Head count at NXIVM/ESP Coaches Summit: 120

NXIVM members leaving an Apropos event

According to sources at the scene, some 120 people attended the NXIVM/ESP Coaches Summit at Apropos on Route 9, in Clifton Park today.

Most of the coaches came from Mexico.

Despite the recent spate of defections and mass exodus of students, the Mexican and Clifton Park contingent of coaches remain strong. A typical coaches summit in past years might see about 130-150 coaches in attendance, according to former NXIVM/ESP coaches.

Sara Bronfman was seen leaving the building today showing that the multi-millionaire heiress still remains committed to funding the organization which is reportedly now under FBI investigation.

According to reports in the New York Times and the Albany Times Union, the Eastern District of New York of the DOJ is the supervising office for the NXIVM/ESP investigation. This particular office is known as a leading prosecutor of human and sex trafficking cases.

How many of the coaches in attendance today, if any, will ultimately be charged as a result of the investigation remains to be seen.

In our next post, we will try to identify the coaches who were in attendance today.

No one has reported seeing Keith Raniere or Clare Bronfman – both of whom normally appear at Coaches Summits. They are believed to be in Monterrey, Mexico. Sources speculate that their sudden departure from the USA may have more to do with the possibility of impending indictments than the goal of shoring up Mexican membership in NXIVM/ESP.

Interestingly enough, there are many seminars scheduled in Mexico in the upcoming months while virtually none are scheduled in the USA.

Coaches Summits are described as indoctrination sessions where Keith Raniere sets the agenda. What is being taught in this Coaches Summit is believed to be, among other things, the importance of being loyal, having the integrity to ignore unethical critics, why it is more ethical to distort your representations of reality [lie] to preserve a noble mission if by telling the truth, suppressives and parasites would otherwise destroy it, and that when a good man is being persecuted, it is the duty of all good people, to share his persecution and, if need be, sacrifice themselves to save the higher cause or the higher person.

The example of  Jesus’s crucifixion illustrates this latter point. Had all of Jesus’ followers and disciples been willing to take up the cross, Jesus might have been spared and lived to change the whole world to his beliefs.

A second more nuanced lesson is expected to be presented before the summit concludes on voluntarily taking responsibility for one’s mistakes and misdeeds versus allowing others to be blamed.

The passion of Keith Raniere has made some of his followers weep for him.

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Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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