Join us for our limited time Discovery Weekends


Awakening the Creative

The Painting Experience

October 1 - 6, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$560 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Embark on a life-changing adventure where the experience of creating art is more important than the outcome. Enter a world of spontaneous creation, where traditional rules do not apply and where you will discover how to embrace your own creative path and confidently follow it.

In a respectful and nurturing environment, artist and process painting expert Stewart Cubley will gently guide you on the path toward greater inspiration, creativity, growth, and change. Using the powerful tools of “process art,” you will focus on the creative process—not on technique or previous experience—as you:

  • Discover and reveal a spontaneous, creative voice that’s entirely your own
  • Trust your intuitive perception and ignore the mind’s critical chatter
  • Follow your energy rather than being tempted to paint what looks good or makes sense
  • Overcome blocks by decoding and embracing their hidden message.

Artists at all levels of experience are welcome, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush. Your work will not be judged, nor will it be compared to others students. Instead, you will be given the tools and space to meet your own creative voice and follow it where it takes you.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Stewart Cubley

    Self-expression expert and process painting pioneer

    Stewart Cubley has been teaching his unique approach to self-expression for more than 35 years. The founder of the Institute for Art & Living, Stewart is the creator of ‰The Painting Experience,‰ an approach to expression that emphasizes the creative process over technique and expertise.

    Stewart’s work has carried him throughout the world, using the tool of expressive painting to help thousands of people access the potential within their hearts and imaginations. A coauthor of the acclaimed book Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression, Stewart has brought ‰The Painting Experience‰ into retreat centers, corporations, prisons, and numerous public forums.

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  • Why Attend
    • <p class="FreeFormA"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Try a new approach to painting and sharpen your creative abilities, or pick up a paintbrush for the first time with no worries of being judged. </span></p>

    • <p class="FreeFormA"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Discover why Stewart Cubley says, “Through listening to your intuition . . . a fire is ignited that jumps off the paper and into your life.”</span></p>

    • <p class="FreeFormA"><span style="font-family: Cambria;">Learn an effective strategy for incorporating a daily painting practice into your life and see how regular creative expression can create change.</span></p>

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    Life, Paint & Passion, Michelle Cassou and Stewart Cubley

    Special Details

    $50 materials fee will be added to tuition.

  • 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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