Now it looks like neither the mayor nor I should have given them this publicity.
According to an August article in Forbes magazine, 27 former Dahn practitioners filed suit against the company in May, "claiming the group subjected them to psychological manipulation and fraudulently induced them to spend thousands of dollars on Dahn yoga classes and retreats."
The accusations against the company are extreme: "The punishing techniques, they say, included forced isolation from friends and families, exercises like bowing 3,000 times all night long without breaks, disciplining members by sticking their heads in the toilet and making them lick other members' feet, and having them hold certain poses, like the push-up position, for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. On top of those charges, the suit alleges that Ilchi Lee, the 57-year-old Korean founder of Dahn and its spiritual leader, sexually preyed on young female disciples."
Naturally, Lee and the Dahn people deny all these charges. But I think the mayor ought to rescind "Brain Education Day" all the same.
IN MUCH HAPPIER news, the organizers at Deer Hollow are looking for volunteer tour guides.
"It's time for our annual docent recruitment drive at Deer Hollow Farm," writes Gail Nyhan. "Volunteers are needed to lead small groups of elementary school children as they visit farm animals, explore a wilderness preserve, or discover local history and culture in a replica Ohlone village."
To find out more, come to an introductory meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the downtown library's Community Room. Or call (650) 903-6430 or write email@example.com.