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Growth and Wellness Programs in Scotts Valley

We each approach our inner fitness, health, and wellness in a very personal way. 1440 respects these unique differences and offers opportunities for personal growth and development in a safe and open environment. Our diverse faculty offers curriculum that creates a sense of belonging for all. From writers and spiritual teachers to entrepreneurs, learning experiences and classes at 1440 lead you down the path of personal exploration, growth, and self-discovery to help you improve relationships, hone personal practices such as meditation, build your leadership and social skills, and more. 
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Personal Growth
Self-Discovery
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
November 17 - 22, 2019
Join artist Lisbeth Firmin for an intensive 5-day immersion in demonstrations and studio exercises. Explore specialized functions of the right- and left-brain hemispheres, and experience a carefully sequenced process designed to open up new ways of seeing. You will take home the perceptual skills and drawing techniques you need to capture what inspires you in ways you never thought possible.
Lisbeth FirminLisbeth Firmin
Health & Wellness
Yoga
Whole Yoga
November 17 - 22, 2019
Immerse your entire lifestyle into the living practice of yoga. Global yoga experts Janet Stone and Christopher Hareesh Wallis guide you in a uniquely powerful combination of vinyasa and Tantra to apply time-honored practices directly and effectively to contemporary challenges. This ancient science-in all its limbs and aspects-provides the inspiration and know-how to build a holistically integrated self in all facets of work, home, and relationships. Through philosophy, asana, Sanskrit wisdom, meditation, pranayama, and bhakti unlock an expanded and emboldened vision of the vital and joyful life you truly dream of manifesting.
Janet StoneJanet Stone
Christopher Hareesh WallisChristopher Hareesh Wallis
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Fire and Ice
November 22 - 24, 2019
Leave the rush of your busy life and become still enough to hear the stories and poems that unfurl within you. Led by Ellen Bass and Roxan McDonald, two extraordinary and gifted writers, this is an opportunity to write, share, and hear how your work touches others. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this workshop will provide a rich opportunity to explore the fire and ice, the passion and precision of writing. Come leap forward in your art.
Ellen BassEllen Bass
Roxan McDonaldRoxan McDonald
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Heart of Devotion
November 22 - 24, 2019
Quiet the mind and let the heart open while chanting in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga with Grammy-nominated chant artist Krishna Das. Whether you chant with KD often or this is your first time, come hear your own unique voice blend with other voices like the drop of water in the ocean. Enrich your life experience through an enriching weekend of chanting, storytelling, and reflection.
Krishna DasKrishna Das
Health & Wellness
Yoga
Heart Centered Practice
November 22 - 24, 2019
Join master wellness coach and yoga instructor James Higgins in this powerful workshop designed to help you strengthen your foundation and tap into your deep, inherent goodness. Slow down and enjoy this insightful and deeply experiential weekend of skilled asana instruction, guided meditation, pranayama, and yoga nidra. Let visualization, sound, voice, psychological inspiration, and restorative rest set you free.
James HigginsJames Higgins
Personal Growth
Self-Discovery
The Keys to Healthy Living
November 22 - 24, 2019
Discovery Weekends at 1440 are the perfect opportunity to do what you have promised yourself for years: take a break and reboot your health, happiness, and sense of well-being. These workshops are specially designed and curated by 1440's expert teachers for those new to the key elements of a healthy lifestyle and for those wanting to reinvigorate their commitment to living well. Discover how simple lifestyle changes can uplift your energy, your outlook on life, and your overall well-being.
Tricia MarkovitzTricia Markovitz
Health & Wellness
Yoga
Awakening Heart—Thanksgiving Weekend Retreat
November 29 - December 1, 2019
We are living at a time of great awakening. The human heart holds the key to personal and planetary evolution as the doorway to unity consciousness itself. Join world-renowned teacher Saul David Raye and special guest, musician Jim Beckwith, in this intimate retreat. Explore ancient and modern teachings to tap into the power and magic of the heart. Discover the core of your being and harness your life force for increased awareness, greater compassion, and personal and collective healing.
Saul David RayeSaul David Raye
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Writing from the Senses
November 29 - December 1, 2019
Great writing ignites the senses. What better place to awaken touch, taste, sound, smell, heart, and intuition than the natural world? Join award-winning writer Laura Fraser and memoirist and naturalist Doniga Markegard for a weekend of inspired and evocative writing. Spend mornings in nature noticing animal tracks, bird song, and plant species and becoming more attuned to the smells and textures of the natural world. Then bring your observations to your writing in order to produce more vivid and descriptive prose. This weekend will give you a new way to connect with readers-and yourself-and to make your work come alive.
Laura FraserLaura Fraser
Doniga MarkegardDoniga Markegard
Professional Development
Teacher Training
Transforming Trauma with EMDR (Part 3)
December 5 - 8, 2019
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has exploded in popularity worldwide, becoming a go-to, first-line treatment that is truly life-changing for countless people. Join Dr. Laurel Parnell, the renowned EMDR pioneer and author of five books, for this advanced training to complete your skillset in using EMDR tools. Studies repeatedly reveal that EMDR clients conclude therapy feeling acceptance, even empowerment, from the experiences that wounded them. Trauma has not only been resolved, but actually transformed. As a natural outcome, clients' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors show thriving emotional health. Learn how to help your clients experience the full benefits of therapy, in moments instead of years, through EMDR.
Laurel ParnellLaurel Parnell
Health & Wellness
Healthy Living
Up and Down
December 5 - 8, 2019
Change how you move, change how you live. In this transformational weekend, nervous system expert Irene Lyon and dancer Elia Mrak will lead you in a moving exploration of flow, fun, freedom, and function-the four Fs of a healthy and fruitful existence. Learn what science has already shown, that simple, functional movement can help prolong and improve your quality of life.
Irene LyonIrene Lyon
Elia MrakElia Mrak
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
The Stories We Carry
December 6 - 8, 2019
We carry our stories inside of us. Some are easy to tell, others we bury deep until they rise up, and some we don't even know we carry-they are secrets we've kept or learned. Join New York Times best-selling author Dani Shapiro for an experience of transformation inspired by her recent memoir, Inheritance, in which she unlocks her own identity after learning a deeply buried family secret. In this powerful workshop she integrates her expertise in excavating life stories and articulating the transcendence of self-discovery and self-definition. Plumb the depths of your self to uncover your essential nature, find authenticity, joy, and liberation, and tell your story.
Dani ShapiroDani Shapiro
Personal Growth
Meditation
iRest Meditation
December 6 - 8, 2019
Explore what is most alive at the deepest core of your being-the natural wisdom, vibrant wonder, and unshakeable stillness that is present in every moment of life. Join Stephanie Lopez-psychotherapist, certified yoga therapist, and meditation teacher-in her popular and powerful iRest® practice to slow down, sit back, and allow your essential ease of being to shine forth. This simple, transformational, and research-based meditation practice promotes resilience, well-being, and awakening to wholeness. Bring loving presence, curiosity, and self-compassion to each moment, every day.
Stephanie LopezStephanie Lopez
Personal Growth
Self-Discovery
Winter Solstice Energy Balancing
December 13 - 15, 2019
Tap into the power of the changing seasons to renew your relationship with yourself and Spirit. Join yoga therapist Michele Klink and shamanic healer and yoga teacher Martha Williams for a weekend workshop honoring the winter solstice through yoga and shamanic practices. Slow down, reflect, and set intentions for what lies ahead.
Martha WilliamsMartha Williams
Michele KlinkMichele Klink
Personal Growth
Creative Expression
Modern Yoga Immersion
December 13 - 15, 2019
Explore an exhilarating, one-of-a-kind fusion of yoga and modern dance with celebrated instructor and choreographer Annie Parr. Modern Yoga is a dynamic, mat-less class bridging vinyasa yoga, mind-body fitness modalities, and floor-based modern dance principles. Progressive sequences are choreographed and clearly guided-expect the flow of a yoga class and the personality of a dance class.
Annie ParrAnnie Parr
Personal Growth
Self-Discovery
Bringing Heart into Everyday Relationships
December 13 - 15, 2019
Discovery Weekends at 1440 are the perfect opportunity to do what you have promised for years: take time for yourself and strengthen your sense of well-being. These enriching workshops are specially designed and curated by 1440's expert teachers and are the perfect place to dedicate uninterrupted time to being present to new thoughts, ideas, and experiences that arise when you set aside your daily urgencies. The focus of this immersive weekend is to explore the richness of relationships and connection. Expand your capacity to be heart-centered, present, and available for yourself and others. Open up to even greater joy, playfulness, ease in life, and inner peace.
Grace GamboaGrace Gamboa
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