Paul Denniston|David Kessler: Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection at 1440 Multiversity

The Practice at 1440: Design-Your-Own Yoga Retreat, Jan 17–20.

Cover photo: Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection What Can Death Teach Us?

Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection

What Can Death Teach Us?

August 2 - 4, 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

Death infamously reveals what matters most. It provides the wondrous awareness that we are part of something greater. Why wait until the end of your life to learn its vital and inspiring lessons? Why wait to feel whole, connected, and courageous until the time to act has passed?

During this weekend workshop based on the work of renowned Buddhist teacher and author of The Five Invitations Frank OstaseskiPaul Denniston and David Kessler will help you uncover what lessons death has to offer. This highly interactive program will utilize mindfulness-based teachings, group discussions, experiential exercises, meditation practice, and ritual, so you can:

  • Harness the awareness of death to clarify your values, find meaning, and uncover your purpose
  • Lean into and learn from your suffering with radical compassion
  • Muster the courage and perseverance to act in the face of fear, risk, or vulnerability
  • Deepen your sense of trust and appreciation in the fact that you are not alone.

Wholeness does not mean perfection. It means no part left out. Let the lessons of death connect you to the truth, bravery, and potential within and outside of yourself so you can live your life now exactly as you would want to leave it.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Paul Denniston, RYT 500

    Paul Denniston is the developer of Grief Yoga, which uses grief as fuel for healing and combines many forms of yoga to help release sadness and anger and bring people to greater peace and happiness.

    Paul dedicated himself to studying grief with some of the top leaders on loss, including David Kessler, William Worden, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Peter Levine. He also worked and studied with yoga masters Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Seane Corn. Paul has taught the techniques and exercises of Grief Yoga to more than 4,000 therapists, counselors, and healthcare professionals to use with their patients in the United States, England, and Australia.

    Paul has volunteered with one of the largest hospices in Los Angeles, offering Heart Touch massage to the dying. He also taught movement at the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood and currently teaches at CorePower Yoga in Los Angeles.



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    David Kessler

    David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

    David is the author of five best-selling books, including the newly released You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, with Louise Hay. He coauthored two best sellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise from Mother Teresa.

    David’s services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. David’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, Fox, PBS, and The Dr Oz Show. David is a contributing writer for, Dr. Oz’s, Anderson Cooper 360, and The Huffington Post.

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  • Why Attend
    • To be real and whole, we need to include all parts of ourselves, even the seeming incongruity of our inner and outer worlds. Abandon your notions of perfection and replace them with a practice for radical compassion.

    • We all know the pain of feeling isolated. Enhance your spiritual health, joy, and well-being by knowing—with every cell of your being—that you are deeply and eternally inseparable from something greater.

    • Carpe diem! Let the wisdom of death teach you courage, perseverance, and how to widen your circle of care. Now is the time to live more fully and act in the world with a fearless heart.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience level

    None required.

    Special Interest to

    The program may be of particular interests to psychotherapists of all types, healthcare clinicians, family caregivers, and social activists, but all are welcome regardless of experience.

  • 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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