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Ex-Coolfont owner plans TM retreat

January 07, 2009

ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) -- The former owner of West Virginia's Coolfont Resort has a new project: Randal Ashelman will oversee construction of an adults-only retreat for transcendental meditation.

Construction of the nearly 200-room retreat near Romney is expected to cost up to $15 million.

Global Country of World Peace has bought 170 acres in Hampshire County for $750,000, according to Bob LoPinto, regional director of the project.

Global Country is affiliated with the Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corp., which subscribes to the transcendental teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Global Country has "peace palaces" and "enlightenment centers" in nearly 30 states.

Ashelman and his wife said last week they expect to move in by March.

On the Net:

http://www.globalcountry.net

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