Source: Michelle Hatchette quits wine bar, says she’s off to start a children’s school in France

Source: The party at Lucas Confectionery [see: ‘DOS changing terms from “slave pod” to “the squad”]’ was for Michelle Hatchette, who worked there.,

She apparently is quitting. She told people she was leaving for France to start a school for children.

Two observations: Is the school going to be connected to Rainbow Cultural Garden?

Despite being an Executive Success Programs coach, Michelle worked at Lucas Confectionery, “a wine bar featuring small production and natural wines, craft beer, Tandem Coffee, domestic cheeses, small plates & confections in Troy,” according to their website.

It is not clear what she did there. Was she a waitress, busboy, cook, dishwasher?

Her Linked-in account makes no mention of it.

She gives her occupation as a Farmer
Farm Girl Farm
June 2011 – Present (6 years 8 months)

Prior to that, she worked at something called

Westminster School
Director of Multicultural Affairs, Associate Director of Admissions
August 2011 – June 2013 (1 year 11 months)

Harlem Seeds, Inc.
May 2010 – August 2011 (1 year 4 months)

Manhattan Country School
Environmental Education Intern
Manhattan Country School
September 2009 – June 2010 (10 months)
Assisted in teaching cooking and gardening classes.

Organized educational and recreational activities for
children aged 7-14.

Conducted survey to determine impact of farm programming 1 to 20+ years after leaving the school.

Pitzer College
International/Intercultural Studies, Spanish, History
2005 – 2009
Activities and Societies: Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA), Co-Founder of Empowered Women of Color (EWOC), Research Assistant in Sociology Department.


Michelle Hatchette is also a DOS slave who is known to be branded and has given collateral. She is also a DOS master who arranged to get collateral from one or more slaves.

In her recent pictures, Michelle looks emaciated, which may be partly due to the low calorie diet plan that Keith Raniere has promoted for his female followers.

Is she a Multicultural Diversity Specialist for Rainbow? Will she actually be starting a school? Will this be funded by Sara Bronfman who has a Rainbow ‘school’ in London and is known to reside in France for a portion of each year?

Michelle, 5th from left.

skinny michelle
Michelle in center. Is she getting enough nourishment? Some say that a classic cult technique is to under-nourish followers so that they are weak and more susceptible to thought reform.

When I look into her eyes, the smile seems that of an ill or disturbed individual and not happy at all.

The casualties associated with Keith Raniere continue to grow and are really quite shocking.  Now, a major figure in the Albany/DOS scene is reportedly leaving for France.

Keith Raniere is in Mexico. Clare Bronfman is in Mexico. Will there be arrests? Will the Albany congregation scatter? How is Nancy Salzman? Is she well?

What happens next?

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  • There are other DOS slaves/ESP/NXIVM members who are teachers. One is a Prof at Concordia in Montreal and the other teaches Elementary school in Vancouver.

  • The school might be in southern France. The text below is copied and pasted in its entirety from here:

    Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Basit Igtet & Sara Bronfman Inspire a New Style of Hospitality Experience
    May 25, 2017

    Athal Hospitality is the new luxury and lifestyle hotel collection, breathing new life into the hotel business. Domaine des Andéols, a unique property in the heart of the Luberon, Provence, is the company‘s first outstanding address in France.

    Entrepreneurs and philanthropists Basit Igtet & Sara Bronfman inspire a new style of hospitality experiences (PRNewsfoto/Athal Hospitality)

    Athal Hospitality was founded by Basit Igtet, a Zurich-based international entrepreneur with a strong track record in iconic hotel and property acquisition, and his wife Sara Bronfman, a philanthropist and education entrepreneur with 15 years of experience in the field of human potential. Mr. Igtet has brought together a team of hospitality experts led by Stefan Fraenkel, an inspirational figure in the field of hospitality and the former Director of the Innovation Institute at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne.

    Athal Hospitality aims to develop a hand-picked portfolio of properties providing unique guest experiences, nurtured by a delicate balance between the company’s three pillars: art, nature and wellness. Domaine des Andéols is the first expression of that philosophy with an emphasis on art.

    Founded in 2003, Domaine des Andéols has been a life-long project for artist and renowned fashion and cultural events producer Olivier Massart and his wife Patrizia, who together acquired, designed and developed the property.

    Located in an exquisite natural setting, the Domaine offers a selection of homes and suites carefully decorated with an extraordinary collection of art and designer furniture. Mr. Igtet and Mr. Massart also collaborated to launch the first on-site exhibition curated by Parisian art gallerist Kamel Mennour.

    Fashion designer, artist and creator Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is the founding artist in a new series of Artists in Residence, invited to leave their impression upon the property. The fresco adorning the wall of the Maison des Saveurs restaurant, entitled “The Six Elements,“ is the artist’s testimonial to his experience at the Domaine.

    About Athal Hospitality:

    Created in December 2016 by Basit Igtet and managed by Stefan Fraenkel. Athal Hospitaliy is the new and innovative luxury and lifestyle hotel collection with a dedicated focus on art, nature and wellness. By combining the best methods and mentors from hospitality & humanitarian ethics, Athal Hospitality brings a new art to hospitality. This exclusive Group will be developed in urban, resort and hidden destinations through the conversion of high-end properties, management contracts and newly built constructions.

  • It is not okay to criticize her for the career choices she made, but one should inform the French authorities about her affiliation to this group and her intent to start a school. As a member or short time ex-member she should not be allowed to educate students at all, especially minors.
    It cannot be the solution to let everyone of them go somewhere new and start the same shit all over again. But I guess it is gonna be hard to find out the truth about her intentions. The question is who would hire her with that skill set as a teacher in the first place if not some Seagram heiress.

    • No one is criticizing her career choices up until she joined NXIVM became a coach then branded slave and devotee to her master Keith Raniere. She also is believed to be a ruthless slave/squad master. Pretty ironic for a woman of color wouldn’t you say?

      Michele was a co-founder of Harlem Seeds along with her sister. Harlem seeds sounds like a great organization designed to bring awareness to healthy living and food choices to kids. Nothing nefarious there.

      Farm Girl Farm is actually a female owned Farm over in the Berkshires. FGF supplies produce for area restaurants and farmers markets and also operates a CSA. Nothing nefarious here either. It appears Michelle has probably helped the owner during the planting, growing and harvesting seasons but it does not appear to have been a full time gig.

      Somewhere during this time (perhaps late 2014 to early 2015 naybe even earlier via JNESS) she obviously became involved with NXIVM in NYC (?), There is a facebook photo of her dated 9/1/2015 with Espians: Dini Rao (RCG NYC, Michaela Zahner and Linda Chung (both at her b’day celebration last week) and Karen Bardavid) taken In Knox NY. Knox is only about 15 minutes from Clare Bronfman’s horse farm. Maybe there was some kind of a retreat up there.

      Michelle’s Facebook page lists these life moments 11/5/2016 started new job at Rainbow Cultural Garden. She was in London from approximately 1/12/2017 to 3/1/2017

      Frank report and comments on this blog have reported that Michelle served as a MDS for RCG or nanny to Penelope Cruz’s kids until those children were pulled from the program. She may have served that role in London or Los Angeles where Cruz maintains homes with her husband and fellow actor Javier Bardem or Miami where Penelope was filming the Versace biopic. A facebook photo of Michele puts her in Miami at the time of filming.

      Just a note the top photo labeled Michele 5th from left is of her and her colleagues at Lucas Confectionary/Pecks Arcade. None of those individuals are known to be Espians. Michele’s birthday was actually either that night or around that night. So perhaps it was a birthday and send off party for her.

      The caption of the photo: “You helped me see that we can chose to see this as bright times” seems to indicate that perhaps Michele had some doubts regarding her role in NXIVM/ESP. But it appears the flying monkeys swooped in and got her back in line.

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