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Spiritual retreat or a bucks in the bank?

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Does Mark Franklyn think we’re all airy-fairy idiots in Mullumbimby? In his ad in last week’s Echo he says his proposal for a vegan yoga retreat, that he says would have a potential maximum capacity of 300 guests but in my opinion would be capable of accommodating 2,800 people, would only be open to people who are on ‘the inner journey.’ What does that mean, and who will monitor if they pass his test?

It is for ‘the seeker of the truth.’ Give us a break. Isn’t it for capital gain?

Mullumbimby probably has more yoga rooms than Byron Bay. All of them small, friendly concerns run by good local people honestly earning a living?

But what about the people who live in Mullumbimby.

We’ve already had to complain to the police about noise coming from an event held on the site, Mr Franklyn. You live far enough away from the site so it doesn’t affect you.

The most beautiful thing about Mullumbimby is it’s peace and quiet. That’s why we live here. I am not against development. Places grow, fair enough. But it is outrageous that a developer would happily ruin the ambience of a unique little village for yet more bucks in the bank, and use the ‘spiritual’ platform to justify such a ‘vision’.

If Mr Franklyn really wants to make, as he says in his ad ‘a personal response to a traumatic world and contribution to the wellness movement’, then he should avoid traumatising the people of Mullumbimby and plan his large-scale developments in an appropriate area. Om Shanti!

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