Lead character in the Netflix documentary series "Wild Wild Country", former personal secretary and spokesperson to spiritual master Osho
The figure of Sheela has become known worldwide thanks to Wild Wild Country
(Netflix, 2018), a documentary series that looks at her key role in the development of the cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho) and addresses issues such as conspiracies, alternative post-hippy religious cults and culture shock, among many others. As Osho’s personal secretary, Sheela was in charge, of implementing the huge experiment that prompted the collective to buy a 260 km2 ranch in Oregon, in the States, to set up a vast commune with its own laws. There she became a charismatic and controversial media figure, the visible face of confrontation with the former inhabitants of that region, first, and then with the US authorities. This confrontation led to 29 months’ imprisonment, accused of several of the activities carried out in the community.
As a recent feature in The Guardian puts it ”Which is she – a pioneering and inspirational example of girl power, or a megalomaniac monster and criminal?" "Let people decide” Sheela answers herself, and at Gather we will give the audience a chance to do so. Join Yomi Abiola in conversation with Sheela Birnsteen, previously heading the OSHO cult's settlement in Oregon, now known from the Netflix Documentary Wild Wild Country.