Ex-Morninglanders

2023 – Survivor claims sexual abuse in Morningland

The events took place in Morningland, Long Beach, CA, in the 1980s. The following paragraphs are from the original article posted in Signal Tribune. After decades of silence, a woman is sharing her story of growing up in Morningland, an alleged cult based in Long Beach, and accusing its leaders...

Sri Donato’s Children

Patricia (Sri Donato or Sri Patricia) and Daniel Sperato (Master Donato) had two children together. In the paragraph below, their daughter gave an interview for a book Escaping Utopia, featuring stories of individuals who grew up in cults. Hers was published in a section called Children of Cult...

Excerpts: About Sri Donato/Sri Patricia

There are many stories about this woman who co-created and changed the face of Morningland. She affected the lives of hundreds and will be remembered by many. The Gopis (Chokru, Saravati, Ona-Ali) and Kamazi X5 presented Sri Donato as a bonafide spiritual teacher, sharing only the good about her...

Sri Donato’s (Sri Patricia’s) Inner Circle & Coercion

Running an organization where members know nothing about the hidden activities of their leader creates very different realities and experiences within the group. This strategic structure can safeguard the leaders when their actions are exposed as no one would believe the victims. Below are excerpts...

Category - Our Stories

Former members of the Morningland Monastery/Community sharing personal experiences and opinions ranging from the 1970s all the way into the 2000s.