Estate & Retreat
Corporate Mindfulness Training
Dedicated time spent at Eastover should be considered an essential part of any company’s strategic planning process.
The owners of Eastover have created a natural setting designed to promote creativity and learning.
Unlike hotels and conference venues, Eastover is designed to immerse you in a contemplative and holistic environment from the moment you enter its grounds: from its courtyards and terraces overlooking English and Japanese gardens, to its inviting mix of manicured lawns and meadows, woodland trails and breathtaking views of the Berkshire Mountains. Eastover offers you a seamless experience in the contemplative life. The extensive natural surroundings of Eastover creates a tranquil setting that provides organizations and participants an opportunity to step away from the demands and minutiae of everyday life to relax and reflect upon their priorities and strategies. Eastover offers multiple meeting rooms of various sizes within a holistic setting that is well suited to organizations oriented to people, profits and ecological sustainability.
As the world faces formidable challenges in responding to dwindling natural resources and climate change, Eastover’s anticipated state-of-the-art natural water reclamation system provides a creative environment for exploring the latest in ecological ideas. Ecological mindfulness practices in a corporate setting is a must for any company that wishes to remain on the forefront of leading-edge company governance.
Eastover provides an ideal setting for trainings and seminars at a time when a growing segment of the business world is awakening to the value of emphasizing mindfulness, wellness and positive psychology in the workplace. The estate is designed around an evocative “Summer Cottage” that houses a sun-drenched terrace dining room, cafe, library, book store, and juice bar. This turn-of-the-century mansion has been restored to its former glory, with great attention paid to its historical details. It offers distinctive meeting rooms equipped for conferences, professional trainings, workshops, and executive meetings.
Eastover mansion also offers a provocative gallery of Asian art and antiques sourced from throughout Asia. Venerable quotations are expressed in beautiful ink brush-stroke drawings and Chinese calligraphy. The four treasures of Chinese literature, Chinese medicine, the Asian philosophy as reflected in garden design, and space decoration are vividly presented in this reflective and holistic environment. Even our bedrooms in the mansion are designed with simple unobstructed lines and a sense of spaciousness, placing you in an uncluttered and liberating space.
Another special venue to engage in camaraderie and informal communication is Eastover’s own entertainment center Tally Ho. Equipped with a full kitchen, bar, theatrical lighting and a state-of-the art digital sound system, Tally Ho offers the largest indoor space in Berkshire County, spacious enough to orchestrate even the largest-size organizational event. From teamwork trainings, lectures and company banquets to musical offerings, dance and comedy, Tally Ho provides a perfect space for any company function.
Eastover is a unique setting for your team to think, plan, create, and learn in a most enjoyable way.
What Is Mindfulness In the Workplace?
Mindfulness practice is already well known for reducing stress and promoting wellbeing. But what about its value in productivity and performance? Mindfulness can help businesses provide their staff with skills to respond appropriately to their daily challenges, and in more creative ways. In addition, study after study show that business leaders and executives of Fortune 500 companies who adopt a mindfulness practice, and who bring mindfulness into their work environment as part of their management skills, are more adaptable and flexible in the global business environment.
Please refer to Corporate mindfulness and Productivity for further information.
The Dividends of Holding Residential Corporate Retreats at Eastover
The value of holding a residential corporate retreat at Eastover is that it distances your staff – figuratively and literally – from day-to-day distractions and allows for a sufficient length of time to learn, and practice, the basic techniques in mindfulness. This also allows your group to learn the tools of bringing mindfulness into meeting and management practices. To tailor your needs, Eastover can bring together the best and brightest mindfulness practitioners who will provide a rounded and holistic introduction to personal and group mindfulness practices: meditation and relaxation techniques; the art of mindful listening; how to respond in non-reactive ways to workspace stress; eating foods that support body and mind; mindfulness and group dynamics; and daily Eastern and Western exercises to both relax and strengthen the body and spirit. After-hours can be enjoyed in the Terrace Café, relaxing in the indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, luxuriating under the stars in the outdoor hot tub, or taking advantage of the cultural riches available only minutes from Eastover: Tanglewood Music Center, Shakespeare & Company, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the Mahaiwe Center for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum and dozens of other cultural venues.
Innovation Can Be Cultivated Inwardly and Outwardly Through the Practice of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness practices are not left behind in the office at the end of each day. Cultivating attention and awareness through mindfulness provides a new way for leaders and their workforce to live all aspects of their lives with a greater sense of skill, connection, openness and balance.
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