Majestic bed and breakfast a natural paradise
PAUL Taylor and partner Renate Kraus have found their ideal lifestyle at the majestic Mt Warning.
The Aussies, who met in California, now run the Mt Warning Bed and Breakfast Retreat.
Previously a physicist, Paul worked in America on X-ray telescopes to be launched on the space shuttle, and Renate is a gestalt practitioner.
Gestalt psychology or gestaltism is a German theory of mind and brain that suggests the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog, with self-organising tendencies.
They met at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, which attracts lateral thinkers' worldwide interested in human potential and consciousness.
Paul was a lecturer and course leader there and Renate, a therapist from Bavaria Germany, went there to train in esalen massage techniques.
They found they shared the same values and aspirations and liked their lifestyle, but it was becoming time for Paul to spend more time in Australia, reconnecting with family towards the end of his mother's life.
It was 11 years ago when destiny led them to the Mt Warning breakfast lodge, which they now own.
Renate reflects: "I remember we'd just had lunch at the Rainforest Café on Mt Warning Rd, and I said if we are going to keep coming here I need something to do, maybe like a B&B.
"Paul said that is good idea and a few minutes later driving down the road we saw the sign 'Mt Warning Bed and Breakfast for sale'.
"A feeling I can't explain came over me and I went in."
Renate described it as a natural paradise.
"Within months we had bought this magical place at the foot of Wollumbin. It's the best thing we've ever done."
Paul has always been concerned about the natural environment.
When he came to the Northern Rivers for the first time in 2000 he saw this beautiful region was ideal to develop and showcase sustainable community.
Now, with support from Renate and the B&B, Paul has had the time to lecture on climate change and renewable energy and write a book on the natural ancient practice of enriching soil with biochar.
"Finding the Mt Warning Bed and Breakfast Retreat has been perfect for us; we have a balance between work, solitude and study," Renate said.
The retreat has a choice of accommodation, a yurt for romantics, private timber cabins and plenty of room for families.
The retreat is at 73 Mt Warning Rd, Mt Warning via Uki. Phone 02 6679 5259.