The Matara Centre was born out of tragedy and hope and now is a place of celebration and inspiration. My partner and soul friend of 25 years, June Higgins, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. June, first and foremost, wanted to get better. But she also wanted to ensure that others benefited from her journey.
Together we designed Matara as a wellbeing centre and were excited about the possibilities that it provided. It was suggested by one of June's healers that we should create a place of spirit, like an ark, and that it could take several years before its potential would begin to be realised.
Sadly, June died before the centre could be built, but I continued with the project as part of my grieving and healing process. Throughout the build, I held the intention that Matara would be a special place where people could come to reconnect with their mind, body and spirit.
Just as June had wished, I believe that Matara has evolved into that special place - a meditative healing centre, dedicated to the full expression of the human spirit and a deeper relationship with nature.
Matara means different things to different people, but rarely does anyone visit and not feel inspired by some aspect of their experience here. It has been described as a space "to be", a welcoming place where unconditional and open regard for everything is at its core, a true expression of creativity and love - a work in action, and a positive space that allows potential to unfold organically.
Through our work together, we open up the possibility of being able to live in a state of harmony and balance and to conduct ourselves in loving, joyful ways. This provides the foundation for partnerships and collaboration within our relationships at home, at work and within our communities. This for us is well-being and the full expression of the human spirit.