Dave Evans: Designing Your Life Retreat at 1440 Multiversity

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Designing Your Life Retreat

Designing Your Life Retreat

October 25 - 27, 2019

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

“What should I do with my life?” It’s a perennial and universal question that is not easy for most of us to answer.

Hone in on your big questions at the Designing Your Life (DYL) Retreat at 1440 Multiversity this fall. A high-impact, interactive weekend based on the New York Times number-one best seller and wildly popular Stanford University course, DYL applies “design thinking” to architect your own individual roadmap.

Join DYL cocreator Dave Evans, MS, for a hands-on weekend in the peaceful redwoods and gain an integrated set of tools and ideas to help you:

  • Reframe the challenge of work-life balance
  • Identify your impact in the world
  • Prototype alternative lives
  • Make effective, discerning decisions.

Whatever your age or circumstance, whether you’re happy with your job, planning a career pivot, longing for a different lifestyle, or seeking more meaning and personal coherency—the Designing Your Life Retreat can help you invent a more engaging, fulfilling, and enlivened future. Expect to return from the DYL Retreat with a powerful, actionable set of tools for life and career wayfinding.

DYL methodology is backed by over nine years of development, proven through thousands of university and professional users, and validated through two educational research studies. Coupled with 1440’s relaxing, inspiring, and purpose-built campus, the Designing Your Life Retreat promises to deliver a unique and unforgettable combination.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Dave Evans

    Cofounder of the Life Design Lab, lecturer in Stanford Design Program

    From saving the seals to solving the energy crisis, from imagining the first computer mice to redefining software—Dave’s been on a mission, including helping others to find theirs.

    Starting at Stanford in the 70s with dreams of following Jacques Cousteau as a marine biologist, Dave realized (a bit late) that he was lousy at it and shifted to mechanical engineering with an eye on the energy problem.

    After four years in alternative energy, it was clear that this idea’s time hadn’t come yet. So while en route to biomedical engineering, Dave accepted an invitation to work for Apple, where he led product marketing for the mouse team and introduced laser printing to the masses.

    When Dave’s boss at Apple left to start Electronic Arts (EA), Dave joined as the company’s first VP of Talent, dedicated to making “software worthy of the minds that use it.”

    Having participated in forming the corporate cultures at Apple and EA, Dave decided his best work was in helping organizations build creative environments where people could do great work and love doing it. So he went out on his own working with start-up teams, corporate executives, non-profit leaders, and countless young adults.

    They were all asking the same question. “What should I do with my life?” Helping people get traction on that question took Dave first to UC Berkeley and then Stanford, where Dave cofounded the Life Design Lab in the Stanford Design Program.

    Dave and his partner Bill Burnett made their popular Stanford course Designing Your Life into a New York Times #1 best-selling book of the same name, released in September 2016.

    Dave holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford and a graduate diploma in contemplative spirituality from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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  • Why Attend
    • Take charge of the direction of your own life by applying “design thinking,” a dynamic process for approaching tough-to-solve questions.<br />

    • The best-selling <i>Designing Your Life</i> book is now translated into 23 languages worldwide—and the DYL method is helping people in a variety of situations and cultures address the universal question: “What do I do with my life?”

    • Experience a first-of-its-kind collaboration between DYL and 1440 designed to simultaneously nurture and challenge you.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, October 25
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner
    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Program Session

    Saturday, October 26
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Program Session
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    1:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Program Session
    5:00 PM- 6:15 PM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    5:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Dinner

    Sunday, October 27
    7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
    7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
    9:00 AM – 11:30AM: Program Session
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
    12PM: Check out

  • 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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