Joan Borysenko: The Spiritual Art of Memoir at 1440 Multiversity

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Cover image: The Spiritual Art of Memoir Discovering the Invisible Thread of Grace Joan Borysenko, PhD

The Spiritual Art of Memoir

Discovering the Invisible Thread of Grace

July 12 - 14, 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

All stories have an outside and an inside. The outside is linear—rooted in what the Greeks called chronos or clock-time. Inside—a hidden thread of grace—is an archetypal story of awakening that lives in the multidimensional world of kairos, the timeless dimension.

Immerse yourself in the art and heart of story in this weekend workshop with Joan Borysenko, PhD, world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Through meditation, exercises to expand your imagination, reading, sharing, and contemplative writing, you will:

  • Gain perspective on your life and uncover the bones of your spiritual journey
  • Reflect on your relationships and the meaning within them
  • Find your voice and identify the narrative arcs in your life
  • Create an outline for a memoir and use it to write four key stories
  • Learn the connection between story, health, and well-being.

Join with others who have come together to make meaning and share the legacy of their lives. Leave inspired by story, ready to write, and enlightened to the invisible thread of grace weaving its way through your life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Joan Borysenko, PhD

    Pioneer in integrative medicine and body-mind expert

    Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. She has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School, is a licensed clinical psychologist, and is the cofounder and former director of the mind-body clinical programs at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    In settings that range from hospitals to hospices, theaters to conference venues, and boardrooms to houses of worship, Dr. Borysenko bridges faith and reason with the latest research, making her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer. She is also the founding partner of Mind-Body Health Sciences in Boulder, Colorado, and the director of the Claritas Institute Interspiritual Mentor Training Program.

    The author of the recently updated New York Times best seller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, she is also the author or coauthor of 13 other books, including Inner Peace for Busy People (also a PBS special), It’s Not the End of the World, Fire in the Soul, Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive, and The PlantPlus Diet Solution. She hosts a weekly internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass, for Hay House.


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  • Why Attend
    • If you have been procrastinating, it's time to prime the writing pump and get over the hurdle of writer's block.

    • Joan's wisdom and heartfelt storytelling are transformational: laugh, cry, celebrate, and be inspired to write and rewrite your own life!

    • If you're reading this, you weren't born yesterday. You've lived, loved, won, lost, celebrated, and grieved. YOU have stories to tell.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Below is your daily schedule for your stay during your program. You will always be able to attend the meals and activities shown between your program sessions. You will also have opportunities to experience Healing Arts, walking trails, and many other campus amenities throughout your stay. To schedule a treatment at Healing Arts call 844-544-1440, ext. 304 or email [email protected]Click here to view our current menu: 

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm

    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm

    Luggage storage is available

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    6:45 – 7:15 pm 1440 Guest Welcome Session (optional)

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Program Session


    6:45 – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation 7:00 – 8:30 am

    7:00 – 9 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Program Session

    4:45 – 5:45 pm Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events

    Closing Day

    6:45am – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9am – 11:00 am Morning Program Session

    12:00pm NOON Checkout Time

    11:30am – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—

    Departure day lunch is included in your stay.



    None required.

    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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