Elissa Altman: Writing Your Story, Feeding Your Soul at 1440 Multiversity

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Writing Your Story, Feeding Your Soul

An Inquiry into the Personal Narrative of Sustenance

November 30 - December 2, 2018

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

What are the stories we tell around the table? How does our Modern Tribal Fire connect our past to our present, and inform the way we think about nurturing and sustenance in the kitchen, at the table, and in our everyday lives?
How does The Modern Tribal Fire make us who we are, connect and ground us in a world that is increasingly disconnected?
Writing Your Story, Feeding Your Soul will be a two-day program with Elissa Altman focusing on the practice of writing one’s “life narrative” both in the kitchen and at the table.
The practice of personal, food-related storytelling is a way to not only reconnect with who we are, but who we were — where we came from, where our forebears came from, and how we retain our connection to them and our socio-spiritual grounding — as we live in a fast- paced, fast-food world where what we eat is considered fuel, disconnected from soul, spirit, and sustenance.

Through group discussion, guided meditation, and restorative yoga you will:

  • Be inspired by food-related writing prompts and share the kitchen table as sacred-space
  • Explore exercises in sensory journaling
  • Deepen a spiritual writing practice
  • Gain a holistic understanding of what heals us individually and as a community-bellies, minds, and spirits.

Slow down with a purposeful, delicious, and personal reconnection to the healing spirit of the table, to all those who reside there, and to the ritual of telling table stories. Each session will culminate in a group meal.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Elissa Altman

    Memoirist, food writer, mindfulness expert

    Elissa Altman is a critically-acclaimed food memoirist, speaker, and multi-year James Beard Award finalist. She has spoken publicly about food and nourishment everywhere from TEDx and the 92nd Street Y, to the stage at the Public Theater in New York, the Miami Book Fair, and hundreds of bookstores throughout the country. She speaks regularly to young students from coast to coast on the importance of the Modern Tribal Fire.

    A featured facilitator and teacher, Elissa has taught master classes in memoir at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and the Literature + Larder Food Narrative program at Glin Castle in Ireland. She is also a longtime meditation practitioner—studying intensively with Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg, and having completed Jon Kabat-Zinn’s eight-week MBSR program.

    A finalist for the 2016 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, Elissa was the 2012 James Beard Award-winner for her essays on PoorMansFeast.com. Her essays and articles have appeared everywhere from the New York Timesand the Washington Postto Krista Tippett’s On Being; Lion’sRoar; the Wall Street Journal; Tin House; O, The Oprah Magazine; Organic Living; Saveur; and many more.

    Her books include Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking, Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw(a 2016 Library Journal Best Spirituality and Religion pick), and the forthcoming Motherland: A Love Story.


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  • Why Attend
    • You are looking for a mindful slowdown, a reconnection with your life's narrative at the table and a rediscovery of the table as sacred space

    • An acknowledgement and recognition of food as spirit-nurturing, as opposed to food as fuel

    • A personal reconnection to the healing spirit of the table, and all those who reside there

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: https://1440.app.box.com/v/HealingArts

    Opening Day

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

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30pm-7pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm
    Program Session


    Daily Schedule

    6:45 – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00 – 9 am

    Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    8:30am – 11:00 am

    Morning Program Session

    11:30 – 1:30 pm

    Lunch at Kitchen Table

    1:30 – 3:30 pm

    Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm

    Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm

    Evening Program Session or Events


    Closing Day

    6:45 – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00 – 9 am

    Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    8:30am – 11:00 am

    Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON

    Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm

    Lunch at Kitchen Table—Departure day lunch is included in your stay.




    None required.

    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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