The Welcomed Consensus + OneTaste

Special Guest: Sasha Nelson

Born in Rome and raised in Berlin, Sasha Nelson is a writer, designer, animal rescuer, beach comber, and truth seeker living in Northern California.

She has written about her experience of living with the The Welcomed Consensus here.

Special Guest: Christine Talbott Acosta

After 40 years Christine Talbott Acosta left RJ Testerman and his high-demand cult The Welcomed Consensus. She was only 12 when she met 32-year-old RJ. He would go on to sexually abuse and traffick her as she grew from a minor to a young woman. Christine then helped RJ to establish and build what became The Welcomed Consensus cult in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

Now, after having been a member and supporter for decades, Christine works to expose RJ with her blog

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and 2 children. Christine hopes her site will help others to recognize and heal from the group’s damaging beliefs and practices, as well as warn others about their continued operations.

Special Guest: Ruwan Meepagala

Ruwan Meepagala helps people overcome their blockages and find happiness in intimacy and life. He joined OneTaste seeking the same kind of help in his own life, and got a little more than he bargained for... He feels his cult experience taught more about how the mind creates reality better than any other study he's pursued. He has shared his story on BBC, Bloomberg, Playboy, and many other platforms with the hope of helping others understand how malleable the mind is--- which can be used both for good and evil. His full story and views on cult psychology is in his upcoming memoir, Infinite Play: Coming of Age in the Matriarchal Cult of Orgasm.


Written and Hosted by Sarah Steel

Music by Joe Gould

Engineered by Andrei Patrushev

Edited by Corey Green at Transducer Audio

Part 1

November 18th, 2020

1 hr 28 mins

Season 4


Part 2

November 25th, 2020

1 hr 16 mins 21 secs

Season 4


Season 4 presenting partner:


Natasha Tiku wrote for Gawker in 2013, “Everyone is interested in doing fun things with their bodies. But the impulse to systematize, replicate, package, sell, and build an ideology around it is uniquely Silicon Valley.” She was writing about an organisation that was monetising the female orgasm. And they weren’t the only ones doing so.