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June 18, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers this week painted contrasting portraits of a self-help guru who saw three clients die in a sweat lodge: reckless profiteer or victim of circumstance. Defense attorney Luis Li argued that the deaths during a so-called Spiritual Warrior retreat were a senseless tragedy, and that James Arthur Ray was not criminally liable for them. Li noted that people who paid nearly $10,000 to attend the weeklong workshop in October 2009 signed a waiver warning that death was among the risks.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver. Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an “entirely aboriginal-themed hotel.” The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society . Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
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February 4, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum and DeeDee Correll
Self-help guru James Arthur Ray was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of manslaughter in connection with an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead in October. Ray was taken into custody at his attorney's office in Prescott, Ariz., a sheriff's spokesman said, and taken to the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde. Bond has been set at $5 million. He is to appear in court Thursday. The charges are linked to the last day of Ray's five-day $9,695-a-person "Spiritual Warrior" retreat near Sedona, where he assembled about 50 people in a makeshift, sauna-like sweat lodge for about two hours.
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June 22, 2011 | By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
A jury in Arizona convicted a bestselling author and self-help guru Wednesday in the deaths of three clients during a sweat lodge ceremony in 2009 that was intended to help participants overcome adversity to reach their full potential. After hearing four months of testimony, the eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated for fewer than 12 hours before finding James Arthur Ray guilty of three counts of negligent homicide. The panel acquitted Ray of the more serious charges of manslaughter.
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October 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A sauna-like sweat lodge meant to provide spiritual cleansing became the scene of a police investigation after more than a dozen people became ill during a two-hour session and two later died. In all, 21 of the 64 people crowded inside the sweat lodge at a resort Thursday evening received medical care. Four remained hospitalized Friday evening -- one in critical condition and the others in fair condition. The cause of the deaths and illnesses has yet to be determined; tests for carbon monoxide and other contaminants were negative.
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October 22, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- More than 50 followers of spiritual guru James Arthur Ray had endured five days of fasting, sleep-deprivation and mind-altering breathing exercises when he led them into a sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona. People were vomiting in the stifling heat, gasping for air and lying lifeless on the floor, according to participant Beverley Bunn. One man was burned when he crawled into hot rocks, seemingly unaware of what he was doing, she said. "These people, including myself, were really just searching for a better way to live and a better life," she said.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in Canada's First Nations culture when a first-of-its-kind hotel opens next month in Vancouver. Skwachays Lodge is billing itself as an “entirely aboriginal-themed hotel.” The 18-room boutique hotel in British Columbia will sit at the crossroads of Chinatown and Gastown in downtown Vancouver. The building opened two years ago as a residential facility operated by the Vancouver Native Housing Society . Two floors are being converted into an experiential hotel whose profits will benefit the nonprofit organization.
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October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Two people who died after sitting for hours in an Arizona spiritual resort's sauna-like sweat lodge were identified Saturday as a 40-year-old Wisconsin man and a 38-year-old New York woman. James Shore of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown of Westtown, N.Y., died Thursday night after being overcome in a sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony. Nineteen others were taken to area hospitals, suffering from burns, dehydration, respiratory arrest, kidney failure or elevated body temperature.
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October 16, 2009 | Associated Press
The deaths of two people during a sweat lodge ceremony led by self-help expert James Arthur Ray are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Thursday. Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh said the deaths last week of Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee were not accidental. "A combination of circumstances led to the deaths," Waugh said. "Whether or not we can prove a criminal case, that has yet to be determined." Waugh said investigators were looking at the way the sweat lodge was built, the fact that people had fallen ill at previous sweat ceremonies led by Ray and questionable medical care on site.
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June 18, 2011 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers this week painted contrasting portraits of a self-help guru who saw three clients die in a sweat lodge: reckless profiteer or victim of circumstance. Defense attorney Luis Li argued that the deaths during a so-called Spiritual Warrior retreat were a senseless tragedy, and that James Arthur Ray was not criminally liable for them. Li noted that people who paid nearly $10,000 to attend the weeklong workshop in October 2009 signed a waiver warning that death was among the risks.
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October 22, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- More than 50 followers of spiritual guru James Arthur Ray had endured five days of fasting, sleep-deprivation and mind-altering breathing exercises when he led them into a sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona. People were vomiting in the stifling heat, gasping for air and lying lifeless on the floor, according to participant Beverley Bunn. One man was burned when he crawled into hot rocks, seemingly unaware of what he was doing, she said. "These people, including myself, were really just searching for a better way to live and a better life," she said.
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October 22, 2009 | Scott Kraft
The story that self-help guru James Arthur Ray loves to tell his new audiences is a modern-day parable, a tale of overcoming adversity. The key character: James Arthur Ray. In 2000, he was living in a house on Mount Soledad in La Jolla ("higher than Deepak Chopra's," he says) with ocean views from seven rooms. "I was carried away with myself," he told 300 listeners on a chilly night in Denver this week. Then, a stock market plunge wiped out half his assets. His live-in girlfriend moved out and demanded half of what was left.
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October 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A third person who attended a Sedona-area retreat has died more than a week after being overcome in a sweat lodge ceremony. Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., had multiple organ damage and was in a coma before she died Saturday at a Flagstaff hospital. Self-help expert and author James Arthur Ray had rented the Angel Valley Retreat Center for his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. Sheriff's investigators in Yavapai County are treating the three deaths as homicides. Ray wrote on his Facebook page that he was deeply saddened by the death of Neuman, whom he had known for more than seven years.
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October 16, 2009 | Associated Press
The deaths of two people during a sweat lodge ceremony led by self-help expert James Arthur Ray are being investigated as homicides, authorities said Thursday. Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh said the deaths last week of Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y., and James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee were not accidental. "A combination of circumstances led to the deaths," Waugh said. "Whether or not we can prove a criminal case, that has yet to be determined." Waugh said investigators were looking at the way the sweat lodge was built, the fact that people had fallen ill at previous sweat ceremonies led by Ray and questionable medical care on site.
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October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Two people who died after sitting for hours in an Arizona spiritual resort's sauna-like sweat lodge were identified Saturday as a 40-year-old Wisconsin man and a 38-year-old New York woman. James Shore of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown of Westtown, N.Y., died Thursday night after being overcome in a sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony. Nineteen others were taken to area hospitals, suffering from burns, dehydration, respiratory arrest, kidney failure or elevated body temperature.
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March 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge ruled unconstitutional a Utah State Prison ban on the use of ceremonial sweat lodges by Indian inmates. Indians packed into the courtroom broke into applause, and some into tears; and, outside, members of several tribes chanted and pounded ceremonial drums to celebrate the Thursday order by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene. Inmates had fought for two years to be allowed to conduct religious ceremonies in the small canvas- and blanket-covered structures.
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October 22, 2009 | Scott Kraft
The story that self-help guru James Arthur Ray loves to tell his new audiences is a modern-day parable, a tale of overcoming adversity. The key character: James Arthur Ray. In 2000, he was living in a house on Mount Soledad in La Jolla ("higher than Deepak Chopra's," he says) with ocean views from seven rooms. "I was carried away with myself," he told 300 listeners on a chilly night in Denver this week. Then, a stock market plunge wiped out half his assets. His live-in girlfriend moved out and demanded half of what was left.
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