You are hard-wired for spiritual evolution; you carry the path to awakening within you. Yogic philosophy proposes that the human form consists of four interconnecting bodies: matter, energy, mind, and essence—which together create pure infinite consciousness.
Join spiritual teacher Mark Griffin for a weekend studying the dynamics of the human form and the practice of meditation as a means to achieve deep integration of all aspects of the self.
Through lecture, silent and guided meditation, and question-and-answer periods, you will explore:
- The architecture of the subtle energy body, including chakras, channels, and kundalini, and their role in experiencing advanced states of awareness
- Meditation practices for all experience levels, including methods to increase awareness and control of prana, the life force that resides within the breath
- How to access and sustain kundalini, the evolutionary impulse that drives the awakening process.
Spiritual teacher and meditation master
Mark Griffin, a spiritual teacher in Bhagawan Nityananda’s lineage, transmits the teachings and practices of yoga masters known as siddhas—spiritual adepts who have fully realized their true nature and who have the capacity to transmit the light of awakening to sincere spiritual seekers. He is founding director of the Hard Light Center of Awakening.
Mark was among one of the earliest of Western disciples to receive shaktipat initiation in 1976 from Swami Muktananda, who sought to create a “meditation revolution” by awakening kundalini, the dormant spiritual energy. After years of intense sadhana, or spiritual practice, Griffin entered the profound state of nirvikalpa samadhi and awakened to his true nature.
After Muktananda died, Mark continued to study with Kalu Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa, great Tibetan teachers of the Kaygü tradition of Vajrayana Buddhism. He began to teach and transmit shaktipat to sincere seekers, establishing the Hard Light Center of Awakening in 1989 as a vehicle for guiding students through weekly study and practice sessions, daylong meditation intensives, and retreats.
Since 2001, Mark has been leading the Hard Light Center on an annual spiritual pilgrimage to India.View Bio Page
Deepen your understanding of the relationship between your physical, subtle, mental, and spiritual bodies and develop a means to integrate them through daily practice.
Spiritual awakening requires a reliable guide and a map of the territory—practice with a highly accomplished teacher to accelerate your progress and increase your chances of success.
Walk away with real-world tools for establishing and maintaining a consistent meditation practice for a deep integration of your inner and outer lives.
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Appropriate for anyone with an authentic interest in exploring the path of self-discovery. Some meditation experience is helpful but not necessary.
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Yoga and meditation instructors can deepen their practice and knowledge of the esoteric mechanics of advanced meditation.
There will be 1-hour meditation practices in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
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.
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.