What we're about
The Asheville Area Wholistic and Intergrative Professionals (tm) (AAWIP) are reliable collaborators, co-creators, co-catalysts, co-leaders that promote education, production and sales of professional wholistic and integrative products/services in the Asheville area – included but not limited to integrative health, personal growth, earth-friendly, eclectic artisans/musicians/authors. We co-provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas to expand the wholistic, integrative, green and related professions, companies involved in production, creation or manufacturing, or providing services, or individuals genuinely interested or are involved in the wholistic and integrative marketplace serving the Asheville area.
The AAWIP meetup embraces building our shared community through harmonious interaction. For instance, we may have more than one hypnosis, feng shui, chiropractor, doctor, nurse, acupuncturist, aroma-centered, body worker, herbal, nutrition, etc… professional at meetings, but we are clear that people do business with people. If experiencing discomfort due to a perception that thriving is limited when your good work is represented multiple times, allow yourself to feel the support from AAWIP that embraces that "there's plenty."
To manage meeting expectations, conversations revolve around our mission/vision of strengthening the wholistic integrative profession. Note that cookie cutter theories don't always apply to our diverse group. What is meant by this is a professional that has limited exposure to the AAWIP audience -- wholistic and integrative -- would benefit from experiencing numerous members' work to understand how they can be of service to the group, and the group to them (if interested in becoming a member of this AAWIP meetup at no cost).
For information about our members and their good work see: www.AshevilleWholisticProfessionals.com (http://www.facebook.com/groups/192161107532932/doc/192371980845178/www.AshevilleWholisticProfessionals.com) for detailed information, AAWIP on facebook and LinkedIn (also called Asheville Area Wholistic & Integrative Professionals), our meetup networking group (click on the "members" button).
Emailing: Please note that while we collect business cards, as a professional courtesy it's important to ask permission to add individuals to bulk e-marketing lists. Note that professional emails should always display opt-out options and promotional emails should be sent in moderation as a general rule.
Confidential Chat: Because the AAWIP community does a great deal of inner-processing work (and, many times, we are each others' clients), it's important to keep all personal information completely confidential unless released in writing or as required by law. We must all feel comfortable that we will not discuss anything publicly -- for instance, at the grocer or in a corner of a meeting room -- unless individuals owning the stories initiate the conversation and the topics of discussion.