Rolf Gates: Strength and Surrender at 1440 Multiversity

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Strength and Surrender

A Vinyasa Retreat

April 12 - 14, 2019

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

A clear mind, an open heart, and an energized and vibrant body: all great things, right?

During this powerful weekend retreat, Rolf Gates, one of the West’s leading voices on contemporary yoga, shows you how to have it all. Together, you will explore the relationship between mindfulness and compassion in a powerful vinyasa yoga intensive.

Through this dynamic weekend of vinyasa yoga, meditation, pranayama, lecture, and discussion, you will:

  • Build flexibility, strength, and balance through a focused and rigorous practice of yoga flow
  • Cultivate a more mindful relationship to your body through intentional and focused movement
  • Learn practices to cultivate a softer and stronger connection to your heart
  • Engage with practices to develop present-moment awareness, lovingkindness, and wise effort, on and off the mat.

With distinct yogic practices for more mindfulness and compassion, this enriching weekend will help you learn specific, powerful skills that lead to greater freedom and happiness.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Rolf Gates

    Yoga teacher and expert in yogic philosophy

    Rolf Gates, the author of the acclaimed book on yogic philosophy Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, is one of the leading voices of contemporary yoga in the West.

    Rolf conducts vinyasa intensives and 200- and 500-hour teacher trainings throughout the United States and abroad. A former U.S. Airborne Ranger and a social worker trained in the field of addiction, Rolf has practiced meditation for the last 20 years. He is the cofounder of the Yoga + Recovery Conference at the Esalen Institute, has brought his course Yoga and Functional Stretching to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tri-County Summit on Sustainability, and is currently working with the U.S. military on sustainable care for troops and their families.

    Rolf works weekly one-on-one with clients in his Yoga Life Coaching program, and has been featured in numerous magazines, including Yoga Journal, Natural Health, and People. Rolf lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, Miriam Gates, the founder and director of Empowered Kids Yoga, and their two children. He has become an avid surfer and puts his yoga to work on his board and in his roles as husband and father.

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  • Why Attend
    • This weekend will give you insight into what happens when the skills of the heart and the skills of the mind are brought into balance. 

    • Study with one of the West’s most renowned teachers. A seasoned practitioner and skilled life coach, Rolf Gates is considered an expert in yogic philosophy.

    • Mindfulness and compassion encompass clearly defined yogic practices. In one place, in one weekend, you can experience it all—a vitality of body, mind, heart, and soul.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

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    Experience Level

    None required.

  • 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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