Irene Lyon|Elia Mrak: Up and Down at 1440 Multiversity

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Up and Down

Live Free Through Body Movement

December 5 - 8, 2019

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

When you change how you move, you change how you live. In this transformative weekend with Irene Lyon, MSC, expert in nervous system health, the Feldenkrais Method®, and Somatic Experiencing®, and Elia Mrak, dancer, athlete, and Qigong practitioner, you will explore what science has already shown. Simple, functional movement, like getting down on the floor and coming back up again, can help prolong and improve your quality of life.

Through structured group lessons, personal exploration, and movement games, you will:

  • Engage the body’s most important systems: nervous, respiratory, vestibular, skeletal, circulatory, and immune
  • Break free of familiar patterns of stress and tension through the art and science of simple body movement
  • Explore flow, fun, freedom, and function—the four Fs of a healthy and fruitful life
  • Learn how to access the benefits of meditation, without staying still.

Come get drunk in your own movement, practice potent posture, and connect with your environment in a new way. Leave with tools you can use daily to keep up your practice and improve your ease of movement.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Irene Lyon, MSC

    Therapeutic coach, nervous system specialist

    Irene Lyon teaches people around the world how to work with the nervous system to transform trauma, heal body and mind, and live full, creative lives.

    With a master’s degree in biomedical and health science, Irene has a knack for making complex science easy for all of us to understand and apply in our own lives. Based in Somatic Experiencing® and the Feldenkrais Method®, her work has helped everyone from Olympic athletes, wheelchair-bound basketball players, and people suffering from severe PTSD, to corporate executives and online stars.

    Through her online programs, Irene’s work has reached people in over 57 countries. She sees her clients dramatically improve from back pain, knee pain, chronic pain, fear of public speaking, digestive issues, severe depression, anxiety, developmental trauma, shock trauma, ritual abuse, strokes, and head injuries.

    In person she teaches with Elia Mrak at their signature Up & Down workshops. She can also be found hiking in the mountains or walking along the Pacific Ocean in her hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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    Elia Mrak

    Movement artist and embodiment master

    Elia Mrak is a dancer, Qigong practitioner, and teacher who is passionate about helping people become more embodied through movement and dance. A recipient of the prestigious Watson Fellowship, he has spent over a decade performing, teaching, and researching movement throughout the world.

    Elia’s organization, amovementmovement®, is dedicated to inspiring, healing, and connecting people through the power of movement and joy of dance.

    Fusing qigong, break dancing, and somatic practice, Elia has performed, taught, and directed throughout the last decade in Europe, Central and South America, and the United States.

    Trained in Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists (TST), Elia collaborates with Irene Lyon, teaching their profound Up & Down workshops, and is a guest teacher for SmartBody SmartMind.

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  • Why Attend
    • Learn subtle and powerful ways to shift the way you move not only during exercise, but in everyday life.<br />

    • If you have a hard time quieting the mind in a sitting meditation, this weekend of movement and flow will offer you a new way to cultivate a calm and centered presence.

    • Feel more comfortable and deepen the connection with yourself, others, and the space around you, all in a playful atmosphere.

  • 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

    9:30 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 or Events


    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 — 11:30 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.


    Participants must have the capacity to get down on the floor without needing any aid from a wall, chair, or cane. Being shaky and off-balance is 100 percent all right. We’ll work on that! We want to ensure you have enough functional and aerobic capacity to get onto the floor and return to standing on your own.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    What to Wear

    Comfortable clothes for movement

  • 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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