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Erhard Seminars Training, Inc.
Type Private Corporation (defunct)
Founded October 1971 (dissolved 1981)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, USA
Key people Werner Erhard, Founder[1]

Erhard Seminars Training, an organization founded by Werner H. Erhard, offered a two-weekend (60-hour) course known officially as 'The est Standard Training.' The purpose of est was to allow participants to achieve, in a very brief time, a sense of personal transformation and enhanced power. The est course was offered from late 1971 to late 1984.


The est Standard Training

Werner Erhard in 1977

The first est course happened at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco, California in October 1971. Within a year, trainings were being held in New York City, and other major cities in the US followed soon after. By 1979 est had expanded to Europe and other parts of the world. The popularity of est peaked in 1981, then enrollment for the various courses began to decline. The last est Training was held in December 1984 in San Francisco; in its place came a newly developed course called 'The Forum,' which began in January 1985. The est Training presented several concepts, most notably the concept of transformation and taking responsibility for one's life. The actual teaching, called "the technology of transformation," emphasizes the value of integrity.[2] 'est, Inc.' evolved into 'est, an Educational Corporation', and eventually into 'Werner Erhard & Associates'. WE&A purchased the assets of est in 1981.[citation needed]

Early influences

In William Bartley's biography, Werner Erhard: The Transformation of a Man, the Founding of est (1978), Erhard describes his explorations of Zen Buddhism. Bartley quotes Erhard as acknowledging Zen as the essential contribution that "created the space [for est]."[1] Bartley details Erhard's connections with Zen beginning with his extensive studies with Alan Watts in the mid 1960s.[3] Bartley quotes Erhard as acknowledging:

Of all the disciplines that I studied, practiced, learned, Zen was the essential one. It was not so much an influence on me, rather it created space. It allowed those things that were there to be there. It gave some form to my experience. And it built up in me the critical mass from which was kindled the experience that produced est.[4]


  • 1971 - Erhard Seminars Training Inc, first est Training held in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 - The Foundation for the Realization of Man - incorporated as a non-profit foundation in California (subsequently the name of the foundation was changed to the est Foundation in 1976, and in 1981 to the Werner Erhard Foundation)
  • 1975 - est, an educational corporation.
  • 1981 - Sold assets to Werner Erhard and Associates and est ceased operations[5]

Notable participants

Related organizations

See also the list of associated organizations.

See also

Related publications



  • Bartley, William Warren (1978). Werner Erhard, The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of est. New York, New York, USA: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ISBN 0-517-53502-5
  • Pressman, Steven (1993). Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from est to Exile. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 289. ISBN 0-312-09296-2. 
  • Bry, Adelaide (1976). est (Erhard Seminars Training): 60 Hours That Transform Your Life.. Harpercollins. 
  • Fenwick, Sheridan (1977). Getting it: the psychology of est. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-004467-1. 
  • Frederick, Carl (1974). est: Playing the Game the New Way. Delacorte. 
  • Hargrave, Robert (1976). est: Making Life Work. Delacorte. 
  • Rhinehart, Luke (1976). The Book of Est. Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston. 
  • Samways, Louise (1994). Dangerous Persuaders: An expose of gurus, personal development courses and cults, and how they operate. Penguin. 
  • Self, Jane (1992). 60 Minutes and the Assassination of Werner Erhard: How America's Top Rated Television Show Was Used in an Attempt to Destroy a Man Who Was Making A Difference. Houston, Texas: Breakthru Publishing. 

Articles in periodicals

  • Mark Brewerk. "We're Gonna Tear You Down and Put You Back Together", Psychology Today, August 1975
  • L. L. Glass, M. A. Kirsch and F. N. Parris. "Psychiatric disturbances associated with Erhard Seminars Training", American Journal of Psychiatry. 1977; 134(3): 245-7.
  • Peter Marin. "The New Narcissism", Harper's, October 1975, 251:45-56.
  • Perry Pascarella. "Create Breakthroughs in Performance by Changing the Conversation,” by Perry Pascarella. Industry Week, Vol. 233, No. 6 (June 15), 1987.
  • Eliezer Sobel. “This Is It: est, Twenty Years Later” (QUEST Magazine, Summer 1998)[1]
  • "Research on Erhard Seminar Training in a Correctional Institution" (Hosford, Ray, E., Moss, C. Scott, Cavior, Helene, & Kerish, Burton. Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology, 1982, Manuscript #2419, American Psychological Association)


  1. ^ a b Bartley, William Warren, Werner Erhard: the Transformation of a Man: the Founding of est. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 1978. ISBN 0-517-53502-5, p.164.
  2. ^ The Herald Sun, March 1, 2008 |,21985,23298425-664,00.html
  3. ^ Bartley, William Warren, Werner Erhard: the transformation of a man: the founding of est. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 1978. ISBN 0-517-53502-5, p. 118.
  4. ^ Bartley, William Warren, Werner Erhard: the transformation of a man: the founding of est. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 1978. ISBN 0-517-53502-5, p. 121.
  5. ^ Werner Erhard
  6. ^ Curtis, Adam (2002), The Century of the Self: There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed 
  7. ^ Jackson, Steve (1996-04-18). "It Happens". Westword. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  8. ^ "1978 saw a dramatic change in Mikes public persona. He surprised the music press by changing his image and starting to talk with the media. The change was due to Mike's participation in the radical and controversial "Exegesis" or EST programme. As a result of the EST, Mike organised his first tour in 1979, together with an entourage of almost 100! In spite of all the concerts selling out, the tour ended with heavy debt." -- -- Retrieved 2007-02-19
  9. ^ "In the course of the e s t training, you build a "center" for yourself. Following the specifications of the trainer, you not only imagine it but go through the motions of fashioning it, standing up, stepping in one direction then another,modeling the various parts with your hands according to the image formed behind your closed eyes." -- 20 Lines A Day, p. 37

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Werner Erhard in 1977

Werner Erhard (born 1935-09-05) is the founder of Erhard Seminars Training and The Forum. Erhard sold the "technology" of The Forum to his employees, and they then formed the company Landmark Education. Landmark Education is currently run by Erhard's brother Harry Rosenberg, CEO, and attorney Art Schreiber, Chairman of the Board of Directors and General Counsel. Werner Erhard also co-founded The Hunger Project.



  • I didn't arrive at the opportunity to make the world work for everyone by figuring out how to do it.
    • 60 Minutes, broadcast on Werner Erhard, March 3, 1991, CBS, Produced by David Gelber.
  • The essential difference between est and Scientology is two-fold. The first has to do with Scientology’s emphasis on survival and its idea that the purpose of life is survival. est sees the purpose of life as wholeness or completion – truth – not survival...The other main difference between est and Scientology lies in the treatment of knowing. Ron Hubbard seems to have no difficulty in codifying the truth and in urging people to believe it. But I suspect all codifications, particularly my own. In presenting my own ideas, I emphasize their epistemological context. I hold them as pointers to the truth, not as the truth itself. I don’t think anyone ought to believe the ideas that we use in est. The est philosophy is not a belief system and most certainly ought not to be believed. In any case, even the truth, when believed, is a lie. You must experience the truth, not believe it.
  • I have a lot of feeling for Ron Hubbard. His genius has not been sufficiently acknowledged.
  • I got a lot of benefit from auditing. It was the fastest and deepest way to handle situations that I had yet encountered. I immediately wanted to learn to do it. ... With Scientology, I was able to characterize the Mind more accurately, and to cease justifying it. This greatly clarified what I was doing. ... After my experience with Scientology, I saw what it means to see the Mind as a machine. I can now operate my Mind accordingly, with exactitude. I can do the familiar mind over matter experiments - the control of pain and bleeding, telepathy, those things.


  • Happiness is a function of accepting what is.
    • Aldridge, Alan (2007) Religion in the Contemporary World: A Sociological Introduction Cambridge, England: Polity, p. 53 ISBN 0745634044
  • What I recognized is that you can't put it together. It already is together and what there is to do is to experience it being together.
    • Larry Chang, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing, page 527, Gnosophia Publishers;(April 28, 2006), ISBN-10: 0977339106
  • There are only two things in the world — nothing and semantics.
    • Prologue, The Program, Gregg Hurwitz, HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN 0060530405
  • I take responsibility for ending starvation within twenty years. The Hunger Project is not about solutions. It's not about fixing up the project. It's not about anybody's good idea. The Hunger Project is about creating a context - creating the end of hunger as an idea whose time has come. (Quote from 1977, re: The Hunger Project)
  • What I recognized is that you can't put it together. It's already together, and what you have to do is experience it being together.
    • Tucker, Ruth (2004) Another Gospel: Cults, Alternative Religions, and the New Age Movement Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, p.367 of 464. ISBN 0310259371.
  • You and I possess within ourselves, at every moment of our lives, under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 65, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Mastering life is the process of moving from where you are to where you want to be.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 62, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Miracles occur in direct proportion to our willingness to have them.
    • Jerry Jerome, Instant Inspiration: Using Quotes to Guide You to Your Goals, Instant Wisdom Publishing (February 1, 2003), page 35, ISBN-10: 097261690X
  • Transformation does not negate what has gone before; rather, it fulfills it. Creating the context of a world that works for everyone is not just another step forward in human history; it is the context out of which our history will begin to make sense.
    • Twist, Lynne (2003) The Soul of Money: Transforming your Relationship with Money and Life New York, NY: W.W. Norton., page 252. ISBN 039305097.
  • I have a lot of respect for L. Ron Hubbard and I consider him to be a genius and perhaps less acknowledged than he ought to be.
    • Lewis, James R. (2001). Odd Gods: New Religions and the Cult Controversy. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, Pages 382-387. ISBN 1573928429 , ISBN 978-1573928427.
  • You are God in your own universe. There is no God unless it is self.
    • Page 39. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology - and the Biblical Alternative, Ganz, Richard L., (1993), Crossway Books, ISBN 0891077340
  • Something experienced is true; the same thing believed is a lie.
    • Page 39. Psychobabble: The Failure of Modern Psychology - and the Biblical Alternative, Ganz, Richard L., (1993), Crossway Books, ISBN 0891077340
  • Belief in God is the single greatest barrier to God in the Universe. It is almost a total barrier to the experience of God. When you think you have experienced God, you haven't. Experiencing God is experiencing God, and that is true religion.
  • The greatest philosopher of the twentieth century.
    • Werner Erhard on L. Ron Hubbard — quoted in L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (1987) by Bent Corydon and Ronald DeWolf, p. 15, ISBN 0818404442
  • At all times and under all circumstances,we have the power to transform the quality of our lives.
    • The Transformation of a Man: The Founding of est, Bartley, William Warren III (1978) New York, New York, USA: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ISBN 0-517-53502-5, pg.247
  • Here is where it is. Now is when it is. You are what it is.
    • Bry, Adelaide (1976) est, 60 Hours that Transform Your Life, New York: Avon, page 216.
  • Here is where it is. You are what it is.
    • Est, 60 Hours that Transform your life, Adelaide Bry, (1976) pg. 218
  • Man keeps looking for a truth to fit his reality. Given our reality, the truth doesn't fit.
    • Est, 60 Hours that Transform your life, Adelaide Bry, (1976) pg. 17

Quotes about Erhard

  • A courageuos pioneer who has contributed greatly to the lives of many.
    • Sloman, James. "A Comprehensive Synthesis of Paths to Personal Growth" page 550.
Image of money movements quoted by Judge O'Scannlain, from a United States Tax Court filing.
  • Erhard maintains that he had a clear business purpose for engaging in the transactions because he desired to terminate his relationship with Margolis... However, even if Erhard had a legitimate business purpose for terminating his relationship with Margolis, that did not give him a business purpose for engaging in the specific transactions at issue here. The fact that he may have had a good business reason for separating from Margolis does not necessarily justify resorting to circular money movements (that just happened to create tax benefits) to effectuate that separation.
  • Werner Erhard, a former used-car salesman, made millions with EST, but it turned out to be just another moneymaking scam disguised as a form of therapy.
    • MacCleary, John Bassett. (2004), The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s, Page 165., Ten Speed Press, ISBN 1580085474
  • Werner Erhard is virtually the only consciousness leader, and the only person of distinction in American society to have stepped outside this childish quarrel between Scientology and society and to have acknowledged both his indebtedness to Hubbard and his emphatic differences with him.
    • William Warren Bartley, quoted in Cults and the Family, Page 190., Kaslow, Florence Whiteman, Marvin B. Sussman., (1982), Haworth Press, ISBN 0917724550

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