We all want to be seen and heard. In today’s culture filled with self-criticism and doubt, authentic and spontaneous self-expression is an experience of freedom. The willingness to feel deeply, fall apart, surrender—freedom includes everything. At the heart of letting go, discover something sublime and unspeakably raw with master teacher and artist Nina Wise in improvisation exploding with surprise, unfolding, compassion, and redemption. Become completely alive and leave absolutely renewed.
Contemplative and self-expressive practices enhance one another. They quiet the mind, calm the heart, give rise to insight and happiness, and release our wildness. During this powerful weekend:
- Warm up and free up your body and voice
- Move in response to your inner impulses
- Play theater games that open you up and generate creativity and well-being
- Hone your writing and storytelling skills
- Engage in uplifting improv and easy play.
The opportunity to express the stories of our life is enormously healing. By giving both voice and movement to our lives, we gain new understanding, perceive our inherent value, and reclaim the enchantment of the mundane. Releasing our mind and body into a shared space of witnessing, with creativity and authenticity, is a remarkably therapeutic experience.
The program will include practices designed to form a fully embodied spiritual practice that will raise your spirits, inspire personal insight, create community, expand awareness, boost self-confidence, and develop presence and craft as a leader or performer. Take home the tools you need to enhance both your personal and professional life.
Performance artist, dharma teacher, founder of Motion Theater®
Nina Wise has devoted her career to developing performances that address the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. Her provocative original works, performed in prestigious venues in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia, have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater, including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and seven Bay Area Theater Critics Awards.
As the founder of Motion Theater, an original form of autobiographical improvisation, Nina offers performances and trainings in this unique form of authentic self-expression. She has performed custom-designed improvised works at theaters, think tanks, conferences, medical institutions, and political events around the world.
Nina has coached numerous individuals and teams in creativity, the cultivation of presence, stress reduction, communication, and leadership. Authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield, Nina also teaches Buddhist practice at spiritual centers worldwide.
Nina is the author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life, and her stories and articles appear in numerous anthologies and journals. She has served on the faculties of the University of California, Santa Cruz, John F. Kennedy University, and San Francisco State University.View Bio Page
Meditation practice can help us observe our minds and hearts as a key component to art making, writing, self-reflection, and therapy, as we discern the voice of the inner critic that is serving us and tame the voice that isn’t.
Reconnecting to the deepest self requires the creation of a coherent personal narrative—when our lives are illuminated, we experience healing on both psychological and physiological levels.
Creative activity stimulates mental clarity and the generation of new neural paths that can avoid internalized pain that causes physical and/or psychological damage.
Slow down, get quiet, become comfortable with stillness, and grow the capacity to locate—and strengthen—self-love and affection.
Things to Know/Schedule
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None required. Open to all ranges of experience.
What to Wear
Please wear loose clothing you can move freely in.
What to Bring
Please bring a notebook and pen.
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.