This whole life is a place where we can make real and right our dedication to awakening, in living and dying, in caring and being cared for. Being completely and vividly present for the rich details of our lives and the lives of others is the means that we use to transform anguish, discover truth, and serve.
Death is famously the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom that death has to teach.
During this weekend workshop, Buddhist teacher and activist Frank Ostaseski will share the distilled, hard-won lessons synthesized from 30 years of being with dying. This highly interactive program will utilize mindfulness-based teachings, group discussions, experiential exercises, meditation practice, and ritual, so you can:
- Harness the awareness of death to encourage self-exploration, clarify value and generate positive action in our world.
- Develop radical compassion that is embodied, inclusive and moves to relieve suffering.
- Awaken the courage and perseverance to act in the face of fear, risk, or vulnerability.
- Emerge as someone larger, more expansive, and real than the small, separate selves we may have taken ourselves to be.
Wholeness does not mean perfection. It means no part left out. Let the lessons of death connect you to the truth, bravery, and potential within and outside of yourself so you can live your life now exactly as you would want to leave it.
Buddhist teacher, activist, and end-of-life pioneer
Frank Ostaseski, an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and pioneer in end-of-life care, has accompanied over 1000 people through their dying process. In 1987, he cofounded the first Buddhist hospice in America—the Zen Hospice Project. He guided that groundbreaking work for almost 20 years, establishing a longstanding model for mindful and compassionate care.
In 2005, Frank founded the Metta Institute®, through which he has trained countless healthcare clinicians and caregivers, building a national network of educators, advocates, and guides for those facing life-threatening illness. Distilling hard-won lessons from his own life journey, Frank inspires and engages diverse audiences around the globe, speaking and teaching at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom 2.0, and spiritual retreats.
Frank has dedicated his life to service. His fusion of spiritual insight and practical social action manifests in caring for the homeless, serving on the early front lines of the AIDS epidemic, lobbying congress, teaching meditation, and most daunting of all, raising four teenagers at the same time.
He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. His groundbreaking work has been honored by the Dalai Lama, featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, and highlighted on the Oprah Winfrey Show.View Bio Page
Carpe diem! Let the wisdom of death teach you the compassion that allow us to genuinely embrace our lives and meet the impossible in extraordinary ways. Now is the time to develop the courage to live more fully and act in the world with a fearless heart. This weekend is an invitation to participate, to show up and be present for every aspect of your life.
We all know the pain of feeling isolated. Enhance your spiritual health, joy, and well-being by knowing—with every cell of your being—that you are deeply and eternally inseparable from something greater.
To be real and whole, we need to include all parts of ourselves, even the seeming incongruity of our inner and outer worlds. Abandon your notions of perfection and replace them with a practice for radical compassion.
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Special Interest To
The program may be of particular interests to psychotherapists of all types, healthcare clinicians, family caregivers, and social activists, but all are welcome regardless of experience.
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.