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Liberate Your Body and Stretch Your Mind

Exploring Yoga and the Dharma

January 5 - 7, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$350 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

While we may marvel at our expanding universe and the latest scientific discoveries, many of us forget to bring that same sense of wonder to our everyday lives.

With plenty of poetry, good humor, and crazy wisdom, Buddhist teacher Wes “Scoop” Nisker and yoga and Buddhist teacher Katchie Ananda, E-RYT 500, take you on an exploration of the dharma (Buddhist teachings) and yoga practice and philosophy to show you how to bring that sense of awe into every part of your life.

Through talks, discussions, yoga, and mindfulness meditation, you will:

  • Learn about the evolutionary origin of your body and emotions
  • Examine traditional Buddhist perspectives on the self, reality, death, and dying
  • Explore the tricky delusions of mind and the mystery of consciousness itself
  • Discover the latest from evolutionary biology and psychology to support your meditation practice

As you learn to feel and see the world in a new way, supported by new science and old traditions, you will find a new delight in being alive. No previous experience with yoga or Buddhism is necessary—all are welcome.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Wes Nisker

    Buddhist meditation teacher, journalist, and performer

    Wes “Scoop” Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author, and performer. His books include a recently released anthology of his writing entitled You Are Not Your Fault and a newly edited version of his national bestseller, Essential Crazy Wisdom. He is also author of The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom; Buddha’s Nature; and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!

    Nisker is the founder and coeditor of the international Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. For nearly 40 years, he has worked in radio, first as a news anchor and more recently as a commentator. During his career he has received numerous awards, including the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming.

    A student of Buddhist meditation for over three decades, Nisker has studied with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 15 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. He is a senior teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and leads regular workshops at Esalen Institute.



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    Katchie Ananda, E-RYT 500

    Yoga and dharma teacher

    Katchie Ananda is an internationally recognized yoga and dharma teacher whose leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. Katchie has over 20 years of experience as a full-time yoga teacher and trainer, and is certified in Anusara, Jivamukti, Integral, and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. A dedicated student of Vipassana meditation, Katchie has studied with Jack Kornfield, her Buddhist mentor, for over 15 years.

    A former dancer in Switzerland and Brazil, she moved to New York City in 1990 where she studied yoga with Sharon Gannon and David Life at Jivamukti Yoga Center. Deeply inspired by their creativity, activism, and commitment to nonviolence, Katchie dedicated herself to Jivamukti Yoga and taught there for many years, eventually as a senior teacher. There, she was introduced to the devotional path of Bhakti Yoga, and began her lifelong practice of chanting.

    Katchie also got involved with Integral Yoga Institute, where she taught, worked, and participated in ashram life under the guidance of Sri Swami Satchidananda. To further her skill as a teacher, she studied the technical refinement of asanas with Kevin Gardiner in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar.

    Katchie was the cofounder and director of Yoga Sangha in San Francisco, and offers workshops, trainings, and retreats in Europe and the United States. Her home base is Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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  • Why Attend
    • Find relief from your personal dramas and gain a new sense of meaning.

    • Come away with a deep understanding of cutting-edge evolutionary biology and the science behind sacred Buddhist practices.

    • You're ready to give up your old preconceptions about the mysteries of consciousness and the mind, and see your life in a new way.

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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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