One LIfe

Not much time to write this report, but it seems Roy McDonald is still at it after years of complaints about his ‘wealth’ seminars.

His current business is under the name of One Life ,

A good place to start reading about his seminars is this article from the SMH

There’s plenty more if you search the web.

On their Facebook page, there’s a disturbing lack of comments relating experiences at the seminars. All we see is people going in, and then nothing..

While it may be argued that the seminars are transformative, they are not transformative in the positive way that people expect.

Also there’s a brilliant piece on this by Denise Brailey, (now head of the Banking and Finance Consumers Support Association )

you can read it here where she not only explains some of McDonald’s schemes , but also the buck passing that goes on between ASIC, the ACCC and Fair Trading.

29 thoughts on “One LIfe

  1. Sara

    A work colleague introduced me to Roy and my husband and I ended up at his 4 day seminar in the Hunter Valley. We were immediately split up and put into different groups, we we told we weren’t allowed to “consort with the enemy” even after events finished each day – not that you want too anyway, Roy and his staff keep you so busy, you basically fall into bed.
    I thank my lucky stars my husband and I saw right though him and told him exactly what we thought of his dodgy “ponzi scheme.” The hundred so people who were also attending the event weren’t so lucky. RUN FOR THE HILLS. this guy is egotistical, arrogant and creepy. He gave me a sickly uncomfortable vibe.

  2. Petra

    I worked at the Onelife establishment in the Hunter Valley, as a cleaner and in the restaurant.
    Over the course of these ‘workshop/seminar’ 4-5 day retreats, it was so, so sly and shady. You could see the manipulative mind games in action.
    This would be things like withholding or skipping mealtimes, for whole day, client bullying from Roy’s seminar staff, false encouragement and sincerity to coerce people into handing over money. Total gaslighting from not just Roy and his stepford wife Katrina, but the immediate staff under him, who were ruthless in coming down hard.
    I saw couples on speakerphone with bank managers trying to get loans, people being forced to dress up like dogs or pigs, only allowed to make the specific animal noise of said animal.
    No staff member (the normal hospitality workers, not Onelife staff) got paid properly. No superannuation, no holiday pay. The retreat management (Katrina, and whatever poor person she’d trapped to run the front desk) was so pathetically lacking and completely incompetent, faulty towers like. Many a worker got roped into attending a compulsory ‘wealth seminar’ to ‘see what it’s all about’ and then given a $2000 bill with intense pressure to sign up for more.

    Run as fast as you can. They are thieves and grifters and have no hesitation in destroying peoples lives.

  3. Anonymous

    It seems they are on the move again. I bought an intro pack sometime around 2013-2014 – had immediate buyers remorse and got a refund.
    I just now got a call from some guy in his office asking if they could reconnect – said I bought something in 2019, which I didn’t. Why would you want to reconnect after more than 7 years when I haven’t heard boo in that whole time?
    Maybe they just found their email list ….

  4. Anonymous

    Hey, I soon hope to get a response with this as I was recently hired to work for One Life. I couldn’t understand how I got the job as I was applying for a lot of work online. One day I get a link to a ZOOM meeting and it pretty much went over all the courses and stuff we had to do in order to teach new clients who join the program. It was all sent by e-mail. I’ve never really done anything like this and it’s been maybe a month now since I started – I had a full-time job before joining One Life and I quit it to work for them. I’m still doing the course stuff and am unsure what to do as I have not been paid by them at all. And it’s been more than 2 months now. Just doing online ZOOM meetings once or twice a week, going through all the same stuff. I didn’t know something like this existed and to be honest, I thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime – it sounded too good to be true, you know. I also had this very very strange feeling in the pit of my stomach – I can’t describe it, but it doesn’t feel like it’s a good thing at all. I wanted to see the best in this, but at the back of my mind…that feeling was always there and I was afraid. I was not confident in all of this.
    I don’t know what else to say, but please don’t hesitate to reach out – I want to try and understand what I’ve gotten myself into.

    1. admin Post author

      What was it about the opportunity, as a member of the staff, that was ‘once in a lifetime’? Salary, career, bonuses?

    2. Anonymous

      That doesn’t sound right. Are you on a payroll or is it commissions only? I would think that Companies had to pay their employees?

    3. Anonymous

      My response would be to read all the comments on this page and check out the links provided. This should give you the information you’re asking for. Good luck!

  5. Tara

    Oh gosh, I’m so sorry to see how much money some here have lost. 13 years ago, pregnant and in my very early twenties he made us feel like he was going to support my husband and I in our financial security and freedom. Instead he took just under $2000 and made us jump through hoops, most of these hoops were taking loans out or signing up to money making programs that never worked, in order to proceed with more workshops. My husband and I felt so played and decided to take the $2000 loss rather than hand anymore money over. Can’t believe that he is still in business. He’s a total crook!

    1. Mark

      Have you done any other seminars. One wants 2000. called infinity??? not too sure. Others want similar price. Very hesitant.

    2. Rather not say

      Hi Tara,
      Would love to reach out and have a chat if you can? I’m going through the same thing right now that you went through. My number is 0414 535 781.
      Hopefully we chat soon.

      1. bec

        Yep I too was in the same position when looking for a job, made me do a weekend seminar, my gut told me to run but I was desperate for a job….lucky I didn’t get the job as they saw my eyes were not glazed over enough at the end of the weekend, they were wide open thankgod.. all they want is your money….yes he and wifey are self made millionaires but by coercing people with passive aggressive tactics to hand over money….these people believe in their power and hook vulnerable people into believing also, a bit cultish in my opinion…

  6. Ray

    Roy MacDonald is in Adelaide I went to one of his introductions into his “Onelife” last night I think he is a very smart man I know some con artist an the way he was speaking screamed con to me what i lot of SH** teaching people how to make more money from $1 ha ha lol. When me and my partner were sitting there filling out a book about out income and stuff we looked at one another an we just knew there is nothing wrong with our business we just have to work a little harder to get to where we want to go and “jump over that wall” Roy said that was fear we were very happy to walk away an only spending $20 Roy did make some good cents about getting a good accountant I think everyone knows that but finding a good accountant that’s a different matter there is so many SH** ones out there.
    So do not hand your MONEY OVER 2/Jul/2019

  7. Susie

    I went to a five day retreat at the Hunter Valley with Roy and his team. I felt at the time very uplifted and empowered, until they wanted more money for additional programs. The next day I got home I spent hours researching information on him. Now I am very sceptical and confused.

      1. Jennifer

        Stay well away from One Life. All they want is money. They did such a number on a friend of mine that he ended up in hospital.

  8. Jennifer

    An absolute rip off. Almost had my husband certified after going to one of their seminars…he did end up in hospital. For some reason, he keeps in contact with Roy. I will show him this page. Thanks.

  9. George

    Now they are having another seminar on Jan 11th & 15th 2018 at the Hunter Valley Retreat … 2 Greek guy’s from OneLife Greece are special guests … I bet they try and gather the NSW Greek community to see how many people they can scam into this ponzi scheme company !! Why doesn’t ASIC do something with this bullshit ? They are saying that 2018 is the big year for OneCoin and it will become the next Bitcoin … what a load of rubbish and many friends of mine have been scammed into this crap over in Greece ! Now they are here to scam more people !

    1. Donna

      I also spent $30k and every event I went to just cost me more and more money. I got so much reading material of the same stories over and over. I asked him to help me with my finances after divorce, I was not in a good frame of mind. He promised me that great things would happen but I ran out of money then that was the last I heard from him. He hates anyone to question him and I have seen first hand of him treating people very unkindly when they have questioned him Or had a different opinion. Yes for a time I felt uplifted but when the money ran out everything come crashing down. I would love to get my money back, even half of it would help me.


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