Nancy Hillis: The Artist’s Journey at 1440 Multiversity

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The Artist’s Journey

Mindfulness and Abstract Expression

October 20 - 25, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 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

Creating art from the deepest reservoirs of our truth requires courage, patience, and persistence. Join best-selling author of The Artist’s Journey and Stanford-trained psychiatrist, Nancy Hillis, MD, as she guides you to deep exploration and experimentation in your true art.

Dedicate yourself to the authentic joy of being able to physically manifest your soul’s inspiration through the practice of abstract art. This experiential retreat is perfect for creatives who want to see their unique and original spark shine.

During this inspirational workshop, you will:

  • Activate self-expression through creativity and mindfulness exercises
  • Work on a series and create many painting “starts”
  • Practice automatic drawing, flux, visual contrast, and more
  • Understand value maquettes and value-color relationships
  • Employ abstract expressionism through experimentation.

Through a dynamic combination of group discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and journaling, along with drawing and painting exercises, you’ll examine the inner dialogue and landscape that shape your art and life. Return home with complete confidence in your ability to skillfully create pieces you love.

Making art mirrors our essential process of being alive—making a life and a self that is rooted in our highest vision and core values. Locate and root yourself in the well of creativity that is the essence of life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Nancy Hillis, MD

    Artist, author, and psychiatrist

    Nancy Hillisis an abstract artist, Stanford-trained psychiatrist, and author of the best-selling book The Artist’s Journey: Bold Strokes to Spark Creativity.

    The founder of The Artist’s Journey courses, Nancy guides artists to create their deepest, most authentic art. Her signature approach combines art and psychiatry, and with it she’s helped thousands of artists transform their work from the inside out. She operates from the conviction that artistic creation has as much to do with psychology as it does with paint and canvas.

    Nancy studied under renowned psychiatrist, Irvin Yalom, MD, at Stanford University and has been featured in Inc. magazine, the New York ObserverThe Expert Called You, and the Lit from Within Show. Her course, Activating the Canvas, was named one of the top online art courses of 2019 by

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  • Why Attend
    • Gain practical tools and methods to deepen your artistic practice, align your inspiration with your talent, and broaden your vision for what you long to create.<br />

    • Uncover your deepest artistic truth, cultivate reflection and experimentation, and reconnect with your intuitive knowing and creativity moment-to-moment.

    • Strengthen your sense of yourself as an artist and your creative awareness in all areas of your life while coming to know your work in an entirely new way.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm
    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm
    Luggage storage is available

    5:00 — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 — 9:00 pm Program Session


    Daily Schedule

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9:00 am — 12:00 pm Morning Program Session

    12:00 pm — 2:00 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table

    1:00 pm — 1:45 pm Outdoor Experience

    2:00 pm — 4:30 pm Afternoon Program Session

    5:00 pm — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30 pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 pm — 9:00 pm Evening Program Session (Optional)


    Closing Day

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9:00 am — 11:00 am Morning Program Session

    11:00 am Checkout Time

    12:00 pm — 2:00 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—Departure day lunch is included in your stay.



    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    What to Wear

    Clothes for painting

  • 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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