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How did 1440 Multiversity get its name? 1440 represents the number of minutes in a day—a principle of sorts that affords each of us 1440 opportunities to be more aware and mindful of how we are spending our time and the development of a greater awareness of ourselves and our relationships with others. Multiversity represents the "multitude" of doors or pathways one can choose from to learn and grow on their journey to self-discovery and human design.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you are directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you are being mindful. Growing research shows that when you train your brain to be mindful, you are transforming the physical structure of your brain.
1440 Luminary Faculty Definitions of Mindfulness:

SYLVIA BOORSTEIN — "Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it."
DAN SIEGEL— "Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. With mindful awareness the flow of energy and information that is our mind enters our conscious attention and we can both appreciate its contents and come to regulate its flow in a new way.

JON KABAT-ZINN — "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."

SHARON SALZBERG — "Mindfulness isn't just about knowing that you're hearing something, seeing something, or even observing that you're having a particular feeling. It's about doing so in a certain way—with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight."
What is the difference between wellness and well-being? Wellness is more closely associated with health and prevention, while well-being is related to one's overall happiness. While most of us use the terms well-being and wellness interchangeably, there is a distinctive difference. Well-being refers to a more holistic, whole of life experience, whereas wellness refers to physical health. Well-being is a good feeling condition of existence. A state characterized by your health, happiness, and prosperity. Wellness is the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, as a result of deliberate effort. At 1440 we foster both.
What is the difference between a shared vs. paired accommodation? Guests who elect shared accommodations may be paired with a stranger unless you know who you wish your roommate to be at the time of booking. However, guests who are traveling alone that elect a shared accommodation will be paired by 1440 randomly with a gender-specific roommate. In either case, each guest of a shared room is required to register themselves independently as all pricing at 1440 is on a per-person basis. Additionally, all guests who stay at 1440 must be registered to learn; therefore, there are no options for anyone to share a room with you without being registered and paying the mandatory per-person package price.

All paired guests will eventually meet their respective roommate upon each person's arrival to 1440. In most cases, whether sharing with someone you know or being paired with someone you don't know, shared accommodations and paired guests utilize a community hall (dorm-style) bathroom located in their assigned building.
What are shared accommodation? Aren't all rooms private? 1440 is not a hotel, and as an inclusionary learning destination we offer non-traditional housing options that include the ability to share accommodations with another program goer - essentially lowering the overall cost of the program package by agreeing to share a room with up to seven potential roommates (in our Pods) and utilizing a community hall bathroom. For those that prefer, a traditional private room is available, some of which include in-room private bathrooms. When registering for your program, be sure to select the room option you prefer.
What is a shared hall bath? Most of the accommodations at 1440 are energy efficient and designed without bathrooms in the guest rooms to make the campus more affordable for everyone. As a result, community bathrooms (think college dormitory or European hostel) are available for use by guests who book shared accommodations. This means leaving your room and walking down the hall of your building to the nearest gender-appropriate facility to use the bathroom or shower. For those that prefer convenience and complete privacy, 1440 recommends you book a private room that has its own private bathroom.
What is a commuter? Commuters are students who pay for the entire package to attend the full program, including all meals, but are not provided with overnight accommodations. You will need to arrange and pay for your own accommodations offsite and only certain programs offer commuter options—generally once campus housing is full.