Amma Thanasanti|Deborah Eden Tull: Rewiring for Joy at 1440 Multiversity

Take your WHY to the next level at The WHY Program at 1440, Aug 23–25.


Rewiring for Joy

May 26 - 31, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 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

The Buddha taught that the key to peace, joy, and happiness is release: abandoning the relentless insistence that life, in this moment, be other than it is. But how do we wire our brains to look for the best in life? How do we consistently see joy in everything that is within and outside of our control?

In this 5-day retreat, former Buddhist nun and world-renowned meditation teacher, Amma Thanasanti, combines practices and wisdom from Buddhism and the science of neuroplasticity to help you cut through the suffering and rewire your brain for joy.

Combining traditional Buddhist meditation practices, neuroscience research, laughter yoga, qigong, and neuroplasticity techniques, you will:

  • Learn the science behind happiness and ways to cultivate more of it through your daily routine
  • (Re)acquaint yourself with the spiritual and neurological power of choice and intention
  • Develop a finer awareness of your body, emotions, and mind-states along with a deeper discernment about when to observe versus when to engage
  • Recognize the habits that do and don’t serve you and let go of counterproductive thoughts and behaviors
  • Learn ways to flood yourself with feelings of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, and self-love
  • Practice taking new perspectives so you can make the most out of challenging times.

The practices and wisdom in this retreat have the potential to radically change the way you think, feel, behave, see, and interact with life. Release painful experiences, bolster your inner strength, and leave ready to turn everyday events into deep and meaningful moments of joy.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Amma Thanasanti

    Meditation teacher and former Buddhist nun

    Amma Ṭhanasanti first encountered the Dharma in 1979 and has since been committed to awakening. A Buddhist nun for 26 years, her practice and teachings combine the precision and rigor of the Ajahn Chah Forest Tradition with a passion for wholeness.

    Dedicated to serving all beings, Amma is the president of Whole Life Path and the spiritual director of Awakening Truth, a nonprofit run entirely on kindness and generosity, sharing the Buddha’s teachings to live in compassion, joy, and peace.

    With a rigorous understanding of Buddhist teachings, nondual meditation, depth psychology, subtle body energies, and the Divine Feminine, Amma has been teaching intensive meditation retreats around the globe since 1995. She teaches meditation as an art and skill, integrating body, heart, and mind with finesse and compassion. Through her work, she invites an openness to pause and inquire into the truth of the present moment—to integrate what is liberating at the core of our human condition.

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    Deborah Eden Tull

    Zen meditation teacher, speaker, and activist

    Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. Deborah spent seven years training as a monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities for over 20 years.

    Her teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the interconnection between personal awakening and global sustainability.

    She is the author of Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution. She also teaches The Work That Reconnects, a program created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy, and teaches for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally.

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  • Why Attend
    • This capacity for freedom is available to each of us in every moment but is often obscured by our agitated minds and our wounded hearts. Come share your positive memories, celebrate your successes, and practice a diverse and scientific approach to uncovering your own inner well of bliss and happiness.

    • Qigong brings more energy to our body while laughter yoga helps elevate our mood and mind: discover ways to add these joy-inducing practices into your daily routine.

    • Get the most out of Buddhism and brain studies. If you have been feeling in any way cloudy, lost, or lacking in integrity, this retreat is an opportunity to shift that on the deepest level possible.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Re-wiring for joy- May 26-31 – With Amma Thanasanti
    Sunday 7:30 -9 PM
    Welcome, Introduction, setting context for rewiring, creating container, precepts 20 minutes meditation
    6:30 – 7:00 AM optional silent meditation
    9 – 12 Sitting, standing and walking meditation- Body as ally- first foundation of mindfulness 2 –
    4:30 Qi gong, sitting, walking, meditation, Talk: “Different kinds of joy” Q&A
    6:30- 7:00 AM optional silent meditation
    9 – 12 PM Joy and gratitude meditation, dyad exercises-
    2- 4:30 PM Qi gong sitting meditation, Talk:“The power of choice” Q&A 7:30- 9 Laughter yoga/ Pure awareness meditation
    6:30- 7:00 AM optional silent meditation
    9 AM – 12 PM Meditation Habits and how to rewire them, dyad exercises
    2- 4:30 PM Qi gong, sitting meditation Talk:“Obstacles to joy” exercises 7:30- 9 Laughter yoga/ Pure awareness meditation
    6:30- 7:00 AM optional silent meditation
    9 – 12 Sitting Meditation practice rewiring
    2- 4:30 PM Qi gong sitting meditation Talk:“Practices for success”
    7:30- 9 PM Laughter yoga/ Pure awareness meditation
    6:30- 7:00 AM optional silent meditation
    9 -11 Meditation, Closing

    Times and themes subject to change


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Details

    Please come fragrance-free out of compassion for those with chemical sensitivities.

  • 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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