Linda Bender: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals at 1440 Multiversity

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Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

June 29 - July 1, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$295 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Although we think we have many problems, we really only have one: our belief that we are separate from each other and from the natural world. In a time fraught with so much despair, confusion, and disagreement, it is imperative we find our connection, our peace, and our power. But how?

Join veterinarian Dr. Linda Bender for a rare, in-depth weekend of spiritual healing and an immersion in profound love guided by animals. A lifelong animal whisperer, with a background in science, and a follower of her life’s mystical path, Dr. Bender will guide us into an exploration of animal consciousness and the secrets of communication beyond words.

Through a deepening of conceptual knowledge, a sharing of personal stories, group meditation, writing, and group experiences walking in nature, you will:

  • Hone your sensory skills so you can better connect with the natural world
  • Learn what animals are trying to teach us and what they want us to understand
  • Practice ancient sangoma healing techniques given to Dr. Bender by South African shamans
  • Heal from the loss of a beloved animal companion, and learn how animals communicate with us after passing from this life
  • Use your deepened connection to awaken your courage so that you may be of greater service in the world.

Let the animals fully awaken your heart in order to claim your full, vast capacity to experience love, compassion, courage, and better health. Connect to the “oneness consciousness” in which all animals and nature exist, and leave with a toolkit of personal practices for including prayer, meditation, and healing in everyday life.

Spiritual Lives of Animals

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  • Faculty Bio
    Linda Bender, DVM

    Veterinarian, mystic, animal whisperer, and animal advocate

    Linda Bender’s love of the natural world began in her childhood backyard. From orphaned deer to blue jays prematurely bumped from their nests, animals in distress somehow found a way to her. Her innate rapport with animals inspired her to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

    A lifelong animal whisperer, healer, and passionate advocate, Dr. Bender combines her scientific training with the wisdom of a mystic. Her globe-spanning career has been spent amid endangered and domesticated animals. She has studied many of the world’s wisdom traditions, including shamanism and the ancient traditions of Africa, particularly the Zulu teachings. In her words, “Learning the traditions and wisdom of indigenous peoples enriched my understanding of the sacred connection shared by humans and all life.”

    During the 14 years Dr. Bender spent living in England, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, her veterinary work included the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of wildlife, often in remote areas. Working with zoos in Southeast Asia, she treated animals rescued from the wildlife trafficking trade and helped reintroduce them back into their natural habitats. Among those given a second chance at life were clouded leopards, tigers, orangutans, and numerous species of birds.

    Endorsed by many known names, including Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Bender lectures around the world advocating for animals and the conservation of their habitats. In both Asia and Africa, she worked with local communities to promote anti-poaching initiatives and educational programs. Working in the field with rarely encountered wildlife, Dr. Bender helped to develop treatment protocols. She was personally invited to Japan by the Goi Peace Foundation to be one of the first signatories of The Fuji Declaration for a peaceful and a sustainable world.

    Dr. Bender is a certified meditation teacher and grief counselor and started one of the first pet therapy programs in Cincinnati as part of their state mental health program. She is also the cofounder of the nonprofit From the Heart and the author of Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals.

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  • Why Attend
    • Unlike humans who have become mired in concepts and words, animals live in a consciousness that is not separate from Source. It is critical for us to listen to what they are trying to teach us in this time of environmental devastation.

    • This workshop will be a healing, spiritual experience—it will raise consciousness; open hearts; and create a clear vision of not only who you are, but how you can serve as “love in action” in the world.

    • Dr. Bender's teachings are based on her life experience as a veterinarian and healer, her lifelong connection to animal consciousness, and her own spiritual journey. Her simple techniques deliver profound results and will change the way you experience life.

  • 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 – 9:00 pm Program Session


    6:45 – 7:45 am Supplementary Classes: Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation 7:00 – 8:30 am

    7:00 – 9 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    Breakfast at Kitchen

    9am – 12 pm Morning Program Session

    11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch at Kitchen

    2pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Program Session

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

    5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 – 9:00 pm Optional Events

    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.

    What to Wear

    Comfortable clothing and appropriate outdoor gear for walking in nature

    Special Interest To

    This is for anyone who wishes a deeper connection to animals and all life. This workshop will be particularly powerful for those who want to heal as well as take their role of “love in action” to the next level out in the world. Those who work with animals, advocates, and also those grieving the loss of an animal will gain much from this workshop.

  • 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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