Wednesday, September 23, 2009
LANDMARK FORUM, for when the crack runs out and you need to join a cult
So about three years ago, I worked at a production company in the West Village. Every week, two Jersey sisters would come into our office, meet with us one-on-one, and proceed to haphazardly pry into our lives and go on about ways we could heal ourselves. Why exactly were they there? Apparently after some magical retreat weekend, our boss had decided to hire them as our office's personal life coaches. Bleh...
I, among others, bore the impression that this was complete bullshit [note: the fact that neither of the women actually had any sort of degree didn't help] It was all quite bizarre to me, but through it, I came to learn about the mysterious world of LANDMARK FORUM.
Since that time, I have discovered, in fact, that many of my friends also have had experiences with this possible pseudo-cult, pay-for-help service. And while some express great support for the program, having reached high in the ranks, others have condemned it as a stranger-than-fiction manipulation of peoples' emotional weaknesses. I've never participated in one of their weekend retreats, meaning I'm very happy to confront it all with an open and curious mind (although, my experience thus far does sway me in one direction)
regardless, I was glad to find that the French had made a rather controversial film on it all, Voyage to the Land of the New Guru. It was nearly silenced by the Landmark group, but somehow survived the legal battles and is free to watch online.
I bet if you asked around, you too would discover that many of the people you know have encountered this organization.
Check out this insider's final perspective!