Zen Buddhism, Hinduism with Nada Yoga, Kabbalistic Judaism, Contemplative Christianity, and Sufi Islam—you don’t need an advanced degree in world religion to let the wisdom of these five ancient spiritual paths guide you on a sojourn into song and soul.
Join internationally renowned musician and composer Yuval Ron for this unique experiential seminar based on his work with master spiritual teachers of the East and neuroscientists of the West. Through walking and sound meditations, sacred movement from Zen, Hebrew, and Sufi sources, ecstatic chanting meditations, storytelling, poetry, and live oud music by Yuval, you will learn:
- The introspective and ecstatic practices of five ancient spiritual paths
- Scientifically proven sounds and meditations to lower stress, anxiety, depression, and anger
- Chants to open your heart and amplify your compassion
- Spiritual practices shown to change the brain-enhancing memory, cognition, and awareness.
This 5-day program offers a profound spiritual experience. Bathe in the angelic and earth-moving talent of Yuval Ron and go deep into the world of meditation, ancient ritual, brain science, and sound to heal, expand your consciousness, and lighten your heart.
World-renowned musician, composer, and activist
Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned world music artist, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. He has researched ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide and is the founder of the Inspired Sound Initiative, a charity foundation bringing education for inner peace, unity, beauty, and harmony to at-risk and under-served populations worldwide.
Under Yuval’s leadership, the internationally renowned music and dance group the Yuval Ron Ensemble (featured on CNN and National Geographic) has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. Yuval has produced field recordings in the Sinai Desert with the Bedouins, archival preservation recordings of the sacred Yemenite, Moroccan, and Andalusian Jewish traditions, and the album of master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek titled One Truth-A Window into the Divine Passion and Poetry of Sufism.
In collaboration with neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Dr. Andrew Newberg, pioneer healers Robert Monroe and Dr. Richard Gold, and others, Yuval continues to explore the connection between sound and the brain. Commissioned by Metta Mindfulness Music, he has created music for medical and healing use in clinics and treatments centers.
Among his many honors, Yuval composed the songs and score for the Oscar-winning short film West Bank Story in 2007, and was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008. Some of his television and film scores include Breaking the Maya Code, Proteus, and Oliver Twist. His original scores for theater productions include Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Beckett’s Casscando. Yuval has also received commissions for site-specific scores from the Getty Center, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Lauren Bon and Farmlab, and from various international choreographers.
A faculty member of Esalen Institute since 2009, Yuval is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. Winner of the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004, Yuval is a noted lecturer at schools such as Berklee College of Music (his alma mater), Yale, UCLA, and MIT.View Bio Page
Get out of your head and go deep into your inner experience. This seminar will be highly experiential and will NOT be based on lecture.
Chant with an award-winning composer and internationally acclaimed musician who has his hand in neuroscience: learn specific sounds and meditations scientifically shown to impact the very structure and function of your brain.
Get a rare perspective into the worlds of Zen Buddhist masters, mystic Sufi leaders, Kabbalistic Rabbis, leading neuroscientists, and scholars of the mysticism of Christianity.
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.
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.