Laura Davis: How to Write About What You Don't Remember at 1440 Multiversity

The Practice at 1440: Design-Your-Own Yoga Retreat, Jan 17–20.


How to Write About What You Don’t Remember

June 30 - July 5, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

We all carry personal stories we long to write and family stories that haunt us. Some of these truths can be incomplete because the people involved are dead, unreachable, or unwilling to tell the truth.

Writing a memoir—recording the stories of our lives—does not require us to accurately remember our past and then transcribe every single memory. Join master teacher and author Laura Davis for a powerful 5-day writing workshop on memoir and personal storytelling, alternating between learning craft, written exercises, and writing practice.

This writing retreat will not be a critique group for polishing finished pieces. You will witness each other’s powerful stories—not from a place of judgment or analysis, but from a place of focused attention and deep acceptance—as you:

  • Unleash your creative potential and discover the stories that are living inside you, just waiting to be told
  • Capture the memories you do have, while enhancing recollections that are vague or unclear
  • Learn to transform your family secrets and untold tales into gripping stories, essential scenes in your personal narrative
  • Discover five versatile strategies you can take home for writing vividly and evocatively about things you remember or those that can’t be known.

You will also identify and break through personal barriers that keep you from communing deeply with yourself, so you can write the stories closest to your heart.

Laura’s workshops are based on who is in the room and what is arising—a teaching style conducive to creating the kind of community that is vital to a successful writing and discovery workshop.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Laura Davis

    Writing teacher and best-selling author

    Laura Davis is the author and coauthor of seven nonfiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, and I  Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Laura’s groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies worldwide. She is currently completing a memoir, Wholehearted, based on her tumultuous—and ultimately healing—relationship with her mother.

    What Laura loves most in her work is building community and facilitating the use of writing as a transformative tool. She leads weekly writing groups in Santa Cruz, California, and inspirational writing retreats around the country, including an annual fall retreat: Writing as a Pathway Through Grief, Loss, Uncertainty and Change.

    Laura also leads Write, Travel, Transform trips each year, combining ecotourism, adventure, writing, and yoga. She has taken writers to Bali, Greece, Scotland, Vietnam, Laos, and Peru’s Sacred Valley. Her free online writing community, The Writer’s Journey Roadmap, sends out writing prompts every Tuesday.

    Laura and her partner of 29 years live in Santa Cruz and have been blessed with three grown children and three grandchildren.

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  • Why Attend
    • Give yourself the gift of time and space away from your busy life with the perfect conditions in which to tell your story.

    • Enter a safe, supportive circle where you will find the permission, encouragement, and skills you need to explore the voices in your heart and tell the truth about your life.

    • Form a powerful creative community, a fertile environment to birth the stories—remembered and forgotten—that you long to tell.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Opening Night,
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Program Session

    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Program Session
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    2:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Program Session
    5:00 PM- 6:15 PM:Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM – 9 PM: Evening Events or Free Time

    Closing Day,
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 11AM: Program Session
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    12PM: Check out


    None required.

    Experience Level

    New and seasoned writers welcome

    Special Interest to

    Anyone wanting to learn more about the craft of memoir and personal storytelling, especially those struggling to fill in gaps in their narrative.

  • 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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