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Transform Your Health

Write to Heal

July 9 - 14, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$415 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Writing can help us face our most difficult challenges—it can also help transform physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Current research shows that expressive writing has the power to decrease the heart rate, lower blood pressure, enhance breathing, improve self-esteem, help manage stress, and strengthen the immune system so it can better fight off infection.

This 5-day immersion workshop is for everyone with a desire to heal. You don’t need any prior writing experience—or any aspiration to become a writer. John Evans will coach you through a simple progression of exercises developed from his more than 25 years of working in the field as you learn how to:

  • Move beyond what you thought you could not get over
  • Communicate your desires with compassion, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude
  • Express your “rites of passage” with metaphor, story, poetry, and creative nonfiction
  • Share your values and the life lessons you have learned from those you love.

These practices cultivate your natural and easy ability to express the ideas that define who you are and how you experience your life. They will guide your toward health and healing, with the benefit of writing forward into your best possible life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    John F. Evans, MAT, MA, EdD

    Writing clinician and integrative-health coach

    John F. Evans is a writing clinician and integrative-health coach who has taught journaling and writing for self-development for more than 30 years. He works with groups, individuals, and health-care professionals, teaching them how to use writing to achieve better physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

    The founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, Evans provides institutional life-course guidance programs, and at Duke Integrative Medicine he has taught courses on legacy writing, how to transform your health through writing, and classes that teach integrative-health coaches how to use writing as a tool in their practices.

    He is the author of five books, including Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Expressive Writing: Words that Heal (coauthored with James Pennebaker). He has a doctorate in literature and writing pedagogy studies from North Carolina State University and has been a scholar-in-residence and post-doctoral fellow in expository writing at New York University. Evans blogs monthly for Psychology Today and has a private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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  • Why Attend
    • Use writing as a tool for engaging your internal healing resources to promote positive benefits for your body, mind, and spirit.

    • Allow the writing process to facilitate a natural transformation toward health as you give voice to what you believe, think, want, know, and more.

    • Become empowered with new tools for processing your thoughts and experiences, leading to more freedom of expression and realization of your life goals.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program 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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