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Blackbear
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Blackbear

Sunrise Ranch has NEVER asked me to turn over assets or taken money from me! Quite the contrary- I am given a stipend, housing and delicious home grown food/meals in exchange for a full time work week! Nothing but love and care from this community. This is slander and if the people who live here were not so preoccupied with loving life and spreading good vibes in the world, you could be sued. This article is utter garbage.

Mike Hardaker
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Mike Hardaker

“asked” so you willingly? Nothing is free in life honeybear

Blackbear
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Blackbear

No. As I stated above EDL has never taken money from me in an way, shape, or form. Why are you so intent on misconstruing comments about this organization? It sounds like you’ve made up your mind on what you intend to believe about it without actually listening to the facts. Interesting coming from a “journalist”.

Mike Hardaker
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Mike Hardaker

you do realize this is a blog correct? My personal one 🙂

Blackbear
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Blackbear

Regardless blogs are treated the same as any publications in the eyes of the law. You yourself call this an “article” in the above. Your lack of integrity is appalling.

Alexis Kegel
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Alexis Kegel

Cult does not automatically = bad. It’s merely culture shared by people living together. The Emissaries promote wonderful values and open-minded spirituality. Demonizing them because they could technically be called a “cult” is ignorant and shows your immaturity as a journalist. I work for Arise Music festival and they pay to rent the space from Sunrise Ranch. Arise is not promoting any particular spiritual belief, only conscious movement towards a better world, which is why they align with Sunrise Ranch and their shared values.

Mike Hardaker
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Mike Hardaker

Thanks for the comment, this part “It’s merely culture shared by people living together” haven’t heard it explained as such, appreciate that. As someone that is very energetic, I picked up on some energy from the farm that did not resonate with me. So I won’t be going back, turns out there was some different types of energy work, healers and such calling that part of Colorado home. Tell Ami we say Hi 🙂

Edward Cronin
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Edward Cronin

article brings up twelve tribes, emissaries video that follows contains intensely open-minded open-ended lines of questioning/reasoning. whelp, i’m an atheist, i must admit, but i can get down with their genre of philo still. this article is deceptive af

Lana Ishka
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Lana Ishka

Agreed

Redford1
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Redford1

A very garbled, conflated article. What nonsense people write when they have no experience of the reality. Suggest, as Mr. Berlin does below, you go live there for a week and see for yourself.

Redford1
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Redford1

A very garbled, conflated article. What nonsense people write when they have no experience of the reality.

Steven Berlin
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Steven Berlin

Hi Mike! Somehow I landed on this and read your words. I used to be the Director of the Emissary Community in the Catskills in NY. One day someone came to me and said, “There is a reporter who wants to interview you about the Emissary Community and has a lot of questions.” I went out to meet the fellow. I introduced myself, welcomed him, and asked what he had in mind. He said he had heard (?) a lot of things about the Emissaries, had a lot of questions, and would like to sit down with me and get… Read more »

Ana Medina
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Ana Medina

I was part of the Emissaries in my 20’s for MANY years. (that was a while ago) They NEVER got money out of me. They never tried to convince me to do anything I did not want to do. It was a big part of my spiritual life at the time. I moved to Colorado recently and attended ARISE festival and Sunrise Ranch. It was a fabulous experience and other than one poorly staffed info tent for the Emissaries, they were not present at all. I had to go out of my way to seek out information about the Sunday… Read more »

Mike Hardaker
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Mike Hardaker

thanks for the comment. One question you said you lived there for many years in your 20’s however never gave them any money. So you lived for free on their land? How about food, did you grow and harvest your own? What happened come Colorado winters? I went to Arise with an open mind and did not like the energy of the Sunrise Ranch Cult. I practice Reiki, Meditate and in very in tune. Something is and was not right about that place. No fear at all, just a knowing I was not supposed to be there. Maybe they just… Read more »

Mitchell Johnson
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Mitchell Johnson

I actually lived at this cult for a while. Most of what is being said here is true. They’ve had opportunities to work the land holistically, to reach out to the larger community and actually provide some good in the world. Instead, they use their pseudospirituality to hide rape and sexual assault, to bleed people’s finances dry so they have no choice but to remain, and to indoctrinate people into avoiding any sort of real social responsibility. And if you aren’t willing to attend their “spiritual education” sessions, they kick you out. I was there when they started to transition… Read more »

Jeannie Kezlan
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Jeannie Kezlan

This is totally untrue……….The land was not trampled and destroyed…After the concert goers left it was as if thousands of people had not been there. I too was connected with the Emissaries for many, many years and was never asked to give one cent of my money or possessions……….Why do you spread such horrid rumors.

Mike Hardaker
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Mike Hardaker

Rumors? Did you attend the festival.

Jeannie Kezlan
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Jeannie Kezlan

No Mike,I lived in the valley for 10 years…but many years ago and was associated with The Emissaries. As to the music festival, No I did not attend as I now live in Mexico. But, I was there walking thru the land with old friends a short time after the festival and the reports were very good that the land was taken care of . This was after the first festival and I understand there was also one this year.

Douglas Rubel
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Douglas Rubel

Silly article.

Bitse Pookm
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Bitse Pookm

Is it pure silliness if you have seen it happen? People who think a different way as main stream America are made fun of and thought of as weird… I personally call a lot of these people family. If someone wants to live off the grid, I want to learn more. If they want to improve the environment or create a more tranquil way of life, I want to champion them forward. This all being said, if people need to slip you drugs in order for you to feel love and acceptance then get you to do their bidding because… Read more »

Aron
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Aron

This article is pure silliness. I have spent five weeks over the past few years working as a freelancer at the Ranch. It’s a lovely place full of wonderful people who have never, ever, once attempted to recruit me in any way whatsoever. I have even quipped a few times with them that my wife and I admire their values and lifestyle so much that we have occasionally talked about moving there. A rapacious cult would have jumped all over me for saying something like that but all they have ever said was to thank me for the compliment.. After… Read more »

Mitchell Johnson
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Mitchell Johnson

Just wait, Aron. As a freelancer, they will treat you just fine. They don’t show you their true colors until they know they’ve got a strong hold on you. Of course they aren’t going to immediately recruit. They want to keep their core population pure. If you decide to stay for longer, they will watch and see how you contribute, what you say during services, determine whether or not you are a threat, and whether or not you have skills they need to keep the doors open. I spent months living there, and its a soft sell at first. Very… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I’ve visited sunrise ranch about three times for Sunday service and stayed for attune meant – reiki and lunch walked around the centre talked to people and bought from the gift shop… Clarissa Pinkola Estes lectures there regularly who is a world renowned writer of forward thinking spiritual development… The services the speakers are gently enlightening informative intelligent and beautifully real … Having worked, experienced and lived within with a Ghandi led type community – Sunrise Ranch is nothing more than a divine community a lotus blossoming out of the mud to emit light throughout the world and share a… Read more »

Rob
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The claims that this article is about is ridiculous and barely warrants a response… however, I will let you know… I have lived at Sunrise Ranch, and have supported their mission and vision, and I’m not brainwashed, I was not baited, I was not recruited, and there is no such thing as is mentioned in this article. I have contributed my time and efforts for equal value exchange, and am respected both organizationally, as well as in the community. I suspect that this person, if we do some deeper digging, either was not given a free entry and got mad,… Read more »

Marcos
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Marcos

This is BS, Im from California and have been visiting Sunrise for about 2 yrs and never has anyone approched me or try to convert me into a different mine set. I’ve been to service
many times. The residence there are kind, friendly and enjoy being there. You need to check yourself and get a life!

Courtney Ellis
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Courtney Ellis

I just found this article when I googled the ranch for a friend who wants to intern. Umm, I was at Arise last year as a vendor for the Right To Know campaign. I had no idea nor was I ever approached to “talk” or even heard of this cult. I had a blast and enjoyed the music, art, and the people very similar to my experiences following the Dead years ago. Just a whole lotta love and good will. I’m going back again this year AND bringing the whole family. Sorry you had a weird experience but the bottom… Read more »

Joe Clements
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Joe Clements

I love at sunrise… This is silly… It’s paradise with spiritual freedom… Much love though

Marc Ross
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Marc Ross

Did anyone try to “recruit” you? Were you even approached by a single resident of the Sunrise Ranch?

Jordan Baumgardner
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Jordan Baumgardner

Good lord. Of all the things to worry about, I think a group of nice people with odd beliefs is near the bottom of the list. They never came down but were very welcoming for us to chat with them. If I hadn’t gone looking for them, I never would have known they were there.

Mister Whipple
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Mister Whipple

RUN!!!!!!!!

Sam
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Sam

Sorry you had to deal with that. Thanks for the heads up!

Biesty
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Biesty

Its bad enough when they knock on your door but to be baited in under the guise of a music festival is worse than a time share seminar.

Scott
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Scott

Wow!

Teddy Goldman
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Teddy Goldman

Ok…I grew up in the Emissary community. I lived at Sunrise ranch twice and spent my summers growing up in the Lake Rest Community. I was involved until the age of 31. Mitchell Johnson, you have some anger issues to resolve but little you say on this blog is valid. Yes, like all spiritual or religious movements they have core beliefs. Were there some bad people. What organization doesnt have a few. But my many years with the emissaries left me with an inner strength, an appreciation for all the great male role models I grew up with and a… Read more »