The ancient practices and teachings of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda hold special value for our modern lifestyle. Powerful antidotes to the stress of our busy lives, their contemplative exercises and principles offer deep restoration and a gateway to the wisdom of our essential, unchanging nature.
Both Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian and Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur
have been teaching and facilitating retreats for decades, lead nonprofit educational foundations in their areas of expertise, and are eminent lineage holders in their respective traditions.
With years of experience, ease in communication, and extensive knowledge of their subject, together they will teach you how to maintain a healthy, balanced, and spiritually focused life through the philosophy and practical application of yoga and Ayurveda.
In this nurturing and highly experiential program, you will learn:
- The benefits of incorporating health-evoking lifestyle elements in sync with solar and lunar rhythms
- Ayurvedic superfoods and garden herbs with the power to rejuvenate the body and mind
- Spiritual contemplations and mantras that awaken the soul’s rejuvenating Shakti or power
- A step-by-step method for daily rejuvenating meditation
- Guidance for discovering the heart of meditation in the midst of daily activity.
All women are welcome.
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
Spiritual teacher, author, devotional poet
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is the spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a meditation center in the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga that serves people from all faith backgrounds.
She was ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga from India to the West. She is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice including Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life, and is the founding editor of Enlightenment Journal, a quarterly yoga magazine, as well as author of CD lessons on the classic spiritual works: Gospel of Thomas, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Upanishads.
She speaks around the world at conferences and retreats on the value of meditation and the importance of ethical and spiritual awakening to world peace. She received the Human Relations Award recognizing her contribution to positive human relations and peace in Santa Clara County, and is the founder and president of Carry the Vision, a community nonprofit organization dedicated to nonviolence education and helping people discover the potential of ahimsa (non-harming) in all walks of life.
A published author of devotional poems, she is also the lead singer of the kirtan band Gitanjali and hosts Unity Online Radio’s The Yoga Hour, a weekly radio program reaching over 122 countries with inspiration and practices from the yoga tradition.Acharya Shunya
Acharya Shunya is a master teacher of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual mystical teachings from India, which are the crowning philosophy of the Vedic tradition, one the most ancient surviving spiritual traditions on the planet today.She is founder of Vedika Global, a wisdom and international spiritual community, which has its world headquarters in Northern California. At Vedika Global, Acharya Shunya teaches the profound awakening teachings of the enlightened sages of ancient India, including the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Brahma Sutras.
A rarity today, Acharya Shunya was born into the home of her Guru, and grew up studying the Vedas. She spent 14 years perfecting her learning under her Guru, Acharya Ayodhya Nath – a renowned Vedic Guru of his time, who was the disciple of his Guru (his father) Acharya Paramatman Shanti Prakash, another renowned master of his time. Under her ancestors’ direction, the lineage reached great heights and undertook memorable Vedic scholastic and humanitarian activities. The title “Acharya” means spiritual preceptor, master, or Guru in the Vedic tradition.
Through her teachings, Acharya Shunya touches hearts and awakens seekers from the dream of a separate, powerless, and joyless existence. She extends the invitation to awaken to consciousness and health. Acharya Shunya has received prestigious awards in the United States and India, including the Award for Distinguished Service in Vedic Sciences from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and being named amongst the top 100 Ayurveda and Yoga Trailblazers in the U.S. by Spirituality & Health Magazine. She has also received an Award of Excellence in Education by the Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America.Acharya Shunya is the author of the bestselling book, Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom(Sounds True, 2017), highlighting the Vedic path of mind, body, soul health and healing, which has been licensed to be translated and printed in six different languages and countries.View Bio Page
Immerse yourself in five full days of wisdom and practices to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.<br /> <br />
Engage in meditation, contemplation, and spiritual practices that will rejuvenate you and support your ability to live a full, empowered life from the inside out.
Connect with a supportive community of women and your own natural rhythms that can sustain you and help you thrive in your life.
Things to Know/Schedule
Download a sample schedule.
For women only
What to Wear
Comfortable clothing appropriate for easy yoga and walking in nature
The Moon Reminded Me, by Ellen Grace O’Brian
Living for the Sake of the Soul, by Ellen Grace O’Brian
The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World’s Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More, by Ananta Ripa Ajmera
Special Interest To
Those in need of rejuvenation or enhanced self-care, such as women in caregiving professions like doctors, nurses, massage therapists, attorneys, and yoga teachers.
Please bring to the retreat:
Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Heath, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy, by Acharya Shunya
Living the Eternal Way: Spiritual Meaning and Practice for Daily Life, by Ellen Grace O’Brian
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.
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.