A cult worse than NXIVM? — a mother’s plea to rescue her daughter from ‘OneTaste!’

Recently an anguished mother contacted me – after reading Catherine Oxenberg’s book Captive – to see if I could help her out.
Her daughter, she said, was in a cult as bad or worse than NXIVM.
Like NXIVM, the cult – or group – OneTaste – bills itself as a self-improvement and female empowerment business, offering classes for a fee.
While NXIVM, and its subsidiary, DOS, distinguished itself by persuading [and coercing] women to be branded on their pubic region with the cult leader’s initials [and blackmailed to boot],  OneTaste offers women the opportunity to be ‘fingered’ in public by strangers.
Public masturbation – they call it “Orgasmic Meditation” or “OM” – is what distinguishes this group. According to some, for women members who get deeply involved – there is also the horrifying specter of the descent into glorified prostitution – becoming an escort – but with a twist:  They are prostitutes who are not paid.
It seems that men and couples hire OneTaste women to live in their homes and be their private whores, paying as much as $10,000 per month for the woman’s sexual services – but the woman does not get the money.
OneTaste does – according to a source familiar with their secret practices.
So why does the prostitute not get paid? Because she is a student of OneTaste and owes so much money to the cult – for courses – that the money earned for her sex services is absorbed to pay off debt for classes to OneTaste.
Sound familiar?
According to a source, a woman goes from one wealthy ‘John” [sometimes a John and Jane ] to another and another and lives with them for a month. The Johns pay $10,000 for the month, the woman gets nothing – the cult gets it all.
The woman becomes dead broke, dependent on the cult for arranging her to have another place to live when the month is up – where she trades sex for course work, while the cult rakes in money from the Johns [wealthy students.]
Another source told me that Russian and Turkish men may be involved and that some women might be traveling overseas to perform [learn] more about the secret teachings of OneTaste – and who knows – may never return.
Of course, OneTaste CEO co-founder Nicole Daedone would likely disagree with my sources’ assessments.  She has said she sees herself as the leader of the “slow sex movement,” one that places emphasis on women’s pleasure.
She teaches – for a fee – highly advanced lessons on sexuality and offers women and men a chance to become coaches and recruit others into the group to learn her sublime teachings.
She’s claimed in interviews that OM aims to “free women from sexual inequality and collective female trauma,” and hopes OneTaste will “go into the belly of the beast and begin to heal this trauma about misused sexuality” while speaking of the need for women empowerment.
She’s quoted on OneTaste’s Twitter page: “Orgasm is the best teacher I know for how to be human.”


OneTaste’s best known practice is “OMing.”  Participants (often strangers) are paired up to become “Research Partners.”

One of them is designated as the “Strokee” (typically female). She lays naked from the waist down, legs spread eagle, in a “nest” of pillows with a blanket over her (the “OM container”).

The “Stroker” (typically male) sits fully clothed in front of her.  He puts one finger from his gloved hand at the entrance of her vagina and uses another finger to stroke the upper left quadrant of the clitoris up and down for a timed 15 minutes.

He verbalizes the physical details of what he sees taking place with her body parts and she speaks to him about what it is she’s experiencing.

The two of them are not necessarily alone. This is done at group gatherings where the Research Partners are paired then separate to stoke and be stroked.  After 15 minutes are up, everyone regroups to form one large group circle on the floor where they share what took place during their enlightened [masturbatory] time together as “Research Partners.”

Here are some of the costs. [Note: If you are a young, attractive woman – who wants to be a strokee – and more – there is a chance you can work off your fees.]

Checking Out a Turn-On event: $10+

OMXperience conference: $195 – $395+

Women-focused Training: $495+

Men-focused Training: $495+

Mastery Program: $7,500+

Train to Become a Coach: $15,000 and up.


The idea of OneTaste seems to have sprung from Daedone’s personal experience.

She claims to have met a Buddhist with a practice in “contemplative sexuality” in 1998, while attending a party. At that time, she was dealing with personal issues related to her estranged, incarcerated father’s death.

He had been doing time for molesting two girls when he died in prison from complications of cancer. Daedone spoke of the distant relationship they had while growing up, and how her world shattered upon learning of his death.

The Buddhist invited her to experience an OM [female masturbation] session right there at the party, which she described as the “moment she decided to live.”

He promised to teach her all about OM on the condition she would spread the concept to the rest of the world, she claims.

A OneTaste recent Twitter post includes this: “As a woman comes more into her sexuality as a woman her father gets more protective and more controlling.”


OneTaste appears to seek women with a history of trauma and/or those going through vulnerable times in their lives.

OneTaste claims that what they do is therapeutic, religious, ethical, spiritual and necessary in our world right now.

According to their website ( they teach a “trauma-informed curriculum,” and have staff whose titles are “Trauma Advisor-in-Chief” and “Spiritual Director.”


Joanne Coleman Spiritual Director

Their headquarters are San Francisco, but there is a network of sites across the U.S. and beyond.

Some of their leaders, coaches and students reportedly live together in communes.

Daedone’s admirers see her as a sex diva, while some who left OneTaste call her a master manipulator.


Sex slave or orgasmic coach?

OneTaste published this video of a woman [above]. In the video she extols OneTaste, but a source says she is believed to be working as an unpaid escort for the company.

She was reportedly recruited into the sex industry and turned into an escort by OneTaste as they keep her in debt and sexual bondage. Like DOS slaves, if you asked her, she would say she was never happier.
She has paid or worked off over $60,000 for membership fees and courses to become an Orgasmic Meditation Coach.
It is not women alone who get orgasmic meditation.  OneTaste teaches women how to give it to men. This is from an interview with the President of OneTaste, Joanne Van Vleck.
“There’s a clitoris in your throat,” she told Playboy. “Once you reach it, you can suck a cock for an hour.”
She made a video called Oral Sex For Her Pleasure.  The endorsement blurbs on the video are:

Sucking cock for my own pleasure changed the way I related with men. Before I did it out of obligation or to make him feel good. Now the primary reason is because I have a hungry desire and lust for cock.—Yia V.

The first time I sucked a cock for my own pleasure, I took him all the way into my mouth, and I could feel the pulsing of his cock in my pussy. I had no idea it could be that intensely pleasurable.—Lianna

This is from a blogger who went for a weekend training:
Now, all of this may be innocent – and emancipating for women – – or like NXIVM — it may be disguised as women’s empowerment, but is actually female enslavement and a criminal enterprise.
There is a strong financial component.  According to one source, there are numerous shell companies:
These may be such as:

One Taste

OneTaste Incorporated

OneTaste Lineage, LLC

OneTaste Cooperative, Inc

OneTaste Media, LLC

Ehrlich Photography & Shutterbug Studio

Shutterbug Shop

Ehrlich Photography

Del Monte Realty, Inc.

Caravan, Inc

Caravan Incorporated

Caravan Retreats Incorporated

Mirror Clan, Inc

Insight Institute, LLC



Another source tells me that an heiress of the Wrigley’s Gum fortune is a high rank member, possibly part owner.

More on that later.

Rachel gets bottomless as Eli prepares to put on his rubber glove and finger her. No it’s not masturbation, it’s Orgasmic Meditation – or OMing.

Here is a video of Rachel and Eli practicing Oming…


OT Cofounder, Nicole Daedone


Robert Kandell –Is he the Keith Raniere of OneTaste – the founder whose name is on nothing? He and Nicole founded OneTaste in 2001.
Here are more details:
Basic courses range between $199 – $499 and last from 1-2 days according to their website
No pricing on intensives are shared unless one has a personalized account permitting access to their password protected website.
OneTaste sells their services as “technology” claiming all they do is based on scientific knowledge regarding physiology and psychology.
OneTaste claims their practices have a therapeutic (and healing) effect, physiologically and psychologically, and that they can heal past traumas and certain physical diseases.
Known clients consist of some many would not expect to be part of publicly-exposing practices – such as social workers, nurses, and business and technology executives.
Those who have been recruited on OneTaste’s training teams include former Canadian social worker, Justine Dawson; former software engineer for Apple, Ken Blackman; Stanford- trained psychiatrist and current OneTaste Director of Science & Research, Dr. Pooja Lakshmin; former software company Business Development Manager and current OneTaste Business Development Manager, Marcus Ratnathicam – who’s been quoted as saying, “Friends are lovers are friends”.
Those who attend training sessions report that oftentimes Research Partners are strangers.
OneTaste’s website “About Us” begins with an introductory quote, “Just as the ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so does liberation, the taste of truth”
OneTaste has had mixed media reports over the years.  Some call it a pyramid scheme and a cult; the leadership structure behind the scenes may be similar to groups such as NXIVM and Scientology – with possible exploitation deeply woven beneath the surface; all of which has not been exposed yet due to their behind-closed-doors secretive practices.
OneTaste appears to target well-educated, intelligent, independent-minded women who may lack intimacy due to individual or societal traumas.
OneTaste seems to reflect the same power dynamics and large scale “culture-grooming” displayed in NXIVM and other sociopathic cults.
On the outside, they appear to be selling “female empowerment,” and have a group of joyful members – but on closer examination, it is possible that women are being trained or brainwashed to take on the vulnerable/submissive roles, while men are encouraged to be dominant and in control of women’s freedom and happiness.
It is estimated that OneTaste teaches 500 people each month in its “How to” classes.  Because of its secretive nature, the extent and power of OneTaste and its leaders are not known.
Is it a cult – or true female empowerment?
I predict publication of this article will prompt members and ex-members to contact me and we’ll begin a journey exploring  OneTaste and whether it is an abusive cult led by sociopaths or a true female empowerment group – or something in between.
There is at least one concerned and distraught mother – who wants her daughter out of this.
I well remember another anguished mother, who called me up one day in 2017 and told me her daughter, India, was in a cult and was branded.  And wanted her out of NXIVM.
India got out, her mother, Catherine, wrote a book and now a mother read the book and called me.
Stay tuned…

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  • I am an ex member and this is absolutely a cult using thought-reform and coercive practices with all the basic components of any other cult. You will never get answers from the cult – naturally. It seems to be taking people years to break out of the denial (even after leaving) as part of the indoctrination ‘explains’ how you will ‘feel’ if you leave, and the core shaming and double-binds are very covert. It horrifies me that ‘trauma’ recovery language is now also being used in the layer upon layer of deception, making it harder to unpick. This was a knee jerk reaction on their part after the word ‘trauma’ was surfacing too often amongst members – anything to stay one step ahead, and keep up the delusion.
    For anyone suffering – get help for Ptsd / Cptsd, and do your research on cult tactics and thought-reform, WHEN your psyche is ready. Make sure you get a therapist familiar with thought-reform in cults because anything else might leave you in more knots. Reclaim your spirituality and sexuality for yourself, get your life back, and feel infinitely more ‘connected’ and ‘alive’ than you EVER did in the cult – except this time it will be ‘real’. Huge love to all those with the courage to leave. keep going! Steven Hassan has great understanding of how families can help their loved ones leave.

  • OMFG A mother somewhere does not approve of her daughter’s lifestyle! This must be the tip of some sinister and nefarious iceberg!

    Yes! Contact your local irrelevant pseudo (fake) news rag and let the fuzzy, out of date and decontextualised anecdotes begin!

    These poor women must be rescued immediately from suffrage and the pain of having their clitorises stroked.

    It’s equally disgusting and despicable that a human female should relish accomodating an erect patriarchal phallus in any orifice, least of all her poor and oppressed mouth! They surely must have been hypnotised, brainwashed and possessed by demons in order to commit such a heinous act!

    They should all probably keep their money in their bank accounts or at home under the mattress rather than invest in anything as dastardly as focussing on human connection!

    What if they’re all in it together? Nicole, Robert, Osho, Jesus, the Dalai Lama’s cat!

    We are humbly indebted to express our eternal gratitude for freeing those enslaved and engorged clitterati from those hungry orgasmic fingertips!

    Keep up the good work 😉

  • I’ve been onto NXIVM, One Taste, and lots of other cults (and other excess cultural phenomena of the NewAge Movement) for years, and am glad to see someone else – finally – sees it, too. Here’s a few of my old blog posts on One Taste, so you have more info to work with:

    Get in touch: I’d love to talk about this in greater detail than I see most articles get. You did a nice deep dive on One Taste, but there’s a whole world of this stuff out there to be exposed. Big stories. It’s time.

  • Interesting that the smartest man in the world didn’t come up with the OneTaste idea first. After all, no garlic results in OneTaste. However, it’s a lot easier to find morally bankrupt, rich, and bored people in San Fransicko than Albany, NY. At least OneTaste doesn’t have an influx of outside multi-millionaire money and goes around suing anyone who complains about them. Silver lining.

  • There is an heir to the Wrigley’s gum fortune involved in One Taste.
    His name is Jim Offield and he owns a residential compound in the West Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice.
    His wife Sujo owns One Taste.

    Here’s something to chew on. A Venice compound owned by Jim Offield, an heir to the Wrigley chewing gum fortune, and his wife, sexual health entrepreneur Sujo Offield, has come on the market for $12.95 million.

    Jim Offield is the great-grandson of William Wrigley Jr., who founded the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891. In 2008, the company was sold to Mars, the makers of M&M’s, in a $23-billion deal.

    Sujo Offield is the owner of OneTaste, a health and sexual wellness company that provides, among other things, orgasmic meditation services.

  • Someone please tell Pea Onyu and the other ladies of NXIVM about One Taste and Orgasmic Meditation.
    Once Vanguard gets sentenced to 20 years plus in prison, they will need a sex new cult to hang their hats.

  • While much more dramatic and sexually-charged than most MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) scams, OneTaste is like NXIVM, reserved mainly for a handful of relatively wealthy individuals.

    On the other hand, most MLMs (such as Amway, where Raniere learned his MLM scam fundamentals) are willing and able to scam anybody, although most of them are relatively poor, and the number of new people being scammed by MLMs is in the 10s of millions every year. It doesn’t take much financial abuse to ruin a poor person’s financial future.

    One could call MLM scams the relatively boring and asexual versions of NXIVM and OneTaste, although there are exceptions:

    • This and nxivm fall under my expertise as a Buddhist who debunks faux Buddhist bull crap. It is becoming a problem worldwide but especially in the liberal youth among the west. Because meditation can be expanded into many forms (focus on emotions, focus on objects, focus on senses) anyone can claim to be “experimenting” with a new and potentially dangerous form. ex: Some bdsm groups in the 80’s in parts of europe used to get unsuspecting college kids who were ignorant and idealistic to believe that they were teaching a form of pain meditation (which is kind of real but never involving other people and never about torture, group meditation is almost always a red flag for BS Buddhism) as a trick to capture and torture their “students” for their own sexual gratification. Luckily it was put to a stop almost immediately. However because of religious freedom and ignorance of cult behavior in the west there is a rise in eastern teachings being fused with junk science and increasingly bizarre practices under the guise of feminism that are exploiting children and young adults. This article immediately made me very worried and is a perfect example of the problem. A woman (less threatening) lures young idealistic women who are looking for direction into a group promising some form of feminist/spiritual teachings that will help them become “free” and “better” people. Only it isnt free because even though im this bohemian spiritual feminist im also a capitalist and if you give me everything I promise you will get “the Prize”. I am optimistic however that this nxivm story might be the start of the end of all cult ignorance in the west. Maybe this is the end of the dark ages kind of like how germ theory was the start of the end of acts like bloodletting.

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