John F. Evans: New Year’s Writing Retreat at 1440 Multiversity

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New Year’s Writing Retreat

Invite Renewal and Flourish

December 27 - 29, 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

In this special program at this auspicious time of year, writing clinician John Evans, MAT, EdD, will guide you in this inspiring writing workshop. Engage with carefully chosen writing prompts to help you bring closure to the challenges of the old year and begin the new one with a fresh vision for health, vitality, and your best possible life.

Writing isn’t only for those who consider themselves writers. Writing can be a transformative tool for anyone who wants to sit down with a pen and paper, direct awareness inward, and open up to greater self-awareness, growth, and healing.

Through thisevidence-based program, you will learn seven types of writing: mindful, healing, expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, and legacy writing. As you honor the experiences of the past year and transition mindfully into the New Year, you will:

  • Write to stimulate thinking that leads to insights and understanding
  • Create your vision of vibrant wellness
  • Clarify values that inform your intentions
  • Identify and remove obstacles to build confidence and resilience
  • Open to new perspectives in ways that lead to more joy and optimism.

Enjoy this opportunity to ask yourself deep questions about who you are, what you value, and how you want to show up in the world. You will take home new, supportive, and revealing practices to connect to your inner dialogue at any time and to flourish no matter what life brings your way.

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  • Faculty Bio
    John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

    Writing clinician and integrative-health coach

    John F. Evans is a writing clinician and integrative-health coach who has taught journaling and writing for self-development for more than 30 years. He works with groups, individuals, and health-care professionals, teaching them how to use writing to achieve better physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

    The founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, Evans provides institutional life-course guidance programs, and at Duke Integrative Medicine he has taught courses on legacy writing, how to transform your health through writing, and classes that teach integrative-health coaches how to use writing as a tool in their practices.

    He is the author of five books, including Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Expressive Writing: Words that Heal (coauthored with James Pennebaker). He has a doctorate in literature and writing pedagogy studies from North Carolina State University and has been a scholar-in-residence and post-doctoral fellow in expository writing at New York University. Evans blogs monthly for Psychology Today and has a private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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  • Why Attend
    • Dive into a deep personal exploration of what you want to experience and develop in the coming year.<br />

    • Increase your confidence through writing practices that bring to light the limits you place on yourself and how to let them go.

    • Strengthen your resilience and boost your overall health and well-being by uncovering and interpreting the messages of your mind and body in way that no one else can do.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    Expressive Writing: Words that Heal, John Evans and James Pennebaker

  • 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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