An Asheville business will open its doors to the community on March 30 for a week of meditation, community lunches and discussions about finding meaning in work.
The WriteMind Institute for Corporate Contemplation, which offers leadership workshops and retreats for businesses, is hosting the event, titled “40 Hours of Intention: A New Beginning for Our Work.” Jonathan Flaum, director of WriteMind, says the activities are aimed at helping people see work as a refuge.
“Work is a place for us to create existential meaning and live out our values,” Flaum says in a written news release. “This week at the WriteMind Institute is about delving into that meaning and purpose and together.”
Last December, WriteMind was acquired by High Point insurance group, and Flaum moved his business to 84 N. Lexington Ave. The new location offers the business the ability to continue its work with big clients and connect with the local community through regular workshops and gatherings, according to Flaum, the author of three books about leadership skills.
Here’s the schedule of daily events, which are open to the public:
8:15 a.m. – meditation instruction
8:30 a.m. – sitting meditation
8:50 a.m. – walking meditation
9 a.m. – sitting meditation
9:20 a.m. – walking meditation
9:30 a.m. – sitting meditation
9:50 a.m. – walking meditation
10 a.m. – unplugged work
11:45 a.m. – lunch discussion begins
12:15 p.m. – lunch served
1 p.m. – lunch discussion ends
2 p.m – urban hike
3 p.m. – sitting meditation
3:30 p.m. – unplugged work
4:45 p.m. sitting meditation
5 p.m. – closing talk/discussion
Here’s the schedule for the lunch discussions. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance:
Monday, March 30 – What does it look like to be a part of a community of meaning?
March 31 – What is authenticity in speech and action at work?
April 1 – What does it mean to be committed to your own personal evolution as an act of service to others?
April 2 – What does it mean to respect the human experience in a profit-based business?
April 3 – What does it mean for work to be a refuge?
Go to http://www.writemindinstitute.com/ for more information.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor