Here is one report from someone that will remain unnamed. I mean think of how bogus these 'spiritual leaders' are when people that they abuse want to remain silent?
I went on the Big Island retreat this past year and was extremely disappointed in what occurred at this event, mostly due to the actions of David Wolfe. I would not write to complain if his actions had not occurred. I would eat the money and never go on another NFL retreat. However, I feel violated by David Wolfe in a way I never imagined possible, having previously looked up to him with gratitude prior to this Big Island retreat.
David Wolfe on camera, while Parsley was filming, rubbed his head all over my breasts at the black sand beach, I was appalled and embarrassed and didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to ruin this retreat because like most Americans, I commute two hours a day to work forty hours a week, receiving only two weeks vacation. I had planned eight months in advance to attend this retreat besides all the money I spent, when I only earn $17 an hour. The feeling of being disappointed was not what I wanted to experience but it befell me anyway. From this moment on I felt violated and couldn’t believe David Wolfe would do this to someone who had paid an exorbitant amount of money to stay in a room that reeked of mildew and was fed only tasteless barley type cereal and ill tasting noni on many mornings for breakfast. When I mentioned to David Wolfe that my room had a mildew stench, he said and did nothing, not even telling me to report this to Kerrie Cushing. Kalani also made little effort to accommodate me to a more pleasant room.
On one of the days during the retreat when we came back from seeing the town of Hilo, David Wolfe invited me into the house he was staying in at Kalani. I believed this to be a friendly gesture and I liked the idea of getting to know David Wolfe, having read almost all of his books. He massaged my back, which was very gracious until he bluntly asked me,
“Can I see your boobs?” I was utterly shocked and appalled at how completely belligerent a question this was being directed at me, a female, especially a paying member of the retreat! After he asked me this, I left as politely as I could not wanting to make a scene but I was dying inside because I hate being disrespected by men, unbelievably, by David Wolfe!
Further, on New Year’s Eve, at the costume party, he grabbed my butt and squeezed it. After he did this I left soon after not wanting to be near him anymore.
For the rest of the retreat I avoided David Wolfe, and could hardly wait for it to be over and to be out of a room with a mildew stench. I am deeply a nerved by what happened to me. It makes me sick to think I spent $1,795 plus $750 on airfare to do something that mentally and physically harmed me and made me feel inferior. For someone like me spending this amount of money to be deeply hurt and dissatisfied is a big blow. It took me a long time to save up this money for an endeavor that was not rejuvenating at all.
Thank you for your attention.
"Matthew 7:3 - And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?"
I've never sexually assaulted anyone. I imagine that's true for many if not most members of this forum.
"John 8:7 - So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her"
A woman doesn't deserve to be stoned for committing adulatory (referring to the context of this verse), just to make that clear. However, just because someone has lied or shoplifted in the past does not take away their right to say "Murder has negative consequences for society and the individual, it's prohibition is the foundation of the social contract, and no-one would want it done to them, therefore it's wrong".
"So why would Jesus ask to not judge others? This quote explains it quite nicely:
Roman 2:1 - Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are that judge: for wherein you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you that judge do the same things."Again, I've never sexually assaulted someone. I am *not* judging for the same things. The biblical context of these quotes considers unholy thoughts on par with unholy actions, which is ridiculous. (Would you rather have someone kill you or think about killing you?)
mark, what are you going on about now?
You are the person who bashes the heads of baby seals, tortures the bull, gouges the eye out of the pig. You are these people and so am I. The only thing that brought about the success of Gandhi, Jesus or Martin Luther King was their love.
it seems you haven't taken a close look at gandhi, jesus, mlk or their love.
I am one with hitler. The worst of the race is within me. To think anything else is to think of separation and that is the worst, most debased, most evil thought possible.
if you do nothing to stop oppression, but make all-encompassing 'spiritual' generalizations regarding the 'oneness' of things, you may not be one with hitler, but you are complicit for looking the other way.
so! up and about!!
let's get the worst of the race out
... and we can get moving again!
You know nothing about me. You make the grave error of thinking that you do.
that's a strange comment coming from someone who a year ago said he'd trust me with the keys to his house.
anyway, i was only trying to save you some self-flagellation for being hitler. :D
however, if that is what you want to do, that's fine.
it would be helpful though to not post the strange statements you are making unless you can back them up with something somewhat tangible though.
While I may have said that you not know much about me, I still don't think you're a thief. ;)
well then you know a fair bit about me mark ... and we can be glad of that.
the difference between your divinity and hitler's divinity, well there is no difference
well that's fine, mark, but i'd rather hang out with sultana than hitler.
we prefer not to defend the indefensible here through the old divinity argument. ;)
Funny you mention Martin Luther King, Mark. :)
Oh yes, I've known this for ages! And that's why I've never thought Martin L. King was such a hero as he is usually portayed, even if he surely spent his life for some ideals, however his famous sentence about people's indifference is one of the best ones I've ever heard, and it's a very meaningful and true sentence in itself, indipendently from whoever have spoken it.
All that is necessary for evil to succeed it that good men do nothing,
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
Indifference is the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw
Our worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them
George Bernard Shaw
We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.
Margaret Chase Smith
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
For one who is indifferent, life itself is a prison. Any sense of community is external or, even worse, nonexistent. Thus, indifference means solitude. Those who are indifferent do not see others. They feel nothing for others and are unconcerned with what might happen to them. They are surrounded by a great emptiness. Filled by it, in fact. They are devoid of all hope as well as imagination. In other words, devoid of any future.
The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, its indifference.