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James Arthur Ray Cancels Event As Sweat Lodge Deaths Bite

by | 29th, October 2009

sweatlodgescenesheriffphoto JAMES Arthur Ray Watch: Anorak’s man in LA looks at the latest news on the New Age guru and the Sedona Sweat Lodge horror:

WE now know now what it takes for James Ray to finally talk or write about what happened in Sedona: the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars, allegedly.

Ray has broken his eight days of silence, with an e-mail to the people who had enrolled in what was supposed to be his upcoming Quantum Leap experience at a Las Vegas Hotel.

The fee for the experience: $3,995 per person

On Tuesday, however, the Green Valley Ranch Hotel notified all of those enrollees booked at the hotel that the event and their reservations had been canceled.

No explanation was given. They merely received an e-mail that read “we are saddened to cancel your booking with us…”

Then, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Quantum Leapers, got an e-mail from one of James Ray’s associates, Director of Operations Megan Fredrickson.

In the e-mail, Fredrickson said the cancellation message from the hotel was as much a surprise to us as it was to you, and for that we offer our sincerest apologies.

Megan went on to offer a standard confused apology: “We are currently in communication with Green Valley Ranch and regret that we do not have any further information to share at this time.”

Then, in an e-mail time & date stamped at 3:51am on Thursday (10/29), The Big Kahuna himself reached out to his followers.

“The lives of the families impacted by the Sedona tragedy have been changed forever,” the missive began.

“These families deserve to have the questions raised by the tragedy answered as quickly and authoritatively as possible. That is the goal I’m dedicated to achieving.”

But Ray’s dedication to resolving everything doesn’t stop there.

“This is the most emotionally wrenching situation I have ever faced,” he says in the e-mail, “and it’s now clear that I must dedicate all of my physical and emotional energies to helping bring some sort of closure to this matter. That means helping the authorities and the families get to the bottom of what happened.”

But apparently “helping the authorities” doesn’t include speaking directly with them.

As of the time he wrote that e-mail, there had been no reports of any conversations between James Arthur Ray, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office, which is investigating the case.

In his e-mail, Ray goes on to explain that the Quantum Leap experience will be re-scheduled for a time after the first of the year. He makes no mention of refunds.

For your reading pleasure, The Rat is including the full text of all three e-mails (the one from the hotel, the one from Ray’s Director of Operations, and the one from Ray himself) after the jump.

From: Reservations (

Sent: Tue 10/27/09 9:31 AM

To: (addressee name deleted)

Dear Jane Doe,

We are saddened to cancel your booking with us, and hope to have the opportunity in the future to plan your perfect stay. Your cancellation number is: !@#$%.

If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 782-9487 and reference your cancellation number: !@#$%, when calling.

Best wishes until we meet again.


Update for all Quantum Leap participants?
From: Megan Fredrickson ( on behalf of Support JRI Events (
Sent: Wed 10/28/09 2:20 AM
To: Support JRI Events (

Dear Warrior,

It has come to our attention that if you made a guest room reservation at Green Valley Ranch for Quantum Leap, you received an email today that indicated your reservation as well as the Quantum Leap experience have been cancelled. This message was as much a surprise to us as it was to you, and for that we

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