About Be Scofield

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:

Scorpio Sun (1st), Cancer Moon (9th), Libra Rising

Mercury in Scorpio (2nd) / Uranus in Scorpio / Pluto conjunct Ascendent (1 degree) / Pluto in Libra (1st) / Mercury Conjunct Uranus / Neptune Sextile Pluto / Mars in Sagittarius (2nd) / Lilith in Libra (1st) / Saturn in Libra / Node Trine Mars / Node Trine Neptune


Be Scofield is a queer and transgender writer and digital media strategist. She is the most prominent journalist in the world exposing cults and abusive gurus with her independently published articles receiving over a million views in the last 1.5 years alone. Her investigative reporting and innovative digital media tactics have pioneered the modern landscape of cult exposition. She is also the founder of the site Decolonizing Yoga and has done cutting edge work on the intersections of spirituality and social change.

In December 2017 Be infiltrated Bentinho Massaro’s cult and published an article that went viral called “Tech Bro Guru: Inside the Sedona Cult of Bentinho Massaro.” In two weeks it got 200,000 views. 18 days after it was published he fled Sedona and went into hiding. One of his followers committed suicide 9 days after the story was published while he was on Bentinho’s week-long retreat. Barcroft TV and VICE each produced short documentaries about Bentinho as a result of her story. Playboy magazine also ran an article about him.

In July 2018 Be exposed a rape and sexual assault scandal at Agama Yoga in Thailand. Four days after it was published, the founder, Swami Vivekananda Saraswati and the other 3 accused teachers fled the island and went into hiding. In September The Guardian ran a front-page story about Agama Yoga which got 300,000 views in the first week. Over 50 stories appeared in over 20 countries worldwide. Agama Yoga shut down in September. 

Be’s articles exposing sexual abuse in the modern tantra scene have reached global audiences and put several prominent teachers into retirement. She wrote an in-depth story on a tantric sex cult in Europe called The New Tantra and exposed teachers Andrew Barnes, TJ Bartel and Shantam Nityama as sexual abusers.

Be also published a comprehensive examination of the claims by spiritual leader Teal Swan. The article “The Gucci Guru: Inside Teal Swan’s Posh Cult” went viral and ended up being covered on the front page of the Daily Mail where it received hundreds of thousands of views.

In 2013 she was the first to break the story about the depth of transphobia within Derrick Jensen’s Deep Green Resistance movement. The article led to public outcry and spurned numerous actions, petitions and other articles. As a result, Earth First! Journal Collective, Greenpeace USA, Rising Tide North America and other organizations signed an open letter to prevent Deep Green Resistance co-founder Lierre Keith from publicly speaking at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC).

In 2010 she published the article “Integral Abuse: Andrew Cohen & the Culture of Evolutionary Enlightenment” which exposed the rampant abuse amongst integral leadership. It’s now considered a classic on the site Integral World where it first appeared.

Other stories include exposes on Padma Aon, Gano Grills, Uma Inder, the California Institute of Integral Studies and the eco-urban farm Ashevillage. 

Be Scofield is also a web designer and digital strategist who has worked with and advised NYT bestselling authors, The Yoga Alliance, Chani Nicholas and Greenmedinfo among others. She has extensive experience in web design, publishing, marketing, SEO, branding and digital strategy. Be is the founder of the online yoga school Mettaversity and the popular online magazine Decolonizing Yoga. Her writings on social change, spirituality and LGBTQ issues have reached hundreds of thousands of people and have appeared in Huffington Post, Tikkun Magazine, Alternet and Integral World amongst other places. She also has a chapter in the book “21st Century Yoga: Culture, Practice & Politics.”

Be holds a B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy from Warren Wilson College. She has done graduate coursework in Postcolonial Anthropology and holds a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist tradition with emphases in women’s studies in religion, sacred dance, African-American religion and Buddhism. Be specializes in the radical teachings of Dr. King and has taught a graduate course called “Dr. King and Empire: How MLK Jr. Resisted War, Capitalism and Christian Fundamentalism” at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.