Join us for our limited time Discovery Weekends


Happiness: Gratitude, Gumption, Grace, and Generosity

July 2 - 7, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$450 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Most of us want to experience deep happiness and fulfillment. The good news is that research shows happiness is within reach, but our complex and demanding lives often blur our ability to prioritize the behaviors and attitudes that make us feel truly alive. Even more baffling, research makes clear that most of us are unaware of that which will make us truly happy.

Buttressed by expert knowledge in the fields of psychology, basic neuroscience, and contemplative traditions from Fred Luskin, PhD, and Carole Pertofsky, MEd—sought-after for their inspirational work on wellness and happiness—you will learn:

  • Powerful research-based practices to boost your sense of well-being, contentment, wonder, joy, and fulfillment
  • Skills to cultivate happiness that are best attuned to your disposition and lifestyle
  • Methods for tapping into your natural gifts, such as courage, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, and compassion for yourself and others.

This immersive experience includes researched backed instruction, relaxation practices, reflective exercises, and lively group discussions. You will leave with a newfound, solid foundation for creating a meaningful, happy, and healthy life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Frederic Luskin, PhD

    Research expert in health benefits of forgiveness

    Frederic Luskin is director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, senior consultant in wellness at Stanford University, and author of best-selling books Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love as well as Stress Free for Good. He has been teaching happiness classes at Stanford since 2009.

    Dr. Luskin’s research validates the importance of practicing forgiveness, confirming its virtues in the promotion of psychological and physical health. Forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression, and stress and lead to stronger relationships and greater feelings of optimism, hope, compassion, and self-confidence.

    Dr. Luskin is department chair of the PsyD program in clinical psychology at Sofia University and professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He presents lectures, workshops, seminars, and trainings throughout the United States, and his work is featured in Time; O, The Oprah Magazine; Ladies’ Home Journal; US News & World Report; Parade; Prevention; the New York Times; the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; USA Today; and the Wall Street Journal.


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    Carole Pertofsky, MEd

    Cofounder, Stanford's first Psychology of Happiness course

    Carole Pertofsky is director of Stanford’s Wellness and Health Promotion Services.

    She cofounded and teaches Stanford’s first Psychology of Happiness course as well as other courses and workshops about the art and science of self-compassion, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, work-life balance, and stress management.

    Carole is sought after for her expertise in positive psychology, happiness, gratitude, and resilience, and she writes blogs for Silicon Valley magazine and Huffington Post. She also is interested in women’s health issues and is featured in the award-winning documentary, Let’s Face It: Women Explore Their Aging Faces. She is cofounder of Tools for Healing, an inclusive nonprofit support network for individuals living with illness and other life challenges. A professional life coach and consultant, Carole is a national speaker and seminar leader at Esalen Institute, Stanford Continuing Studies, UC Berkeley, Women’s Healthy Living Retreat, Enneagram associations, and Bay Area companies.

    Carole is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, including the Stanford University Margaret Ann Fidler award for exceptional service to the Stanford campus and former ACHF awards.

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  • Why Attend
    • Get happy through science-based practices that really work.

    • Cultivate positive mind states to spark creativity, courage, and your adventurous spirit.

    • Create an action plan that prioritizes experiences that connect you to joy, fulfillment, and well-being.

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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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