Backstories 2021

Kosta Lucas

At one of the lowest points in his life, Kosta found himself at a 'health retreat'. He quickly realised the retreat was something more sinister.

Content warning: This story contains theme of cultism. 

Backstories is a multi-sited storytelling festival located in backyards across Perth and regional Western Australia. In 2021, Backstories featured locations in Margaret River, South Fremantle, Midland, Quinns Rocks and more.

Backstories 2021 was made possible with funding from Lotterywest, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and the Centre for Stories Founders Circle.

This story was collected at our Hamersley backyard. It features Kosta Lucas, recalling one of the lowest points in his life during which he found himself in a health retreat. Kosta connects this experience to the work he does now as a writer, researcher and educator in countering extremism.

Copyright © 2021 Kosta Lucas.

This story and corresponding images have been licensed to the Centre for Stories by the Storyteller. For reproduction and distribution of this story/image please contact the Centre for Stories.