Courtney E. Martin|Wendy MacNaughton: Power of Artful Storytelling at 1440 Multiversity

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Power of Artful Storytelling

Tools for Deep Looking, Listening, and Sharing Impactful Stories

February 15 - 17, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 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 live in a world of sensational headlines and what feel like increasingly shallow online interactions. How can we really see other people, and ourselves, at the deepest levels?

Join author and thought leader Courtney E. Martin and artist Wendy MacNaughton, collaborators and friends, for an accessible experiential workshop to re-spark your own resilience and creativity. Learn new ways to listen and witness those around you and discover what really makes the people around us extraordinary and ordinary at the same time.

Through a series of guided exercises on observation, interviewing, drawing, and building a narrative arc, you will:

  • Ground yourself in your own resilience
  • Discover tools and techniques to center yourself while interviewing others—especially those we have overlooked
  • Experience how to truly listen to someone’s story—and how it’s impossible not to love them once you’ve heard it
  • Learn to make visible and audible the voices and stories of those that are most often left to the margins.

Take home a toolbox of skills you can use to ignite your creativity, no matter who you are or what kind of work you do.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Courtney E. Martin

    Writer and quality-of-life thought leader

    Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. She has been called “one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers” by Parker Palmer, and her writing has been described as “varied, transformational, and necessary for us all” by Jane Fonda and “a hardcover punch in the gut” by Arianna Huffington.

    Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are redefining the American dream (more fulfillment, community, and fun; less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney has authored or edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection Is Harming Young Women.

    Courtney is the cofounder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also cofounder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland.

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    Wendy MacNaughton

    Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Timesbest-selling illustrator and graphic journalist based in San Francisco. Her books include Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words; Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them; Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with recipes); The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, among others.

    Wendy is the back page columnist for the California Sunday Magazineand cofounder of Women Who Draw, and has been featured widely in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Timemagazine, Bon Appétit, Edible San Francisco, Bitchmagazine, TED, and others.

    Wendy studied art and social work and worked as a copywriter in advertising, a campaign director for nonprofits, a bookseller in a used bookstore, and a counselor on a suicide hotline.

    Wendy also created the national campaign for the first democratic elections in Rwanda, health education materials for nomadic tribes in Northern Kenya, and a short film in Eastern Congo. She lives in Potrero Hill with her partner (and frequent collaborator), the writer Caroline Paul, two cats, and a dog.


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  • Why Attend
    • Revive your creative spirit and learn how to listen more generously from your center.

    • Gain valuable skills in interviewing, drawing, storytelling, and more—key components to telling a powerful story.

    • Be empowered by Wendy’s original blending of social work and illustration to create something cool and unexpected that gives life to important stories. <br /> <br />

  • Things to Know/Schedule

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    Experience Level

    None required.

  • 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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