Maria Sirois|Martha Williams: The Art of Teaching for Transformation at 1440 Multiversity

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The Art of Teaching for Transformation

A Positive Psychology Approach

May 12 - 17, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$415 Tuition

Final package price 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 bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. 1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Are you a catalyst for lasting positive change in our fragile and fractured society? As facilitators, teachers, and speakers, we take our attendees from the deepest marrow of their healing journey to the pinnacles of self-revelation and mastery. Yet how can we be sure that the transcendence lasts—that our butterflies don’t cocoon back into caterpillar fears? Join master teacher Maria Sirois, PsyD, and shamanic healer Martha Williams, MSW, to liberate the human spirit in a sustained way and learn to anchor your students in their optimal life.

In this 5-day immersive workshop you will:

  • Approach the classroom through a lens of wholeness and posture of servant-leadership
  • Create safety, positivity, engagement, and sustained transformation
  • Explore the paradoxes of authenticity in action and why it matters
  • Uncover anxiety as a doorway to confidence and growth
  • Learn professional best practices for how to structure proposals and position yourself, leading with strengths
  • Envision the future and plan next steps.

Through the integration of positive psychology principles and techniques in small groups, practice sessions, self-reflection, and more, you will examine themes of presence and wholeness. You will also learn about presenting from our ideal selves; the integration of story, content, and data; and how best to handle the difficult, invisible, or gifted student.

Expand your potential and elevate your presenting to the next level of expertise, whether you are brand new to teaching or have been doing so for decades.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Maria Sirois, PsyD

    Inspirational speaker and psychologist

    Dr. Maria Sirois, vice president of curriculum at Wholebeing Institute, is an inspirational speaker, consultant, and licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of wellness and positive psychology for 20 years.

    As a lecturer and motivational speaker, Maria has been invited to keynote at conferences for wellness organizations, businesses, hospitals, hospices, and religious and philanthropic institutions throughout the country, addressing topics as diverse as sustaining resilience in the presence of suffering, flourishing no matter what, and the heart in philanthropy.

    A master storyteller, she weaves research, story, poetry, and clinical anecdotes to brings to her lecture and workshop audiences the messages that awaken us to living a more meaningful life. Maria is on the core faculty team of the Certificate in Whole Person Positive Psychology alongside Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and Megan McDonough.

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    Martha Williams, MSW

    Yoga teacher, therapist, and shamanic healer

    Martha Williams has been engaged in the world of health and wellness for close to 30 years and shares her passion for health, well-being, and dynamic spiritual connection through workshops, yoga classes, and shamanic healing.

    Trained as a clinical social worker, certified yoga teacher, and shamanic practitioner, she was part of the workshop programming team with the country’s largest yoga and holistic health center, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, for close to 10 years. She is currently part of the workshop programming team at 1440 Multiversity and the Art of Living Retreat Center (Boone, North Carolina).

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  • Why Attend
    • This program is perfect for anyone who feels called to help people in personal transformation—to live with meaning, happiness, and health—who is ready to take a leap into their own fulfilment in offering wisdom, support, and insight to the world.

    • Learn the skills and practices to increase well-being, confidence, and optimism for any audience in any classroom, conference room, or lecture hall.

    • Fortify your strengths, address your weaknesses, practice refining your offerings, and focus your energies on expanding your teaching and presenting your career through measurable goals.

  • 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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