In 2006 they travelled to the UK to join a vibrant Osho community which was running a successful holistic venue, Croydon Hall, in Somerset. There they started facilitating Osho Vipassana Retreats that became very popular. They now live in the south of France with their four-year old daughter, Anna.
Leela was born in Moldova and discovered meditation in her teens, inspired by an Osho book, ‘Meditation: the Art of Ecstasy’. She soon travelled to India, to the Osho International Resort, where she worked as an Osho meditations co-ordinator, facilitating Dynamic, Kundalini, Hara Stop, Laughter Meditation etc. She took part in several ‘Who Is In?’ retreats with Shivani and Rakendra, creativity worshops with Nisargan, a ‘Satori’ retreat with Ganga, a ‘Zazen 7-day Retreat’ with Martine and Stephen Bachelor and two week-long retreats with the teacher of contemporary Zen, Nish Pfister.
Her meditation practice has been primarily connected to the quest of ‘Who Am I?’ and she brings the intensity of this enquiry to the retreats she facilitates.
Anahato was born in France and was seventeen when he met the Indian mystic, Osho. He did Osho therapies and active meditations and trained as a Cranio-Sacral therapist. He then discovered his talent for painting and has been successfully painting ever since, exhibiting in the USA, France and the UK. He started facilitating Vipassana retreats in 2009 at Croydon Hall. Recently he has been practising meditation with Nish Pfister, a teacher of contemporary Zen.
Shruti says of Mindfulness, “Mindfulness, like all meditation techniques when practised daily, puts us in touch with our silent inner core and allows us to develop a sense of detachment and calmness, perfect antidotes to stresses and strains of modern lives.”
Since she was first introduced to meditation in India by her parents at the age of six, and subsequently attended a school where meditation practice was a daily routine, Shruti has integrated meditation in all aspects of her day-to-day life.
So when Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of “Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life”, and professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, visited the UK back in 2000, Shruti attended his first seminar at the University of Bangor. She has since then completed a diploma in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Shruti has an unconventional aproach to the teaching of meditation which includes techniques like Osho Dynamic Meditation, Talking to the Body-Mind and Mindfulness.
Shruti is also a practitioner of Yoga, Tai Chi and the sacred movements of George Gurdjieff which she calls Stillness in Movement, a phrase that encapsulates her own aproach to bringing the flavour of meditation into everyday life.