Withdrawal of the Senses - Journey to Your Inner Sanctuary

Event Highlights

  • Learn how to let go of stress and rejuvenate from the inside out.
  • Move your body with the pace of your breath, and experiment with strength, balance, and flexibility to inspire increased levels of freedom in your mind and body.
  • Learn to bring your practice off the mat by using it to create more union and community with the people in your life.

Schedule

Arrival day
2:15 PM Check-In Begins
Rooms are ready by 4:00 pm. Luggage storage is available.
5:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner Kitchen Table
7:30 – 9:00 PM Opening Faculty Program Session
6:30 – 7:00 PM Guest Welcome Session For Friday and Sunday arrivals
5:00 – 6:15 PM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

Daily
7:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast Kitchen Table
7:00 – 8:15 AM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Faculty Program Session
12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch Kitchen Table
2:00 – 4:00 PM Faculty Program Session
5:00 – 6:15 PM Embodied Movement or Meditation Class
5:30 – 7:30 PM Dinner Kitchen Table
7:30 – 9:00 PM Evening Events or Free Time

About This Event

Meditation and yoga help us explore our inner landscape, experience connection between body and mind, and create a deep relationship with who we are. But those connections can get “lost in translation” when we are out in the world in the midst of our stressful lives.

Join world-renowned yoga and meditation teacher Rosie Acosta, E-RYT 500, to explore the ultimate practice in self-nurturing and self-care: withdrawal of the senses. Through mindful yoga asana (physical practice), pranayama (breathwork), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation, you will:

Develop the ability to disconnect from the frenetic energy of a stressful life using the foundational practice of the fifth limb Pratyahara (translated as withdrawal of the senses) from the Yoga Sutras of PatanjaliDiscover how to actualize the withdrawal of the senses—a tool that can be used any time in practice or in life to reconnect with yourself and cultivate a sense of well-beingExplore techniques for directing energy and attention to your deepest places of connection in order to calm yourself from excess external overload.

Experience profound relaxation, develop resilience to stress, and ground yourself in a deeper sense of awakening. You will leave with richer awareness and the tools to continue this practice on your own.

All levels of practice and all bodies are welcome.

Venue Highlights

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

The Lodge: is the welcoming center, open twenty-four hours a day. Amid massive wooden beams, stone pillars, copper and iron accents, you can relax in plush leather chairs, cozy couches, and outdoor patio seating—a variety of perfect places to enjoy morning coffee, wine in the evening, or a chat with a friend.

Kitchen Table: Perched on a ridge above Carbonera Creek sits Kitchen Table—a defining and incredible communal element of campus. Gather with friends old and new and linger to enjoy healthy, seasonal, and locally sourced meals while sitting by the fireplace or dining al fresco—overlooking the forest canopy.

Accommodations: From modern sleeping pods to expansive suites, our accommodations in Oak, Madrone, Sayanta, Trillium, and Redwood offer a variety of room types for every preference and budget. Artisan craftsman construction combines with simple, modern indoor accents in each of the buildings.
Classrooms and Meeting Spaces: feature leading-edge technology, top-notch acoustics, and flexible seating arrangements for groups large and small. Thought-provoking art installations accent hallways and gathering places across campus.
Cathedral: The Cathedral is an enchanting forest amphitheater set amidst the oldest redwoods on campus. Carbonera Creek flows quietly behind the stage. This unforgettable spot offers an atmosphere like no other—perfect for enjoying an event or sitting quietly in reflection.

The Sanctuary: is a renovated midcentury chapel bathed in natural light and accented with modern, elegant features. More than a building, the Sanctuary is an experience. Take a meditation class, enjoy special evening events, or host your next corporate retreat in this inspirational space.

Healing Arts: Beautifully situated in the redwoods, the Healing Arts center features 22 treatment rooms, changing rooms with lockers, steam rooms, private showers, and an expansive patio with a 250-square-foot, outdoor infinity tub with an awe-inspiring view of the forest.

Crest: Atop campus on a hillside of gnarled trees sits Crest—an outdoor gathering space, classroom, and yoga deck. Wind your way up the stairs in the early morning or after your afternoon program session to enjoy a yoga practice or a few moments of quiet reflection under the vast California sky.

Common Grounds: Enjoy a morning cappuccino, midday snack, or evening treat at Common Grounds, the campus café in the commons. Accented with bright colors, refurbished wood, and antique clocks, this is a hub for doing puzzles with friends, relaxing with a book, or sitting outside by the fire pits with a glass of wine.

Common Goods: Visit Common Goods shop for thoughtfully chosen retail items, from handcrafted jewelry to botanical body products—and of course, books on every 1440 program topic imaginable. Get lost in a sea of gorgeous gifts and great reads by cutting-edge thought leaders.
Fitness Center: Tucked among the redwoods, our 1,440-square-foot (yes, really!) Fitness Center is open daily. Use stationary bikes, yoga props, free weights, and ellipticals to boost your heart rate and mood. Enjoy your own personal practice, or bring a workout buddy for more time to connect.

Forest Trails: As you walk the redwood trails, look up, hundreds of feet into the sky, and watch treetops sway in the wind. Look down and notice the dark beauty of the soft forest floor. Take deep breaths of pine-scented air while sitting on a handcrafted bench for a moment of reflection. When you bring your awareness to your senses, notice tension melt away. A special spot is the Cathedral of redwoods, where you’ll find the mother tree—estimated to be 1,200 years old.

Accommodations

Settle into custom-designed rooms featuring handcrafted, artisanal fixtures and artistic displays of natural elements. To support relaxation and personal reflection, there are no televisions or phones. Each floor has Wi-Fi and a courtesy phone. Your accommodation rate includes locally sourced meals, wellness activities, use of the Fitness Center, access to the infinity tub, and more.
Many people like to come with friends, others alone, and we even offer an option to be paired with someone else.

Options:
Suites: Wake up with a cup of coffee near the fireplace then curl up with a good book on the sofa as you make yourself at home.
Deluxe Rooms Featuring two beds and a private bath, Deluxe rooms are spacious for solo travelers and perfect as a shared space with family, friends, or colleagues.
Standard Room: After a full day on campus, get a good night’s sleep in a cozy, standard room option.
Pods: For solo travelers and those who enjoy community spaces, book a modern, Asian-style pod in a room that sleeps eight, with shared bathroom

Menu/Cuisine

Fresh, organic, locally sourced, and seasonal—these words reflect our commitment to nourish you during your stay at 1440 Multiversity. While focused on plant-based cuisine, daily menus also include sustainable sources of animal protein as well as gluten-free, lactose-free, and paleo options.

The heart of sustenance and connection on campus is Kitchen Table. Gather with friends near the stone hearth and glowing fire or dine al fresco with a view of the redwood forest. Our menus feature a variety of locally sourced homemade foods and cooking styles, from lively lighter fare to hearty favorites and inspired culinary creations.

For espresso drinks, savory snacks, and sweet treats, Common Grounds café is a centrally located, eclectically decorated spot for lively conversations or time with a good book between classes. In the evenings, take a glass of wine onto the patio and relax by a cozy fire pit.

Directions

We are conveniently located between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley, just off Highway 17. We provide shuttle transportation from both San Jose Airport (SJC) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

1440 Multiversity
800 Bethany Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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