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© Claire Martin

The Hamlets of Australia’s Rainbow Region hold the dream - the promise of
a better life, or indeed a better world. Drawn to these fecund misty valleys are dreamers, idealists and escapists in search of something more – their desire to craft a new existence born through their experience of a less than perfect one.

It was during the awakening – the Age of Aquarius – the land called to these people, whispering ancient wisdoms through the gums and ferns, of destruction and creation. Once a powerful volcano repressed by the boundaries placed around it, it fearlessly shattered them, the walls falling away to create a vast caldera - and an expansive, new view of the world around it.

With great faith, the people heeded the lands call for revolution, tearing down the boundaries of body and mind and the limitations of society and culture - eradicating a familiar world that kept them bound and repressed. What grew in its place was the beautiful dysfunctional utopia that exists today.
A community that embraces and accepts those who feel smothered and rejected by arbitrary definitions of normal.

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