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The Wilds Are Waiting

A Hiker’s Paradise

July 29 - August 3, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$415 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

What do tribal people from around the globe know about moving through nature that others don’t? How does the natural world inform the flow of our daily lives? How might we commune with nature so that she is our primary teacher?

Find the answers over five days with wilderness buff and expedition leader Gary Marcoccia, as you hike through shady redwood forests, across forested mountain streams, along deep v-shaped canyons, and across high slopes of open grassland with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean far below.

Through outdoor expeditions, sharing, nature journaling, and nature-related teachings on science, philosophy, culture, evolution, history, and art, you will:

  • Explore humanity’s place in the natural world across cultures, geographies, and traditions
  • Learn the techniques of native peoples for walking relaxed, free, and centered, while maintaining efficient and powerful movement
  • Learn how to spend time “in your body” and in touch with your senses while moving through nature
  • Be inspired by the words and actions of well-known naturalists and poets who have written about what nature means to them, and in turn reflect on what it means to you.

Deepen your relationship with nature and integrate the great lessons she has to teach you in a journey through the pure sea air and the forests of our wild north coast.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Gary Marcoccia

    Wilderness expedition leader, science educator

    Gary Marcoccia is a wilderness expedition leader and tenured professor of natural and applied sciences from Santa Cruz, California. He has led expeditions around the globe for more than two decades: from deep jungle treks and volcano climbs to traversing the Pyrenees and making first-descent, white-water kayak runs.

    Having taught for wilderness outfitters, retreat venues, and institutions of higher education, Gary has made significant curriculum contributions to the field of wilderness education. His teaching highlights practices from a variety of wisdom traditions and cultures, with an emphasis on how they connect to the natural world.

    A keen naturalist, ultra-runner, adventurer, kite surfer, and mountaineer, Gary’s biggest passion in life is teaching people how they can nourish their mind, body, and spirit through time spent in the wilds.


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  • Why Attend
    • Through an examination of science, philosophy, culture, evolution, history, and art, come to know your place in the natural world and what you can carry with you from nature back into your daily life.

    • Life is like a hike: a series of steps we can take mindfully or just lazily plod along. Combining hiking, meditation, spiritual presence, and mindful concentration, this retreat will not only change how you approach the trail, but how you walk your path, in the greater sense of the word.

    • Transform the physical act of hiking into an enjoyable integrated experience. Unite body and mind by incorporating spiritual practices into your physical movements. Moving through the outdoors will never quite be the same.

  • Things to Know

    Program Schedule

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    While no previous wilderness experience is necessary to enjoy this workshop, you will find it useful to prepare yourself by walking and/or running each week beforehand: those who are more physically prepared are often able to more fully participate.

    Things to Bring

    You may wish to bring your favorite journal or notebook.

    What to Wear

    Good shoes for hiking and comfortable and sweat-wicking apparel for being outdoors in the woods!

    Special Interest to

    Educators, coaches, psychologists, and addiction counselors who want to use wilderness as a therapeutic tool and/or backdrop for their work

    Special Details

    Hikes will be 4 – 8 miles in length and friendly to all capabilities.

  • 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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