Koh Phangan retreat will shut for restructuring after claims, exposed in the Guardian, versus its leader
The world’s most significant tantric yoga school has stated it will shut down up until completion of the year after the Guardian released claims by 14 ladies declaring rape and sexual assault over a duration of 15 years.
Sixteen previous personnel and students of the Agama school on the Thai island of Koh Phangan declared in interviews with the Guardian that it helped with rape, sexual attack and misogynist mentors at the hands of its leader Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, a Romanian whose genuine name is Narcis Tarcau.
The plaintiffs declare that numerous females were conditioned into thinking that sex with Tarcau would recover them physically and spiritually.
The school states it is carrying out an independent query into the claims. In a declaration launched days after the Guardian released the claims, Agama stated it “seriously apologise [s] again for any damage that any Agama instructor might have triggered” and revealed it would be closing the school up until December to perform a “restructuring”.
Tarcau is comprehended to have actually left Koh Phangan in July, when numerous ladies went public with the accusations of abuse at Agama, and is not in Thailand. He might not be reached straight for remark.
In extra to the sexual attack accusations, the 16 previous students and personnel have actually likewise declared that Tarcau encouraged them of “unsafe” theories which had long-lasting health ramifications, consisting of that following Agama yoga mentors implied you would not get cancer, in addition to actively condemning using prophylactics as they “interrupted the circulation of energy” throughout sex.
Chlamydia was apparently swarming throughout the school, with numerous females stating they contracted the infection there. One female informed the Guardian she invested more than 200 on STI tests throughout her time at Agama.