Join us for our limited time Discovery Weekends


Beyond the Surface

A Transformational Fusion of Creativity and Spirituality

October 15 - 20, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$465 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

In this soulful and spirited collaboration, artists and healers Flora Bowley and Cvita Mamic join together to explore the dynamic intersection of creativity, shamanism, and personal growth.

By incorporating mindful movement, writing prompts, guided meditations, and unique, mixed-media creative exercises, you will uncover personal symbols and explore how creativity can serve as a vehicle to access, express, and transform your energy, thoughts, and patterns.

Novice and experienced painters alike will:

  • Take on a new approach to creativity both on and off the paper by digging beneath the surface of daily existence and responding spontaneously to ever-evolving circumstances
  • Have fun diving into the creative process without a preconceived final painting in mind and notice how this transforms your approach to creating your life
  • Allow your artistic expression to unfold organically over time through bold mark-making experiments with color and a curious mind.

Expand your experience of how it feels to enjoy something new, and witness what you are capable of with colorful paints, pastels, and ink at your fingertips. In a supported, creative, and compassionate environment you will experience the healing benefits of the creative process and explore your own unique form of art medicine.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Flora Bowley

    Painter and creative pioneer

    Flora Bowley is a painter, creative pioneer, gentle guide, and author of Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution. She believes everyone is born with infinite creative capacity and finding paint underneath your fingernails is the sign of a well-lived day.

    Blending more than twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong seeker, Flora passionately believes creative expression is waiting to unfold within every person who is brave enough to trust, let go, play, and explore.

    Flora’s soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world—empowering thousands of people to courageously pick up a paintbrush through her intimate workshops, books, and online courses. Her vibrant collection of paintings can be found in galleries and shops and printed on unique products around the world.

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    Cvita Mamic

    Artist, shaman, and healer

    Cvita Mamic is an artist, healer, and cofounder of Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a plant medicine retreat center in the Peruvian Amazon. Fusing her lifelong passions of painting, plant wisdom, and shamanism, Cvita offers a unique and heartfelt approach to personal healing and transformation.

    Following her departure from nursing school, Cvita Mamic began painting and exploring her passion for art and travel. After numerous art exhibits, she travelled to Cambodia where she cofounded the Cambodian Children’s Painting Project.

    A few years later, on a quest to heal her inner and outer landscape, Cvita embarked on a six-year apprenticeship in Peru studying plant medicine and shamanism in the Shipibo lineage. In the jungle, her intuitive paintings began to reveal symbols and metaphors reflecting her inner journeys. Inspired by this experience, she created a healing “art maloka” to support others working through trauma, conflict, and personal growth using the creative process.

    Cvita believes that any form of creativity or personal expression during a healing process promotes joy, self-awareness, confidence, and renewal.

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  • Why Attend
    • Lose yourself in a fun and ever-evolving creative pursuit that gives you a lifelong connection to your inner wisdom for self-healing.

    • Create colorful, unique works of art with the guidance of expert artist-teachers.

    • Explore the many dimensions of who you are by letting go of inhibitions when you paint and allowing that experience to open you up to the life that's waiting for you.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    11” x 15” watercolor pad with at least 12 pages
    Journal for writing
    Basic watercolor set with brushes
    Basic oil pastel set
    Black ink pens
    Favorite small item with emotional significance
    Favorite poem printed or written out

  • 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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