Tiffany Shlain|Rabbi Sydney Mintz|Ken Goldberg: Tech-Free Shabbat at 1440 Multiversity

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Tech-Free Shabbat

Tech-Free Shabbat

Live Screen-Free One Day a Week

November 30 - December 2, 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

Are you overwhelmed and distracted by the demands of being available 24/7 to co-workers, social media, news, and never-ending to-do apps? Then welcome to Tech Shabbat: an updated version of an ancient and abiding ritual made nondenominational and inclusive to all. Switch off your screens for 24 hours and reconnect with nature, friends, family, and your own peace of mind.

Join filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg, PhD, and Rabbi Sydney Mintz as they offer wisdom, perspective, and practical tips for the whole family. Shlain and Goldberg have gone screen-free with their two daughters for nearly a decade. Rabbi Sydney Mintz gives formal insight on an ancient tradition retooled. During this immersive weekend, experience firsthand how one day off from tech per week can improve your relationship to yourself, loved ones, colleagues, and life overall.

The workshop includes:

  • Practical tool kits and a customized workbook for recreating the experience at home
  • Group conversation to share wisdom from our personal and common experience
  • Breakout sessions for reflection and dialogue
  • Meditation exercises and mindfulness practices including silent walking intervals.

This experience is for anyone of any faith or no faith at all. Instead of wrestling with our media-saturated society, come be transformed by freeing yourself from the screens of your community and career to bask in the joy of a more present life.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Tiffany Shlain

    Filmmaker, speaker, founder of 50/50 Day

    Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, an author, the founder of the Webby Awards, and the cofounder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity; these daylong events unify film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives—inspiring over 100,000 people worldwide.

    Among Tiffany’s many honors, Newsweek named her as one of the Women Shaping the 21st Century, and she was selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions, including premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, and over 50 million views.

    Tiffany serves on the leadership board of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She speaks at venues ranging from Google, Harvard University, and NASA, to TEDWomen and TEDMED. Her first book, about her family’s decade-long ritual of turning off screens one day each week for what they call Technology Shabbats, is forthcoming in 2019.

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    Rabbi Sydney Mintz

    Rabbi and teacher

    Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained by the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and is the founder of the award-winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El, where she has served as rabbi since her ordination in 1997.

    Rabbi Mintz has been a senior rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem since completing her fellowship there in 2004, and she currently serves on the national board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. She is a rabbinic scholar for American Jewish World Service and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice.

    Rabbi Mintz was also a 2016 resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House residency program. She has been leading popular retreats and workshops for more than 20 years.

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    Ken Goldberg

    Artist, inventor, UC Berkeley professor

    Ken Goldberg is a pioneer and expert in the field of robotics. His art and installations on the topics of robotics and new media have appeared in 70 exhibits, including at the Whitney Biennial. Two of the films he cowrote (Connected: An Autoblogography About Love, Death & Technology and The Tribe) were Sundance Film Festival selections and two (Why We Love Robots and The Future Starts Here) were nominated for Emmy Awards.

    Ken is director of the CITRIS People and Robots Initiative and the UC Berkeley AUTOLAB, where he and his students pursue research in machine learning for robotics and automation in warehouses, homes, and operating rooms. He is also the William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering and serves as Chair of the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department. Secondary appointments include EECS, Art Practice, the School of Information, and Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School.

    Awarded the NSF PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) from President Bill Clinton in 1995, Ken was also elected IEEE Fellow in 2005 and selected by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for the George Saridis Leadership Award in 2016.

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  • Why Attend
    • Uncover a more real experience of life, free of the constant consumption and passive depletion the modern digital landscape currently offers us. <br /> <br />

    • Connect to the essential beauty, peace, love, and interdependence that you share with nature, animals, loved ones, peers, and even strangers. <br /> <br />

    • Actively engage in a complete reboot as you plug into the core of physically embodied, waking reality and rejuvenate your life energy.

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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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