A Daring to Rest™ Summer Retreat

A four-week rest circle

The garden gate is open.

Step inside.

Open up your senses.

Connect with the season. 

Listen to your inner garden.

Sink in. 
It's time to rest.

Here we are, at this moment in time. 

Perhaps you are feeling a little worn out or exhausted from all that you are holding. Maybe, like me, your summer travel plans have been shelved. And with all the "staying at home" we have been doing, you might even be feeling a little out of sync with the expansive energy of the summer season.

Why not give yourself the gift of a summer retreat - in your own home, on your own time. 

Just as you are.

The Summer Retreat is a four-week experience of rest & restoration.


Participate in weekly live online Daring to Rest™ Yoga Nidra classes to come home to yourself.

  • Classes include time for connection, journaling, as well as other mindful experiences. The yoga nidra meditation is approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Don't worry if you can't make the live class. A recording of the yoga nidra meditation will be shared with you so that you can use it over the course of the week. 


Experience seasonal rituals, with step-by-step guidance, to connect you to a sense of the sacred and the beauty of the blossoming season. 

Learn how to safely use essential oils and other natural ingredients to create nourishing body scrubs, bath salts, and body oils. I will be sharing some of my favorite aromatherapy recipes with you. 

    The Summer Retreat includes:

    • Live online Daring to Rest™ yoga nidra classes
    • Audio recordings of each yoga nidra meditation
    • Short weekly videos
    • A 2mL bottle of EMPRESS organic perfume oil
    • An audio recording of an anointing oil meditation so you can wear your perfume oil with reverence

    And lots of PDFs for you to download, including:

    • A Guide to Creating a Rest Cave
    • Summer Solstice Ritual Guide
    • Blossom Bathing Rituals Guide
    • Summer Solstice Bath Salt recipes
    • Honey Rose Body Scrub recipe
    • Bespoke Summer Body Oil recipes

    Scroll down to read about what you will experience each week.

    • Magical. Transporting. Healing. Divine. Meaningful. Powerful. Shelagh is a divine creator and artiste. It is like she has been doing this work for lifetimes.

      — Cathy

    Retreat Overview

    The Rest Spiral

    Participate in a 75-minute online yoga nidra class on Sunday, June 14 from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. M.D.T. 


    Experience a sensual anointing ritual that you can practice daily.


    A Guide to Creating a Rest Cave

    Summer Solstice

    Participate in a 75-minute online yoga nidra class on Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. M.D.T. 

    Reflect on the theme of abundance with a gorgeous solstice flower mandala ritual. 

    Summer Solstice Bath Salts

    Flower Medicine

    Participate in a 75-minute online yoga nidra class on Sunday, June 28 from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.

    Experience blossoming flowers in a whole new way with two blossom bathing rituals. 

    Honey Rose Body Scrub

    Rise Up, Rooted

    Participate in a 75-minute online yoga nidra class on Sunday, July 5 from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.

    Practice the ancient ritual of Abhyanga, considered to be the ultimate form of self-love.

    Bepoke Summer Body Oil

    • The pace of Shelagh's classes is beautiful. It feels like such a rich experience. Her direction, guidance and prompts beautifully facilitated an experience of deep rest. She is a non-intrusive guide.

      — Sharon

    The garden gate is open.
    It's time to rest.

    One Time Payment

    $90 once

    Reduced rate for women facing financial hardship

    Suggested: $40

    What is Daring to Rest™ yoga nidra?

    To rest is not self-indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given.
    -David Whyte

    Yoga nidra is a sleep-based meditation technique in which your mind is gently guided to a state of relaxation. 

    It feels like a nap. Some say that a 30-minute practice of yoga nidra feels like two hours of deep sleep in your body. 

    The Daring to Rest method is a feminine approach to using yoga nidra for health and healing. The approach combines guided meditation, female empowerment, self-discovery, and other techniques to help women connect to their wisdom and reclaim rest.

    Inviting women to experience deep rest helps them feel safe in their bodies and gives them the space to connect with their inner knowing and wisdom.

    The beautiful thing about yoga nidra is that there is nothing “to do” but simply rest. You cannot do it wrong - and everyone can do it.

    Practicing yoga nidra regularly:

    • helps you sleep better
    • soothes the nervous system
    • restores peace and rejuvenation to the body
    • brings you back home to yourself

    At Daring to Rest, we see women as key agents of change when they are well-rested.

    • Shelagh's presence and integrity creates an intuitive and deeply nourishing rest journey. Her voice and guidance invite you to come home to self with ease.

      — Leisha

    Let me be your guide


    to the journey of self-discovery

    to cultivating a life that puts rest at the center

    to rising up, rooted

    to supporting other women to rest, come home to themselves, and honor the rhythms of their inner gardens

    My professional background includes:

    • Certified professional aromatherapist, Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy & National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
    • Trained Daring to Rest™ Yoga Nidra facilitator
    • Women's ritual training with Juliet Batten and Molly Remer
    • Bachelor of Arts, Honors in Women Studies & Sociology
    • Bachelor of Applied Arts, Journalism
    • Certificate in Adult Education, E-Learning Specialist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long do I have access to the course?

    Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need.

    What if I decide the course is not a fit after I purchase it?

    I will offer a full refund anytime in the first week after you sign up for the course.

    Just send me an email and let me know why it hasn’t worked out for you and I’ll be happy to refund your tuition. Please note, however, that no refunds will be issued after the first 7 days.

    How much time will the Summer Retreat take?

    It is really up to you. Remember this is a retreat, so it's important to go at your own pace. You have the entire summer to sink into the rituals and you can listen to the yoga nidra meditations again and again.

    I can't attend the live online classes. Can I still register?

    Yes, absolutely! Each week, I will record the Daring to Rest™ yoga nidra meditation. Please note that I will not be recording the entire class, only the meditation portion of the class.

    I still have a question, how can I contact you?

    I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at

    The garden gate is open.
    It's time to rest.

    One Time Payment

    $90 once

    Reduced rate for women facing financial hardship

    Suggested: $40