Dani Shapiro: The Stories We Carry at 1440 Multiversity

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The Stories We Carry

Writing and Meditation

December 6 - 8, 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

We carry our stories inside of us. Some are easier to tell than others. There are tales we polish into well-formed, amusing anecdotes. Others we bury deep until they rise up and take us by surprise.  Some we don’t even know we carry—these stories are born from secrets we’ve kept or the secrets we uncover.

Join  New York Times  best-selling author Dani Shapiro  for an experience that will continue to transform you long after you return home.  This workshop is inspired by her most recent memoir,  Inheritance, in which she unlocks her own  identity after learning a deeply buried family secret. In it she integrates her expertise in excavating life stories and articulating the transcendence of self-discovery and self-definition.

Together, you will explore the courage, persistence, and patience that it takes to dive into memory and generate new work. You will experience a powerful blend of meditation and movement accessible to everyone, generative writing exercises, group sharing, and discussion.

When we attempt to  uncover our deepest truths  and write these stories, we often encounter our own resistance. This workshop harnesses one of the most powerful ways to overcome resistance and self-censorship. Know your own body and mind, where these stories live.  Then truly reveal your essential nature and find authenticity, joy, and liberation in telling your tale.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Dani Shapiro

    Best-selling memoirist and novelist

    Dani Shapiro’s books include the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work spans diverse subjects from her tumultuous upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish community and the tragic death of her father to her explorations of spirituality and the nature of our deepest relationships. Dani’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Inheritance, was recently published by Knopf.

    Dani’s essays and journalistic pieces have appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, Salon, n+1, Tin House, and Vogue, and have been widely anthologized. She contributes regularly to the New York Times Book Review and has been broadcast on This American Life.

    Along with teaching writing workshops around the world, Dani has taught at Columbia and New York University, and is the cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy.

    In February of 2019, Dani launched an original podcast, Family Secrets, in collaboration with iHeartMedia. The podcast features stories from guests who—like Dani— have uncovered life-altering and long-hidden secrets from their families’ past.

    She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

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  • Why Attend
    • Dig deeper to cultivate reflection and self-inquiry, uncover your voice, and speak your truth.

    • Connect with your deepest knowing, your lineage, and your present experience in each moment.

    • Gain the necessary tools and insights to  deepen your writing practice, alig n your motivations and natural gifts, and answer the big questions about your self.

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    Experience Level

    None required.

  • 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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