Potter, Herbert Thomas
|born on||20 May 1925 at 23:05 (= 11:05 PM )|
|Place||Christchurch, New Zealand, 43s32, 172e38|
|Timezone||ONZT h11e30 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||28°55' 03°41 Asc. 24°41'|
New Zealand idealist who formed a spiritual community named Centrepoint, near Auckland.
An engineer with a high IQ, he joined the occupational forces in Japan as a young man. He learned to pilot a plane at that time. When he returned to New Zealand, he married a teacher and went into the business of farming, and of sales. He became a top sales motivational speaker.
Late in 1971 he went to Esalen for three months training to become a radical therapist. The following year, he and his wife divorced. He visited the Rajneesh ashram in India in 1976.
Returning to Auckland, he bought land for the community that he envisioned. The first resident arrived 1/28/1978, about 10:00 AM. The early years were difficult, learning the give and take of communal living and the issues of trust and sincerity. Potter took the role of the God/Guru, all possessions were communal and the lifestyle was so open that there were not even doors on the bathrooms. The members drawn to the cult reached up to 300 persons at one point, then dropped to half that, and more.
Potter married a second time, and had twin daughters.
On 9/08/1989, Potter was arrested for possession of mind-altering drugs and was given 3 1/2 years prison. Charges of child abuse were pending in 1991.
- Social : Begin a program of study 1971 (Studied in Esalon to become a therapist)
- Relationship : Meet a significant person 1976 (Rajneesh Ashram in India)
- Other Crime 1991 (Child abuse charges pending)
Zip Dobyns quotes a book about his life, "Inside Centerpoint, The Story of a New Zealand Community," by Len Oaks, Benton Ross Publishers, Auckland, NZ 1986.
- Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
- Family : Parenting : Birthing - Twins, triplets, etc. (Twin daughters)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : New Age
- Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Motivational sales speaker)
- Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer
- Vocation : Misc. : Farmer/ Rancher