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On Being Gathering

Becoming Wise: A Calling for This Age

February 16 - 19, 2018

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

$595 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Special guests include Seth Godin, Maria Popova, David Whyte, Naomi Shihab Nye, Omid Safi, and Parker Palmer

In the audio and digital spaces of On Being, a far-flung cross-section of humanity examines big questions of meaning — What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We’ve long aspired to create a gathering — in the flesh — for our listening and reading community. Now, in partnership with 1440 Multiversity it’s finally happening: three days of conversation, poetry, and community with Krista Tippett, beloved teachers from the show and the blog, and the entire On Being team.

In large and small groups, we will take up the possibilities of this moment to generatively inhabit the spaces of our lives and renew common life in a fractured world. There will be shared meals and music in the evenings, and plenty of space across the three days for restoration, one-on-one conversation, and quiet reflection.

Look forward to a weekend of exploring:

  • The raw materials of wisdom in our lives
  • Virtues to embody as ways of being that lead to deeper connections, moral imagination, and inhabiting our own truths while making space for others to inhabit theirs
  • How to make use of the knowledge we’re gaining about our bodies and our brains that can help us join aspiration to action and truly become more whole
  • The generative narrative of our time — the larger story of healing and spiritual evolution that we can ferment
  • What love might mean as a public good.

Participants will return to their communities with ideas, practices, and relationships to extend in the spirit of On Being’s Civil Conversations Project and Krista’s New York Times best-selling book, Becoming Wise.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Krista Tippett

    Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, best-selling author

    Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author. She is a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, which she received at the White House in 2014.

    As the creator and host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st-century life. In 2013, Krista took On Being and its emergent Civil Conversations Project into independent production, with a studio and public event space in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Krista grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and holds a master’s of divinity degree from Yale. Krista was a journalist in Cold War Berlin as the New York Times stringer and correspondent for Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit, before becoming a special assistant to the US Ambassador to West Germany. Her books include Einstein’s God, Speaking of Faith, and most recently Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

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    Reverend Jennifer Bailey

    Leader of the multi-faith justice movement

    Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Reverend Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and emerging national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the founding executive director of the Faith Matters Network, a collective led by people of color that trains, connects, convenes, and amplifies marginalized people of faith, primarily people of color, to chart a new moral horizon.

    A Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project and ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reverend Baily came to her work as a minister after nearly a decade of experience at nonprofits combating intergenerational poverty.

    Jennifer is an Ashoka Fellow and Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow who writes regularly for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners, and The Huffington Post. Her first book (tentatively titled Confessions of a #Millennial #Minister) is currently under contract with Chalice Press.

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    Natalie Batalha, PhD

    NASA astrophysicist and exoplanet expert

    Dr. Natalie Batalha is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center and the mission scientist for NASA’s Kepler Mission. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was a professor of physics and astronomy at San Jose State University for ten years before joining the astrophysics branch of the space sciences division of NASA Ames Research Center.

    Dr. Batalha started her career as a stellar spectroscopist studying young, sun-like stars. Inspired by the discoveries of new exoplanets, she joined the team at NASA Ames Research Center working with emerging technology for finding exoplanets. From the early days of the Kepler Mission, Dr. Batalha has helped detect and understand the planets harbored by distant stars. She led the analysis that yielded the discovery of Kepler-10b—the mission’s first confirmation of a rocky planet outside our solar system.

    In 2011, Dr. Batalha was awarded a NASA Public Service Medal for work communicating Kepler science to the public and for outstanding leadership in coordinating the Kepler Science Team. In 2015, she joined the leadership team of NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS)—an initiative dedicated to the search for evidence of life beyond our solar system.

     

     

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    Alicia Garza

    Black Lives Matter cofounder

    Alicia Garza is an Oakland, California-based organizer, writer, public speaker, and freedom dreamer who is currently the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. Along with Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors, she cofounded the Black Lives Matter (BLM) network, a globally recognized organizing project that focuses on combatting anti-Black state-sanctioned and vigilante violence and the oppression of all Black people.

    She has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being named on The Root’s 2015 and 2016 lists of 100 African American Achievers and Influencers, the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and as a Community Change Agent at the 2016 BET’s Black Girls Rock Awards.

    Since the rise of the BLM movement, Alicia has become a powerful voice in the media. Her articles and interviews have been featured in Time, Mic, The Guardian, Elle.com, Essence, Democracy Now!, and The New York Times.

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    John Paul Lederach, PhD

    International peacebuilder and conflict mediation specialist

    For nearly 30 years, John Paul Lederach has traveled to areas of the world where conflict is a way of life to provide conciliation training and direct mediation. He is recognized for his pioneering work on conflict transformation and has been involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, Nepal, and Tajikistan, as well as countries in East and West Africa. John Paul has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents.

    He is a senior fellow at Humanity United and professor emeritus of international peacebuilding at the University of Norte Dame. He is the author of many books including The Little Book of Conflict Transformation, Reconcile, and The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace.

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    Maria Hinojosa

    Emmy Award-winning reporter, producer, and activist

    Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist, anchor, and producer whose three decades of work have included reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and more. She is the anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR, as well as cohost of In The Thick, Futuro Media’s new political podcast. Hinojosa is also anchor and executive producer of the PBS show America by the Numbers and the digital video series Humanizing America, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning, a frequent guest on MSNBC, and author of two books.

    Hinojosa has won numerous awards, including four Emmys, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first Latina to anchor a PBS Frontline, “Lost in Detention,” which aired in October 2011 and explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media. In 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in Harlem with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

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    Courtney E. Martin

    Writer and quality-of-life thought leader

    Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. She has been called “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” by Parker Palmer, and her writing has been described as “varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” by Jane Fonda and “a hardcover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington.

    Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are redefining the American dream (more fulfillment, community, and fun; less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney has authored or edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women.

    Courtney is the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also cofounder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com. Her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland.

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    Marilyn Nelson

    Award-winning poet and author

    Marilyn Nelson is a poet and author who has written or translated over 24 books. She was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, the Poetry Society of America’s most prestigious award, for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.” In January 2013, she was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.

    Marilyn’s latest collection of poems is Faster Than Light, winner of the 2013 Milton Kessler Poetry Award. Her many other awards and honors include multiple finalist selections for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Poets’ Prize, and the L.E. Phillabaum Award. Her numerous young adult books include A Wreath for Emmett Till, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Honor, and the Michael L. Printz Honor.

    Marilyn has also been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowships, an ACLS Contemplative Practices Fellowship, the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award for Public Service, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, was founder/director and host of Soul Mountain Retreat, and held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006.

    Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she is the daughter of a member of the last graduating class of Tuskegee Airmen.

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    Naomi Shihab Nye

    Award-winning poet and author

    Naomi Shihab Nye is a best-selling author who has written or edited over 30 books. Born to a Palestinian father and an American mother, she grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, she uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity.

    Her works include poetry anthologies for adult and young readers, pictures books, novels for young readers, and books of essays. Naomi has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Witter Bynner Fellow (awarded by The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress). Her many awards include the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, numerous awards for her literature for young readers, and the Golden Rose Award, given by the New England Poetry Club (the oldest poetry reading series in the country).

    Her work has been presented on National Public Radio and she has been featured on two PBS poetry specials. She has been poetry editor at The Texas Observer for 20 years and was elected to the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

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    Maria Popova

    Writer and creator of Brainpickings.com

    Maria Popova is a Bulgarian-born writer, blogger, and literary and cultural critic living in Brooklyn, New York. Her website, Brain Pickings—a collection of writing on culture, art, philosophy, literature, current events, and all kinds of eclectic subjects, is included in the Library of Congress archive of culturally valuable materials.

    Maria and her work have been recognized extensively, including in Fast Company’s list of the 100 most creative people in business, in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of most influential individuals in media, and on Time magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012. She has written for The New York Times, Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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    Casper ter Kuile, MPP, MDiv

    Divinity scholar and cocreator of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

    Casper ter Kuile is a Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, where he supports innovative community leaders across the secular and sacred landscape.

    Through his work, Casper aims to build a world of joyful belonging. Together with his colleague, Angie Thurston, he has coauthored two reports—“How We Gather” and “Something More”—that map this emerging way of thinking, teaching, and being. Casper cohosts the award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text with Vanessa Zoltan, which engages a modern classic through traditional sacred reading practices such as Havruta and Lectio Divina. Casper is also an On Being Strategist and was previously the cofounder of Campaign Bootcamp and the UK Youth Climate Coalition. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his husband.

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    David Whyte

    Renowned poet, author, and speaker

    David Whyte is the author of eight books of poetry and four books of prose. An associate fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American, and international companies.

    David’s education and extensive global travels—including working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon, and Himalayas—inform his deep and reflective work. As a lecturer, David uses poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how to foster qualities of courage and engagement as a response to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace.

    His books of poetry include The Sea in You, Where Many Rivers Meet, Pilgrim, and The House of Belonging. He has authored a collection of audio lectures, a DVD, and three albums of poetry and music. David and his work have been featured in publication such as The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and on Oprah.com.

    He is the recipient of two honorary degrees: from Neumann College in Pennsylvania and Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia.

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  • Why Attend
    • Become inspired and energized in your calling to be your best self, for the sake of the world — and to know you are not alone in this.

    • Reimagine virtues such as love, hope, and faith not as wishful thinking but as renewable resources for moving through life as it is.

    • For three days, step away from the 24/7 barrage of news that focusses on the extraordinarily terrible, and shift your awareness to the very real abundant beauty, courage, and grace in the world as you gain tools for the art of living.

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  • 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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