The Garden Ashram

Hare Krishnas are often seen as joyous, harmless people, dancing their way through the streets, chanting to bells in their colourful robes. But in one particular Australian offshoot, a young woman named Lina told me about her not-so-harmless experiences.   Full research sources listed on each episode page at You can support the creation of this independent podcast at   With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via, and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via Australian bushfire crisis appeals: Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, WWF's Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund, and Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities. Please donate if you can.   Credits: Written and Hosted by Sarah Steel Researched by Haley Gray and Sarah Steel Music by Joe Gould   Links: About ISKCON — background at, accessed November 2019 What You Need to Know About Hare Krishnas — by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR, 22 May 2008 Wollumbin — Geographical Names Extract, Geographical Names Board, accessed November 2019 Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track — NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service listing, accessed November 2019 Hardly Krishna — by Sushi Das, The Age, 2 June 2003 Judge Rejects Charges of ‘Brainwashing’ Against Hare Krishna Aides — by Murray Schumach, The New York Times, 18 March 1977 Krishna Expels Leader of Group Under U.S. Probe — UPI, Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1987 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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