John Gray|Warren Farrell|Ashanti Branch: The Boy Crisis at 1440 Multiversity

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Cover of "The Boy Crisis". by Warren Farrell and John Gray

The Boy Crisis

Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

October 26 - 28, 2018

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

A crisis of education. A crisis of mental health. A crisis of fathering. A crisis of purpose. These are the pervasive and significant challenges facing today’s boys and young men, according to Dr. Warren Farrell and Dr. John Gray, coauthors of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.

In this interactive weekend, Warren and John, along with Ashanti Branch, MEd—whose leadership of the Ever Forward Club has turned around the lives of hundreds of boys—will facilitate an important conversation about the root causes of the gap between boys and girls and what family members, schools, communities, and professional peers can do to eradicate it. Warren, John, and Ashanti will illuminate the overarching social evidence pointing to the Boy Crisis, examine practical solutions, and facilitate an exploration of your personal experiences at home and work with the boys in your life.

The workshop will explore:

  • Ten differences between dad-style and mom-style parenting and how to best integrate both
  • How family dinner nights can be structured so everyone feels heard
  • How to reverse the purpose-void boys experience today by moving past socialization narratives like “heroic intelligence” to current models such as “health intelligence”
  • Guidance for moms, dads, and mentors to make sure that children have the male role models they need.

This workshop is designed to help parents, therapists, teachers, and community leaders understand and motivate boys—and girls—from middle school on to open up about their fears, ask for the support they need, and realize their highest potential futures.

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  • Faculty Bio
    John Gray, PhD

    Relationship counselor, lecturer, author

    John Gray has been a family counselor for more than 30 years. He helps men and women better understand and respect their differences in both personal and professional relationships. His approach combines specific communication techniques, practical insights, and healthy nutrition to create the brain patterns and body chemistry for lasting health, happiness, and romance.

    John is the author of  Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, listed by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the last quarter century. His many other books include Beyond Mars and Venus and Children Are from Heaven, and he is coauthor with Warren Farrell of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It. His books are translated into 45 languages in more than 100 countries.

    Gray is a national columnist and a highly sought-after speaker who has appeared repeatedly on The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and more. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, and People and is the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

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    Warren Farrell, PhD

    Educator, activist, author, figure in modern men's movement

    Dr. Warren Farrell trains couples and psychologists worldwide in the “art and discipline of love.” He was a pioneer in both the women’s movement and the modern men’s movement. He is the coauthor, with John Gray, of The Boy Crisis: Why Our Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It and the author of two international bestsellers, Why Men Are the Way They Are and Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say. His books are published in more than 50 countries and in 17 languages.

    Dr. Farrell has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. He has appeared on more than 1,000 TV and radio shows, including in interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, Katie Couric, Peter Jennings, and Barbara Walters. Dr. Farrell serves as chair of the Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and MenHe has two daughters and lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California.

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    Ashanti Branch, MEd

    Founder of the Ever Forward Club

    Ashanti Branch works to change how students, especially young men of color, interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching.

    In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started the Ever Forward Club to provide support for African-American and Latino males who were not achieving to their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school, and 93% of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges or military or trade school.

    The Ever Forward Club was featured in the documentary The Mask You Live In, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

    After completing a fellowship at the Stanford in 2016, Ashanti, began working full-time as the founding executive director for Ever Forward–Siempre Adelante in an effort to grow the organization to serve thousands of Bay Area students. Ashanti was awarded a fellowship from the national organization Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and is currently a presidential fellow at Saybrook University.


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  • Why Attend
    • Understand the challenges facing young men today and why they are more vulnerable to social isolation and emotional distress in our technological age.

    • Learn how to address “father deprivation” as a generational wound in the past, present, and future for both boys and girls.  

    • Explore the difference between toxic masculinity and hyper-masculinity, and how to most constructively support a healthy self-awareness in boys and young men.

  • 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 – 9:30 pm Program Session


    6:45am – 7:45 am

    Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation

    7:00am – 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    12pm-2 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2:30pm – 4:30 pm Afternoon Program Session

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

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

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events or Program Session

    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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