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Updated October 20, 1999

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The FORUM, according to Landmark Education Corp. (LEC), is a personal growth workshop. It is also the first step which potentially leads into a labyrinth of courses, volunteering, and trainings. LEC's own promotion is entirely positive. Yet, many describe an experience which is less (in some cases, far less) positive. The purpose of this web site is to connect the reader with information and opinions which are not found on Landmark's web site nor at it's "Introduction to the Forum" events.


The Not-So-Cherry Side of Landmark

Please Note! Personal Narratives of Large Group Awareness Trainings Wanted for Research - Research into Personal Development Programmes in the 1990s, Dr. Sue Odell, 1999

New Link! Apologetics Index: Landmark Education, September 1999

The Guilt-Pitch, by a Landmark refund recipient, August 1999

Case in Point, by Alex Beam, The Boston Globe, April 1999

Court gives Landmark Education Corp. (LEC) access to Cult Awareness Network (CAN) files, by Jim Beebe, March 1999

Big Brother Was Indeed Watching, February 1999

A "Quick Fix"?, January 1999

Abstracts of Articles in Psychological Journals Concerning est and The Forum, December 1998

The Con-Forumists, by Jana Martin, Swing Generation, November 1998

A Harvard Forum for Self-Promotion?, by Alex Beam, The Boston Globe, November 1998

Secular Religions, by David Millikan, October 1998

Lady Beatrice and Lord Benedick Review an ''Introduction to the Forum'', October 1998

Do You Believe in Miracles?, by Rosemary Mahoney, Elle Magazine, September 1998

Landmark Sues Elle Magazine for Libel, San Francisco Business Wire, August 1998

THINK ABOUT IT, The Landmark Forum, 1998

The est of Friends, by Traci Hulkill, MetroActive, July 1998

Est of 90's Hit with Lawsuit, by Jeannette Walls, MSNBC, January 1998

Landmark Settles Personal Injury Suit, Filed September 1997
(Contains graphic descriptions which may be disturbing to some readers. Not recommended for readers under 18.)

The Forum, by Bob Glickstein, 1998

Landmark Education: Self-improvement or Cult?, Common Cause, 1998

Landmark Education: Experience, Investigation, Research & Analysis, by Robert Black, December 1997

The est in the Business, by Jeannie Marshall, Saturday Night, June 1997

Open Letter to Landmark Education, May 1997

Landmark Corp.'s Lawsuit Failed Before Court, by Thomas Munster, Suddeutsche Zeitung, April 1997

USENET Discussions on LEC, October 1996

When it Comes to Landmark Education Corporation, There's No Meeting of the Minds, by Steve Jackson, Westword, April 1996

Is the Forum a Cult? Should We Care?, Phoenix Online, April 1996

Landmark Education in a Relationship, July 1995

Group Sues Cult-Info Network, Chicago Tribune, September 1994

White Collar Cults, They Want Your Mind..., by Dirk Mathison, Self Magazine, February 1993

The Siren Call of Modern Pied Pipers, by Lawrence A. Pile, Employee Assistance, January 1993

Self-Help Course Allegedly Shattered a Life, by Robert F. Howe, The Washington Post, July 1992

Victims Lured into Baring their Souls by Mind Games, by Ray Clancy, The London Times, July, 1992

Professionals Fall Prey to New Age Gurus, by Ray Clancy, The London Times, July, 1992

Mind Game Courses Aimed at Public Sector Workers, by Ray Clancy, The Times, July 1992

New Age Guru Goes into Hiding, by Ben Macintyre, The London Times, July, 1992

Seminars Leave Firms Divided, by Ray Clancy, The London Times, July, 1992

Forum Training Dropped, by Sylvia Brooks and Robert Ruth, The Columbus Dispatch, February 1992

Landmark Education, by Andy Testa

I didn't get it

Werner Erhard and est

Landmark was formed in 1991 when Werner Erhard sold Werner Erhard & Assocs. and the ''technology'' of the Forum (formerly the est training) to a group of employees. There has been some evolution of both the organization and its courses since then. However, there is remarkable congruity in the comments made about both est and Landmark. Landmark's predecessor is worth studying as the formative stage of the present organization.

Erhard Seminar Training or The Landmark Forum - A profile

Landmark Education: Registration of Corporation

How Was Landmark Formed?, by esumerlin, Usenet Post, January 1997

Werner Erhard v. Commissioner IRS, February 1995, from Findlaw

Enlightenment in Two Weekends - The est Training, by Stephen Pressman, 1993

The Death of Jack Slee, est Participant, August 14, 1983, by Stephen Pressman, from Outrageous Betrayal, The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from est to Exile, 1993

Cults & Psychological Abuse: My Experience in the Forum, by James B. Endres, October 1992

Werner Erhard Flees in the Wake of Tax Liens and Child Abuse Allegations, by William M. Alnor, Christian Research Journal, Summer 1991

Guru Erhard Accused of Trying to Hide Assets, by Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times, March 1991

More Allegations Against est Founder, San Francisco Chronicle, March 1991

Self-Help Guru Werner Erhard Selling Empire, San Francisco Chronicle, February 1991

The Sorrow of Werner: For the Founder of est, A Fresh Round of Charges, by David Gelman with Pamela Abramson and Elizabeth Ann Leonard, Newsweek, February 1991

Ex-Employees Describe Abuse in Suit Against est's Erhard, by Don Lattin, San Francisco Chronicle, April 1990

Heidegger for Fun and Profit, by Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times, January 1990

'New Age' Training Suit Against Market Settled Out of Court, Wall Street Journal, May 1989

Employers' 'New Age' Training Programs Lead to Lawsuits Over Workers Rights, by Martha Brannigan, Wall Street Journal, January 1989

Training Course Sparks U. S. Suit by Market Workers, by Martha Brannigan, Wall Street Journal, December 1988

Companies Seeking Advice Spawn Host of Consultants, by Peter Waldman, Wall Street Journal, July 1987

Motivate or Alienate? Firms Hire Gurus to Change Their 'Culture', by Peter Waldman, Wall Street Journal, July 1987

Report of the APA Task Force on Deceptive and Indirect Techniques of Persuasion and Control, by Margaret Thaler Singer, Harold Goldstein, Michael D. Langone, Jesse S. Miller, Maurice K. Temerlin, and Louis J. West, American Psychological Association, November 1986

The Winds of Werner, by Richard Behar and Ralph King, Jr., Forbes, November 1985

Mellow Out or You Will Pay: A Magical Mystery Tour of the Psyche with Werner Erhard and est, by Robert Farr, Argus Magazine, December 1980

The Power of Positive Eyewash, Forbes, December 1975

werner wuz here

Other Related Entities

True Believers, by Ellen Barry, Boston Phoenix, September 1996

Few Agencies Interested in est-like Program, by Sylvia Brooks, The Columbus Dispatch, February 1992

Shining the Light on Hidden Link, by Rance Crain, Crain's Chicago Business, December 1988

The Hunger Project Inside Out, by Carol Giambalvo, January 1988

The Hunger Project and est: Close Ties, by David Hoekema, The Christian Century, December 1979

The Hunger Project: You Can't Eat Words, by David Hoekema, The Christian Century, May 1979

The Hunger Project's web site

Other Sites Focusing on Landmark

Landmark Education Corporation's own website

Landmark Forum Rants and Raves
Unbiased information about the Landmark Forum

Landmark Education (Germany)

Landmark (formerly est)
by SIMPOS Foundation in The Netherlands for information on social problems and occult tendencies
A sometimes confrontational Usenet newsgroup which discusses Landmark and other Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGATs)
( can also be accessed from Deja and RemarQ)

New! The Forum Forum
Discussion About Landmark


Other Sites Focusing on Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGATs)

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Links and information concerning Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGATs).

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