Creating Brave Retreat at 1440 Multiversity

I am thrilled to be offering this Creating Brave Retreat  at 1440 Multiversity, a stunning new center nestled in a magnificent forest of of redwoods just outside Santa Cruz, California.  This campus is carefully crafted to nurture, educate and inspire!

Bring 2017 to a Close by Gifting Yourself Time
Step Outside Your Life
Pause to Rest, Renew, and Revitalize Your Spirit

December 3rd –  8th, 2017
1440 Multiveristy
800 Bethany Drive – Scotts Valley, CA
Absolutely no previous experience is necessary
$375 Tuition
5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Rest. Renew. Revitalize with Creative Brave.

Rest. Renew. Revitalize with Creative Brave in the California Red Woods.

Anyone looking to discover or reconnect with their creativity, find quiet reflective time, or recover from a life-disrupting event or illness is welcome to come learn how to create bravely.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way, things I had no words for.  Georgia O’Keefe

Have you ever felt that words are not enough to express your life?

Creating Brave - "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Creating Brave – “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You will deepen your relationship with yourself and your world by exploring another language – a visual, symbolic, soul-filled language to discern what is not quite ready for speech.  The work we do at Healing Icons is a sacred art. We delve deep into our subconscious minds, our hearts, our pasts and presents, to care for our souls through art-making. To help guide us in this process, I’ve written a Creativity Manifesto.

Letting Go.
Harvesting Gratitude.
Reinvigorating Life.


Learn and Grow from Heidi’s 40 plus years of working as a professional artist and teacher.

Be Nourished by delectable farm to table cuisine and cozy accommodations.

When your not in class creating, there is free time to:

  • Practice Mindfulness with daily yoga and meditation.
  • Walk the Labyrinth
  • Immerse Yourself in Nature – walk, jog or hike the trails bathed in natural light that meander through the 75 acres of magnificent redwoods, not to mention the Carbonera Creek that snakes along beside you
  • Sweat and Stretch in the 1,440 square foot Fitness Center, including use of steam rooms and whirlpool
  • Enjoy Evening Events that are inspiring and entertaining
  • Harmonize Mind & Body with massage, energy work and other healing arts (extra fees apply)
  • Relax and Enjoy community in the campus cafes and shops – Share a mid-day coffee with a new friend or enjoy an afternoon libation (extra fees apply)

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” CG Jung

Our Retreat Studio Time

In dialog with what is being created, having no expectations, letting the process lead...

In dialog with what is being created, having no expectations, letting the process lead…Creating Brave.

Our daily hands-on studio time begins in the morning (9 – 12) and concludes in the afternoons (2 – 4).  The studio will be open throughout the day and evenings for your enjoyment.  Each day begins with an inspirational quote to guide your creative practice.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,but their inward significance.”  Aristotle

During our time together you will:

  • Discover there is no right or wrong way to create and learn about our Creativity Manifesto
  • Experience that the natural world has much to teach us
  • Realize the importance to cultivate time for art play = fun = rest
  • Learn the basics of using color and building interesting compositions
  • Master the art of collage, found object assemblage, metal tooling
  • Uncover your own personal, visual vocabulary
  • Acquire several creative practices that nurtures a calm that’s anchored in creativity
  • Create a Healing Icon, a mixed media sculpture that holds your discoveries and insights


Ready to Take the Risk and Jump In?
Ready to Step Off Your Known Path?
Ready to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone?
Ready to Invigorate your Life with Creativity?

Register Now

And Remember

“The primary benefit of practicing art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one’s soul to grow.”       Kurt Vonnegut,Jr


Curious about travel options?

1440 Multiversity is located in Scotts Valley, California, less than 15 minutes north of the city of Santa Cruz.

The three closest airports to 1440 Multiversity are:

  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 27 miles- 40 min – Southwest Airlines has some good rates
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 60 miles – 60-75 min
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK): 60 miles – 60-75 min
  • 1440 can also help you with shuttle service.  Given the immersive and all-inclusive nature of our on-campus experience, you do not need a car during your time with us.
1440: Stunning New Retreat Center. Join us for Creating Brave

1440: Stunning New Retreat Center. Join us for Creating Brave.


  1. Michel G Moore on November 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I would describe myself as a person that has no artistic talent . I am very interested in learning how to express myself and learning how to reach deeper inside to connect with myself . I am intimidated by poeple that have these skills!

    I “jumped of of the cliff” with a lot of doubt and fear – not to mentioned some pushing by others – and did a week long retreat with Heidi.

    TRANSFORMATIVE. I would encourage everyone to take that leap . Go ahead!!!!

  2. Christy Clonts on November 10, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    This looks amazing! I traveled to Mallorca several years ago in order to learn from Heidi. She is the most amazing teacher. She creates a warm, inviting, safe, yet mysterious, atmosphere that just calls your soul to come out and play. That trip was a gift to myself at a critical time in my life. I am so grateful I made that decision. The things I learned and created there helped me become the person I needed to be for what the future held.

    Investing in the care of your own creativity, your heart and soul, as well as your body, is such a wise investment!

  3. Mary on November 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I also had the wonderful trip to Mallorca with Heidi’s group… I loved the peaceful atmosphere we were surrounded by, the interest and respect the other participants shared for each other’s journey… the creative time was very free and so interesting as others developed their artistic work….we enjoyed free time, yoga classes were available and really interesting outside trips to surrounding areas… our meals were delicious and very health oriented… it was one of the best all around trips I have taken…. I highly recommend an adventure with Heidi into personal growth… very rewarding… take the step to being a better person by understanding more about yourself and others….

  4. M. Seagars on November 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I have been fortunate enough to attend several of The Healing Icon workshops and the trip to Mallorca…. the time spent in creating and sharing life’s journeys were amazing… it was a time to listen to ones inner voice and respond in an artistic form…also, it offered an opportunity to share with others in the group giving a sense of peace and healing…permission to be ok with myself in my journey of life… knowing I was working on learning more about myself and others…
    The location in Mallorca was beautiful… a peaceful retreat offering great healthy food …an opportunity for quiet time as well as yoga and art classes…we had lovely day trips to near by areas of interest…just a wonderful retreat…
    The time I have enjoyed with the creative group Heidi organizes has been a joy…
    I highly recommend joining in the adventure…

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