The R.E.S.T. Practice
The practice of R.E.S.T. is an invitation for all people to rediscover belonging and fulfillment in “resting in awareness” and “just being.” In this practice, abiding in our natural state of relaxedness and restfulness is our starting and finishing point. As such, practitioners will encounter meditation without the burden of needing to “calm down” or “manage emotions.” Using the R.E.S.T. model, meditation functions as a foundational restorative practice that encourages individual and social healing from the capitalistic structures of production and self-striving.
This five week course will be a journey of explorative learning for people who find traditional meditation distressing, due to a lack of trauma and cultural sensitivity. By the end of this course participants will:
discover how patterns of overworking in daily life can appear as excessive striving during meditation
find ease within self when feeling overwhelmed and exhausted
develop skills to work with difficult emotions
This class is ideal for everyone who is longing for rest while navigating the devastating ethics of capitalism and work-culture.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"This practice has allowed me to meditate in a way to be genuinely comfortable within myself. It has given me the opportunity to finally take the time to Rest and restore from the chaos and life around me. Moreover, it has truly given me the ability to be present and aware within my everyday life, from work to small situations that I encounter."
-Mya, Cohort 1
What to Expect
5 Live Practice Group Sessions
Weekly Guided Meditations
Weekly Video Teachings
Weekly Reflection Questions
Social Platform to Communicate to Facilitator & Peers
(Intro) What is R.E.S.T.?
(R) Relaxing the Attention. Release
(E) Exhale All Expectations. Empty
(S) Sense the Silence. Surrender
(T) Tune Into Awareness. Trust
May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, 2021
Time of Online Sessions:
Full refunds are available prior to May 17, 2021. Refunds are not available after May 17, 2021.
All live sessions will be on Zoom
All course material will
be accessible on Slack
Rashid Hughes (he/him) is a writer, meditation teacher, yoga instructor and a restorative justice facilitator. He is the co-founder of the Heart Refuge Mindfulness Community, a Mindfulness Community in Washington, DC that is dedicated to inspiring Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to live with love and courage. Rashid is an Affiliate Teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC and he is also a teacher of the Presence Collective. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University School of Divinity and has two recently published articles in Mindful Magazine "R.E.S.T.-A Guided Practice for the Tired & Weary" and Lions Roar Magazine "When Aggression Masquerades as Compassion."
Please direct all registration or payment inquiries to Rashid Hughes at
Standard Sliding Scale
We are adopting a sliding scale option in order to provide you with a payment amount that is workable for your pockets.
Pay for yourself and bless someone else who is in need of financial assistance. Your additional contribution will go directly into our scholarship fund for this course.
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Pay It Forward
Here is a collection of personal reflections from people who have completed the 5-Week Online R.E.S.T. Course
"Rashid guided us in noticing how effortless it can be to feel liberation. We learned about how even challenges and upset can be held with a restful, spacious, spiritual intimacy."-T Maes
Before experiencing Rashid's guided R.E.S.T. meditations, I had practiced on and off for nearly 20 years. I thought meditation was supposed to bring me peace of mind, but I was actually quite aggressive trying to control my consciousness. I had never learned how to rest and have CPTSD, so I'm always on alert. R.E.S.T. helps me cultivate a more body-centered practice where I am actually getting the resourcing that I sought from other practices. The focus on awareness without striving has changed my perspective on meditation and consciousness all together. I'm so grateful for this practice. -Holly M.
"With R.E.S.T., Rashid Hughes translates the heart of wisdom traditions into a simple and accessible practice. Ive been studying meditation for several decades and I rarely see such remarkable teaching. With Rashid's guidance we are truly supported to be ourselves, just as we are."-Barnaby
"For me, the REST practice and 5-week course have been uniquely grounding, healing and transformative during a time of relentless intensity and unrest — both individually and collectively. The deep invitation and layered guidance of REST has opened space and ease in my practice that I've never experienced in the decade I've been meditating, and Rashid's powerful framing around rest as a tool of resistance and liberation has started to radically reorient my approach to daily life off the cushion. The 5-week course not only provided accessible teachings and guided meditations from Rashid but the opportunity to be in community with others who made me feel less alone in my tendencies to endlessly strive and effort and exhaust myself. I'm endlessly grateful to Rashid for sharing this practice, and for the care and encouragement I received from the 5-week course."-Carolyn
"Rashid has created a liberatory practice so attuned with the moment. R.E.S.T. integrates traditional wisdom on stillness and refuge while acknowledging our mindfulness may look like moving and wailing. Rashid is dedicated to an anti-oppressive approach and lovingly lets us know that it all belongs. I was especially comforted by the S of R.E.S.T., sense the silence, which allowed difficult emotions of loss and grief a new spaciousness for healing. I wish for all beings to experience this insightful practice and Rashid’s heartful guidance."-Amy
"Rashid is a gentle soul and is a joy to practice with. R.E.S.T. really is a laid back practice. It's ideal for those done with overworking and efforting on the spiritual path."-Harper
"This course is so powerful in addressing the ways we bring our stress and struggles from capitalism and colonialism into our practice. It was so important to me to have a practice space that focused on relaxation (rather than trying to release or let go). I am so grateful for this space and this journey and will be bringing it into not only my daily practice but into my day to day life!"-R.E.S.T. Participant, Cohort #2