#410 Seeking Refuge


Stories of escaping the chaos. Fleeing from a war zone. Going on a meditation retreat, and looking for ways to retreat from the retreat.

‘Enlightenment Now’ by Evana Ho

When Evana Ho went on a week-long silent meditation retreat, she wasn’t really sure what she wanted. Inner peace? Maybe. An interesting experience – certainly. She got more than she bargained for.

Evana is the creator of the Love, Canberra: a podcast of intimate conversations about love, sex and relationships, from the capital of Australia.

Producer: Evana Ho

Supervising producer: Ryan Pemberton

Sound design: Ryan Pemberton

Music: ‘Introspection’ by Red Dictionary, ‘Meditation Acquatic’ by 369, ‘Betawaves for Concentration’ by Joseph Beg, ‘Setting Pace’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘The Cornice’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Lovers Hollow’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Night Light’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘It’s Late’ by Queen, ‘Dance Me To The End Of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen

‘The Safest Place’ by Sara Mir

This is a story about aerial bombardment and its long term traumatic effect.

Sara is one of the organisers of the Refugee Art Project, which runs art workshops for refugees and asylum seekers at the Villawood detention centre.

This story is a reading of Sara Mir’s comic ‘The Safest Place.’ It was recorded at Read To Me, a live storytelling night in Sydney.

Storyteller: Sara Mir

Sound design and original composition: Elina Godwin

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Elina Godwin

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Photo credit: Sara Mir