Gabor Maté|Sat Dharam Kaur|Adyashanti|Lissa Rankin|Laura Inserra|James Doty|Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo: Compassionate Inquiry  at 1440 Multiversity

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Compassionate Inquiry

Compassionate Inquiry 

March 3 - 8, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$625 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

As a special feature of this transformative program, Dr. Gabor Maté will lead conversations with spiritual teacher Adyashanti and master coach Lissa Rankin, MD,  on separate evenings during the week.

Compassionate Inquiry

Spiritual practices can help soften shame, confusion, anger, and pain. We often seek the release of meditation, yoga, or chanting and they can soothe the discomfort of fear or self-judgment. But many people get lost in what can be called Spiritual Bypass—when our spiritual identity, beliefs, or practice become a defense to avoid honestly experiencing and processing deep emotional suffering.

This 5-day intensive workshop with renowned author Gabor Maté, MD, and expert Kundalini Yoga teacher Sat Dharam Kaur, ND, combines unique therapeutic work, Compassionate Inquiry, and enhanced yoga to explore emotional realities that many spiritual practices often ignore. You will learn:

  • Skillful, curiosity-driven, non-judgmental witnessing of body sensations and emotions
  • Meditations and breathing for calm and stability
  • Kundalini Yoga for expressing repressed emotional states
  • Cultivation of self-acceptance and self-compassion
  • Compassionate Inquiry to reveal implicit memory and traumatic or unconscious feelings
  • Patience, respect, and the importance of choice in any therapeutic process.

Don’t allow Spiritual Bypass to cause a split to form between your authentic internal experience and a facade you present to the world, leaving wounds unhealed. It’s a serious pitfall for all spiritual practitioners, new or experienced. Instead, cultivate sensitivity and understanding to reveal any underlying unconscious beliefs like “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not loveable,” or “I’m wrong,” and resolve them.

In this workshop, which will be hosted by Maurizio Benazzo and Zaya Benazzo (SAND), explore true practice probing the origin and surrounding beliefs of pain and repressed emotion in a safe and supportive setting. Participate in real witnessing, non-judgment, and expression, the ingredients of resolution.

This in-depth program is suitable for therapists, spiritual seekers, and anyone looking for a profound understanding of their personal issues.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Gabor Maté, MD

    Addiction and stress expert

    Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.

    The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction.

    For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

    His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.

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    Sat Dharam Kaur, ND

    Kundalini Yoga trainer, author, and naturopath

    Sat Dharam Kaur began studying Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan—who named her a “teacher of teachers and healer of healers”—in 1976 and now facilitates teacher training programs internationally.

    Her naturopathic medical practice specializes in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and she designed and developed the Healthy Breast® Program to help educate women in breast cancer prevention through Kundalini Yoga and holistic lifestyle practice. Working closely with Dr. Gabor Maté, she also developed and delivered the renowned programs Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery and the psychotherapeutic approach of Compassionate Inquiry.

    A featured teacher at yoga festivals and naturopathic conferences worldwide, she is the recipient of the Ontario Naturopathic Doctor of the Year award and has been a featured speaker at world conferences on breast cancer. She is the author of several best-selling books, including A Call to Women: The Healthy Breast Program & Workbook, The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer, and The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women’s Health. 

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    Adyashanti

    Spiritual teacher and spiritual director of Open Gate Sangha

    Adyashanti, author of The Way of Liberation, Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence.

    Adyashanti, whose name means primordial peace, was asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years. He offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all.”

    Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, an associate teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering talks, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and live internet radio broadcasts.

    Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti directs his teachings at those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.

     

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    Lissa Rankin, MD

    Physician, mystic, student and scholar of sacred medicine

    Lissa Rankin is a physician, spiritual mentor, mystic, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, an Inner Pilot Light-enlivening program for healthcare providers that marries science and spirituality in medicine.

    Bridging seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting-edge visionaries she trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into sacred medicine.

    As part of this research, Lissa has been traveling around the world, meeting with shamans in Peru, qigong masters from China, energy healers from Hawaii, electric healers in Bali, and a variety of other mystical healers. She is on a grassroots mission to put the “care” back in healthcare, to reunite healing and spirituality, and to inspire sacred activists to participate in the transformation of consciousness that is revolutionizing the world with acts of love, compassion, and kindness.

    Lissa has starred in two PBS specials, and her four TEDx talks have been viewed over 3 million times. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the books Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, The Anatomy of a Calling, and her daily email The Daily Flame. Lissa leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers, and lives in Marin County, California, with her daughter, Siena.

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    Laura Inserra

    Sound therapist

    Laura Inserra is an instrumentalist, sound therapist, composer, teacher, and event producer from Sicily. She specializes in the transformative and healing power of sound, sympathetic resonance, and binaural beats.

    Thanks to her musical and spiritual studies with teachers from ancient and modern schools of wisdom, she has developed a unique form of healing practice called Harmonizing Therapy. Using sacred sounds, rhythms, and melodies, she creates Inner Landscapes Journeys to facilitate and nurture personal transformation and self-awareness. She applies this method in one-on-one sessions as well as in group settings, concerts, workshops, and company retreats.

    Laura is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. Her music displays a rich palette of global sounds using ancient and modern instruments which she infuses with a unique blend of harmonies and melody lines on top of intricate rhythmic expressions. She performs in public, private, and site-specific events from retreats to sacred ceremonies. She also composes soundtracks and does sound design for corporate events, the performing arts, art installations, and movies.

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    James Doty, MD

    founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

    James R. Doty, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism.

    He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, having given support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world.

    Additionally, he has supported research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities.

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    Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

    Filmmakers and founders of Science and Nonduality (SAND)

    Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.

    Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.

    Zaya’s lifelong passion for science and mysticism merged when she met Maurizio in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

    After more than 10 years of intense event organization, community growing, parenting, and managing a household, it became apparent to both Zaya and Maurizio that the test of real practice, spiritual teaching, and realization was their relationship—the crucible for awakening.

    Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.

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  • Why Attend
    • Learn the process of Compassionate Inquiry to understand your own triggers, their origins, and how you can let go of the beliefs and wounds surrounding them.

    • Recognize mental-emotional patterns and drivers, and how they limit your wholeness, independence, potential, and free will.

    • Bring healing and integration to traumatic events from the past to elevate your spiritual practice with abiding emotional healing.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Compassionate Inquiry Retreat Program

    with Dr. Gabor Maté and Sat Dharam Kaur ND, guests Adyashanti and Dr. Lissa Rankin

    Day 1: Sunday Mar 3

    Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    7:30-7:45 Maurizio & Zaya Welcome and Orientation
    7:45-8:30 Gabor Mate Introduction to the program, Spiritual Bypassing and the Purpose of Compassionate Inquiry
    8:30-9:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga to Realize the Self  and Group Meditation

     

    Day 2: Monday March 4

    Morning Session: 9:00-12:00 a.m.

    Time Who What
    9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Breathing Exercise to Enhance Presence
    9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 1: Presence, Safety, Attunement
    10:30-10:45 break
    10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate Compassionate Inquiry (CI) Demo
    11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga

     

    Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Breathing Exercise for Self-Awareness: Meditation for a Calm Heart
    2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 2: Triggers, Pain, Shame
    3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI Demo
    3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Skill-building exercises

     

    Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    7:30-8:15 Gabor Mate Group discussion and more CI Demo
    8:15-9:00 Conversations Gabor Mate and James Doty

     

    Day 3: Tuesday March 5

    Morning Session: 9:00-12:00

    Time Who What
    9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Trust Gut Feelings Practices
    9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 3: Trauma, Disconnection, Constriction
    10:30-10:45 break
    10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
    11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga

     

    Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Partner Exercise and Meditation
    2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 4: Attachment, Adaptation, Addiction
    3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
    3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice

     

    Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    7:30-9:00 Gabor Mate and Lissa Rankin Health and Nonduality: Two physicians explore the mind/body/spirit unity in illness and health

    Day 4: Wednesday March 6

    Morning Session: 9:00-12:00

    Time Who What
    9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Meditation & Exercises
    9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 5: Children, Family, Responsibility
    10:30-10:45 break
    10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
    11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga

     

    Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Meditation
    2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 6: Memory, Stories, Beliefs
    3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
    3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice

     

    Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    7:30-9:00 Laura Inserra Chambers of AWE

    Day 5: Thurs March 7

    Morning Session: 9:00-12:00

    Time Who What
    9:00-9:15 Sat Dharam Meditation
    9:15-10:30 Gabor Mate Module 7: Will, Compassion, Forgiveness
    10:30-10:45 break
    10:45-11:15 Gabor Mate CI demos
    11:15-12:00 Sat Dharam Kundalini Yoga

     

    Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    2:00-2:15 Sat Dharam Compassion Meditation
    2:15-3:15 Gabor Mate Module 8: Relationship, Possibility, Change
    3:15-3:40 Gabor Mate CI demos
    3:40-4:00 Sat Dharam Participants practice

     

    Evening Session: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

    Time Who What
    7:30-9:00 Gabor Mate and Adyashanti A conversation on Spiritual Bypassing and meeting Trauma on the Spiritual Path

    Day 6: Friday March 8

    Morning Session: 9:00-12:00

    Time Who What
    9:00-10:00 Sat Dharam Pranayam & Kundalini Yoga
    10:00-10:30 Gabor Mate Q&A
    10:30-10:45 break
    10:45-12:00 Gabor Group process, closing circle

    Special Detail

    Special Guest appearance for a conversation with Adyashanti during the week.  Evening of March 7th

     

     

    Prerequisites  

    None required.

    Experience  Level  

    None required.

  • 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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