Yoga Nidra Retreat in Mammoth Lakes, California

Yoga Nidra for Enlightened Sleep with René Quenell

September 20-23, 2018

This mountain retreat in Mammoth Lakes, California at a private resort on Lake Mary, California.

Yoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, Yoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious. In this master training, we outline several of the aims of nidra as well as the theory of sankalpa––how you bring thought into form. We then relate this to the concept of dharma and engage some specific exercises to help you achieve yours.

In addition, we delve into Yoga Nidra in light of the timeless teachings of the Mandukya Upanishad, which explains the three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping. This scripture provides sublime insights into the practice of Yoga Nidra and the process of achieving the “4th state”––transcending all the other states, and revealing the sublime experience of Yoga Nidra.

Over the 3.5 days of this retreat, you can expect to be fully immersed in this profound tantric practice with various Nidra practices. We will draw on the wisdom of the koshas to inform both your teaching and practice as well as your life off the mat. Each day will include joint exercises and subtle movement practices to prepare you for Yoga Nidra. As this practice involves total relaxation on the floor, you will need to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying down for extended periods. Along with your mat, consider bringing a thicker mat or extra padding to lie on, a small pillow for your head, etc.

There are no prerequisites to attend this retreat, all levels are welcome. Rene Quenell recommends that for that the month or two prior to the start of the training you begin or recommit to your meditation practice. It will be an invaluable aid to understanding the course curriculum as well as contributing to your overall experience of the training but it is not required.


The retreat will take place on Lake Mary at a private lodge on the lake. Please see link below for views of Pokonobe Marina on Lake Mary.

There will be plenty of free time to explore the beautiful Eastern Sierras.


We recommend the following locations for lodging.


  • Thursday, September 20th – 7:00pm Welcome Dinner in town.
  • Friday, September 21st – 8:30am Meet at Pokonobe Lodge, Lake Mary. 8:30am-12:30pm Morning workshop/lunch, 2:00pm-5:00pm Afternoon workshop. Free time in evening.
  • Saturday, September 22nd – 8:30am Meet at Pokonobe Lodge, Lake Mary. 8:30am-12:30pm Morning workshop/lunch, 2:00pm-5:00pm Afternoon workshop. Free time in evening.
  • Sunday, September 23rd – Meet at Pokonobe Lodge on Lake Mary. Workshop/farewells 8:30am-12:00pm.


$450 ($50 early bird discount if paid before May 31st). Cost includes workshops and 3 catered meals.

$150 deposit to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Please call René at (626) 355-2010 or email at

To register online, select “Register Now” to be taken to class schedule where you can log into Mind Body account. Once logged in, the retreat can be found under “Workshops”.

Led by René Quenell

René Quenell is an E-RYT 500, ParaYoga Certified Level III, IAYT-certified Structural Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, Certified Four Desires Trainer, Director of Certification for Para Yoga, and Owner and Founder of Yoga Madre. With more than 20 years of practice and 16 years of teaching experience, René has a wealth of knowledge to share in the classical yoga tradition, Tantra, Ayurveda, and the healing arts, as well as the business of yoga.

René embodies the teachings of yoga through her dedicated practice and mentorship of countless yoga teachers and practitioners. Skillfully, René guides students beyond the physical and toward deep inner awareness and specializes in advanced practices of meditation, pranayama, and kriya.  She is one of the select few to offer The Parayoga Master Trainings:  Vinyassa Krama, Tantra and The Four Desires.  

As founder of Yoga Madre International, Ren leads retreats and trainings  in Costa Rica, Belize, India, California, and more.  She was initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD. She continues to study with him at the Himalayan Institute as well as with her teachers Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Sally Kempton. René also studies at the California College of Ayurveda.  


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