Carli McConkey was a 21-year-old university graduate when she decided to attend the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney, and came across the stand for Life Integration Programmes. The course they offered sounded like exactly what she needed to get her life on track and realise her potential. Little did she know that this encounter was the start of a 13-year ordeal that would see her estranged from her family, under continued financial stress, a victim and perpetrator of physical assault, working untold hours of unpaid labour, and eventually, medically sterilised.
CW: references to manipulative behaviours, and physical abuse, including of minors. A small amount of coarse language. Please consider whether you would like to listen on this basis. Content is not suitable for children.
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- The Cult Effect — by Carli McConkey
- Carli McConkey's website
- Cult Leaders and Ballet Dancers: The Strange Rock School Lawsuit — by Victor Fiorillo, Philadelphia Magazine, 30 June 2014
- Natasha Lakaev's evidence 'deliberately untrue', says judge — by Michael Bachelard, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 October 2014
- Alleged cult leader to settle defamation claims out of court — by Chris Calcino, Byron Shire News, 11 October 2014
- Ex-alleged cult members 'sleep well' with court case over — APN Newsdesk, The Northern Star, 11 October 2014
- LAKAEV v. THE ROCK SCHOOL FOR DANCE EDUCATION et al — PacerMonitor record of libel, assault, slander case – plaintiff's claims dismissed with prejudice 24 November 2014
- 105 Hunter Street, Burringbar — Omaroo property history, sold on 29 November 2016 for $882,000
- 9354/11 LAKAEV -V- THE AGE COMPANY LIMITED & others — Supreme Court of Queensland case file summary
- Why the Secrecy — Footage shot by LIP member during A Current Affair television interview (published in September 2007, interview took place in 1998)
- A Current Affair segment on LIP — Uploaded to YouTube in July 2007, screened on Australian network television in 1998
- An Investigation into Cult Pseudo-Personality: What Is It and How Does It Form? — by Gillie Jenkinson, M.A., Cultic Studies Review, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008, pp199-224
- In thrall to a cult: how the unwary fall victim to mind control — by Michael Bachelard, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 October 2010 – the article that was removed (but not retracted) from Fairfax Media websites on court case settlement, but had already been reproduced in a number of places including this CIFS website example
- Camp Hell — by Chris Griffith, The Sunday Mail, 7 March 1999 – reproduced on the Cult Education Institute website, unclear if this was retracted by the original publisher