Arkadia is a truly unique event. That's a problem.
I am curious if you consider yourself a journalist Derek? It seems to me reading this that you started with your own opinions on Aubrey Marcus, some of the people he associates with, & the unique nature of this festival - and were then determined to write an article that fit your already formed opinion. There's not much nuance here, let alone an exploration of the "other side" of what your own opinions are. Opinions that seem formed mostly by the application process for the festival - "how dare they ask for more than just my credit card information! Who do they think they are?!?"
I would encourage you and anyone else reading this (who might be interested) to learn more about the nature of this festival, Mr. Aubrey Marcus himself and the guests he's had thoughtful podcast conversations with. There is a wealth of information out there that will present all of what you have written above and are critical of in a much different light.
Thank you for this. I stumbled across Aubrey Marcus on ig, then found myself in a rabbit hole of trying to figure out what the hell Arcadia was. I tried to listen to his podcast, but when he explained he was the head of his fraternity, I’d had enough. I’m darkly fascinated by these sexy-muscly-wellness industry-cult of personality- social media figures. It’s a new evolution of the yoga and meditation “gurus” of the last century. I’m watching to see where it goes. If he were really out for the betterment of mankind it wouldn’t be for thousands of dollars to carefully vetted beautiful people.
I wonder how you deal with all the Zach Bush "MD" fans out there... A friend of mine sent me something today from him and his message is so nebulously positive, like he is trying to lure susceptible people into his belief system. I used to enjoy being a part of the festival community, but they seem more like sheep than revolutionists these days. I'm not sure how to tell her that he's a false guru.