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Compassionate Inquiry

Compassionate Inquiry

Learning to Avoid Spiritual Bypass

March 3 – 8, 2019 | $625 Tuition

Gabor Maté, MDSat Dharam Kaur, ND
AdyashantiLissa Rankin, MD
Laura InserraZaya and Maurizio Benazzo

Spiritual practices can soften shame, confusion, anger, and pain, but also create a division between your authentic internal experience and external facade, leaving wounds unhealed. Join renowned author Gabor Maté, MD, and expert Kundalini Yoga teacher Sat Dharam Kaur, ND, and learn to avoid Spiritual Bypass by attacking and resolving negative unconscious beliefs with sensitivity and understanding.

This 5-day intensive workshop, hosted by  Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo (SAND), combines unique therapeutic work, Compassionate Inquiry, and enhanced yoga to explore emotional realities often ignored by spiritual practices.

This in-depth program is suitable for

  • Therapists,
  • Spiritual seekers,
  • and anyone looking for a profound understanding of their personal issues.

As a special feature of this transformative program, Dr. Gabor Maté will lead conversations with spiritual teacher Adyashanti and master coach Lissa Rankin, MD,  on separate evenings during the week.

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Some people displace dealing with their emotions by putting all their energy into finding the spiritual truth, and that’s what I believe you all would call spiritual bypass and what that means is that those people will have beautiful deaths but shorter lives.

— Gabor Maté, MD


Liberate yourself from negative unconscious dynamics

Learn to approach pain and suffering through:

  • Nonjudgmental witnessing of body sensations and emotions
  • Meditations and breathing for calm and stability
  • Kundalini Yoga for expressing repressed emotional states
  • Cultivation of self-acceptance and self-compassion
  • Compassionate Inquiry to reveal implicit memory and traumatic or unconscious feelings
  • Patience, respect, and the importance of choice in any therapeutic process.

Program Faculty

Gabor Maté, MD

Gabor Mate, MDAddiction and stress expert

Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.

The best-selling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.

For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Sat Dharam Kaur, ND

Sat Dharam Kaur, NDKundalini Yoga trainer, author, and naturopath

Sat Dharam Kaur began studying Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan—who named her a “teacher of teachers and healer of healers”—in 1976 and now facilitates teacher training programs internationally.

Her naturopathic medical practice specializes in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and she designed and developed the Healthy Breast Program to help educate women in breast cancer prevention through Kundalini Yoga and holistic lifestyle practice. Working closely with Dr. Gabor Maté, she also developed and delivered the renowned programs Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery and the psychotherapeutic approach of Compassionate Inquiry.

A featured teacher at yoga festivals and naturopathic conferences worldwide, she is the recipient of the Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year award and has been a featured speaker at world conferences on breast cancer. She is the author of several best-selling books, including A Call to Women: The Healthy Breast Program & Workbook, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health. 


AdyashantiSpiritual teacher and spiritual director of Open Gate Sangha

Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

Adyashanti, whose name means primordial peace, was asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years. He offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, an associate teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering talks, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and live internet radio broadcasts.


Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa RankinPhysician, mystic, student and scholar of sacred medicine

Lissa Rankin is a physician, spiritual mentor, mystic, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, an Inner Pilot Light-enlivening program for healthcare providers that marries science and spirituality in medicine.

Bridging seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting-edge visionaries she trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into sacred medicine.

Lissa has starred in two PBS specials, and her four TEDx talks have been viewed over 3 million times. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the books Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, The Anatomy of a Calling, and her daily email The Daily Flame. Lissa leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers, and lives in Marin County, California, with her daughter, Siena.

Laura Inserra

Laura InserraSound therapist

Laura Inserra is an instrumentalist, sound therapist, composer, teacher, and event producer from Sicily. She specializes in the transformative and healing power of sound, sympathetic resonance, and binaural beats.

Thanks to her musical and spiritual studies with teachers from ancient and modern schools of wisdom, she has developed a unique form of healing practice called Harmonizing Therapy. Using sacred sounds, rhythms, and melodies, she creates Inner Landscapes Journeys to facilitate and nurture personal transformation and self-awareness. She applies this method in one-on-one sessions as well as in group settings, concerts, workshops, and company retreats.

Laura is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. Her music displays a rich palette of global sounds using ancient and modern instruments which she infuses with a unique blend of harmonies and melody lines on top of intricate rhythmic expressions. She performs in public, private, and site-specific events from retreats to sacred ceremonies. She also composes soundtracks and does sound design for corporate events, the performing arts, art installations, and movies.

Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

Zaya and Maurizio BenazzoFilmmakers and founders of Science and Nonduality (SAND)

Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.

Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.

Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.

Program Schedule

Day 1: Sunday Mar 3

Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Time Who What
7:30-7:45 Maurizio & Zaya Welcome and Orientation
7:45-8:30 Gabor Mate Introduction to the program, Spiritual Bypassing and the Purpose of Compassionate Inquiry
8:30-9:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga to Realize the Self  and Group Meditation


Day 2: Monday March 4

Time Who What
9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Breathing Exercise to Enhance Presence
9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 1: Presence, Safety, Attunement
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate Compassionate Inquiry (CI) Demo
11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga
2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Breathing Exercise for Self-Awareness: Meditation for a Calm Heart
2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 2: Triggers, Pain, Shame
3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI Demo
3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Skill-building exercises
7:30-8:15 Gabor Mate Group discussion and more CI Demo
8:15-9:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga

Day 3: Tuesday March 5

Time Who What
9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Trust Gut Feelings Practices
9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 3: Trauma, Disconnection, Constriction
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga
2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Partner Exercise and Meditation
2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 4: Attachment, Adaptation, Addiction
3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice
7:30-9:00 Gabor Mate and Adyashanti A conversation on Spiritual Bypassing and meeting Trauma on the Spiritual Path

Day 4: Wednesday March 6

Time Who What
9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Meditation & Exercises
9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 5: Children, Family, Responsibility
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga
2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Meditation
2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 6: Memory, Stories, Beliefs
3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice
7:30-9:00 Laura Inserra Chambers of AWE

Day 5: Thurs March 7

Time Who What
9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Meditation
9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 7: Will, Compassion, Forgiveness
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga
2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Compassion Meditation
2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 8: Relationship, Possibility, Change
3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice
7:30-9:00 Gabor Mate and Lissa Rankin Health and Nonduality: Two physicians explore the mind/body/spirit unity in illness and health

Day 6: Friday March 8

Time Who What
9:00-10:00 Sat Dharam Pranayam & Kundalini Yoga
10:00-10:30 Gabor Mate Q&A
10:30-10:45 break
10:45-12:00 Gabor Group process, closing circle


About 1440 Multiversity

Redwood trails, copper-adorned buildings with majestic views, and decks built around sky-high trunks keep you wrapped in nature while on our 75-acre campus.

Part wellness resort, part Ted-talk auditorium, part conference center, our campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and accommodations tucked away in a lush forest between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. With locally sourced meals, holistic-health classes, Fitness Center, infinity-edge hot tub, and more, your stay at 1440 is designed to nurture, educate, and inspire.

Join us for a mix of guided programming and self-curated downtime as you enjoy our beautiful campus and rejuvenating Healing Arts center.

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1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz
and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.

Nearby Airports

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
Oakland International Airport (OAK): 60 miles

Coming with a friend, or prefer to stay off-campus? Book by phone at 1-844-544-1440. Otherwise, book online.