The ongoing inquests into the deaths of Natasha Lechner in Mullumbimby in 2019 and Jarrad Antonovich near Kyogle 2021 that were related to kambo and ayahuasca continues. However, concerns have been raised over the intentions of Lore Solaris, who was facilitating the ayahuasca ceremony at Arcoora the night Mr Antonvich died. Mr Solaris has stated that he has plans to leave Australia for Brazil to visit his teachers.
Family members who are awaiting the outcome of the inquest and the possible recommendation of criminal charges have expressed concern that Mr Solaris will leave the country before the end of the inquest, and before the publication of its findings, and not return if there are unfavourable findings.
The Echo has been forwarded the DreramingArts Foundation’s call from ‘Lore’ that seeks donations from their ‘community’ in the form of GoFundMe donations towards ‘the legal bills’. They are also seeking assistance from anyone who has legal and admin skills.
A key area of questioning during earlier parts of the inquest was around Mr Antonovich’s (senior) ‘conversation with Lore Solaris, who had been facilitating the ayahuasca ceremony at Arcoora’ on the night of his [Mr Antonovich Jr] death.’
During the missive Lore states:
‘I am strong and confident in this process but it has definitely taken it’s toll physically and financially and i (sic) need to take a couple of months out to go and see my teachers and elders in Brazil and rest to recharge for the next steps.’
Lore’s apparent intention to go to Brazil has concerned community and family members impacted by Mr Antonovich’s death.
The GoFundMe page that is open to public donations does not mention Lore’s intention to go to Brazil. Instead, it focuses on the need ‘for our community to unite to preserve our rights to continue our spiritual work here in Australia’.
‘Several false claims are being made against our sacred sacrament known as ayahuasca. The media is gaslighting and creating a false narrative. The false claims have not yet been challenged through a fair legal process,’ it continues.
Prohibited from practising
Mr Solaris has also been banned from practising as a ‘Counsellor who facilitates Ayahusaca’ for eight weeks from 4 August by the Health Care Complaints Commission.
The order reads:
‘The Health Care Complaints Commission makes the following interim prohibition order under section 41AA of the Health Care Complaints Act 1993 (Act):
Mr Soulore Solaris must not under any circumstances provide, or cause to be provided, any health services, either in paid employment or voluntary, to any member of the public.
For the purposes of this order ‘a health service’ carries the same meaning as defined under section 4 of the Health Care Complaints Acts 1993.’
The Echo contacted the Local Court who are running the Lechner Inquest, the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police, and the Department of Foreign Affairs over concerns raised. None were able to provide comment.
A spokesperson from the NSW Police told The Echo that, ‘As the matter remains before the Coroner, it would be inappropriate to comment’.
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