Join us for our limited time Discovery Weekends


Awakening Joy

Developing Your Natural Capacity for Well-Being

June 8 - 10, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

It’s easy to get saturated with messages that heighten our fear and sadness about the world—and now more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as central to spiritual practice. We must stay connected to that part of our interior world that makes life worth living. Our own cultivation of well-being and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

Join James Baraz, MA, and Jane Baraz, MA, for a weekend workshop based on their popular five-month Awakening Joy course in which thousands have participated since 2003. Using principles and practices drawn from Buddhist philosophy, you will learn:

  • Important concepts and supportive practices to develop your natural capacity for well-being and happiness
  • Techniques to develop gratitude and self-love
  • How to open up to the “hard stuff” as a path to joy
  • Tools for finding joy in the happiness of others.

Joy is a rich feeling of vitality and well-being that is characterized by engagement with life and with meeting its ups and downs with authenticity and perspective. It can look very different from person to person, and through this program, you will discover how joy expresses itself uniquely through you.

In addition, James and Jane will support you in sharing these principles and practices with others so you can help awaken well-being in everyone you know.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Jane Baraz, MA

    Meditation and mindfulness teacher

    Jane Baraz has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1976 when she began attending Vipassana retreats.

    She was on the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s board of directors for its first eight years. Jane teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Cancer Support Community. She’s also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), which she teaches at Spirit Rock, the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, and to private clients.

    Jane enjoys teaching Awakening Joy workshops and retreats with her husband, James Baraz, in California and internationally.

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    James Baraz, MA

    Expert meditation teacher, creator of Awakening Joy course

    James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003. He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids.

    James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blog posts to the Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on

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  • Why Attend
    • Develop a new worldview based around shared happiness.

    • Develop your natural capacity for immense well-being.

    • Open yourself to the joy and vitality inside yourself.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304 or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: 

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm

    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm

    Luggage storage is available

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Program Session


    6:45 – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation 7:00 – 8:30 am

    7:00 – 9 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 11:30 am Morning Program Session

    11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events

    Closing Day

    6:45am – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9am – 11:00am Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—

    Departure day lunch is included in your stay.



    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander

  • 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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