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[Webinar] Mindful Ways to Work From Home: A Blueprint for Your Space and Soul for Focus Amidst COVID-19

  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Webinar


  • Members of JASs outside of So Cal


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"Activating Your Kaizen Mindset" Webinar Series

Mindful Ways to Work From Home:

A Blueprint for Your Space and Soul for Focus Amidst COVID-19

Do you work from home? Are you happy, healthy, and productive there? The New Normal of our work environment involves flexible workplaces including work-from-home. Companies like it for its agility and people love it for their work-life balance. Yet we still feel lost in navigating this new conjuncture of our personal and professional lives.

Through this webinar, two leaders in the fields of space and mind within the work environment present mindful ways to work from home.  Yoko Kawai, PhD, Lecturer at Yale School of Architecture and co-founder of Mirai Work Space, discusses the relationship between space and mind, and how you can design & adjust your home environment for a healthy and productive work-life. Julia Colangelo, DSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and founder of Sea Change Wellness, LLC, introduces the principles and techniques of Mindfulness and Flow to remain productive and cope with unique psychological challenges you face while working from home.


Yoko Kawai, PhD

Yoko Kawai, PhD, is a lecturer at Yale School of Architecture. Her mission is to create “space for well-being” by utilizing the Japanese spatial concepts. She co-founded Mirai Work Space Alliance in New York to bring this idea to contemporary workplaces. She is also principal of Penguin Environmental Design in Hamden, CT, which focuses on incorporating landscape into architecture.   Yoko’s research publication includes “Blurring the self/space boundary to increase mindfulness” for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (co-authored, 2018) and a chapter on telework in Residential and Community Spaces in the Future (in Japanese) by Asakawa-shoten in 2014.

Dr. Julia Colangelo, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Julia Colangelo, DSW, LCSW is a speaker, educator, therapist, and consultant in NYC. In her academic roles, Julia is an award-winning professor who teaches Mindfulness at Columbia University, and researcher of flow, happiness, and burnout prevention at UPenn where she recently defended her dissertation. As a consultant for startups, founders, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 500 companies, Julia helps individuals and groups experience more ease, balance, and flow to activate creative genius for positive impact. 

As part of her company Sea Change Wellness, LLC, Julia collaborates with innovators to organize community-based, low-cost, and free workshops, events, trainings, and retreats through a social justice and anti-racist lens. In her weekly newsletter Julia shares research-based happiness and stress reduction tips to 1000s of community members across the world in over 30 countries.

Julia’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, and The Washington Post. Personally, Julia is a surfer, writer, mom, wife, and the host of the Flow Surfers Podcast where she brings together flow theory, positive psychology, mindfulness, productivity, and surfing to help listeners live and work with more ease. 

Program Details

Wednesday June 24, 2020
10:00-11:00AM (PT)

This will be a virtual presentation offered through a webinar system. 
Instructions on how to access this online program will be provided after your registration is complete.


Free of charge for all active JAS Members 

We kindly ask our Non-Members or Guest attendees a $25 donation upon registration to help JASSC continue to provide our community quality programs such as these. 

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