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Just recieved this in my E-mails. Also, google "sweat lodge angel valley" for more news items on this tragic incident.  



2 dead after falling ill in sweat lodge in Sedona

by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Updated today at 12:21 PM


PHOENIX -- Two people are dead after becoming ill in a sweat lodge at a retreat center in Sedona.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, approximately 21 retreat participants became ill Thursday at the Angel Valley Retreat Center located off of Highway 89A at Deer Pass Road in Sedona. They were transported to area hospitals where two of them were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.


http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Haz-mat-situatiion-at-holistic-resort-sends-63824032.html

Added Ray's name to thread title. -kpn
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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2009, 12:24:35 AM »
2 Dead, Several Hospitalized at New-Age Sweat Lodge in Arizona

2 Dead, Several Hospitalized at New-Age Sweat Lodge in Arizona
Friday, October 09, 2009 -


Two people are dead and several others remain hospitalized Friday after becoming mysteriously ill in a sauna-like sweat lodge at an Arizona resort.

Three people had heart attacks and about 21 in all were treated for injuries after being sickened Thursday night at the Angel Valley Sweat Lodge in Sedona. Two died.

The resort is next to GOP Sen. John McCain's ranch, according to MyFOXPhoenix.

Emergency crews responded about 5 p.m. Thursday to a hazardous materials situation at the sauna, the station said. Three patients were reportedly suffering cardiac arrest when ambulances and a helicopter arrived.

About 50 people were in a "sweatbox" type of structure when they were overcome at the resort, which provides Native American-style spiritual retreats, Yavapai County sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said Friday.

Many people began feeling ill after about two hours in the sweat lodge.

About 21 people were taken by ambulance or helicopter to area hospitals, where two were pronounced dead, D'Evelyn said. The dead were only identified as a man and woman, both middle-aged.

Two people taken to Flagstaff Medical Center were listed in critical condition on Friday. Three others who were admitted to a hospital in nearby Verde Valley recovered quickly; two were released overnight and one was reported in good condition on Friday.

Sheriff's homicide investigators were working to find the cause and determine if any criminal actions might have been a factor in the incident, D'Evelyn said. Investigators remained at the resort and were interviewing the retreat director, staff and resort guests on Friday.

Sedona is a resort town about 115 miles north of Phoenix famous for its red rocks. It is well-known as a center for a modern spiritual movement. Sweat lodges are indoor saunas usually located at spiritual resorts.
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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2009, 12:56:07 AM »
i hope everyone that got injured or worse has a lawer
these people need to be sued right out of business
use there laws against them, they would do the same to us
 

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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2009, 03:24:50 AM »
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4PHcSvMF8pPe_CpIRZejl7OD1vgD9B7PM5O0
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" Investigators were at the resort Friday interviewing the retreat director, staff and guests, including some who told detectives they paid up to $9,000 for the multi-day program.

"A woman who answered the phone at the resort Friday said its founders, Michael and Amayra Hamilton, would have no comment. A call to the Hamilton's home went unanswered.

"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."

"Ray's company, James Ray International, is based in Carlsbad, Calif."

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"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."

"Doerksen, whose fire district responded to emergency calls, said he sent a hazardous materials team into the sweat lodge to test for carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other contaminants. The test "didn't show anything out of the ordinary," he said.

"The Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat Center, built on former ranch property in the high-desert and red-rock country of northern Arizona, bills itself as a natural environment for self discovery and healing through a holistic approach aimed at balancing the mind, emotions, body and spirit.

"The property includes American Indian structures such as teepees, guest houses and outdoor labyrinths made of stones."
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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2009, 03:50:09 AM »
I'm not sure if the article you refer to Kathryn is different from this one or not so I've included it in its entirety.  I especially lurve the last sentence; however I would replace the word "danger" with the word "guarantee."



The following News article can be located at:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4PHcSvMF8pPe_CpIRZejl7OD1vgD9B7SCBG0
 
2 die, 19 overcome at Arizona retreat sweat lodge
By FELICIA FONSECA (AP) – 28 minutes ago
 
PHOENIX — A sauna-like sweat lodge at an Arizona resort meant to provide spiritual cleansing became a crime scene Friday after two people died and others became ill during a two-hour session inside the crude structure.
 
In all, 21 of the 64 people crowded inside the sweat lodge Thursday evening were transported to hospitals. Three of five who remained hospitalized Friday were in critical condition.
 
Authorities haven't determined the cause of the deaths and illnesses; tests for carbon monoxide and other contaminants were negative. Yavapai County sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said authorities were checking into whether any of the attendees had pre-existing medical conditions and the possibility that some of them might have been fasting.
 
Among those sickened were a middle-aged man and a woman who were unconscious, according to a 911 call, and a third person who was found not breathing.
 
"It's not something you'd normally see at one of the resorts there, and it's unfortunate regardless of the cause," D'Evelyn said.
 
Investigators were working to determine whether criminal actions might have been a factor in the incident, D'Evelyn said.
 
The Angel Valley Retreat Center sits on 70 acres nestled in a scrub forest just outside Sedona, a resort town 115 miles north of Phoenix that draws many in the New Age spiritual movement.
 
Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray rented the facility as part of his "Spiritual Warrior" retreat that began Oct. 3 and that promised to "absolutely change your life." The schedule had few details about what participants could expect, other than thrice-daily meals and group gatherings that started at 7 a.m. and ended 16 hours later.
 
The details came in a lengthy release of liability that acknowledges participants may suffer "physical, emotional, financial or other injuries" while hiking or swimming, or during a multi-day personal and spiritual quest in the wilderness without food or water or the sweat lodge.
 
No one was required to participate in the activities.
 
Some participants told detectives they paid up to $9,000 for the event. In a testimonial on the Angel Valley retreat's Web site, Ray said it "offers an ideal environment for my teachings."
 
Ray spokesman Howard Bragman confirmed that his client was holding an event at the retreat, as he has done in the past. Authorities said Ray was inside the sweat lodge Thursday evening and was interviewed.
 
"We express our deepest condolences to those who lost friends and family, but we pray for a speedy recovery for those who took ill," Bragman said. "At this point there are more questions than answers, so it would not be appropriate to comment further."
 
Ray's company, James Ray International, is based in Carlsbad, Calif.
 
Ray's most recent posting on his Twitter account said: "Still in Spiritual Warrior ... for anything new to live something first must die. What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?"
 
The posting and two others were deleted Friday afternoon.
 
A woman who answered the phone at the Angel Valley resort Friday said its founders, Michael and Amayra Hamilton, would have no comment. A call to the Hamiltons' home went unanswered.
 
The Angel Valley Spiritual Retreat Center, built on former ranch property in the high-desert and red-rock country of northern Arizona, bills itself as a natural environment for self discovery and healing through a holistic approach aimed at balancing the mind, emotions, body and spirit.
 
The property includes American Indian structures such as teepees, guest houses and outdoor labyrinths made of stones.
 
Sweat lodges, like that held on the final day of the Angel Valley retreat, are commonly used by American Indian tribes to cleanse the body and prepare for hunts, ceremonies and other events. The structure used Thursday was crudely built and covered with tarps and blankets.
 
Stones are heated up outside a lodge, brought inside and placed in a pail-sized hole. The door is closed, and water is poured on the stones, producing heat aimed at releasing toxins in the body.
 
The ritual is helpful in restoring balance and changing people's attitudes and self-image, said Joseph Bruchac, author of "The Native American Sweat Lodge: History and Legends."
 
American Indian sweat lodges typically hold a maximum of 12 people.
 
People have died in sweat lodges in the past. They were either sick tribal elders who voluntarily stayed until they died or people who had heart conditions and were in poor health.
 
"The sweat lodge needs to be respected," Bruchac said. "When you imitate someone's tradition and you don't know what you are doing, there's a danger of doing something very wrong."

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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2009, 04:21:21 AM »

Ray's most recent posting on his Twitter account said: "Still in Spiritual Warrior ... for anything new to live something first must die. What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?"

Holy crap.
 
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The posting and two others were deleted Friday afternoon.

Probably at his attorney's urging. Though at $9,000 a head, he can afford legal advice. He's going to need it.

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The property includes American Indian structures such as teepees, guest houses and outdoor labyrinths made of stones.
 
Sweat lodges, like that held on the final day of the Angel Valley retreat, are commonly used by American Indian tribes to cleanse the body and prepare for hunts, ceremonies and other events. The structure used Thursday was crudely built and covered with tarps and blankets.

We need to keep an eye on this stuff, and make sure, like with the cancer kid whose mother kept him from getting treatment, that the media keeps it straight that this was NOT an NDN ceremony.
 
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People have died in sweat lodges in the past. They were either sick tribal elders who voluntarily stayed until they died or people who had heart conditions and were in poor health.

I've only heard of nuagers dying from suffocation, dehydration or psychotic breakdowns. Has anyone ever heard this claim of "tribal elders who voluntarily stayed until they died"?  ... I'm not going to speculate on that, but even if it were true, is that really an appropriate thing to say?
 
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"The sweat lodge needs to be respected," Bruchac said. "When you imitate someone's tradition and you don't know what you are doing, there's a danger of doing something very wrong."

At least that got said. It needs to be said over and over as this case is covered. Everyone is talking about it, so I think we need to keep an eye on the coverage.



ETA: The people who hosted this debacle also participated in the Live H2O event that White Ego Fraud (Rachel Holzwarth) was involved with: http://www.angelvalley.org/events.html
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Re: Angel Valley Resort Sweat Lodge in Sedona: 2 dead, 19 injured
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2009, 05:25:42 AM »
Two dead, three in critical condition and sixteen others hospitalized. Sixty-four people in a huge lodge conducted by some greedy know nothing idiot. Traditionalists have warned so many people for so long. So many of these people have no ears-all mouth. I'm all muddled up with all kinds of powerful feelings but above all my heart goes out to those families who lost a loved one. There are probably children mourning a parent. Such a bizarre and senseless tradgedy. Who ever caused this needs to spend some time in jail.

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009, 06:44:58 AM »
2 people died recently at a Sweat Lodge in Sedona, Arizona.  The news story says Sedona is the home of a modern Spirtual Movement.  Anyone have any info on this guy James Arthur Ray?  I guess he was the guy that rented the facility there.



http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9B7MOEG1&show_article=1

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091010/ap_on_re_us/us_sweat_lodge_deaths_12

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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2009, 06:58:22 AM »
I guess it all happened here at the Angel Valley Retreat Center.  They also offer "Crystal Skull Meditations" and "Full Moon Druming Circles"

http://www.angelvalley.org/sedona-calendar-of-spiritual-events.html

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2009, 12:49:33 PM »
Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray rented the facility as part of his "Spiritual Warrior" retreat that began Oct. 3 and that promised to "absolutely change your life."


Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/09/angel-valley-resort-sweat_n_316137.html
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2009, 01:11:00 PM »
See thread here: http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=2380 We should probably merge these.
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 01:38:55 PM »
Spirchul Death Cult:



http://jamesray.com/

And I'd say it's no coincidence there's a pyramid image at the bottom of the page.

Sweat your way to wealth.  Pyramid schemes resulting in death.

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