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Jennifer French



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Ep. 13: Helen Zuman on Zendik Farm & "Mating in Captivity", her memoir.

Helen Zuman is the author of Mating in Captivity (She Writes Press 2018), a memoir of her five years, post-Harvard, at Zendik Farm, a cult with a radical take on sex and relationships. After leaving Zendik in 2004, she helped expose its twisted innards via her Zendik FAQ. More recently, she's shared her story at the conferences of the International Cultic Studies Association, the Communal Studies Association (which honored Mating in Captivity with its 2020 Timothy Miller Outstanding Book Award), and the International Communal Studies Association. She's also written about aspects of her cult and communal experiences for Communities and Livelihood magazines, and the Foundation for Intentional Community’s website. In all, she's visited or lived at more than a dozen co-ops, cults, communes, and intentional communities throughout the United States; she now homesteads with her husband on a steeply sloped quarter acre in Beacon, New York.  In this interview you will get a flavor of Helen’s writing and most importantly her spirit and journey out of Zendik and into the life she now lives. Please check out Helen’s website where you can find out more about her memoir, Mating in Captivity: Jennifer is a mental health counselor located in the Los Angeles area, using Internal Family Systems (IFS) as the primary modality of psychotherapy that she uses with clients. Jennifer will graduate with her second Masters degree in 2021 in the Psychology of Coercive Control. She works both across the US and internationally with those seeking insight and healing. For more information, please visit her website, Follow Jennifer on social media at: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: If you would like to be on the PH Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email, To check out Pure Haven:

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