Phoenix Goddess Temple Raided as Alleged Brothel


Inside the Phoenix Goddess Temple

The organization's website is no longer available online, but its teachings were described as "body centric" in an archived version from May.

The homepage "invites" customers to "relax deeply" in a "candle-lit Transformation Chamber," and "feel the magnetic polarity between men and women.

"No part of you is ever left out when you are in the presence of the Mother, our Divine Creatrix of physical form," the website proclaimed. "You can feel whole and happy again in your body, you can feel safe with or without a partner near by."

First-time visitors were directed to an "orientation" page, suggesting that new clients choose a "secret Temple name" rather than give their real name at any point during their "journey of inner-knowing." Also included, a checklist requiring participants to acknowledge, "I will not receive any type of sexual gratification in exchange for money during my session," and "all that unfolds is consensual exchange between self-sovereign beings for the purpose of expanding knowledge of life force."

The checklist requires new visitors to agree that all touching is "fully consensual."

In addition to offering "sessions" claiming to heal sexual blockages, the "temple" offered Friday night sex-ed classes, featuring such topics as "Tantra 101" and "Toys for Big Girls and Boys."

It suggested students "donate" between $6 and $33 per class. The sessions were much pricier, ranging from $204 to $650.

In a section called "testimonials," the website featured an email from a client who called himself David, thanking a "gypsy goddess" named Iyata for a "state of extraordinary orgasm."

The Phoenix Goddess Temple still has several advertisements on the adult entertainment section of classified ads website An ad for Iyata dated Sept. 5 showed a woman in what appears to be a belly-dancing outfit. "I will ignite you with my touch, breath, and Love. We will Cultivate your ecstasy to it's highest potential," the ad says.

The Phoenix Goddess Temple did not immediately respond to an interview request from

Organization leaders had said in prior media interviews that they are not prostitutes, but religious healers focusing on "Root Chakra."

"There's no science and provability about this [healing system]," Elise told the Phoenix New Times in February. "But it works."

The county attorney, however, isn't buying it.

"We're not viewing this in any way as somehow protected by the first amendment," Montgomery said. "This is not religious expression. This is a criminal activity and those responsible thought they were being too clever by half by coming up with different terms."

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