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Staff Highlight: Patty Levesque

Staff Highlight: Patty Levesque

By on Dec 3, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

Patty Levesque is OM Sanctuary’s Guest Services Supervisor and has been with us for over 1 year now. Over 3 years ago she fell in love with the healing environment of the sanctuary attending programs and volunteering. She stated she loved watching the organization grow. After traveling to the Omega Institute, Patty was happy to see a non-profit in the south east with similar offerings and decided to become a part of the team. Patty is a mother of three daughters and has a loving partner who she loves to hike, dance and garden with. In the following interview, she illustrates her love for OM Sanctuary and its mission. What Initially Drew You to OM Sanctuary? For years I had dreamed about Asheville having a holistic educational retreat center with offerings like yoga classes, wellness teachers, organic and healthy food, a growing community, life enhancing programs, and access to nature. I had attended a few events and volunteered at OM Sanctuary, and loved the feel of the place. As I watched the vision for OM Sanctuary grow, I felt like it had the potential to become this educational space for Asheville, and this was exciting to me. Having worked as a bookkeeper/office manager for 20 years at Mountain Xpress, I was ready for a change. When the opening came up for a Guest Services Supervisor, I was interested and ready to join the team of this growing non-profit. Being in on the ground floor of this organization with so much potential ahead is part of what feeds me.   What is your favorite aspect of working at OM Sanctuary? As Guest Services Supervisor, I am often the first person that people meet upon arriving at OM Sanctuary. As the first face and voice to greet many retreatants, I appreciate being able to help retreatants learn about the programs we offer. It feels great to share with them my knowledge of Asheville and the surrounding areas – for instance: fun things to do in nature, health & wellness, nice restaurants to check out, and the beautiful, interesting areas to visit and enjoy. Working with a good team of folks is another favorite aspect for me, which goes with a saying...

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Interview with ED Jonathan Frappier

Interview with ED Jonathan Frappier

By on Sep 26, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

Jonathan Frappier is OM Sanctuary’s first full-time Executive Director. Raised in North Carolina, Jonathan has an extensive background in nonprofit executive management. He is also a husband and father, who enjoys spending time with his family and taking part in many of the practices that OM Sanctuary values, such as: yoga, meditation, connecting with nature, and living a vegan lifestyle. Shelli Stanback the founder and president of OM Sanctuary states: “Jonathan brings diligence, nurturing, creative thought, repair, leadership, respect and patience to our teamwork, making the dream work come true.” In this interview, Jonathan reflects on his first year here at OM Sanctuary, his greatest accomplishments and challenges, and finally his passion for empowering others to live up to their full potential. What initially drew you to OM Sanctuary? I grew up coming to these mountains and once these mountains get into your being they become a part of who you are. I’ve travelled extensively throughout the US and bits of the rest of the world, but there is really something special about these particular mountains and they hold a lot of memories and a true calling for me. There is a sense of ancient wisdom here. This is magnified at OM Sanctuary because our mission is outward-facing and service-based. My wife and I met here, and then our careers took us away from Asheville for several years, but all we wanted to do was return as soon as we could. We knew we wanted to raise our son here in Asheville, be close to our families, and live out our lives here. My background is in non-profit executive management and as a yogi, meditator, and vegan this position blends my work experience and my values very well. I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to be a part of the OM Sanctuary team. What are some challenges that have occurred while directing OM Sanctuary that have provided opportunities for growth? What I’ve realized in the last year is that every challenge we have with our facility has been an opportunity to bring the facility closer to our mission. An example of this would be the Sanctuary Garden, originally a beautiful English garden during the time of the Richmond Hill...

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