Our state-of-the-art campus is tucked within a magnificent forest of California redwoods between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. Carefully crafted to house, nurture, educate, and inspire all who visit—1440 is part conference center, part resort, part school, part retreat center, and part surprise. We opened our doors in May 2017 with huge excitement and love seeing the classrooms, residence buildings, communal spaces, Kitchen Table, and forest trails alive with activity.
Some areas of campus, including landscaping, are still being finalized due to historic winter rains which delayed our construction schedule. Please know that our core facilities are complete and we are working diligently to ensure your stay is not impacted.
Exploring the Campus
Relish over four miles of picturesque trails on the 75-acre campus, designed with many places to rest and relax along the way. For a stroll, brisk walk, or jog, you’ll feel the peaceful, grounding strength of the redwoods with every step—a wonderful way to cultivate a balanced body and mind. Carbonera Creek meanders through the forest, awakening the senses and glimmering as the sun peaks through the trees. It carves a path alongside the woodland trails, which occasionally cross over the creek, offering a continuously inspiring vista to accompany your journey.
Amphitheaters and Auditorium
The Cathedral is a forest amphitheater that marks an enchanting setting amidst the oldest redwoods on campus. Carbonera Creek flows quietly beneath the stage, composing an ideal atmosphere for enjoying an event or sitting quietly in a tranquil place.
Situated in front of Redwood Auditorium is the Amphitheater, another wonderful meeting place where you can sit under the redwoods and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It also offers an alternative space for open-air classes and acoustic artist performances.
At the center of campus is the commons, a lively hub where the Common Grounds Café beckons connection and conversation with comfortable inside tables and spacious patio seating. Come here to sip a cup of coffee or tea, nibble a tasty treat, gather with friends between program sessions, or browse the adjacent shopping area for interesting items to support your continued learning experience.
Nestled under a stand of old-growth redwoods is the campus labyrinth, designed to help illuminate one’s inner path by offering a serene place to walk, clear the mind, and gain perspective. This ancient tradition has been used as a creative and spiritual tool for thousands of years. It reflects the journey of circling to one’s own center, then back again and into the world.
As the spiritual center of the campus, the Sanctuary is ideal for meditation and quiet introspection. It is also a beautiful lecture space. Originally built in the 1950s, it has been revitalized in celebration of spirit, accommodating us today beneath its slate roofs and curved wooden beams by offering further connection to ourselves and to each other—and to the waters and redwoods just outside its doors.
Our commitment to compatible and sustainable environmental practices guides our planning, building, and operations. Whether it’s water, electricity, or natural gas, buildings have been designed to meet the most efficient standards. Some features include low-power lighting, maximum-efficiency facilities, rainwater-capture systems, reusable and natural construction materials, heating and cooling with natural airflow, and environmentally sensitive recycling practices.