Frank Ostaseski: Radical Compassion, Courage, and Connection at 1440 Multiversity

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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, renowned Buddhist teacher and author of The Five Invitations Frank Ostaseski will share the distilled, hard-won lessons synthesized from 30 years of being with dying. 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
    Frank Ostaseski

    Buddhist teacher, activist, and end-of-life pioneer

    Frank Ostaseski, an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and pioneer in end-of-life care, has accompanied over 1,000 people through their dying process. In 1987, he cofounded the first Buddhist hospice in America—the Zen Hospice Project. He guided that groundbreaking work for almost 20 years, establishing a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care.

    In 2005, Frank founded the Metta Institute®, through which he has trained countless healthcare clinicians and caregivers, building a national network of educators, advocates, and guides for those facing life-threatening illness. Distilling hard-won lessons from his own life journey, Frank inspires and engages diverse audiences around the globe, speaking and teaching at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom 2.0, and spiritual retreats.

    Frank has dedicated his life to service. His fusion of spiritual insight and practical social action manifests in caring for the homeless, serving on the early front lines of the AIDS epidemic, lobbying congress, teaching meditation, and most daunting of all, raising four teenagers at the same time.

    He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. His groundbreaking work has been honored by the Dalai Lama, featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, and highlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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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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