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Carlsbadistan’s Sweat Lodge Disaster Connection

by The Editors on October 14, 2009

Sweatx-LargeJames Arthur Ray, the self-help author whose five-day “Spiritual Warrior” retreat at Arizona’s Angel Valley Retreat Center resulted in two deaths and 19 other injuries during a “spiritual cleansing” in a “crudely built sweat lodge,” is apparently based in Carlsbadistan, according to a story in USA Today.

Ray’s company, James Ray International, is based in Carlsbad, Calif. His publicist, Howard Bragman, declined to comment Friday and didn’t return a call Saturday from The Associated Press.

The victims had reportedly paid between $9,000 and $10,000 for the five day retreat. Apparently that fee included a day-and-a-half of no food. According to the story it will be between three and four weeks before they know if criminal charges will be filed.

[Link: USA Today]