Elizabeth Gilbert|Cheryl Strayed: Brave Magic at 1440 Multiversity

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Brave Magic

An Invitation to Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage

September 20 - 23, 2018

Thursday - Sunday, 3 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

There is still space to register for this program!  Learn more about our commuter pass option with local hotel discounts, then call 1 844 544 1440 to book.  

Spend a one-of-a-kind weekend with Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed exploring the pathways to expressing yourself and your story in the world.

Dig deep with these two beloved authors and adventure-seekers and get real about mining your curiosity, supporting your creativity, and embracing your challenges with courage and bravery.

Due to the popularity of this program, all double occupancy rooms must be shared. Already booked and coming with a friend? Request to be roommates here.  Otherwise, we will mindfully pair you with a guest of the same gender.

Through interviews with Liz and Cheryl, experiential workshop sessions, and opportunities for reflection, we will discover together just how our attitudes, habits, and determination—along with healthy doses of magical thinking—make it possible to keep the faith on our journey and show up fully for what arises.

Dive in and explore:

  • Amping up your curiosity so you can turn it into creative action
  • Taking a no-excuses approach to prioritizing your own creative fulfillment
  • Having fun even as you delve into your deepest, darkest—and most interesting—inner landscapes to reveal what’s in your heart
  • How to shake off fear, get unstuck, and start making stuff.

Experience unparalleled encouragement to pursue your passions and bring the love that lives within you out into the world. With warm sincerity, infectious enthusiasm, and inspiring anecdotes, Liz and Cheryl will share the foundation of their creative lives to help inspire yours.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Elizabeth Gilbert


    Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love has been called “a generation’s instruction manual” by the Toronto Sun. Translated into more than 30 languages, Eat, Pray, Love has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The book catapulted its author from a respected but little-recognized writer to a woman Oprah Winfrey has called a “rock star author.”

    Fearless reporting skills and appreciation for working-class values color Elizabeth’s writing, while a persistent longing to understand the world and her place in it has made her not merely a writer but an explorer. Her writing has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Spin, and the New York Times Magazine. She was a stalwart at GQ, producing pieces that grew into books, as well as the film Coyote Ugly.

    Elizabeth’s work has received many accolades and esteemed awards throughout her career, beginning with her first book, Pilgrims, a New York Times Most Notable Book and recipient of the Ploughshares prize, among many other honors.

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    Cheryl Strayed


    Cheryl Strayed is the widely acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the New York Times best sellers Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar and Brave Enough, as well as the novel Torch.

    Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and adapted into an Academy Award-nominated movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi.

    Cheryl’s books have been translated into 40 languages, and her essays have been featured in numerous publications, including The Best American Essays, New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Sun, and Tin House. She is cohost, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular “Dear Sugar” advice column on TheRumpus.net.

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  • Why Attend
    • Overcome fears that keep you stuck and begin to create the expansive, purposeful, daring life you dream of.

    • Pinpoint what you really care about and discover how to get started with the creative pursuits that most light you up.

    • Awaken to the profound importance of your unique voice, value, and contributions to the world.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Thursday  9/20/18: 

    5:15 PM—7:15 PM-Dinner

    7:30 PM—7:45 PM-Orientation

    7:45 PM—9:15 PM-Stage conversation between Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed

    Friday  9/21/18: 

    7:00 AM—9:00 AM-Breakfast

    9:00 AM—12:15 PM Creativity/Writing Workshop led by Elizabeth Gilbert

    12:30 PM—2:30 PM-Lunch

    2:45 PM4:45 PM Session led by Cheryl Strayed

    5:15 PM—7:15 PM-Dinner

    Saturday 9/22/18: 

    7:00 AM—9:00 AM-Breakfast

    9:00 AM—12:15 PM Creativity/Writing Workshop led by Cheryl Strayed

    12:30 PM—2:30 PM-Lunch

    2:45 PM4:45 PM Session led by Elizabeth Gilbert

    5:15 PM—7:15 PM-Dinner

    8:00 PM-9:30 PM Evening Event

    Sunday, 9/23/18: 

    7:00 AM—9:00 AM-Breakfast

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM Meditation Session with Heidi Spear

    10:00 AM—11:30 AM On-stage conversation between Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed

    11:30 AM Program Ends

    12PM Check Out

    11:45-1:45 PM LUNCH


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Detail

    Please Bring a Journal and Pen or Pencil (favorite writing utensil)

  • 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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