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About The Eco Retreat

The Eco Retreat (TER) is a community, social and nature based health and wellbeing project. Marion and Richard, the founders of The Eco Retreat, spent time during childhood living on the land in farming communities and remember a time when childhoods were spent outdoor in the awe and wonder of nature. Richard grew up in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia and Marion's earliest years in east of Launceston in regional Tasmania. Both have a deep love and respect of nature and have a concern with current trajectory of our culture. Our work with TER is spurred on by the need for climate action as we make sense of what it means to be alive in this time in history.

Marion has been working in wellbeing and leadership, counselling and teaching mindfulness for over 15 years in community, education and organisations. She's also a volunteer with Rewilding Stonnington and on the committee of the Stonnington Climate Emergency Plan. She's a strong advocate for social and nature connection and placing local nature and community in the context of health care and wellbeing. 

Richard (Marion's partner) is a leading technologist of a SaaS sustainability company that is helping take the building industry on a decarbonisation journey. Richard is passionate about figuring out how humanity will transition to a more sustainable world and as well as being a mindfulness and wellbeing advocate. 

In June 2022, the World Health Organisation launched a policy brief urging countries to incorporate mental health support into their climate change action. People around the world are increasingly concerned about  the existential threat we face. Despite the urgency of the complex crises of out time, many people are either in denial, simply too overwhelmed and many are working hard on adapting our systems and community to change. There are also people doing creative and regenerative nature and social projects to make a positive difference. It is important we connect locally and support each other to be in relationship with our land and community.

At home we are working toward our shared vision of establishing a coastal wilderness "eco-retreat" for landcare, community projects and sustainable living initiatives in regional Victoria. Our aim is to offer creative social and nature-based projects to support Victorian communities and the environment.  

Image: Marion and RIchard on the Surfcoast 

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