Ever wondered what it might be like inside a cult? Claire Ashman will take you on her insightful and inspirational journey of what it is like to be in a cult – and what it’s like to ‘escape’ and live life to the fullest.

Claire Ashman, born, raised, and birthed 9 children in a cult, shares how the prevalence of cults and cult-like thinking affects everyday people – even your neighbours who may have just popped into a few personal development meet-ups.

Her upcoming autobiography “A Phoenix Rising” focuses on her cult experiences. She shares awakening for cult-member’s friends, colleagues and family members to recognise the signs and be present to support upon exiting.

Ashman is now happily married, of her own free will, to her supportive husband Mark raising their 10 kids together.

By day she motivates women to take control of their own lives. By night she drives people to free thinking in her Uber. She powers herself up with Crossfit, coffee curation and patchwork quilting.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx