OUR ETHOS

Detach
disengage (something or part of something) and remove it.
unfasten, disconnect, disengage, part, separate, loosen, free. 

Our ethos in a nutshell:

  • Locally sourced, as much as possible. From design to build, to the food and firewood, it’s all Australian.
  • Sustainable. From composting toilets, rainwater catchment and solar power. CABN is designed to make as little impact on the environment as possible and we encourage you to do the same.
  • LNT. Three simple letters, one big concept. We adhere to the Leave No Trace philosophy, more of which can be found here.
  • Chill. Out. No emails. No social media. Take all those gorgeous photos and then PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY. Enjoy the location with your senses, not through your lenses. We even have a lock box for the terminally attached.
  • Minimalism. We should put that on our coat of arms. Minimal interruption, for maximum interaction.

A WORD FROM CABN'S CREATOR

Late in 2016 I discovered transcendental meditation and the revelations this practice revealed lead me on a new life journey. I went on a meditation study trip to the US and spent some time in Boston.

While on the trip I read the book Minimalism, which resonated with me and my journey on so many levels. For someone that has lived and worked within the excesses of consumerism, the concept of minimalism was a revelation. I was at a point where stress and anxiety were affecting all areas of my life – something had to change. At the same time, I was introduced to some guys from Harvard University, who were a couple of years into a start-up called Get Away. Their start-up involved building tiny houses in the beautiful woods and forests of New Hampshire, just a couple of hours drive from Boston. Set in isolated spots, the aim is to help the terminally busy disconnect and recharge.

I was instantly drawn to their concept and the motivation behind it. The idea of living a more simplified, authentic and genuine lifestyle appealed to me. Having grown up spending so much time outdoors and living an adventurous life, I realised that every happy memory that I had as a child involved camping, hiking, cycling and travel with the important people in my life.

It made me want to encourage people to love each other, rather than things. It might not be possible as an everyday reality for most, but to be able to escape for a short break is enough to recharge. I then set out to bring the concept to Australia and New Zealand, tailored to our community – and CABN was born.

Michael Lamprell

Michael Lamprell