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  • Tuition
  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)
  • Shared or Private Accommodations
  • Signature classes and wellness offerings
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.

Program Description

What better way to celebrate independence, than to be surrounded by the richness and majesty of the natural world? Spend this Fourth of July weekend with wilderness expedition leader Gary Marcoccia, exploring all the beauty that summer on the rustic coast of Santa Cruz has to offer—one of America's greatest riches.

Through beginning-level hikes in the redwood forests, informal sharing, nature journaling, and nature-related teachings on science, philosophy, culture, and history, you will:

  • Explore humanity's place in the natural world across cultures, geographies, and traditions
  • Learn the techniques of native peoples for walking relaxed, free, and centered, while maintaining efficient and powerful movement
  • Spend time "in your body" and in touch with your senses while moving through nature

Be inspired by the words and actions of well-known naturalists and poets, and in turn reflect on what nature means to you.

Come to 1440 and enjoy wholesome food, get your heart pumping in the pure sea air, and disconnect and reenergize in ways that only nature can provide.

Presented by

  • Gary MarcocciaAbout Gary Marcoccia |Wilderness expedition leader, science educator
    Gary Marcoccia is a wilderness expedition leader and tenured professor of natural and applied sciences from Santa Cruz, California. His teaching highlights a variety of wisdom traditions and cultures, emphasizing how they connect to the natural world. A keen naturalist, ultra-runner, adventurer, kite surfer, and mountaineer, his biggest passion is teaching people how they can nourish their mind, body, and spirit through time spent in the wilds.

Why Attend

    Enjoy gentle hikes through shady redwood forests, relaxing moments by mountain streams, and time in contemplation atop grassy slopes with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

    Create a new tradition: abandon the BBQ's and fireworks for a quieter and more contemplative approach to honoring independence.

    Led by a keen naturalist, this weekend is an opportunity to free your body, free your mind, and be deeply inspired by one of the country's most powerful landscapes.

Things to Know/Schedule

None required.
Experience Level
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Special Details
Bring a journal and a water bottle.
Wear appropriate shoes and gear for hiking.
None of our hikes will be more than six miles in length.
Suggested Reading
The Walking People by Paula Underwood

A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir

Walking Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

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