Celebrate the changing seasons and the winter solstice with gentle yoga, deep relaxation, and joy. The solstice is a time to slow down, quiet your mind, reflect on the past year, and set your intentions for what lies ahead.
Yoga teacher and shamanic practitioner Martha Williams, MSW, and musician, kirtan artist, dance and yoga teacher Daphne Tse will help you deepen your connection to soul and spirit through movement, ritual, and ceremony.
Drawing on shamanic teachings about the meaning and gifts of the yuletide season, time for reflection will be balanced with song, dance, and celebration—mirroring the balance of light and dark embodied in the solstice.
- Explore sound, song, mantra, movement and more through the five elements and seven chakras to balance your entire being.
- Gather in ceremony to honor the past year and look ahead to creating the year of your dreams
- Move mindfully with gentle yoga and relax deeply in yoga nidra.
No prior yoga or shamanic experience required. All levels are welcome. You will leave feeling grounded and inspired for the coming year.
Martha Williams, MSW
Yoga teacher, therapist, and shamanic healer
Martha Williams has been engaged in the mystical world and wellness practices for close to 30 years and shares her passion for health, well-being, and dynamic spiritual connection through workshops, yoga classes, and shamanic healing. She enjoys drawing on the ancient wisdom practices of yoga and shamanism—rich sources of balance, empowerment, and well-being—in workshops, yoga classes, and her shamanic healing practice.
A former classical musician, she is trained as a clinical social worker and certified yoga teacher and studied shamanic practice with Dory Cote in Maine and sat in ceremony with the Q’ero shamans in sacred sites of Peru.Daphne Tse
Artist, musician, and yoga teacher
Daphne is a spirited, soulful artist and teacher originally from Texas. Her passion for music started from a young age, and since her initial yoga class in 1994, she has explored merging her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer-songwriter style.
She studied music at The University of Texas at Austin and The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and with kirtan master Jai Uttal. Daphne’s music has been featured on yoga music compilations with Shiva Rea, and she has released three albums, Mata, Finding Water, and Samahita Live.
Daphne has been teaching yoga since 2004 after completing a foundational teacher training in Venice, California. She has taught yoga to children and students of all ages. She is inspired by her friend and co-creator, Ellen Watson, with whom she has birthed SpiritDance SoulSong, a combination of ecstatic dance, sound, singing, and touch. She also embraces the teachings of Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, and Ammachi in her daily practice.View Bio Page
<p class="BodyA">Celebrate the gifts of the season from a place of lightheartedness, joy, and wonder.</p>
<p class="BodyA">Leave the workshop with a sense of peace, comfort, and excitement along with tools to support you as you head into the busy holiday season and new year.</p>
<p class="BodyA"><span style="color: windowtext;">Participate in creating a sacred space through drumming and calling</span> in your ancestors and helping spirits <span style="color: windowtext;">to support you on your transformational journey.</span></p>
Things to Know/Schedule
Things To BringPlease consider bringing the following to add to the richness of the weekend:-objects for our altar: photos, items from nature, anything that holds special meaning for you-a drum or rattle– a notebook or journalNo need to bring a yoga mat unless you’d like to; all props for yoga are provided by the Multiversity. Any yoga offered during the program will be gentle yoga; no previous yoga experience is needed.
What to WearWe suggest you bring a warm jacket and appropriate shoes for walking in the woods and plan to wear loose, comfortable clothes.
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.
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.