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The Saint Hill Special Briefing Course

Following another trip to South Africa in late January of 1961, when another church was founded in Cape Town, Mr. Hubbard returned to Saint Hill and initiated the famed Saint Hill Special Briefing Course. In a matter of months, study space was at such a premium that students were regularly found auditing on the tennis court and lawns – prompting Mr. Hubbard to initiate plans for the conversion of buildings. And as those Briefing Course graduates returned to their hometowns telling of their successes, new pioneer groups were soon established.

Armed with the fruits of new technical breakthroughs, Scientologists continued to reach into society – into Mexico where a Spanish translation of Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought had sparked a small movement in Mexico City; and into France where a pair of Scientologists had recently founded a Parisian church of Scientology and now needed French translations of Scientology materials.

Once again, to guarantee a steady but orderly rate of expansion, Mr. Hubbard drafted further administrative policy letters in 1963 to outline such organizational fundamentals as the delineation of duties for a staff member and the importance of administration. Through the implementation of these and other policy letters, as well as steady dissemination in the field, the mid-60s saw four newly founded Scientology churches around the world, including Port Elizabeth and Durban, South Africa; Detroit, Michigan; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With these churches in place, the total number of Scientology churches had reached 13 by the end of 1964.

Meanwhile, as Scientologists had continued to arrive at Saint Hill for training and auditing, the organizational staff likewise increased. Mr. Hubbard, continuing his technical research and breakthroughs, presented seven lectures on the field of education in 1964, which formed the basis of study technology.

By 1965, more than 200 staff provided services to Scientologists and, all told, some 1,000 hours of auditing were given every week. To impress upon them just how vital it was to maintain standard application of Dianetics and Scientology through each and every one of those hours, and, in fact, for all time, Mr. Hubbard issued two more administrative policy letters: the very critical issues “Keeping Scientology Working” and “Safeguarding Technology.”

Additionally, the first Foundation (at Saint Hill) was founded in June to meet the increasing demand of the local population for services during evenings and weekends.


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