I am not following the Doreen Virtue conversion to Christianity melodrama anymore, but when I logged into YouTube one of her videos popped up in my feed. She recorded herself answering frequently asked questions from her fans and former fans (February 9, 2018). It’s a shocker!
Watch the Doreen Virtue video on YouTube (1 hour long)
The bombshell comes at the end (around the 53-minute mark): Hay House has dropped Doreen Virtue! I was surprised because they stuck with her for awhile, even when she only wanted to write about Jesus and the Bible. What do you think?
The other interesting tidbit is that Doreen says she moved to the Pacific Northwest…which is the same info I got in a comment here. The person wrote that she is living in a small town near Seattle.
Doreen talks a lot about the rescue ranch she had in Hawaii and why it failed. Honestly, I’ve heard so many different versions of events from her now that I think she is backpedaling from all the criticism she has gotten online. Basically, Doreen and her husband Michael had no idea how to run a rescue ranch. And they never sought advice from seasoned rescue ranches. They just bought a huge (40 acres) ranch on the Big Island and started filling it with as many animals as she could buy off of Craigslist! They soon had 300 animals. They discovered that the feed bills and vet bills were enormous. They hired 2 full-time ranch hands. And leased grazing pastures for the sheep. Then, Doreen suddenly converted to Christianity (the Bible-thumping kind) and denounced her old books and divination card decks. She told the publishing company to remove her from any future royalties from the products that don’t fit her Christian beliefs. She says her income from Hay House dropped 70 per cent.
Oddly, she then decided to move to the mainland without selling the ranch first. She says in the YouTube video that a realtor told her the property would sell faster this way. The reason was that Doreen and Michael had 11 dogs in the little ranch house and the barking was intense, which could frustrate potential buyers looking at the house and land. The ranch still hasn’t sold! And she can no longer afford the mortgage! The original owners of the ranch have agreed to pay the mortgage while she pays a small amount to keep the property maintained for showings. She is still paying the 2 ranch hands to feed birds left behind on the property: chickens, peacocks and wild turkeys. I don’t know much about buying and selling houses, but it all seems backwards to me. She also says when they bought this ranch, her beautiful house in Maui hadn’t sold yet (the one you see in her videos with fairy doors). So, a lot of bad financial choices. Doreen spent ALL OF HER SAVINGS on feeding and caring for the rescue ranch animals.
On the bright side, I do think Doreen will get a publishing deal with a Christian publisher soon. She is quite a workhorse; always writing books and creating card decks.
Another odd thing: the rescue ranch was never listed as a charity. Doreen says a financial advisor told her it would be confusing to the IRS since she (at the time) was wealthy and could finance it with her own money. This sounds completely crazy to me! I myself filled out charity paperwork and it’s quite easy! Because the rescue ranch was never a charity, Doreen said she couldn’t really ask for donations (although she sorta did). So, she sold off her goddess gowns on eBay and planned on using that money to help with the feed and vet bills…but Doreen offered FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING, which is a selling no-no because someone could be living in Antartica and you’d have to pay the shipping for them. And she HIRED SOMEONE to do the whole eBay selling thing for her (again, I’ve sold on eBay and it’s not hard! but maybe she felt like she didn’t have the time to deal with it). And she paid this person so well that almost no money was leftover. So, don’t hire Doreen to be in charge of your finances – hahaha.
Doreen and Michael gave away all of the animals (not her personal dogs and cats, but she did give away her personal horses because it would have cost too much to ship them from Hawaii to the mainland) to her vegan friends. She was part of some vegan groups, she said, and posted on the vegan message boards that all of her rescue animals (and horses) needed forever homes.
The whole saga is just such a disaster!