Landmark Education and the Landmark Forum

June 6, 2012

The Press Landmark Forum Review

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Someone recently sent me a very thoughtful Landmark Forum review written by John McCrone of The Press, Christchurch’s main newspaper, and it doesn’t appear to be up on the internet anywhere, so I thought I’d put it up here.



January 13, 2012

Mass Casualties Review – Landmark Forum not a Cult, etc.

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After what seems like an eternity, I’m back! I’ve been travelling so much I almost forgot the password to the blog! I’m home for a bit, and someone passed along an excellent review of The Landmark Forum, so a post seemed appropriate. From a blog from a U.S. veteran named Mass Casualties, this Landmark Forum review dismisses the usual cult nonsense, then goes on to give a detailed and fair review of the program, focusing specifically on how The Landmark Forum has one look at the stories one makes up in life (as opposed to the simple facts), and the power that’s available from taking responsibility from one’s actions. Here’s a brief quote I like:

“elling yourself  that your boss is a jerk and treating him like he’s one and complain all day and telling yourself all day that he’s a jerk, is going to put you in a pretty crummy mood.So when something happens, just ask yourself why you’re telling yourself the story that you’re telling yourself—and ask yourself if it’s a fact, or a story.”

Read the whole thing (linked above) and enjoy! Happy New Year everyone!

September 20, 2010

Comprehensive Landmark Forum Review

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This one is an old Landmark Forum review but a good one; I just encountered it on the web, linked to from another site, and written in December 2006. Although I think Landmark has changed from that time, I think everything written in this review pretty much still applies.

The Landmark Forum review is a lengthy one, far more comprehensive than someone as lazy as I am would be inclined to write, and covers almost everything one could want to know:

  • A review of the logistics of the course
  • A description of exactly what goes on in each part of the Landmark forum
  • an honest recounting of exactly how each part of the course applied to the real life of the reviewer, and what they took from it
  • what people are likely to find challenging in the landmark forum

And more good stuff. Read this 2006 review today.

August 30, 2010

What You Already Know

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The paradox of the Landmark Forum, in my view, is that the course has one see blind spots about themselves and life that they didn’t realize, while at the same time the content of the Landmark Forum isn’t anything that you don’t already know. Usually, however, what we already know doesn’t make very much difference. You may know that you need to exercise more and eat less to lose weight, but this doesn’t make any difference – it’s when you see the impact of what you’ve been doing that you’re suddenly moved to take action on what you already know.

It’s in this context that I relate a few points from a blog post that I read recently where a person shares what they got out of the Landmark Forum. What’s interesting is that they said they already knew these things – and yet it made a big difference. Here are few things they saw about life that they ‘already knew’:

1) We can’t change who our family is – it’s futile to wish for a different one.

2) You can’t change anyone.

3) There’s no perfect partner out there – anyone could be ‘the one’.

4) Life is unpredictable!

Read the post about the Landmark Forum at the Red Rapture blog.

July 26, 2010

Compassion for our Parents

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 3:42 pm

Life is still crazy, and it’s been a while since I’ve had much of a chance to write anything Landmark Forum related or otherwise, but I saw a recent Landmark review that I thought was notable in the comment it made about our parents.

As anyone who has taken part in the Landmark Forum knows, getting ‘complete’ with and being at peace with one’s parents is a key part of the course, in that it’s hard to have a great, free life if one is trotting around a lot of baggage and resentment towards those who are responsible for you being alive.

This review/share of Landmark discusses a particular moment in her course I found moving:

“Jan asked everyone in the room age 25 or younger to stand up. Perhaps a dozen of the approximately 100 people in the room stood up. ‘These are your parents when you were born,’ he said. In my head, walls fell down, lights went on, my heart broke open. I ‘got’ it. These people looked like children to me.”

The reviewer goes on to share how she reached out to her parents after decades of estrangement. I think the point is very powerful: we think our parents made careful decisions about how they raised us that reflect their feelings about us, when in many cases they were young kids who had no real idea what they were doing. If you let that sink in, it makes forgiveness for supposed slights much easier.

The full review at Sojourner in the 21st century.

June 21, 2010

The Landmark Forum is not multi-level marketing

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The most recent Landmark Forum review I read debunks Myth #124 about the Landmark Forum (one of the more amusing ones), which is that it’s some sort of multi-level marketing or pyramid scheme. I’ve taken some of the Landmark courses and know people who have done every leadership program and there’s no kickback for recruiting people, no upstream, no nothing. People simply recommend it if they want to or not. I think the myth comes from the idea that if someone is passionately speaking about something, they have to have a self-interest. Our cynical antennae kick in.

This review does a fairly good job of describing the course, and how she got past her initial cynicism to get a lot of value out of the Landmark Forum. This is what I consider the most interesting line:

“I agree what he spoke about was pretty much what I was aware of, but it was probably something I didn’t give much thought to. I mean I had it at the back of my mind, but I didn’t think it would be possible to put it into action.”

This doesn’t sound so spectacular, but I think it’s the key to the Landmark Forum. Hearing something that you’ve always known to be true, but you didn’t always act upon – the course inspires you to actually to take action upon the ‘wisdom of your better angels’.

Read the review at the just for kicks blog at the link above.

May 24, 2010


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This latest, detailed review of The Landmark Forum has an amusing reference to the classic American movie, Citizen Kane, which I think gets a mention in the Forum itself these days.

I don’t have a lot of time today, so I won’t give all my opinions about the whole post, but read it yourself – it’s really quite moving. The writer is willing to share their realization that they threw away the most valuable relationship they’d ever had in their lives for superficial reasons.

Go check out the Still Alive and India blog and you’ll get a sense of what someone looks like when they are fully alive.

March 29, 2010

Dealing with Weird Stuff on the Net

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 9:57 pm

Based on some of the sinister nonsense one can come across when researching Landmark Education and other personal development companies on the net, I’m sometimes surprised anyone ends up doing these courses at all. This blog post I read perfectly shows some of what people have to wade through to figure out if a course like the landmark forum is right for them.

Here’s Rachel Rofe’s Landmark/Review experience.

One footnote: this interesting blog post talks about many of the ‘reviews’ one reads out there about such programs – most aren’t ‘reviews’ at all – they’re more along the lines of ‘I’ve heard bad stuff like it’s a cult so stay away’ or ‘or I went to a brief informational session about it and it was weird so stay away’. Many (though not all) are by people who never actually did said course – kind of like reviewing a film based on rumours rather than actually watching it.

March 26, 2010

An ‘Official’ Landmark Forum Review

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While the name of the website is ‘Landmark Education’ reviews, I confess I often indulge in philosophical rambings related to Landmark and the self-help industry, and when I do get around to putting up excerpts and links to Landmark Forum reviews, they tend to be from whatever local blog I happen to notice.

Today I have something a little different; an actual media review of a journalist going through the Landmark Forum for an actual media outlet, albeit apparently a small one, from New Jersey in the United States. (On another occasion I’ll look up and publish as many of these ‘official’ reviews as I can find).

The outlet is the ‘Maplewood Patch’, the article is ‘Cult or Cure? Landmark Surely Left Its Mark‘, and here’s an excerpt from the review:

“Since the class ended, I continue to get revelations that surprise me. Just last night I had a heart-to-heart conversation with my mother in law. If you know me, you are aware of the challenges I felt in our relationship. I said things to her that I never thought I would be able to share with her. It was amazing.”

Ok, this kind of gives away that it’s a pretty positive review, so sue me. Read the whole thing for yourself – one interesting thing about it is that it does an excellent job of describing what it takes to sign up for the Landmark Forum after one reads some of the strange stuff that’s out there on the internet.

December 30, 2009

Integrity and What it Means

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , — landmarkeducationinaustralia @ 5:23 pm

I read an article today about what integrity supposedly means in a Landmark Education kind of a way on a blog today, and it struck me as something useful to discuss. The article distinguishes integrity from morality and ethics, and defines it as honoring one’s word.

One reason I find this interesting is that I’ve noticed that this is a place some critics of Landmark Education like to attack the company and its ideas. Apparently, some critics feel that by defining integrity as different from morality or ethics, it somehow means that Landmark is asserting that morality and ethics aren’t important and that Landmark must have neither.

Whether this misreading in intentional or not, it is clearly a misinterpretation of what’s actually being said. It’s not saying that morality and ethics are unnecessary or useless. To me, it’s saying that by focusing on integrity solely in these terms, there is something left out that could have great value to people.

Said another way, one honors one’s word solely because it is the right or good thing to do, then it is likely that one won’t necessarily be inclined to do so in situations where it isn’t particularly right or wrong to honor one’s word. And this definition of integrity in this article points to the fact that there is an impact on a person when they don’t honor their word even if they aren’t wrong for doing so.

Here’s an example. I promise myself that I will eat right and exercise several times a week. I get busy in my life and I don’t keep that promise. Now, I don’t think many people would say that this makes me a bad or immoral person. However, the impact on my health from not keeping my promise is very real, and it has nothing to do with whether or not it was moral to break my word. Moreover, there is also probably an impact on how I view myself; I may start to believe that I’m lazy or that I can’t be counted on to keep promises to myself.

The point is that whether one honors one’s word or not causes a big impact in one’s life independent of the morality of breaking or not breaking one’s promise. If I’m taking a holiday in Greece, and I miss my plane flight, one could say that I didn’t honor my word to myself to be on the plane and go on the vacation. Now, I’m not a bad person for missing the flight, but I still suffer the impact of having missed the flight and what that’s cost me in terms of my vacation.

Said another way, I believe we tend to notice the moral impact of not keeping our word, but not so much the impact on power and effectiveness in our life.

Read the article on this ‘Life after Landmark’ blog; you’ll find it interesting.

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