Fran and Rick Robertson
A message from the owners of the Staff House B&B:
“Together we have transformed this historically rich home into a bed and breakfast with wellness retreat / yoga studio.
We wanted a place where people could come to relax, spend some time in nature and reconnect to what is real. Rick and I aspire to share our home and yoga studio with others so that they too can experience the serenity and deep connection to nature that surrounds us here in the beautiful part of Manitoba.”
Peace and love,
Why we chose the hamlet of Seven Sister Falls for the home of the Staff House B&B and Moai Yoga Studio:
We found our dream home back in 2008 when Hydro decided to sell off the hydro townsite homes that were once the homes of the hydro dam employees. It wasn’t, however, one of the quaint, tidy little homes that formed the area known as the Seven Sisters Townsite. My husband, Rick, had his eyes on something bigger…the former hydro staff house, a 5700 square foot charming century old home. A diamond in the rough.
Rick purchased this historically rich home with the dream of opening a bed and breakfast in this beautiful area known as Eastman. The house is situated on the Winnipeg River plain between the fantastic Whiteshell Park and the lovely rolling farmland of the R.M. of Whitemouth. It wasn’t long before I shared his vision. We were city dwellers but we both loved nature and outdoor adventure. We had found our perfect fit, a home where our backyard was our playground. A simpler life uncluttered with the trappings of city life.
We’ve slowed down. Infusing our lives with conscious living practises…we now grow our own food and bake our own bread. We also believe in the profound healing power of blending physical activity and mindfulness practises with time spent in nature. For this Seven Sisters was a dream come true.
The TransCanada Trail is right out the front door, while beautiful trails are right out the back door where we can walk, ski or cycle. The cooling waters of Natalie Lake make a thunderous roar as they drop 20 meters over the spillway by the hydro dam. All this within our community. Cycling, fishing, hunting, boating and much more, it is all here. Plus, this area at the forks of the Winnipeg and Whitemouth Rivers is sacred to many who cherish our native history.
Rick and I enthusiastically went to work putting the skills that we had acquired in our careers towards our dream of living a more impassioned and purposeful life. Rick, a retired guidance counsellor, woodwork instructor and avid photographer, myself, a trained pastry chef, baker and yoga instructor, together we would transform this home into a bed and breakfast with wellness retreat/yoga studio. We wanted a place where people could come to unplug from the modern world, relax, spend some time in nature and reconnect to what is real.
The yoga studio has been operating since September, 2016 and the bed and breakfast will be in operation in the spring of 2017. We have come to view our yoga students and neighbours as friends. Rick and I aspire to share our home and yoga studio with others so that they too can experience the serenity and deep connection to nature that surrounds us here in the hamlet of Seven Sisters Falls.