Anke Richter

Anke Richter is a foreign correspondent and columnist based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Besides covering earthquakes or the 2019 mosque shootings, she is an international observer of cults as part of the conscious movement. She has written about the fundamentalist Christian enclave Gloriavale in New Zealand, Osho’s former ashram in India, Orgasmic Meditation (OneTaste) in San Francisco, and she was the first reporter on the scene in Thailand when the Agama Yoga story broke. Her exposé about the disastrous aftermath of the sex cult Centrepoint was shortlisted for a media award and turned into a documentary. Richter has also written three non-fiction books. Her investigative and personal features are published in Die Zeit, FAZ, taz, New Zealand Geographic, North & South, The Spinoff and many more.

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult

November 01, 2019

Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Four weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged New-Age cult on the New Zealand coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud. They were among the 200 people of all...

Meet the Guru Hunter

August 11, 2019

On our first meeting, via video link, Be Scofield was somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. She wouldn’t say where exactly, but it was rural and peaceful. Her wood cabin, where she lay on a bed munching blue corn chips from a bag, was dimly lit. The...