About a year ago, I was interviewing education expert Joan Eisenstodt about how natural light and environments have a positive impact on adults — it makes it easier to learn, relaxes them, improves mood and helps them focus on the task at hand. Last spring I had the opportunity to visit a unique meeting facility designed with that in mind.
The Crossings is roughly 25 miles outside of downtown Austin, Texas, but it feels miles away from big city life. It’s a hotel/meeting venue/wellness spa set in the middle of a wilderness preserve. As you wander the grounds, you come across works of art and serene areas to sit and gathering your thoughts. There is a conference center, a wellness center, a dining hall, a spacious patio and housing in buildings reminiscent of beach houses. And guests are never more than a door or window away from nature. Take a look:
I’ve been thinking of The Crossings lately because it’s a very relaxing place, which makes it a great setting for developing corporate strategies and team-building during these turbulent times. The property is undergoing a renovation, and will re-open in December 2009. The spa re-opens in October. I can’t wait to see what kind of improvements co-founders Ken and Joyce Beck are making. In their own words, here’s the philosophy behind The Crossings: