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Mindfulness and Leadership

Developing Courage, Clarity and Compassion

February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$325 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Mindfulness develops clarity of vision, compassion leads to a deeper understanding of oneself and others, and courage supports us in carrying out difficult tasks. These qualities define heart-centered, sustainable leadership and all of them must be strengthened through intentional practice.

Join businesswoman and Buddhist practitioner Anushka Fernandopulle, MBA, for a weekend of mindfulness training and leadership development. Look forward to immersing yourself in silent meditation, writing reflection, visioning, Q&A, small group sharing, solitary time in nature, deep rest, and relaxation.

You will learn:

  • How to make your role as a leader part of a deeper path of developing wisdom and compassion
  • To cultivate a greater sense of presence and groundedness using practices from Buddhist meditation to support focus, balance, and creativity
  • How to clarify your vision and further it
  • How to create optimal conditions for innovation, inspiration, and collaboration
  • How to be clearer, more patient, and more effective with others.

This weekend is for people who currently hold a leadership role in their organization, business, or community. Reflect on where you are, see how far you’ve come, and cultivate the clarity, compassion, and courage it takes to be effective for a long time to come.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Anushka Fernandopulle, MBA

    Buddhist practitioner, business consultant, and coach

    Anushka Fernandopulle is a Buddhist teacher, leadership coach, and management consultant whose work is influenced by a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and religion from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Yale School of Management, and a certification in coaching from the Coaches Training Institute.

    She teaches meditation workshops and retreats in organizations and retreat centers around the world, bringing Eastern meditation practices to Western modern life. Her teaching is informed by nature, creative arts, political engagement, innovation, and modern urban life.

    Anushka has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 25 years, including four years in full-time intensive meditation training in monasteries and retreat centers in the US, India, and Sri Lanka. Her practice is one of dedication. Almost every year, she spends at least one month in intensive silent retreat. She also sits on the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

    As a coach, Anushka has worked with hundreds of successful leaders in fields including technology, social justice, film, business, academics, and science. She is particularly interested in the synthesis of leadership, innovation, and awareness.


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  • Why Attend
    • Employ tools from mindfulness meditation practice as a means of developing self-awareness, initiating behavior change, and refining your vision as a leader.

    • Get balanced and grounded in an otherwise tense or demanding role—become a better and more centered version of yourself.

    • Be coached by a master—Anushka has worked with hundreds of leaders in varying fields of business, nonprofit, technology, film, and science, and is recognized for teaching them how to do their work in a successful and sustainable way.

  • Things to Know/Schedule


    Participants must currently hold a leadership role (managing people and resources) in their organization, business, or community. This workshop is not for coaches or consultants interested in skills training.

    Experience Level

    No prior meditation experience is necessary, but please come with an open mind and heart.

    Things To Bring

    A pen and a notebook

    Recommended Reading

    Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (Wisdom Publications, 2011).

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  • 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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