Whenever I remember something that truly inspired me, it is related to a certain kind of people – people who have the courage to live their own lives in accordance with their own truth. People who put tons of energy in everything they do. People who provide environments which make a difference. People who inspire and touch others life’s.
The blog series PEOPLE, PROSPERITY & PLACES TO BE is an opportunity to meet exactly this type of people.
Today, my guest is Shruti Whittington, creator and founder of Fairfield Retreats in Wiliton (Somerset), meditation facilitator and passionate coach for mindful cooking.
What do you do?
I run a retreat centre in West Somerset based on the foundation of meditation, health and well being. I also facilitate workshops based in meditation, nutrition and plant-based cooking.
We converted a 300-year old house upgrading it with modern facilities yet keeping the old characteristics that we came across as we were renovating. So old fireplaces were discovered behind boarded up walls, beams were uncovered and high beamed ceilings were exposed. While it was a lot of hard work, it was also fun - discovering the history of the house and restoring it back lovingly once again.
All the six bedrooms are named after enlightened women mystics taken from different traditions. So from Hildegard vom Bingen to Jeanne de Salzmann and Rabiya to Meera – women mystics whom one has probably never heard of are being shone a spotlight on in each of the rooms.
Using natural organic paints and organic bamboo linen, Fairfield House has a very low environment impact as the energy used is also sourced from renewables.
What’s the difference that makes the difference?
All of the above sets us apart. However the difference, I feel is, meditation. Being a long-time meditator myself, I know that meditation changes lives. I experience it first hand on a daily basis. And I try to live and teach by example. I try and convey to all my guests that if they fall in tune with themselves and do anything with total awareness howsoever small an action it may be, transformation happens.
So all the workshops are based in and around meditation. Whether you want to call it mindfulness or by any other name. To me they are all one and same thing. The stream is the same. It may only flow through different regions.
In three words, can you sum up what characterises the experience you provide?
Meditation, meditation, meditation. Boring I know! But that is the basis of everything I do.
So if you feel like having a relaxing and recharging time-out in Wiliton, just contact Shruti. I am sure that she will welcome you with open arms.
I wish all of you a wonderful summer time, freshness and space to breathe!
With warm regards,