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Using the Telomere Effect for a Vibrant Healthspan

February 2 - 4, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$350 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

Our biological health is intimately tied to our hearts and minds, our aspirations and goals, and how we seek relief when we feel stressed or depleted. These abstract, even existential, issues are anchored in a scientific understanding of healthy aging that we can apply to our own lifestyles.  This program is for anyone interested in learning about cellular health and the most relevant science behind stress, aging, and mindful practices.

Delve into the latest research with Dr. Elissa Epel, health psychology researcher (coauthor of the New York Times best seller The Telomere Effect), and Dr. Eve Ekman, emotions researcher, co-developer of the Atlas of Emotions, and teacher of meditation and Cultivating Emotional Balance.  Together we will take the research out of the lab, collect data on our own mindstates and emotions, and implement practices into our daily lives. In addition, there will be optional flow vinyasa yoga, breathing exercises, and movement, led by Garrick Peters.

In this weekend workshop, you will explore:

  • Practices that show promise for reducing inflammation and slowing the rate of our cell aging (telomere shortening), taught through didactics, discussion, and direct experience
  • How to cultivate emotional balance for stress resilience
  • Ways to promote inner wisdom through mindsets, meditation, and emotional, nutritional, and lifestyle practices
  • Tools you can take home for daily renewal and for tracking your individual path and aspects of your life you most care about.
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  • Faculty Bio
    Eve Ekman, MSW, PhD

    Emotion regulation and mindfulness trainer

    Eve Ekman is a stress, emotion, and empathy postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center of Integrative Medicine. The daughter of Paul Ekman, a pioneering founder of the field of emotion research, Eve is an internationally sought-after trainer of emotion regulation and mindfulness skills.

    Her research interests are inspired by her past experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital and her training in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), an applied emotion-regulation and mindfulness intervention.

    At the Osher Center, Eve continues to refine the framework, research, and training in the areas of meaning, empathy, and burnout. She provides trainings based on CEB to a wide array of clients in technology, health care, criminal justice, law, and education. She has also led a training for Wisdom 2.0, and gave a TEDx talk at California State East Bay.

    In 2012, an Elle magazine profile introduced Eve’s research into mainstream media.

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    Elissa Epel, PhD

    Professor and researcher in aging, metabolism, and emotions

    Elissa Epel, PhD

    Professor and researcher in aging, metabolism, and emotions

    Elissa Epel is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is the director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center. With Nobel laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn—who discovered the anti-aging enzyme telomerase—Epel is coauthor of New York Times best seller The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. She has co-led retreats at Spirit Rock, Upaya Institute and Zen Center, 1440 Multiversity, and Blue Spirit (Nicoya Peninsula).

    An award-winning researcher, Epel studies psychological, social, and behavioral processes related to chronic psychological stress that accelerate biological aging, focusing closely on telomeres and other biomarkers of aging. She also studies the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism, and weight.

    She has conducted trials on mindful eating for healthy nutrition, healthy weight during pregnancy, and weight loss in obese men and women. She has also focused on tailored mindfulness for reducing parenting stress for parents of children with developmental disorders.

    She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and she serves on scientific advisory panels for the Mind and Life Institute and National Institutes of Health.

    Epel has been featured on TEDMED, NBC’s the Today show, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and science documentaries on Discovery Channel and National Geographic.


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  • Why Attend
    • Revolutionize how you live with a science-based, groundbreaking approach to a longer, healthier life.

    • Gain a scientific understanding of the factors that can help reduce inflammation and slow the rate of our cell aging (telomere shortening).

    • Reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis and learn how to live longer and better through food, types of exercise, and mind tricks you can use to protect yourself from stress.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer, by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel

  • 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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