After surviving Covid-19 restrictions for the past year and a half, 1440 Multiversity is now offering in-person classes and workshops targeting Scotts Valley residents.

1440, located at the former home of Bethany Bible College, is a huge 75-acre campus nestled within the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is known worldwide for its foundational belief that living well rests in the ability to cultivate strong authentic relationships – with ourselves, each other, and the world.

“We just recently started opening up to the community by offering shorter day and evening classes geared more toward residents,” says Marilyn Yanez, Operations Manager, adding that the retreat has not yet resumed in-person, faculty-led weekends, and weeklong workshops.

Restful weekend retreats

For locals yearning for a quick holiday that doesn’t involve airports or long car rides, 1440 has created the Classic R&R Package Stay.

From Friday afternoon until Sunday, visitors have access to all of the 1440 amenities, which include access to the Healing Arts Center for a soothing massage or dip into the hot tub. You’ll also enjoy locally sourced, freshly prepared meals served at Kitchen Table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The weekend also offers class experiences. These include:

Meditation Join instructors for an experience of guided and silent meditation, infused with conscious breathing to awaken your body and mind to a new day.
Yoga With a strong connection to the breath, flow through sequences that keep a steady pace, bring attention to physical alignment, and leave the mind refreshed and rejuvenated.
Morning hike Learn about and explore local flora and
fauna, native uses for plants, and aromatherapy, all
while experiencing the magic of the redwoods.
Stick Fitness An innovative, playful approach
to personal fitness, Stick Fitness incorporates the use
of rattan, bamboo, and liquid sticks to explore new
and novel stretching techniques while using natural
movements to benefit the posture, cardiovascular health, coordination, balance, and strength.
Nature impressions Engage your tactile senses as you choose leaves and branches from nature to imprint on a gel plate. Create patterns of these natural elements and visually explore color combinations as you apply paint and press on to paper. You then have the option to mount on cardstock to make your own seasonal greeting card
Sound journey Receive the profound benefits of this special meditative experience. The sound of crystal bowls expertly played soothes the nervous system, bypassing the intellectual mind to deeply relax the body.

Teaching Kitchen Weekends

Enjoy a weekend filled with fun hands-on cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. Enhance your knowledge, master new techniques, and discover your inner chef. 

Weekend teaching classes include:

Fall Harvest The nostalgic warming flavors of autumn come to life as you sauté apples, roll sweet potato gnocchi, and taste the flavors that flourish in the fall – complemented by mulled wine and vintner tastings.  Dates: Oct. 15-17
The Flavors of Japan Japanese cuisine is known for its healthy seasonal ingredients and wonderful umami flavor profile, and as you sip on Japanese beers and sakes you will learn to prepare sushi rice, oshizushi, inari, miso, and other favorites.  Dates” Nov. 12-14
Plant-based holiday cooking Enjoy the savory and sweet characteristics of holiday favorites while learning about the ease and benefits of plant-based cooking. Indulge in a Redwood Hot Toddy as you prepare Lion’s Mane “crab” cakes, learn about local wines, and create other seasonal treats. Dates: Dec. 10-12
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