The Universal Medicine cult was denied charity status in the UK, but that hasn’t stopped the Benhayon enterprise from raising millions of gloriously tax free pounds through The Sound Foundation charity front to construct a plush Universal Medicine clinic and conference facility, and a swimming pool from which Sound Foundation trustee, Simone Benhayon, operates her swim school and Esoteric water healing racket.
Universal Medicine has a charity in the UK. The charity commission in the UK would not give UM charity status. Fortunately for us Chris James, one of the esoteric students had an existing charity called “the sound foundation” which he is allowing UM to use, as he does not need it. Esoteric Development Group lecture notes taken by Elizabeth Dolan, December 17, 2011.
Fortunately for cult leader, Serge Benhayon, his long time ‘student’, business partner and the cult’s über recruiter, Chris James, provided a tax exempt front for UM’s UK commercial operations – not that Universal Medicine mentioned that to the Charity Commission. Just as they didn’t mention Benhayon’s teachings that charity is evil, but rape and murder are not. Documentation concerning the cult’s failed charity application will be posted soon on the FACTS blog.
Similar to the tax exempt College of Universal Medicine, the Sound Foundation has raised millions to provide conference and clinic facilities to the cult, so they can run their abusive commerce without the burden of tax.
We also have a building in the UK called the Lighthouse that was set up specially to be run esoterically…
The Lighthouse is a beautiful building that was bought by a couple of esoteric students in England. They used their own money to buy it- approx 3 million pounds. The Lighthouse is in Frome, Somerset. UK. (ibid.)
Those students are Lighthouse proprietors, chartered accountant, Simon Williams and his wife Janet, who in spite of saying the Lighthouse has nothing to do with ‘religion’ and Universal Medicine are only clients of theirs are company directors of Universal Medicine UK (along with Sara Williams, Jane Keep and Simone Benhayon).
There is 35 acres on this property and Universal Medicine has leased some of this land for 999 years and is now building a conference centre on it with 8 treatment rooms, a commercial kitchen and a swimming pool for Simone to teach in. The Lighthouse itself provides accommodation for the students; there is a café there, a library and treatment rooms. It is a beautiful place and well worth a visit sometime in your life. You can have a look at it on the UM website-go to links when you get onto the UM website. The new conference centre at the Lighthouse has been designed esoterically and all details in getting it ready for use are been done by Serge and Simone so it is going to be fully esoterically designed right down to colours etc. Serge showed us slides of the Lighthouse. EDG notes taken by Elizabeth Dolan, December 17, 2011. The notes go on to promote Chris James and Serge Benhayon’s latest musical collaboration.
Construction of the Lighthouse conference and training centre was completed in March 2012 at a cost to followers of £1.75M.
Holding shares without dividends
Just as the Australian College of Universal Medicine Charity is said to be ‘not for Serge’, student notes tell us the Sound Foundation is raising money to serve Benhayon’s business interests. They also say the property will be owned by the student body.
The unimed charity in the UK has now got a 2.5million pound centre with kitchen, hall, accommodation and indoor swimming pool all for use for courses, retreats etc all purchased through student donations. It is not owned by anyone but by all of us for everyone to use. The direction of the centre and the charity is made in response to the call from the student body. It is run independently from unimed and ‘the lighthouse’. EDG notes taken by Michael Dixon,18 February 2012.
In both the UK and Australia we (Universal Medicine) now have charity status. This means that people can donate money. In the UK there has been 2.5 million pounds raised and this money belongs to the student body and the student body has built a conference centre where all the courses can be held as well as retreats and also free retreats for those who are ill.
Serge is going to run 3-day retreats for people who are ill so that they get to live in a new way for 3 days and then go home and reimprint their lives. EDG notes taken by Elizabeth Dolan, February 18, 2012, p.5.
In other words, offering a ‘free’ service to a small number of patients in order to increase patronage of paid services – using the charity label as a marketing exercise for a tax exempt commercial enterprise. Student owners still pay full price to repeatedly attend Benhayon’s courses in indoctrination, and they make donations on top of their expenditure on workshops, healing sessions and money for nothing products. Not only are they not offered discounts, they’re paying premium price for low outlay bogus therapies and other rubbish invented by an unqualified scam artist.
Note that one million pounds have been donated by Sound Foundation trustee, Michael Nicholson; Simone Benhayon’s father in law, in the last two financial years. The Nicholson family are multi-millionaire owners of the nearby Upper Vobster Farm, which has been renovated into another accommodation facility to cater for those travelling to the Lighthouse to attend cult events. Advertising for UK events now includes contact details for Michael’s wife, Tricia Nicholson to take bookings.
Dishonesty and evading regulators
The Sound Foundation was founded in 1993 by Benhayon’s business partner and right hand man, Chris James, as the ‘Foundation of Sacred Sound’ and then ‘Healing Sounds’. Financial records dating back to 2008 showed no income and no activity until 2011. Income began to flow in after Universal Medicine failed to gain charity status in the UK as a religion. According to the UK Charity Commission website, the Sound Foundation’s activities are the ‘promotion of wellbeing through sound’. Its objects are listed as:
1.TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE GOOD HEALTH BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY ADVANCING THE GENERAL PUBLIC’S EDUCATION IN THE THERAPUTIC BENEFITS OF MUSIC.2.FOR OR TOWARDS SUCH CHARITABLE PURPOSES AS THE TRUSTEES THINK FIT.
In response, Universal Medicine then set-up ‘UniMed UK’ as its non-profit unit of service to operate from the new dedicated site. Since then it has evolved to present on behalf of and for the Sound Foundation, a charity with the objective to serve all areas of true public benefit via the dissemination of sound living and healing. https://www.universalmedicine.com.au/about/clinics/united-kingdom-somerset – screenshot taken in May 2013.
‘Benefiting wellbeing through sound’ and ‘the therapeutic benefits of music’ would be unusual activities for UM anyway, considering the only sounds Serge Benhayon regards as energetically correct are that of his own squeaky voice and the muzak produced by his talentless family or in collaboration with Chris James. Benhayon teaches that music causes cancer, except for that produced by the cult.
In the last few months, since a visit from UK Charity Commission officials, Universal Medicine has altered its publicity to distance its commercial operations from the charitable non activity of the Sound Foundation. That page now reads:
In response, Universal Medicine then set-up ‘Universal Medicine UK’ as its non-profit unit of service in the UK. Universal Medicine UK has evolved to present at various venues but now settling to hire the space as provided by the Sound Foundation, a charity with the objective to serve all areas of true public benefit via the dissemination of sound living and healing.
Similarly, the Sound Foundation charity was listed as a UM service earlier this year, but now it’s not.
The publicity now says: 2. Universal Medicine UK: utilising the facilities of the The Lighthouse and the Sound Training Centre as hired from The Sound Foundation.
Charity trustee, director of Universal Medicine UK and Esoteric breast massager, Sara Williams, no longer states that the Sound Foundation is ‘the Universal Medicine UK Charity’.
No, it wasn’t a typo. She named the Sound Foundation as UM’s Charity in the UK on the Spherical Living Facebook page as well, and gave us a taste of the charity’s activities – promotional Esoteric healing sessions ‘free of charge’, and some indoctrination from the guru on how healing is surrendering to death, backed by cult surgeon Eunice Minford.
Universal Medicine put student donations to use in constructing a conference facility for Universal Medicine activities, events and recruitment drives, a clinic rented out to Esoteric healers, including director of the Esoteric Practitioners Association UK/EU, Jonathan Stewart, and an indoor swimming facility rented to Sound Foundation trustee Simone Benhayon (Serge’s stepdaughter), where she operates her Creative Aquatic swim school as well as Esoteric water healing sessions.
The Lighthouse advertises hire of the Sound Foundation conference facilities, but the dormitory style accommodation is purpose built for minimizing privacy as part of the cult’s conversion process of removing personal boundaries. It has limited appeal for corporate or other groups and that shows in the lack of bookings. The conference facilities, to date, have been used almost exclusively for Universal Medicine events with at least three months of each year booked solid with Esoteric workshops, retreats and back to back healing sessions from the Benhayon family and other Esoteric parasites, with tables full of money for nothing Universal Medicine merchandise for cash sales.
All cashed up
The latest financial statements from the Sound Foundation, accessible on the UK Charity Commission website, show a large amount of income, over £1.8M in the last two financial years to September 30, 2012, but miniscule charitable expenditure; £80K for the same period. For all its supernatural ability to raise funds, including tithing via monthly direct debit, as stated in the Summary Information Return document, the charity has no website and no official publicity stating its mission, objects or activities. The same document states that the cult plans to foster relationships with local schools, health services and the media, and to run free events for local school children and health professionals. (UPDATE: The elusive Sound Foundation website reappeared some time late 2013 or in the first week of 2014 with the announcement ‘website coming soon’, and no other information. We expect it’ll be like the EPA website, which has been ‘coming soon’ since 2009.)
Sound Foundation activities to date that have been publicized have consisted of a couple of Esoteric healing promotional events as advertised by Sara Williams above, a couple of Chris James singing recruitment workshops, including a free event for GPs, and an International Womens Day event at Simone’s swimming pool, promoting the Creative Aquatic swim school and Esoteric healing services.
If and when the Sound Foundation gets around to providing charitable activities – benefiting wellbeing through sound, or sound wellbeing, or however they mash it or THINK FIT – it’ll be no surprise that those will be more promotional activities for the Universal Medicine commercial enterprise, provided by a retinue of UM investors and assisted by several dozen gormless unpaid volunteers looking to recruit to UM’s multi million pound pyramid scheme of abuse.
The UK Charity Commission hands compliance plan to the Sound Foundation – charity front for the Universal Medicine cult (with Universal Medicine UK Who’s Who)