Helen Fisher|Terry Real|Diane Poole Heller|Michaela Boehm|Steve James|Celeste Hirschman|Dimitry Yakoushkin|Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo: Radiant Intimacy at 1440 Multiversity

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Radiant Intimacy

A Modern-Day Crucible for Healing, Awakening, and Celebrating Life

May 24 - 27, 2019

Friday - Monday, 3 nights

$525 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

We all long for love. We long to be intimately connected to ourselves and others. For some, a partnership or marriage is the natural outcome of this longing. Others find alternative styles of intimacy more fulfilling. For most of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing.

We live in a dynamic time of transition: from post-patriarchy relationships, gender equality, and new definitions of femininity and masculinity to new styles of parenting and modern sexual dynamics.

Radiant intimacy is an emerging field of exploration bringing awareness to the topics of relationships, sexuality, and love. It draws on psychology, trauma theory, modern evolutionary biology, and  scientific sex  research.

Join 1440 Multiversity and internationally renowned neuroscientist Helen Fisher along with the founders of the Science and Nonduality series—Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo—as they bring together leading scientists, authors, artists, and teachers, for an experiential weekend of workshops. During this special retreat designed to expand your understanding of intimacy and what neuroscience can teach us about love, we will give you tools to navigate the complexities of modern-day relating and expand your experience of intimacy.

Through carefully crafted exercises, keynote lectures, targeted workshops, potent meditations, and performances, you will engage the concept of radiant intimacy, and how to express and integrate it within a spiritual path. You will also explore:

  • Attachment styles and their effects on relationships
  • Shadow elements within a relationship, and how early developmental trauma can impact our capacity for relating
  • How sexuality and sexual energy—an essential life force—can open us to the experience of our true nature and the unity consciousness
  • The evolution and future of human sexuality, love, and relationships.

You’ll return home with tools you can use in your daily life to create and sustain deeply fulfilling relationships with life, yourself, and others.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Helen Fisher, PhD

    Neuroscientist and anthropologist

    Dr. Helen Fisher is an internationally renowned neuroscientist, biological anthropologist, and pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. Named one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business InsiderDr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her three TED Talks have been viewed by more than 12 million people worldwide.

    As chief scientific advisor for Match.com, Dr. Fisher developed the Fisher Temperament Inventory, the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience. Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving—Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator—represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years.

    Dr. Fisher has been a consultant for Procter & Gamble, American Express, Visa, and Deloitte University and a speaker at the World Economic Forum, the G20, Fortune magazine, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity,  and South by Southwest.

    A senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and an anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Frontiers in Psychology, and Newsweek, and is the best-selling author of five books on the neuroscience behind human social behavior, including Why Him? Why Her? and the 1992 classic Anatomy of Love.

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    Terry Real

    Family therapist, speaker, and author

    Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, speaker, and teacher known for his groundbreaking work on men and male psychology as well as his work on gender and couples. He has been in private practice for over 25 years and is the founder of the Relational Life Institute in Arlington, Massachusetts.

    The institute is dedicated to working to help women reclaim their voices and help men open their hearts. It offers a training program for therapists as well as workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Canada.

    Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression—the first book ever written on the topic of male depression. His book How Can I Get Through to You?: Reconnecting Men and Women explores the role of patriarchy in relationships. His most recent book, The New Rules of Marriage: A Breakthrough Program for 21st-Century Relationships, is a practical guide for couples and couples therapists.

    Terry’s work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as in the media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, the Today show, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and many others. He has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News.

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    Diane Poole Heller, PhD

    Somatic attachment and trauma expert

    Diane Poole Heller, Ph.D., is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory, Trauma Resolution, and integrative healing techniques.

    She is a renowned trainer, presenter, and speaker offering many workshops, webinars and educational materials on Trauma and Attachment emphasizing their effects on childhood and adult relationships.

    Diane has created the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning experience and the DARe to CONNECT series on Healing Early Childhood and Adult Attachment Wounds. With refreshing clarity and humor, she has lectured and taught professionals internationally as a Somatic Experiencing® Senior Faculty member and a Somatic Attachment Educator.

    She has also created very popular interactive online Attachment Mastery Programs and the ongoing Therapy Mastermind Group.


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    Michaela Boehm

    Yoga and movement teacher, speaker, and counselor

    Michaela Boehm is in the lineage of Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra, having received a formal, classical Tantric education from the age of 16. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela also has an extensive background in Jungian and forensic psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, hypnosis, and numerous somatic modalities.

    Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela established what is now a 24-year counseling practice, logging over 40,000 client hours, including four years as a counselor and treatment plan developer at a Malibu celebrity drug rehabilitation center.

    Michaela is founder of the Non-Linear Movement Method®, a somatic movement modality which facilitates stress and trauma release, now taught internationally by authorized teachers.

    With her extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, she teaches internationally and has developed a women’s curriculum for feminine embodiment. She also teaches couples and men about the principles of intimacy and polarity.

    Michaela’s current private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, and writers, Grammy-winning musicians, and several family offices where she consults on second-generation wealth issues.

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    Steve James

    Yoga and movement teacher and body-based mindfulness coach

    Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, and yoga. He also leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms. Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to first-hand research, Steve has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.

    Steve’s background in somatic practices began with dedicated martial arts and physical training from the age of five. He was a member of the Scottish fencing team in his teens, and as an elite athlete he engaged in high-level competition and peak athletic performance strategies.

    He went on to study with and graduate as a teacher under yoga master Godfrey Devereux, and continues to deepen his education in yoga, qigong, and physical performance.

    In addition to private client work and international public workshops, Steve has released a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan Method®, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.

    Steve’s current private clients range from pioneering entrepreneurs, CEOs, and multi-billion dollar fund managers to multiple Grammy-winning musical artists and Oscar-winning actors.


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    Celeste Hirschman, MA

    Sex and relationship coach, cofounder of Somatica Institute

    Celeste Hirschman is a sex and relationship coach and lead instructor at the Somatica Institute. The institute’s goal is to fill the world with love, erotic pleasure, connection, and self-aware people who fully express themselves and can support others in doing the same.

    With Danielle Harel, she is cocreator of the Somatica® Method and cofounder of the Somatica Institute. Celeste also sees clients in her private practice in San Francisco and is coauthor of two books: Making Love Real and Cockfidence.

    Celeste received her master’s degree in human sexuality studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) and her bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Celeste taught as a lecturer at SFSU in the Human Sexuality Studies department. She was also a research assistant and project manager at SFSU’s Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, where she published numerous articles on adolescent sexuality development. Celeste was an assistant professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, where she taught the Sexological Bodywork Training and Certification Program.

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    Dimitry Yakoushkin

    Sex and relationship coach

    Dimitry Yakoushkin is a sex and relationship coach and a certified Somatica practitioner. He is an instructor in the Somatica® Method: a loving and systematic approach to sex and relationship coaching. The Somatica Method invites people to move beyond shame, clarify their needs and boundaries, live emotionally connected and erotically embodied lives, and experience the joy and satisfaction of great sex and authentic relationships.

    Dimitry also holds a Sexological Bodywork certificate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. He is trained in the Hakomi Method, a body-based, experiential therapy method that helps clients get in touch with and live from their deepest self.

    Prior to entering the field of sex and relationship coaching, Dimitry worked for over ten years as a counselor and tutor to high school and college students in academics and life skills. Dimitry’s professional track-and-field career has given him deep embodied awareness, and his warm, patient approach creates an atmosphere of safety and acceptance where women, men, and couples can explore their desires, heal from trauma, share passion, and experience profound transformation.

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    Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

    Filmmakers and founders of Science and Nonduality (SAND)

    Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.

    Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.

    Zaya’s lifelong passion for science and mysticism merged when she met Maurizio in 2007, and their first project together was filming the documentary Rays of the Absolute on the life and teachings of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. This project sparked their next level of creation and collaboration: Science and Nonduality (SAND)—a global community inspired by the timeless wisdom traditions, informed by modern science, and grounded in direct experience.

    After more than 10 years of intense event organization, community growing, parenting, and managing a household, it became apparent to both Zaya and Maurizio that the test of real practice, spiritual teaching, and realization was their relationship—the crucible for awakening.

    Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.

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  • Why Attend
    • Explore radiant intimacy in the setting of the Tantric and Advaita spiritual traditions, and through the lenses of neuroscience, integral psychotherapy, and attachment theory.

    • Get a taste of expanded aliveness and intimate attunement through a rich selection of workshops, experiential activities, and performances with leading educators, scientists, and artists.

    • Explore ways to break outdated paradigms for relationships and sexuality—create relationships that are more aligned with who you are and with your deepest desires.

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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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