Certificate in Sleep Recovery, Winter 2024


Are you ready to revolutionise your therapeutic approach to Sleep Recovery?

This unique 4-day professional training, led by Lisa Sanfilippo and Robert Rees, is designed to delve deep into the transformative impact of sleep and rest on mental and emotional well-being

Course Overview: Embark on a journey that explores the intricate relationship between sleep and mental health, equipping you with practical tools and strategies to address various challenges faced in therapeutic practice. Through a blend of immersive in-person sessions and interactive Zoom workshops, you’ll learn to tackle anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and life transitions by harnessing the power of restorative sleep.

The course gives you a toolkit of movement, breath, meditation, mindfulness, and nervous system regulation to aid Sleep Recovery with practical skills and case-study-based supervision in friendly and supportive groups to seamlessly integrate knowledge and tools into your clinical practice. 


What’s involved?

Over 4 days and 24 CPD hours, this course gives you:

  • A method to assess sleep difficulties effectively.
  • Essential knowledge about the science of sleep, how to influence our sleep neurochemistry, and working with circadian rhythms.
  • Trauma-informed and polyvagal approaches.
  • A toolkit of movement, breath, meditation, mindfulness, and nervous system regulation.

Practical skills and case-study-based supervision to seamlessly integrate knowledge and tools into your clinical practice.


When are the dates?

The training starts with Part 1 on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 November 2024 (in person at NCVO) and Part 2 on Saturday 23 November and Saturday 7 December 2024 (on Zoom).

Sleep Recovery Course Content


Part 1: 2-day intensive

This part of the course is attended in person at NCVO. Explore the scientific, psychological, somatic, and emotional foundations of Sleep Recovery, to help you and your clients overcome insomnia and sleep difficulties. 

Learn how personality types and somatic patterns relate to sleep problems and how to address them from a polyvagal-informed perspective.

Utilise the Sleep Recovery Toolkit, tailoring it to your needs. 

Learn to integrate simple movements (yoga-based), breath awareness, meditation, and relaxation techniques into client sessions. 

Develop the skills to assess sleep difficulties holistically and address them over time as part of ongoing client work.

Incorporate breath, meditation, and physical practices into therapy sessions confidently, both in -person and online.


Part 2: Case-based seminars: Sleep Recovery in practice and group supervision (held on Zoom)

The final two days, conducted via Zoom on two Saturdays from 10 am to 5pm UK time, will bring you deeper into the world of Sleep Recovery in your practice or in your own life. These sessions go beyond theory, bringing the course content to life with real-time examples drawn from your own client work. It’s a dynamic opportunity for supervision, where we’ll collectively explore and refine strategies to empower your clients in the realm of sleep.

Sessions will be interactive, with ample time away from the screen. In this segment, you’ll have the opportunity to bring physical practices right into the comfort of your home environment. It’s a hands-on experience that bridges the gap between theory and practical application, ensuring that you can confidently utilize these tools with your clients.

Course Details:

Duration: 4 days (2 in person at NCVO, 2 via Zoom) Next Intake: Winter 2024 (November and December) CPD Value: 24 Hours Level: Certificate (Level 5 equivalence)

Fee: £600 + VAT = £720.00

Meet Your Guides:

Lisa Sanfilippo and Robert Rees bring many years of expertise to guide you through this transformative journey. As seasoned professionals in psychotherapy, coaching, and sleep recovery, they’re committed to empowering you to become a more empowered therapist when working with Sleep.


If you’ve got questions, email our experts:

Robert Rees

Chris Doyle our programme manager

We look forward to hearing from you.


Best wishes,

Robert and Lisa



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How to stay calm


Sleep Recovery professional training offers yoga teachers and qualified health professionals the theoretical and practical grounding necessary to teach Sleep Recovery classes, courses and one to ones for those experiencing sleep problems.

Sessions will include asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, marma points, and consultation on healthy sleep habits. You will learn to tailor what you offer to individual needs and to work with different body-mind sleep ‘types.’

The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy sleep through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as an informal assessment on the final day.

Each day will include a practice of the techniques being learnt, including asana (hatha and restorative), pranayama, meditation, and more so that you have direct experience of all the practices that you are offering to others. We will follow the sleep-wake guidance we will give to others in how we approach the training day. Many who take the course notice that their sleep improves whether they are ‘insomniac’ or not!