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Moving Beyond our Stories

February 2 - 4, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Are you interested in moving beyond unhelpful assumptions about yourself and others? Discover how compassion and mindfulness training, combined with new models of communication, can help you let go of the old stories that rule your life.

Guided by Vinny Ferraro, a mindfulness teacher with an extensive background in social justice, you will spend the weekend exploring your personal conditioning. Once you can see how your stories shape your perception of others, you become free to move beyond your assumptions and see people for who they really are.
In this weekend program, you will learn:

  • Where bias, projection, and cultural conditioning are blocking your own healing
  • How to ask questions and communicate in a non-assumptive way that leaves room for real answers and information to come through
  • Where your personal narrative is keeping you from seeing the truth of yourself, another, or a given situation
  • Mindfulness techniques that can be used in meditation and in your moment-to-moment interactions with others.

As the collective intelligence of the group emerges, you will witness what becomes possible for our communities and society when we are willing to take the risk to see past our old narratives and truly connect and heal that which divides us.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Vinny Ferraro

    Mindfulness teacher, defender of social justice

    Vinny Ferraro spent most of his teenage life hustling and living on the streets. In 1987, after recovering from drug addiction, he began leading youth groups in drug rehabilitation centers, juvenile halls, schools, and halfway houses for Narcotics Anonymous. He did this work for nearly a decade before moving to a more intensive focus on mindfulness and emotional intelligence work.

    Vinny has since become a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents, and has taught emotional intelligence and mindfulness workshops to more than 100,000 youth and the adults who work with them—teachers, correction officers, social workers, and parents.

    He is the principal author of the Mind Body Awareness Project’s mindfulness-based curriculum for incarcerated youth and has received national media coverage for his work with adolescents. He is also the subject of the MTV series, If You Really Knew Me.

    Vinny is currently senior faculty for Mindful Schools and the guiding teacher for Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society—San Francisco, and leads meditation retreats for adults nationwide. Incidentally, he hates talking about himself in the third person.

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  • Why Attend
    • Learn how your stories shape your perception and discover what is real: uncover the gaps between <em>your </em>truth and <em>the </em>truth.

    • Learn mindfulness and communication techniques to increase your capacity for compassion, collaboration, and mutual respect so you can grow into an even better person, parent, team member, or partner.

    • Your old narratives are inhibiting your capacity for self-love and personal success and you're ready to shift.

  • Things to Know/Schedule


    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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