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A new educational retreat cultivates connections and contemplation.

The accommodations at 1440 Multiversity include spacious rooms and suites.

 

Think of it as part learning institution, part vacation resort: 1440 Multiversity, now open in Scotts Valley, boasts a state-of-the-art campus on a 75-acre redwood forest. It is the brainchild of husband-and-wife Joanie and Scott Kriens, who felt that “there is a gap in traditional education,” says the latter, who is the chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks. “We are taught both intellectual and physical education, but nobody teaches us relational skills—how to get along with your spouse, your kids, your colleagues and your employees—the skills that are essential to succeed in life.” To that end, 1440 Multiversity offers programs centered on personal and professional development, as well as health and wellness. Upcoming highlights include Uncovering Happiness: The Neuroscience of Psychology of Personal Transformation with Elisha Goldstein (July 14 to 16); The New Biology: The Scene of Creating Heaven on Earth with Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. (Aug. 4 to 6); and Radical Acceptance: Embracing our Lives With Loving Presence by Tara Brach (Aug. 25 to 27).

“Named for the number of minutes in a day,” Kriens continues, “1440 Multiversity champions the proposition that each moment is an opportunity to live fully.” Of course, with such a remarkable setting, there’s downtime to partake in walks of the woodland trails; enjoy complimentary yoga, meditation and qi gong classes; and take advantage of the fitness center, steam rooms and whirlpool. Pricing varies depending on program tuition and chosen room type; rates include meals (farm-to-table cuisine, natch).

 

Originally published in the July/August issue of Silicon Valley

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