Power Places Tours Ethics Scandal

A major ethics scandal involving Gregg Braden and Power Places Tours is going on that involves travellers paying to see him being cheated out of money through deceptive and intimidatory means by Power Places Tours. Power Places Tours also has a reputation for bullying, intimidation, deception, suppressing free speech and generally behaving in a way incompatible with taking people to Power Sites as an industry leader.

 

Beware of Power Places Tours

Power Places Tours is the travel company that world famous author Gregg Braden uses, endorses and actively promotes despite having been made aware of the issues. I , Free Spirit – a Spiritual Master – am the main ‘whistleblower’ for this kind of conduct.

Gregg Braden

His press office stated in 2013 (as reproduced below) that there was no scandal but there is. He has a working interest in the company in that he promotes their tours and receives commissions (in the form of free trips) for doing so.

From: SSAWBraden@aol.com
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:45:40 -0500
Subject: Re: GreggBraden.com Comment
To: RAWVEGAN@HOTMAIL.COMDear Mr. Spirit,Yes, we have worked with Power Places Tours in the past, as well as other companies, that offer similar kinds of services, and have trips scheduled with them now.Facts:
· There is no “scandal” as characterized in your email of 11/20/2013
· Power Places Tours is not Gregg’s tour company, as characterized in your email, nor has it ever been. He has no working interest or ownership in any respect to the company, nor has he ever
· Unless someone chooses to share with him personally, he has no way of knowing anything about Power Places dealings with other speakers
· Gregg does not see their agreements and contracts
· They do not discuss the terms with him
· He’s not part of their office, staff or directorshipGregg is an independent author and speaker and has enlisted the services of Power Places Tours, as well as other travel companies, to arrange the logistics for trips that he leads. He simply works with them as a speaker just as a number of other authors and speakers have done over the years. When it comes to this company, Gregg would not work with them if he did not trust them and have good experiences. His groups trust him, and he trusts PPT because they have earned his trust in many trying situations over the years.
What Gregg Braden’s press office did not admit is that Power Places Tours resolve trying situations by intimidating people that speak the truth. He also stands by whilst people are defrauded out of money after paying to see him on tour and are then dragged through the legal system having unfair charges levelled against them.

He also continues to endorse the company – in his words:-

“Power Places™ Tours your willingness to create new adventures and your commitment to take such good care of us we consider among the great blessings in our lives. You have made it possible for us to open up some of the world’s most sacred sites to the eyes and hearts of many of those who trust us to guide them there. I consider your support staff the finest in the industry”
Gregg Braden

Source www.powerplaces.com

However, given the sheer amount of testimony, reviews and evidence pointing to serious ethical wrongdoing – this is clearly not the case.

Jeanette Maw of the Good Vibe Blog - being sued by Power Places Tours for telling the truth.
Jeanette Maw from the Good Vibe Blog is currently fighting defamation charges and claims for 1.5 million in damages after telling the truth on her blog about how she paid to see Gregg and was cheated out of a deposit after she cancelled on the basis of fraudulent surcharging (fabricated fuel surcharges that the airlines did not apply).
A judge ordered Power Places Tours to refund Jeanette Maw some time ago but they showed contempt of court and refused to refund her. Instead they are harassing and intimidating her through the use of the legal system.

Source  GripeVine

http://gripevine.com/power-places-tours-does-bad-business-power-places-tours-gripe-20783955

 

I was threatened with defamation by Theresa Weiss if I spoke up about these issues and told people what really goes on at Power Places Tours. I was gong to present as a Spiritual Teacher at the Yucatan 2012 Transform at Source event. I was bullied off the tour (by being made to accept unethical conditions along with restrictions on speech and movement) when I discovered that one of the other presenters was involved in serious criminal activity and was supported to do so by Theresa Weiss of Power Places Tours. They also tried to suppress my right to free speech, threatening to remove us from the tour without refund if we spoke about our concerns.

 

Over the last 2 years I have received numerous emails from  ex-employees of Power Places Tours are from past travellers that concur that unethical behaviour is a continuing and major problem at Power Places Tours.
This is what  previous employees of Power Places Tours have to say about ethics and Gregg Braden:-

 

“I used to work at PPT many years ago. The “surcharge” has always been a standard there. It has nothing to do with any fuel surcharge at all, it’s just bad management. The owners Toby & Teri Weiss are desperate for clients so they underquote in the hope of getting enough people on a tour. They need 10 people to sign up to give a free space to Gregg Braden or whomever the speaker is. If that number is not achieved then the cost passes on to you in the form of a surcharge. Another reason is that someone did not factor in all the costs correctly or the wife Terri decided to join the trip for free at your expense or they did not book the space when they should have and later when the costs went up they found that they did not make enough profit, there are myriad of reasons why they make up the surcharge. You would think that a couple who organized tours about mind, body and spirit would be a little evolved but they are very callous and there is nothing spiritual about them. It’s all about the money. They live and keep their money offshore in St Croix and just have someone in Denver act like an adminstrative asst. All their staff always hated them intensely and the speakers just tolerate them for the free trips.” Ramona worked for them in 2011 and 2012

 

“I have travelled with them four times, and have seen some behind the scenes scenarios that make me question the integrity of working for them at all in any context. I am not currently in a position to slip you any gory details, but let’s just say that some aspects of “New Age” business are just as questionable as mainstream, if not heavier on the snake oil.” Richard Rodgers – worked for them in 2012

 

I worked for Power Places Tours for a very short time and although the owner made me sign a contract that declared I was an “Independent Contractor,” she treated me and everyone else like employees, controlling a great deal of how we did our work, right down to what emails we wrote. Commission for selling a $5000 trip was about $15 dollars. It was ridiculous! She left her key employees frustrated, overworked, angry and in ill health. The turn over was terrible and I finally left in disgust over the way she treated both her contractors and her customers. Profit was always the bottom line, and the fine print of her tour conditions allowed her to take people’s money in very questionable ways. What travel company in there right mind would charge a person for tour package, have you pay in full, and then three months later, after it’s too late for a refund, tell a traveler they now owe $500 more dollars due to the “rise in costs.” Zilch! I had such high hopes for working there, hoping it would be a rewarding experience in helping others go on a spiritual “journey of a lifetime” but so many were very displeased with the service. To be fair, many were happy too. But the energy was so bad working there, I had to leave in a hurry.  Tammy Smith 

 

It’s amazing how this company is still in business. I worked for Power Places Tours back in the early 90’s. Holly James, Richard Rodgers and myself were always bullied by the owners, Toby and Terri Weiss. Very unethical practices going on back then. It was a nightmare working for these people. With the concept for which they market their tours one would think that they would operate their business with faithfulness and loyalty to their customers. I learned the hard way as an employee and I thank my higher power that I was only there for 1 year.  Tim Sanchez

 

People have also complained about Gregg Braden appearing intoxicated under the influence of cocaine and being seen harassing people inappropriately. These people are then intimidated into silence.

 

By silently supporting and promoting Power Places Tours, Gregg Braden makes himself an accomplice to fraud, intimidation, bullying and deception as well as taking free trips on commissions created by unethical means.

 

Travellers are advised not to use Power Places Tours to avoid deceptive contracts, fraudulent surcharges, bullying and supporting a company involved in serious unethical conduct.

 

Those who have lost money at the hands of Power Places Tours, attorneys or the press wanting to contact me or anyone that wishes to submit any kind of testimony/evidence can do so here.

Bad ethics at Power Places Tours