Gary Marcoccia: Woods, Water, and Wonder at 1440 Multiversity

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Woods, Water, and Wonder

Redwood Forests and Coastal Hiking Weekend

July 4 - 7, 2019

Thursday - Sunday, 3 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

What better way to celebrate independence, than to be surrounded by the richness and majesty of the natural world? Spend this Fourth of July weekend with wilderness expedition leader Gary Marcoccia, exploring all the beauty that summer on the rustic coast of Santa Cruz has to offer—one of America’s greatest riches.

Through beginning-level hikes in the redwood forests, informal sharing, nature journaling, and nature-related teachings on science, philosophy, culture, and history, you will:

  • Explore humanity’s place in the natural world across cultures, geographies, and traditions
  • Learn the techniques of native peoples for walking relaxed, free, and centered, while maintaining efficient and powerful movement
  • Learn how to spend time “in your body” and in touch with your senses while moving through nature
  • Be inspired by the words and actions of well-known naturalists and poets, and in turn reflect on what nature means to you.

Come to 1440 and enjoy wholesome food, get your heart pumping in the pure sea air, and disconnect and reenergize in ways that only nature can provide.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Gary Marcoccia

    Wilderness expedition leader, science educator

    Gary Marcoccia is a wilderness expedition leader and tenured professor of natural and applied sciences from Santa Cruz, California. He has led expeditions around the globe for more than two decades: from deep jungle treks and volcano climbs to traversing the Pyrenees and making first-descent, white-water kayak runs.

    Having taught for wilderness outfitters, retreat venues, and institutions of higher education, Gary has made significant curriculum contributions to the field of wilderness education. His teaching highlights practices from a variety of wisdom traditions and cultures, with an emphasis on how they connect to the natural world.

    A keen naturalist, ultra-runner, adventurer, kite surfer, and mountaineer, Gary’s biggest passion in life is teaching people how they can nourish their mind, body, and spirit through time spent in the wilds.


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  • Why Attend
    • Enjoy gentle hikes through shady redwood forests, relaxing moments by mountain streams, and time in contemplation atop grassy slopes with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

    • Create a new tradition: abandon the BBQ’s and fireworks for a quieter and more contemplative approach to honoring independence.

    • Led by a keen naturalist, this weekend is an opportunity to free your body, free your mind, and be deeply inspired by one of the country’s most powerful landscapes.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Thursday July 4

    2:15 pm
    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm
    Luggage storage is available

    5:00 — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 — 9:00 pm Program Session


    Friday July 5

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 8:30 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    8:30 am —  Depart for Day Hiking Trip

    5:00 pm — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30 pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 pm — 8:30 pm Evening Program Session


    Saturday July 6

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 8:30 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    8:30 am —  Depart for Day Hiking Trip

    5:00 pm — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30 pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 pm — 9:00 pm Free Time


    Sunday July 7

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9:00 am — 11:00 am Morning Program Session

    12:00 pm NOON Checkout Time

    12:00 pm — 2:00 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—Departure day lunch is included in your stay.


    None required.

    Experience Level 

    None required.

    What to Wear

    Appropriate shoes and gear for hiking

    What to Bring

    A journal and a water bottle

    Special Details

    None of our hikes will be more than six miles in length.

  • 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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