Joy Kuo & Iphigenie Amoutzias' Story

Special Guests: Joy Kuo & Iphigenie Amoutzias

Joy and Iphigenie both found themselves involved with the same New Zealand-based new age group – Joy in Sydney, Australia, and Iphigenie in Auckland, NZ.

Since finishing up with the group, Iphigenie has left New Zealand, which she made her home for many years, and is enjoying starting afresh. Joy now runs her own spiritual development community called Awakening with Joy (see social media links above), and spends time with her family on the Central Coast of New South Wales.


January 16th, 2019

54 mins 59 secs

Season 2


Joy Kuo and her husband moved to Sydney from Taiwan in 2000, and the couple both began working for the University of Sydney Library the following year. They both studied for and gained their masters degrees, and enjoyed their work. By 2012 they had had a son together, and Joy found herself wanting to help humanity in some greater way. She was looking for something she could really dedicate herself to in her career.

Iphigenie Amoutzias moved to New Zealand from Germany in 1996. She completed postgraduate studies in her new home country, and had practised Buddhism for many years. By 2011 she had reached a point in her life where something seemed to be missing. She felt that the modern world was lacking in connection, that technology was driving people apart, and that she wanted to be surrounded with a greater sense of community.

Both women came across the same new age group at this point in their lives. They had no idea that years later they would find themselves broke, emotionally affected, and questioning all of their previous decisions to become involved.