October Retreat Films

Ponder your existence and experience radical transformation through 2017's most profound human journey stories and themes relating to mindfulness, wellness, self-discovery, mind-body science, spirituality, ancestral wisdom and conscious living. The retreat film selections will be chosen from the 2017 ILLUMINATE Film Festival in Sedona, plus some new films:

Spotlight Film: HEAL ILLUMINATE was proud to select HEAL as our recent 2017 Festival opening film - and HEAL's world premiere. Since then, we have had inquiries from people all over the world wanting to know where and how to see this film - and now you can at the ILLUMINATE Film Retreat! HEAL follows three people on actual high-stakes healing journeys to find out what works and why. We are taken on a scientific and spiritual journey by Dr. Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Joseph Dispenza, Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Anthony William the "Medical Medium", Gregg Braden and several others. Discover how changing one's perceptions can help the body heal itself from any disease. Additional film details here.

City of Joy — ILLUMINATE 2017 Festival Impact Award Winner. What would it be like to live in a place often referred to as the "the worst place in the world to be a woman"? This film follows the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In this ultimately uplifting film, we witness tremendous resilience as these women transform their devastation into powerful forms of leadership. The film features Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues who helped build the City of JoyAdditional film details here.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World — ILLUMINATE 2017 Festival Audience Award Winner. This is the story of a profound, and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Native American influence. This deeply insightful film reveals how some of our most treasured artists — Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others — found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and infused them with a desire to protest. Additional film details here.

SuperSapiens — As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, we face an astonishing question: are we witnessing the rise of a new human species? SuperSapiens enters a new millennial world where the concept of a collective consciousness created through technology is widely embraced. It foreshadows the end of Homo sapiens and heralds the rise of the mind, bringing with it the birth of a species, Super sapiens. Additional film details here.

Kalachakra: The Enlightenment — Lying on the grass, a woman tells of her suffering after the loss of her sister when she was still a child. What is the sense of her life? Immersed in the colorful and vibrant setting of Dharamsala (India), the woman and 3 individuals from very different backgrounds come together to face their deepest fears as they approach the transformational power of the Kalachakra initiation, led by the Dalai Lama and followed by millions.

Entanglement — We are all connected. Jason James' new film Entanglement explores the web of connections weaved over a lifetime lived. Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch, star of Silicon Valley), after recovering from a botched suicide attempt, discovers that he almost had an adopted sister. As he attempts to bring Hanna (Jess Weixler) into his life, Ben realizes that life is far more mysterious than he could have ever known. Hanna's presence forces Ben to open his eyes and confront the inexplicable aspects of life. Poignant and intelligently funny, Entanglement is a film that explores our own philosophies and how we interpret the world we live in. By invoking the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, or the idea that souls can mirror each other no matter the distance apart, the film asks us to trust love, fate and delight in the little ways that life is connected.

Short Films Program - including "Holistic Life Foundation: Breathing Life Into A Community" go on a journey with three guys who return to their childhood neighborhood to revitalize the community and foster hope in the youth through yoga and mindfulness techniques, "Today I Acknowledge" you'll be touched when random strangers on the street are asked to pause from their busy lives and acknowledge each other with sincerity, and more short films to be announced!

Reserve your place EARLY before this event sells out! Tuition is $475.
In addition to tuition, you will need to register for your accommodations, which range from Asian-inspired pods to luxury suites at 1440 Multiversity's 75-acre campus in the lush redwood forests near Santa Cruz, California.