness that Stephanie joins forces with The Death Mavens. Stephanie Estice is a meditation teacher and Reiki Master, having trained in multiple lineages, as well as other energy modalities, and she is an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist.


If you want to be at this retreat, we want you to be there! Please talk to us about options if cost prevents you from attending. The Yoga on High Foundation is a sponsor of this program and we are offering many partial and full scholarships. Please email for scholarship requests.

If you feel moved to make donations to the Yoga on High Foundation for support of this program, those dollars will go toward additional scholarships.

If you work for a hospice, hospital, police or fire department, etc, we are eager to partner with your work place to make it possible for you to attend. We are happy to provide more information as needed.

A $200.00 cancellation fee is included in the workshop cost. No refunds will be given within 60 days of the start date of workshop.

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New Year Cleanse + Reset Retreat
to Jan 20

New Year Cleanse + Reset Retreat


Friday, January 18, 5:30p through Sunday, January 20, 11:00a


Michele Vinbury


In the interest of creating a safe space for this retreat we’re asking all students to please complete a very simple application process and we’ll happily reach out to complete your registration.


Three options

Single Room King bed - $524 early bird ($600 after 12/31) WAITLIST ONLY

Shared Room Queen bed - $424 early bird ($500 after 12/31) WAITLIST ONLY

Shared Room Twin bunk bed - $389 early bird ($450 after 12/31) WAITLIST ONLY

Please submit an application if you would like to be added to the waitlist.

Ancient healing practices from Yoga, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine will begin your journey of inner and outer health for the New Year.

Winter is a time of hibernation and also a time for germinating seeds – nurturing them with intention. On this 2 night women only retreat, take time to cleanse and recharge your inner battery. Eat healthy, detoxifying foods to clear out the old. Take part in healing practices designed to illuminate your personal path of authenticity and abundance for the coming year.

Come because…

  • You want a body/mind/spirit reset.

  • You’re ready to clear out physical and energetic residue that may be weighing you down.

  • You need some space, a break, some breathing room, and a little bit of ease.

  • You’re longing to connect with your purpose.

  • You need some quiet time.

  • You’d like to re-ignite your practices.

  • A mindful start to the New Year feels important to you.

  • You’d like to be part of a deeply healing, supportive and nonjudgmental community.

  • You want space to connect with spirit/source/divinity that is within and all around you.

  • Being in nature brings you joy.


Yoga (restorative and slow flow)


Meditation (guided imagery and deep relaxation)

Ayurvedic self-care (abhyanga, kitchari, spices)

1 group acupuncture session by Jill Nielsen-Farrell, MSW, LAc of Point-2-Point acupuncture

Vision Boarding

Forest Therapy

Magic :)

Leave with:

  • A clearer, more rested and energetically aligned system.

  • Feelings of vitality, connection and inspiration.

  • Intention setting practices for the New Year.

  • Recorded meditation to continue the vibration.

  • Recipes for cleansing food and personalized spice blend.


Beautiful Hocking Hills Luxury Lodge with indoor pool and hot tub, walking trails, suspension bridge, teepee and more.

Cleanse Meals:

5 vegan “detox” meals

Coffee + Tea (no alcohol please for this cleanse)

Ayurvedic cleansing herbs

Chinese Herbal Tinctures to augment the healing and detoxification process.

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