Anthony Ward: Being with Flowers at 1440 Multiversity

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Being with Flowers

Floral Art as Spiritual Practice 

July 5 - 7, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Floral arrangements are much more than mere decoration. They provide a way to deeply and intimately connect to our nature and the world around us. Master floral sculptor and author of Being with Flowers Anthony Ward illuminates how to collaborate with flowers to bring more peace, jubilance, and vitality into everyday life.

This immersive and interactive workshop shows step-by-step how to fully accentuate each flower to create the perfect arrangement.

  • Through periods of silence and reflection coupled with hands-on exercises and guided meditations, gain experience and insight into the art of mindful floral arrangement.
  • On slow-paced, fun-filled walks, gather native grasses, leaves, and vines to pair with a multitude of ornate flowers.
  • Hone aesthetic elements of color, shape, line, and contour to highlight the essence and vibrancy of plant life.
  • Take your love of flowers and the organic world to a sacred place.

Empower your natural spirit to consciously curate the botanical divinity of our planet into a stunning bouquet. Return home from this expressive, inspired weekend with the skills, practiced wisdom, and careful consideration to sculpt plant life into its most radiant beauty.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Anthony Ward

    Anthony Ward, also known as The Flower Guru, lives at the cutting edge of the world of floral art. His unique and disciplined art form blends the aesthetics of nature with ceremony, music, dance, and stage-crafted improvisation. He blends elements of color, shape, line, and form to highlight the essence and spirituality of plant life.

    Anthony is the author of the groundbreaking Being with Flowers: Floral Art as Spiritual Practice, lovingly endorsed by Alice Walker, Julia Butterfly Hill, and Dr. Jane Goodall.

    Anthony’s creative expression reaches way beyond arranging blooms—from the totality of stems and leaves, the choice of the vessel, and all of the elements that surround the living and spontaneous sculpture.

    Ward has been performing on stage since 2002 with bands, DJs, and performers, merging dance and floral art in a completely unique and original way. He performs globally and is the subject of the documentary Dancing with the Flowers. Anthony has created floral sculptures for events by STS9, Tipper, and the Polish Ambassador. He’s been showcased by Maya Angelou, Al Gore, the Dalai Lama, Madonna, and many others.

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  • Why Attend
    • Explore your relationship with flowers, and nature as a whole, as you consciously nurture your artistic inspiration in union with sublime beauty.<br />

    • Meditate, contemplate, and draw together heaven and earth, spiritual and material, and the mind and soul as you express your unique aesthetic.

    • Practice complete presence outdoors as you closely examine each grassy knoll, grove of trees, creek bed, and hillside, remembering your full being and embracing your connection to the environment.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things to Bring

    Comfortable walking shoes and a good pair of garden snips

    Recommended Reading

    Being with Flowers: Floral Art as Spiritual Practice by Anthony Ward

  • 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.

  • Accommodations

    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.


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