Radiant Intimacy - 1440 Multiversity

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Radiant Intimacy

Radiant Intimacy:


May 24 – 27, 2019 | $525 Tuition

Helen Fisher, PhDTerry Real | Diane Poole Heller, PhD
Michaela Boehm | Steve JamesCeleste Hirschman, MA
Dimitry Yakoushkin | Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo


We all long for love. We all long to be intimately connected to ourselves and others. Yet, for most of us, love and sexuality can be complex and confusing.

  • How do we keep love alive?
  • Can desire and safety coexist?
  • How do we navigate unmet expectations?

Join 1440 Multiversity and Dr. Helen Fisher, renowned biological anthropologist and chief scientific advisor to Match.com, along with the founders of the Science and Nonduality series—Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo—for an innovative weekend of experiential workshops exploring relationships, sexuality, and love.

Over the course of three days with leading scientists, authors, artists, and teachers, you will:

  • Hear what neuroscience can teach us about love
  • Expand your understanding of intimacy, attachment styles, and trauma
  • Explore post-patriarchy relationships, gender equality, new definitions of femininity and masculinity, and modern-day parenting and sexual dynamics
  • Take home tools to navigate the complexities of modern-day relating.


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Relationships are a crucible to awaken, a crucible to grow, to truly know and be ourselves.

– Maurizio Benazzo, Cofounder of Science and Nonduality (SAND)


Schedule Information

  • Schedule

    Friday/May 24

    Time Session Presenter(s) Title Room
    2:15 PM Check-In Begins; rooms ready by 4:00 pm
    4:30-5:00 PM Guest Welcome Session/ Tour
    5:30-6:30 PM Qigong (Redwood Auditorium)
    5:30-7:30 PM Dinner Kitchen Table
    7:30-8:00 PM Opening Program Session Maurizio & Zaya Benazzo and presenters Outlook 101
    8:00-9:00 PM Evening Session Helen Fisher The Drive to Love: Romance in the Digital Age Outlook 101
    9:00-9:30 PM Evening Session Q&A with Helen Fisher Outlook 101


    Time Session Presenter(s) Title Room
    7:00- 8:00 AM Meditation Outlook 202
    7:00-9:00 AM Breakfast Kitchen Table
    9:00 -10:25 AM Morning Session Diane Heller Enhancing Spiritual Maturation by Healing Early Attachment Wounds and Embracing Secure Relationships Outlook 101
    10:30-11:50 AM Morning Session Terry Real Men & Women In Love: The Future of Romance Outlook 101
    11:50-12:00 PM Morning Session Terry Real and Michaela Boehm Introduce afternoon program Outlook 101
    12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Kitchen Table
    1:00pm-1:45pm PM Nature Walk
    2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session Michaela Boehm with women The Wild Woman’s Way: The Embodied Feminine Sanctuary
    2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session Terry Real with men The Masculine Dilemma: Our Next Frontier Outlook 101
    5:15-6:30 PM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class Redwood Auditorium
    5:30-7:30 PM Dinner Kitchen Table
    7:30-9:30 PM Evening Session Terry Real &Michaela Boehm Men & Women Together: What Can We Learn From Each Other? Outlook 101


    Time Session Presenter(s) Title Room
    7:00-8:00 AM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class Redwood Auditorium
    7:00-9:00 AM Breakfast Kitchen Table
    9:00-12:00 AM Morning  Concurrent Session Michaela Boehm & Steve James Radical Intimacy And The Play Of The Erotic Outlook 101
    9:00-12:00 AM Morning Concurrent Session Celeste Hirschman & Dimitry Yakoushkin Deepen Intimacy Through Erotic Embodiment and Emotional Vulnerability Sanctuary
    12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Kitchen Table
    1:00pm-1:45pm PM Nature Walk
    2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session Michaela Boehm & Steve James Ecstasy & Mystery Sanctuary
    2:00-5:00 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session Celeste Hirschman & Dimitry Yakoushkin The Art of Giving and Receiving Sensual Consent Outlook 101
    5:15-6:30 PM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class Redwood Auditorium
    5:30-7:30 PM Dinner Kitchen Table
    8:00-10:00 PM Dance DJ Dragonfly Dance Sanctuary

    Monday/May 27

    Time Session Presenter(s) Title Room
    7:00-8:00 AM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class Redwood Auditorium
    7:00-9:00 AM Breakfast Kitchen Table
    9:00-12:00 PM Morning Sessions Q&A with Michaela Boehm, Steve James, Celeste & Dimitri and group sharing time Outlook 101
    12:00 PM Checkout Time
    12:00-2:00 PM Lunch Departure day lunch is included in your stay.

Program Faculty

Helen Fisher, PhD

Neuroscientist and anthropologist

Dr. Helen Fisher is an internationally renowned neuroscientist, biological anthropologist, and pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership. Named one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business InsiderDr. Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her three TED Talks have been viewed by more than 12 million people worldwide.

As chief scientific advisor for Match.com, Dr. Fisher developed the Fisher Temperament Inventory, the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience. Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years.

A senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and an anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Frontiers in Psychology, and Newsweek, and is the best-selling author of five books on the neuroscience behind human social behavior, including Why Him? Why Her? and the 1992 classic Anatomy of Love.

Terry Real

Family therapist, speaker, and author

Terry Real is a nationally recognized family therapist, author, speaker, and teacher known for his groundbreaking work on men, male psychology, gender, and couples. He has been in private practice for over 25 years and is the founder of the Relational Life Institute in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression—the first book ever written on the topic of male depression. His book How Can I Get Through to You?: Reconnecting Men and Women explores the role of patriarchy in relationships. His most recent book, The New Rules of Marriage: A Breakthrough Program for 21st-Century Relationships, is a practical guide for couples and couples therapists.

Terry’s work has been featured in numerous academic articles as well as in the media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show20/20, the Today show, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and many others. He has appeared often as the relationship expert for Good Morning America and ABC News.

Diane Poole Heller, PhD

Somatic attachment and trauma expert

Diane Poole Heller is an established expert in the field of Adult Attachment Theory, Trauma Resolution, and integrative healing techniques.

She is a renowned trainer, presenter, and speaker offering many workshops, webinars, and educational materials on trauma and attachment, emphasizing their effects on childhood and adult relationships.

Diane has created the Dynamic Attachment Re-Patterning experience and the DARe to CONNECT series on Healing Early Childhood and Adult Attachment Wounds. With refreshing clarity and humor, she has lectured and taught professionals internationally as a Somatic Experiencing® Senior Faculty member and a Somatic Attachment Educator.

Michaela Boehm

Yoga and movement teacher, speaker, and counselor

Michaela Boehm is in the lineage of Kashmiri Shaivism Tantra, having received a formal, classical Tantric education from the age of 16. Born and raised in Austria, Michaela also has an extensive background in Jungian and forensic psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, hypnosis, and numerous somatic modalities.

Upon moving to the United States in 1994, Michaela established what is now a 24-year counseling practice. She is the founder of the Non-Linear Movement Method®, a somatic movement modality which facilitates stress and trauma release, now taught internationally by authorized teachers.

With her extensive academic and clinical background in psychology and counseling, Michaela teaches internationally and has developed a women’s curriculum for feminine embodiment. She also teaches couples and men about the principles of intimacy and polarity.

Michaela’s current private clients include Oscar-winning actors, producers, and writers, and Grammy-winning musicians.

Steve James

Yoga and movement teacher and body-based mindfulness coach

Steve James travels internationally teaching somatic practices, meditation, and yoga. He also leads explorations in contemplative, mystic, and relational realms. Known for his intelligent, grounded approach and his dedication to firsthand research, Steve has extensive experience in elite athletic performance, contemplative and spiritual disciplines, the arts, extreme outdoor survival, and human behavior.

Steve was a member of the Scottish fencing team in his teens, and as an elite athlete he engaged in high-level competition and peak athletic performance strategies. He went on to study with and graduate as a teacher under yoga master Godfrey Devereux, and continues to deepen his education in yoga, qigong, and physical performance.

In addition to private client work and public workshops, Steve produced a DVD series of his movement approach called the Movement Koan Method®, a fusion of joint-nourishing movement and body-based mindfulness.

Celeste Hirschman, MA

Sex and relationship coach, cofounder of Somatica Institute

Celeste Hirschman is a sex and relationship coach and lead instructor at the Somatica Institute. The institute’s goal is to fill the world with love, erotic pleasure, connection, and self-aware people who fully express themselves and can support others in doing the same.

With Danielle Harel, she is cocreator of the Somatica® Method and cofounder of the Somatica Institute. Celeste also sees clients in her private practice in San Francisco and is coauthor of two books: Making Love Real and Cockfidence.

Celeste taught as a lecturer at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in the Human Sexuality Studies department. She was also a research assistant and project manager at SFSU’s Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, where she published numerous articles on adolescent sexuality development.

Dimitry Yakoushkin

Sex and relationship coach

Dimitry Yakoushkin is a sex and relationship coach and a certified Somatica practitioner. He is an instructor in the Somatica® Method, a loving and systematic approach to sex and relationship coaching. The Somatica Method invites people to move beyond shame, clarify their needs and boundaries, live emotionally connected and erotically embodied lives, and experience the joy and satisfaction of great sex and authentic relationships.

Dimitry holds a Sexological Bodywork certificate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. He is trained in the Hakomi Method, a body-based, experiential therapy method that helps clients get in touch with and live from their deepest self.

His warm, patient approach creates an atmosphere of safety and acceptance where women, men, and couples can explore their desires, heal from trauma, share passion, and experience profound transformation.

Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

Filmmakers and founders of Science and Nonduality (SAND)

Zaya Benazzo is a filmmaker from Bulgaria who has degrees in engineering, environmental science, and film. For many years, she worked as an environmental activist in Holland and Bulgaria, and she later produced and directed several award-winning documentaries in Europe and the United States.

Maurizio Benazzo grew up in Italy, and in 1984 he came to the United States on a 98-year-old sailing boat. He started working as an actor, model, and filmmaker, but his thirst for knowledge was only satisfied in 2001 upon encountering I Am That, the seminal work by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while he was in India shooting the award-winning documentary Short Cut to Nirvana.

Zaya and Maurizio became passionate explorers of ways to upgrade the post-patriarchal model of relationship and love—by integrating science, modern psychology, and a new understanding of what it means to live life with a natural attunement to our sexual bodies.

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About 1440 Multiversity

Redwood trails, copper-adorned buildings with majestic views, and decks built around sky-high trunks keep you wrapped in nature while on our 75-acre campus.

Part wellness resort, part Ted-talk auditorium, part conference center, our campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting spaces, and accommodations tucked away in a lush forest between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley. With locally sourced meals, holistic-health classes, Fitness Center, infinity-edge hot tub, and more, your stay at 1440 is designed to nurture, educate, and inspire.

Join us for a mix of guided programming and self-curated downtime as you enjoy our beautiful campus and rejuvenating Healing Arts center.

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1440 Multiversity is in the redwoods of Scotts Valley, California, between Santa Cruz
and Silicon Valley—within easy reach of San Francisco.

Nearby Airports

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles
Oakland International Airport (OAK): 60 miles

Coming with a friend, or prefer to stay off-campus? Book by phone at 1-844-544-1440. Otherwise, book online.