to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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Lisa Kohn’s memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

To the Moon and Back

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Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist


2018 INDIES Book of the Year


13th Annual Finalist


Honorable Mention


2019 Finalist

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Lisa Kohn
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Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

Coaching, Consulting, & Speaking

As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

Being raised in a cult definitely f—s with your head

For those of you who have somehow missed my “life story” in all of this, I was raised in a cult. I like to say “the cult of all cults in the American age of cults.” I was a Moonie, from the age of ten to about seventeen or twenty-one. (Let’s just say, it was a long,...
It’s okay sweetheart

It’s okay sweetheart

As you may know, I am a huge fan of Tara Brach. And I’m blatantly stealing this blog post title from her. Because it works. When my heart is racing. When I’m tense or anxious. When it all feels like too much, I’ve learned (from Tara Brach) to put my hand on my heart...

You’re stronger than you think you are

You’re stronger than you think you are

That’s what the yoga instructor said during today’s practice. “You’re stronger than you think you are.” She was talking physically, and I don’t know that that’s necessarily true for me. I know I’m pretty damn strong. I can box squat, deadlift (from a 3” deficit), and...

Not fearless but fear less

Not fearless but fear less

I attended the PA Conference for Women a few weeks ago. Mostly I attended to offer free coaching to conference attendees – it’s a fun way to meet people and to give back – but I also got to listen to the keynote speakers. Ava DuVernay is amazing, and her speech was...

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