Najwa Zebian: The Art of Telling the Story of Who You Are at 1440 Multiversity

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The Art of Telling the Story of Who You Are

October 11 - 13, 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

Confidence, resilience, and independence start by finding and raising your voice.

In this thrilling weekend workshop Najwa Zebian—the author, activist, and inspirational speaker whose words became a face for the #MeToo movement—shares the importance of owning your story and how to consciously and constructively share it with the world.

Through lecture, group discussion, journaling, reflecting, and sharing and hearing stories from others, you will learn:

  • What sharing your story actually means
  • How to identify and remove what is stopping you from telling your own tale
  • Who you should share your story with and the effective communication skills to ensure it lands
  • What to keep in mind before you speak up, speak out, and disclose
  • How to deal with the emotional and practical consequences that may arise when you speak the truth.

Najwa shows you why it’s better to be yourself fully and lose people along the way than hide who you really are only so you can strive to be loved by all. Leave this weekend with the courage and tools to be your most authentic self and make your story part of the larger conversation.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Najwa Zebian

    Author, activist, and inspirational speaker

    Najwa Zebian is on a mission to empower people to build a home within themselves—to live, love, and create fearlessly. Her first students, a group of young refugees, led her back to her foundational passion: writing. By writing to heal her students, Najwa began to heal her sixteen-year-old self.

    Since publishing her first collection of poetry and prose in 2016, Najwa has become an inspiration to millions of people worldwide. Bravely sharing her experiences of displacement, discrimination, and abuse, Najwa is known for her best-selling poetry and stirring, widely-viewed speaking engagements. She became a trailblazing voice for women everywhere when her words became a face for the #MeToo movement after mentions in the New York Times, Huffington Post, and CBS News.

    A social media influencer and educator, Najwa continues to speak on behalf of those still searching for a voice of their own.

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  • Why Attend
    • Uncover the importance of owning who you are and all that you have seen, done, and been through. The story doesn’t need to be grand in order to be told.<br />

    • Move beyond any doubt or fear that what you have to say is something someone else needs to hear. Learn how to tell your story in a constructive and healthy manner.

    • If you are looking to be your own authentic self, Najwa will serve not only as a support, but as an inspiration.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

  • 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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