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Writing as a Path to Awakening

June 8 - 10, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$330 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Writing focuses our attention unlike almost any other activity. When we aim our attention toward the realms of all that is possible, our lives become a living expression of those possibilities. The written word has the power not only to inspire, but to awaken the purest treasures of the human heart.

Join internationally celebrated author and teacher Albert DeSilver for a weekend writing workshop exploring inner and outer creativity. No matter what genre your writing takes—even if you simply enjoy writing in a journal—this mindfulness-based experience will help you plug into deeper levels of creativity and awareness.

Open the gateway to transformative creativity through dynamic meditation practices, innovative writing exercises, readings, Q&A, sharing, and discussion. Reflect on the writing of great spiritual teachers throughout history, from Sappho to Jack Kornfield. While it is not necessary to have an existing writing project, there will be plenty of time for you to focus on your own in-progress work.

In this generative writing experience, you will learn:

  • Innovative writing prompts, techniques, and practices to improve your writing
  • New ways to free yourself of writing blocks
  • How to access new, profound aspects of your creativity
  • A more thorough understanding of the connection between creativity and consciousness.
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  • Faculty Bio
    Albert Flynn DeSilver

    Poet, author, and meditation and writing teacher

    Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, writer, speaker, and workshop leader. His latest book is Writing as a Path to Awakening (based on his popular workshops by the same name) and will be released September 1st from Sounds True.

    Albert served as Marin County, California’s very first Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. His work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVANew American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, Exquisite Corpse, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), and many others.

    He is also the author of the memoir Beamish Boy, which Kirkus reviews called “a beautifully written memoir poignant and inspirational. . ..” Albert received a BFA from the University of Colorado and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

    Albert is also a speaker and trainer who has taught writing workshops at the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and literary conferences nationally. He lives in northern California.

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  • Why Attend
    • For writers and spiritual practitioners alike, exploring the powerful link between writing and the spiritual path will inspire stronger craft, connection, and awakening.

    • Commit to a dedicated environment to stoke the fire of your creative calling, dropping the daily distractions that may be drawing you out of your writing practice.

    • Embolden and inspire your innate creativity and experience deeper levels of awareness through the practice of writing and listening to words.

  • Things to Know

    Program Schedule

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    Prerequisites

    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required, but optimal for people with a committed sitting (mindfulness) and writing practice of at least two years.

  • 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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