From way back up...
Someone had commented about how the people they had interacted with were either very spacey or seemed to carry a thinly veiled hostility. I have had only a passing acquaintance with the group, but what I have experienced seems to agree.
I lived in North County SD for a time and always wondered about the fellowship in Encinitas. It's beautiful and impossible not to notice. The beach below, Swamis, is one of the best on that coast for surfing.
A friend of mine visited the fellowship during one Halloween and told me that it was exceptionally creepy - people were nice, but very spacey. They were all wearing similar costumes - a la X Files if I remember right.
She felt it had a cult vibe, although neither of us had ever read anything about this group and had previously thought of it as harmless.
One day I was stuck downtown in Encinitas and decided to visit the gift store. The woman inside was very unpleasant - she looked at me like she wanted to kill me. I felt very uncomfortable and left almost immediately.
Also, I think Prudence Farrow is involved with other pursuits, whether or not she still believes in TM: [www.imdb.com