It’s easy to get saturated with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world—and now more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as central to spiritual practice. We must stay connected to that part of our interior world that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.
Join James Baraz, MA, and Jane Baraz, MA, for a weekend workshop based on their popular five-month Awakening Joy course in which thousands have participated since 2003. Using principles and practices drawn from Buddhist philosophy, you will learn:
- Important concepts and supportive practices to develop your natural capacity for well-being and happiness
- Techniques to develop gratitude and self-love
- How to open up to the “hard stuff” as a path to joy
- Tools for finding joy in the happiness of others.
Joy is a rich feeling of vitality and well-being that is characterized by engagement with life and with meeting its ups and downs with authenticity and perspective. It can look very different from person to person, and through this program, you will discover how joy expresses itself uniquely through you.
Jane Baraz, MA
Meditation and mindfulness teacher
Jane Baraz has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1976 when she began attending Vipassana retreats.
She was on the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s board of directors for its first eight years. Jane teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Cancer Support Community. She’s also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), which she teaches at Spirit Rock, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, and to private clients.
Jane enjoys teaching Awakening Joy workshops and retreats with her husband, James Baraz, in California and internationally.View Bio PageJames Baraz, MA
Expert meditation teacher, creator of Awakening Joy course
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003. He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids.
James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blog posts to the Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on Oprah.com.View Bio Page
Develop a new worldview based around shared happiness.
Develop your natural capacity for immense well-being.
Open yourself to the joy and vitality inside yourself.
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Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander
About 1440 Multiversity
Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.
You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.
At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.
Per-person per-night rates include:
- nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
- daily meditation and yoga classes
- non-ticketed evening events
- use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.
Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.