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Tragic incident at wellness retreat claims life of Melbourne woman



Investigation underway after Rachael Dixon dies from consuming mushroom-based drink

A tragic event unfolded at a wellness retreat near Ballarat, Victoria, resulting in the death of 53-year-old Rachael Dixon from Melbourne. The incident occurred late Saturday night at Soul Barn, a retreat known for its alternative and holistic services. Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services arrived following a distress call just before midnight.

Victoria Police have confirmed that Dixon succumbed after consuming a drink made with mushrooms. Initial attempts to revive her by local residents and subsequent CPR efforts by paramedics were unsuccessful. The exact cause of Dixon’s death is still under investigation, with detectives gathering information and urging witnesses to come forward.

Soul Barn, located in the small town of Clunes, describes itself on social media as a centre dedicated to expanding consciousness through various workshops and events, including sound healing and meditation sessions. The retreat’s focus on alternative therapies has drawn people seeking spiritual and physical wellness.

The weekend’s schedule included a “ritual skincare” session earlier on Saturday, but no events were listed for the evening. The circumstances leading to the consumption of the mushroom-based drink and the specific events of the night are still unclear. The retreat centre has cancelled further events, including a planned sound healing workshop on Sunday, following the incident.

Dixon is remembered by her family as a loving and caring individual, with her son expressing profound grief and longing on social media. The community of Clunes, still recovering from a recent murder, is reportedly shaken by another sudden tragedy. Residents have expressed their shock and extended their thoughts to both the family of the deceased and the owner of Soul Barn.

As the police continue their investigation, the community and attendees of the retreat await answers to this devastating event. Authorities are examining all aspects of the incident to determine the full sequence of events and any potential safety lapses at the retreat.


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