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Sex, Money, Mind Control: The Zendik FAQ... [Dec. 27th, 2011|05:00 pm]

...like you've never seen it at zendik.org.

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From: (Anonymous)
2011-03-22 07:57 am (UTC)

Thank you.

I'm not sure when or where I first found the zendik magazine, but I was about fifteen, maybe sixteen, when I started reading it. And man, did I read it. Cover to cover, over and over and over. It really struck a chord with me, the revolutionary attitude, the member's pictures and testimonials. One of them was yours, I think.
I still have problems with authority now, but at the time they were exacerbated by high school and Zendik Farm seemed like my personal utopia, a place to work, and hone my art. I started telling my family I wanted to go, and was so obsessive, my dad checked it out online.
This happened before this blog, and other ones describing it as a cult were big, so he gave his approval. Luckily, I still had to finish high school, and life distracted me from my ambition to go.

I graduated from high school at nineteen, it took me an extra year to get the credits. By that point I had decided I had to prove I was better than the school, and my previous slackerhood had been my choice. I didn't have a job, I had just lost contact with a roommate, and I was back at home wondering what to do with my life, when it hit me. Zendik Farm. It was far, but not unfeasibly far from Maine. I googled it, and one of the first pages was yours.
If you hadn't made this, I can't imagine the mistake I would have made. My life sucked for a little while anyway, but now I'm twenty three, in a Creative Writing program in an art school in Santa Fe, and my first semester I had a 4.0 GPA.

I finally feel that I'm in a place with like-minded, but not closed-minded people, working on my talents and most of all, improving as a person. I'm seeing new places, meeting new people, and living a life I can be proud of. I realize I'm really laying it on thick now, but you saved a life, and I'm not exaggerating.
I can't thank you enough, and I'm sure if my friends and family knew how close I was to throwing my life away on a cult, they'd thank you too.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-11-06 02:31 am (UTC)
I used to be part of a committee that managed donations of money, products, etc. when I worked for a corporation in the home decor industry. We were contacted by Zendik Farm (this must've been shortly after the move to W. VA) and asked to donate products to them. Not knowing anything about the organization, several of us checked out the website, which at that time was full of information about beliefs, pictures of members and their kids, and generally putting out the "Life here is all sunshine and roses" vibe. Despite the less-than-mainstream philosophies, it seemed relatively harmless, but we still sensed the cult lurking beneath. That was years ago, but it crossed my mind again today, and when I looked up more information about the group, this was one of the first pages I found. I'm so glad that we did not make any kind of donation. I am, however, haunted by the thought of those pictures of seemingly-happy children on the website back then; hearing all of this about the reality of ZF definitely raises concerns as to their well-being. Glad to hear that you broke free and are using your experience to help others.
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[User Picture]From: xallanthia
2012-01-31 11:11 pm (UTC)
I realize this is old but I wanted to say thank you for the information you give here. I haven't read it all yet but just what I did is... wow. I'm interested in Zendik because I grew up across the street from Erim (though of course that wasn't his name, then) and every so often I google him (both "erim" and his old name) hoping that he might have got away.
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-02-26 06:24 am (UTC)
Very nice writing. Thanks for telling the truth. I can verify what you say. I lived at the farm in Texas for awhile and was asked to sign a contract that, in effect said "after you've been here a certain amount of time, everything you own becomes community propery". I did not stay that length of time.... I was an Audio Engineer and owned a lot of really expensive sound equipment. They wanted it for their band so they kept it, citing their contract, leaving me destitute and used the guns you mentioned to force me to leave. I called the cops in Bastrop but was given the runaround. I was told that by the cops that Arol was a member of the Chamber of Commerce! I don't know how that translates to what they preach about "checking out of the DeathCulture" but seriously! Beware this group at all costs!
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-04-20 02:58 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to mention 2 very different (or so I have heard) communes or intentional living communities. Twin Oaks in Virginia and The Farm in Tennessee.

I have heard wonderful things about these 2-but have no firsthand knowledge.

Thanks so much for this informative website!
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-02-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
Looks like ZF has officially disbanded.
"Sorry to say Rachel but we have officially disbanded. Lots of internal issues that could not be resolved. But the good news is a small number of us may be starting up a new collective in the near future! Friend Peiro Mele for more info if u are interested. Take care "

Looks like the Cosmic Pizza Delivery Service has delivered some Karma.
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From: (Anonymous)
2013-04-12 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this description of Zendik Farm life. I remember them selling zines at UT in the eighties, and seeing Wulf and his creepy huge wizard hands on cable access.

Obviously a cult, I feel sorry for people who are lost and looking for a better way and end up in a situation like that. Never let someone disabuse you of your sense of self for a sense of belonging. You are better off alone in a wilderness.
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[User Picture]From: electrosoundwav
2013-05-01 07:47 am (UTC)
I remember y'all used to come through Greenville, SC a decent amount in the late 90's. Even though a lot of us were into what y'all said you were into, none of us ever went any further than buying bumper stickers. Thanks for this faq and I'm glad you got out.
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[User Picture]From: justhumbs
2014-06-17 12:06 am (UTC)

"Rows Of Teeth In Succession- The Royal Procession.
Feed On The Tale- Empowered.
Their Place In The Queue-
Folded Over- Taffy Blue ...
Until Ivory Meets Ivory- In A Dragons Smile.
Yet The Scales Have Fallen- All The While.
Have Tickled The Conscience- Of The Smallest Child ..."
Cosmic Dot Era-

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From: (Anonymous)
2015-08-16 03:43 am (UTC)
Hello, visited Zendik when they were in Texas. myself and a friend Nicole, now named Nika I think. Anyone know anything about her
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[User Picture]From: emeraldimajia
2015-08-17 03:10 pm (UTC)
I prefer not to speak of people's whereabouts in public. If you email me - madgelma[at]hotmail[dot]com - I will see what I can do to connect you with Nika.
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