Join us for our limited time Discovery Weekends


Live your Higher Purpose

February 11 - 16, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$420 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Dharma—to live with higher purpose—is one of the four Vedic goals of life including artha (to prosper), kama (to enjoy life), and moksha (to experience liberation of consciousness). It is the foundation for all other life goals—your guide to living fully.
Join Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, and discover the way of dharma, ancient Vedic wisdom for a truly meaningful and soul-satisfying life.
In this weeklong immersion retreat, you will:

  • Learn what dharma means for your life and discover a way to live your higher purpose
  • Learn meditation, contemplation, and practices from the spiritual tradition of Kriya Yoga
  • Gather wisdom, inspiration, and practical tools for creating your personal plan for complete well-being
  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to study and practice with Yogacharya O’Brian in an intimate setting and gain life-changing insight into who you are and what is yours to create and pursue.
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  • Faculty Bio
    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.



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  • Why Attend
    • We each have the innate capacity to discover our relationship with the infinite and realize our full potential in this lifetime. Begin now; there is no better time.

    • Live in harmony with spiritual and natural law—see your connection to all of life and learn how to exist and give in ways that promote peace and well-being.

    • There is a reason we dream—we are made of possibility. Our essential self is unbounded, infinitely creative, and resourceful. Your divine destiny awaits.

    • Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian teaches the riches of Indian philosophy in a fully accessible and inspiring way.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    “Each participant needs to bring one or two photographs of them self as a child that shows their essence, or soul quality.”

    What to Wear

    Comfortable Attire

  • 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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