The Beet Retreat is the convergence of hope, gratitude and purpose. It was born of a desire to help others. Human and animals alike.
In 2014, after 2 years living vegan, I experienced somewhat of an "existential crisis".
I was a uniformed member of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch at the time. With more than 3 decades "in the job" my shifting values relating to how we treat animals as a society made my long career emotionally fraught.
Living on a 20 acre property in Victoria, I decided to open my doors to guests. I didn't really know what this "thing" would become but within a couple fo years The Beet Retreat had become the centre of my life, full of happy guests and cooking class pupils. I was happily exhausted most the time!
In 2019, I moved to the Noosa region where I could expand my increasing interest in climate action and embrace an even more sustainable example of what we can do with our homes and lives in a world with increasing environmental challenges.
Here I can offer both the typical relaxation and healthy food but also access to share other lifestyle choices that can benefit animals and the planet.
I believe we all have far more opportunity and indeed responsibility than we may realise. I hope to both inspire and be inspired by my guests as we co-contribute to create a better future for ourselves and each other.
Values - Living Lighter. Living Kinder
The Beet Retreat was born of a need to reflect my values through my work.
In 2014 it was all about the animals. As the years passed helping others toward a healthier, happier, more environmentally aligned life became equally as important.
I wanted The Beet Retreat to be a safe and welcoming space for people who feel a similar way and also for those who are simply curious or open to what a plant predominant life can be like.
I aim to provide a uniquely aligned eco-ethical experience of tranquility, comfort, friendship healthy whole foods, access to nature and most of all a sense of joy. From there I hope a remembrance emerges of deeper possibility and gratitude for the natural world.
It is by example we can see the possibilities. I hope a stay here inspires and motivates others to help the animals, the planet and our communities in healthier and more sustainable ways.
The Beet Retreat is home to one goofy human,
1 failed working dog and 3 quirky rescue cats.