Aracely Areas|Esmail Rahimian: ChiRunning® and Tai Chi at 1440 Multiversity

Spend a weekend with renowned integrative medicine pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil and learn how to take control of your health before you get sick!


ChiRunning® and Tai Chi

June 29 - July 1, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

Are you someone who wants to start running? A runner who dreams of running for the rest of your life? Either way, running mindfully is key to mastering the miles.

Come transform your running experience in this experiential weekend with master ChiRunning instructor and marathon coach Aracely Areas, and running legend and tai chi instructor Esmail Rahimian, PhD. Through a complementary blend of correct postural alignment, strength building, balance in motion, relaxation techniques, restorative stretches, and mindful exercises, you will learn:

  • Running biomechanics and how to develop a personalized running plan
  • ChiRunning and tai chi practices to enhance your performance and well-being
  • How to increase your lung capacity so you can feel lighter and more relaxed on every run
  • How to listen to and abide by the wisdom of your own body.

Leave with empowering techniques to achieve increased balance, alignment, fine motor control, rhythm of movement, harmony, well-being, and mental focus. This weekend will offer runners at any level a more efficient and effective way to hit the tracks, trails, and roadways.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Aracely Areas

    Running coach and master ChiRunning® instructor

    Aracely Areas is a master ChiRunning instructor who has been teaching since 2004. She has been personally trained and mentored by Danny Dreyer, the founder of ChiRunning and ChiWalking® techniques.

    After 15 years of experiencing the challenges, injuries, and physical pain of power running, Aracely enjoyed running five miles without pain for the first time when she met Danny in 1999 and had a one-on-one coaching session on the ChiRunning technique.

    Based in San Jose, California, Aracely has assisted Danny and master instructors in workshops and running coach trainings nationally and internationally. She also teaches privately to individuals and groups.

    Aracely is also a certified Pilates instructor, marathon coach, and a black belt in tae kwon do. She has been a coach and member of San Jose FIT, RUN365, and Nike Run Club.

    She has completed 24 marathons pain-free, and is passionate about teaching and sharing her running experience with others. She is the founder of Carrera Internacional de la Mujer, an initiative to help women build confidence and motivation through running.

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    Esmail Rahimian, PhD

    Ultra runner, tai chi instructor, and meditative marathoner

    Esmail Rahimian began racing in 2002 and has completed 50 half marathons and over 200 marathons and ultras. Esmail has run marathons in all 50 states and races on every continent.

    Esmail believes mental strength and visualization are as important as muscle memory in training. As a certified tai chi instructor, he cross-trains with tai chi and qigong. He also practices meditative running, hatha yoga, and core-strength training. For Esmail, the hardest part of a race is getting to the start line—the best part is the miles he does not remember.

    Esmail enjoys trail running and is now focused on local ultras. Although he has traveled to many places to race, his favorite course remains the Big Sur International Marathon. His most challenging courses so far have been in Death Valley and Antarctica. As a Blazer Award recipient, he has placed first in his age group for the past three years.

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  • Why Attend
    • Achieve greater ease and efficiency in your running by connecting with your breathing, body, and mind through a sequence of tai chi poses carefully designed specifically for runners.

    • Tai chi is known to increase energy and mental focus, lower levels of depression and anxiety, increase muscle strength, generate energy and stamina, and enhance flexibility, balance, and agility. In short, it can be the difference between a good run and a great run.

    • Tai chi is known to lower blood pressure, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of falls; avoid injury and remain the lifelong runner you want to be.

  • 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:

    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 – 11:30 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

    9:00am – 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.





    Experience Level


    What to Wear

    Bring your favorite running shoes and loose, comfortable clothing for tai chi.

    Special Interest To

    Anyone with the urge to run and move

    Special Details

    Aracely Areas will be offering short runs/walks each day in practice of Chi Running, these runs/walks are 1-2 miles.
    1440 offers up to four miles of beautiful trials, participant have access to these trials and are encouraged to run/walk their own distances at their own pace before the start of classes each day.
    The personal runs/walks are optional and they are not organized by the retreat.
    Guests will build up each day for a longer run/walk on the last day.”
    Guests are welcome to email Faculty with any questions:
    Esmail Rahimian   [email protected]
    Aracely Areas [email protected]
  • 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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