‘Love you infinity’: Mum dies after ‘mushroom’ drink

Rachael Dixon, 53, attended the Soul Barn Creative Wellbeing Centre in Clunes on Saturday night.

Rachael Dixon, 53, attended the Soul Barn Creative Wellbeing Centre in Clunes on Saturday night. Photo: Facebook

A Victorian woman who died after allegedly consuming a drink containing hallucinogenic mushrooms has been identified as 53-year old Rachael Dixon, after her son paid a heartbreaking tribute to his mother.

The Ringwood North woman attended the Soul Barn Creative Wellbeing Centre in the central Victorian town of Clunes on Saturday night with two friends, when she became violently ill.

An ambulance was called after reports Dixon had fallen into cardiac arrest and was not breathing. She died at the scene. Two others who were treated in hospital have been discharged.

Multiple reports claimed Dixon allegedly consumed magic mushrooms crushed up into a drink, but this had not been confirmed by police.

Dixon’s son, Matthew, paid tribute to his mother on social media.

“To the most loving, most caring person I’ve ever known can’t thank you enough for everything you ever did for me and all the support you gave me, words can’t begin to describe how much I will miss you, wish I could give you one last hug,” he wrote.

“Love you infinity (sic) Mum.”

According to Dixon’s Facebook profile, she was from Riverton, on New Zealand’s South Island, with some family still living in the region.

The Victorian mum’s sister Penny, who lives in NZ, also paid tribute.

“So this happened, words cannot express the heartbreak we are all feeling,” she wrote on social media.

“Life is so f— short, please hug and love those around you, #takentooyoung #lovemysister.”

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The retreat says it offers holistic and alternative health services. Photo: Facebook

Detectives with the Moorabool Crime Investigation Unit are investigating Dixon’s death, including examining whether the drink contained mushrooms.

The investigation remains open and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics were called to the Clunes property at 11.55pm on Saturday and took two other people to Ballarat Base Hospital.

Two others were rushed to hospital for observation, before being released on Tuesday.

Soul Barn describes itself on social media as an alternative and holistic health service. It advertises multiple services, including facials using “wild foraged plants”.

On Friday night, the retreat hosted an event with a medium where guests were given a chance to “ask questions of the spirit communicators”.

A planned event described as “sound healing” was cancelled on Sunday.

The retreat’s owner has been contacted for comment.

Clunes is about 30 kilometres from Ballarat, which has experienced a series of tragic events in 2024.

Three local women, Samantha Murphy, Rebecca Young and Hannah McGuire, have died allegedly at the hands of men in the past two months.

Miner Kurt Hourigan died in a mine collapse in March and the area experienced bushfires over summer.

Less than a year ago, three people died and another was in hospital for months after allegedly consuming poisonous mushrooms in eastern Victoria.

Don and Gail Patterson, both 70, and Gail’s sister Heather Wilkinson, 66, died after eating a meal at the home of Erin Patterson at Leongatha in July.

Wilkinson’s husband Ian, who was also at the lunch, spent close to two months in hospital.

Erin Patterson, a mother of two, has been charged with three counts of murder and five of attempted murder.

-with AAP

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