What do gurus and spiritual masters really have to say about creativity and wanton punctuation abuse? Can a good backbend scandalize your nervous syntax? This workshop is embodied spiritual practice meets feral creative authenticity. With sweat. You ready?
Immerse yourself in (moderately) challenging, dynamic asana sequences alternating with specific writing exercises and precise yogic tools. Explore how a dedicated yoga practice can free your body’s most constricted energies, release your ego’s death grip on entrenched samskaras (patterns and fixations), and powerfully liberate your creative voice.
Discover how writing and yoga influence and inform one another with Mark Morford in a weekend version of one of the Bay Area’s most popular and unique yoga/creative workshops. It’s one part energized yoga practice, one part fearless creative writing workshop, one part expertly guided dharma discussion—taking turns with each, blurring the edges of all. You will experience:
- Vinyasa yoga, pranayama (breathwork), and yoga nidra
- Writing exercises and discussion
- Shaiva Tantra philosophy, altar puja, and everyday ritual
- Optional reading aloud, minimal weeping, and very few group hugs.
You will write, practice, question everything you think you know, and then write again until you fall into a bewildered trance, forget your own name, and fall prostrate to your muse. You will take home infinite wisdom and perfect enlightenment for all ages and epochs, and a nice 20-page handout.
Devotional vinyasa yoga teacher
Mark Morford has been teaching devotional vinyasa yoga classes and workshops in San Francisco for more than 15 years. He is creator of the Yoga for Writers (Y4W) and Everyday Sorcery for Urban Mystics programs for inspired yogis, and is one of the principal instructors for Yoga Tree San Francisco’s teacher training programs.
Since 1998, Mark has been an award-winning columnist and culture critic for SFGate and the San Francisco Chronicle, with a cult-like following based on his infamous Notes & Errata column. He is a contributing writer for numerous publications, including Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, The Sun, and Sex+Design.
He is also the author of The Daring Spectacle: Adventures in Deviant Journalism and the creator of Mark Morford’s Apothecary, an iOS app. He leads popular immersions and retreats internationally.View Bio Page
Experience what a vigorous vinyasa practice can do for your writing and what your writing can do for your yoga.
Free yourself from patterns that hinder your body’s energy and creative voice.
Try a yoga practice that is both physically challenging and acutely reverential—a sinuous combination of the body’s most ecstatic cadences and Tantra’s most lucid metaphysics.
Things to Know
Download a sample schedule.
Not for beginners or those with serious injury. The workshop assumes a reasonable level of physical ability and yoga experience.
Things To Bring
Preferred writing implements (laptop, notebook, etc.) and water bottle
What to Wear
Basic yoga/athletic wear
Special Interest To
All types of writers/writing are welcome. Even poets.
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.