Friday, October 09, 2009

Can You Sue Your Shaman?

Two dead, others sickened after lengthy sweat lodge ceremony at the Angel Valley Retreat Center in (where else?) Sedona, Arizona, which advertises, "Angel Valley offers the opportunity to 'retreat' from the 'bus-i-ness' of life while providing the optimal condition and the services to assist in connecting with and expressing who you are, being your True Authentic Self."

From the AP story:

Authorities said self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray rented the facility and was hosting the group inside the dome, a low-lying structure covered with tarps and blankets. In a testimonial on the retreat's Web site, Ray said it "offers an ideal environment for my teachings and our participants."

On Ray's Web site, a guide for participants of the five-day "Spiritual Warrior Event" includes a lengthy release of liability that acknowledges participants may suffer "physical, emotional, financial or other injuries."



Anonymous Kullervo said...

Same as you can sue anybody else.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Pitch313 said...

Well, you can sue a shamman. But I bet that what will be sued here is more likely an organization or LLC.

And I wonder about calling the guy and his associates "shamans." They remind me more of televangelists, pitchmen, correctional boot camp leaders, and some of those itinerant big fee motivational speakers.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Don't be too literal, Pitch. I was being playful, hip, postmodern, and ironic in my use of "shaman."

5:25 PM  

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