Koh Phangan retreat will closed for restructuring after allegations, indicates that there is the Guardian, against its leader
The world’s biggest tantric yoga school has said it will close down until the end of the year after the Guardian published accusations by 14 girls alleging rape and sexual abuse over a period of 15 years.
Sixteen former staff and pupils of the Agama school on the Thai island of Koh Phangan alleged in interviews with the Guardian that it facilitated rape, sexual assault and misogynist teachings at the hands of its leader Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, a Romanian whose real name is Narcis Tarcau.
The complainants allege that hundreds of women were conditioned into believing that sex with Tarcau would mend them physically and spiritually.
The school says it is conducting an independent inquiry into the allegations. In a statement released days after the Guardian published the allegations, Agama said it” sincerely apologise[ s] once more for any harm that any Agama teacher may have caused” and announced it would be closing the school until December to carry out a ” restructuring “.
Tarcau is understood to have left Koh Phangan in July, when several females went publicwith the allegations of abuse at Agama, and is no longer in Thailand. He could not be reached immediately for comment.
In additional to the sexual assault allegations, the 16 former pupils and staff have also claimed that Tarcau convinced them of “dangerous” hypothesis which had long-term health implications, including that following Agama yoga teachings meant you would not get cancer, as well as actively condemning the use of condoms as they” disrupted the flow of energy” during sex.
Chlamydia was allegedly rife across the school, with multiple girls saying they contracted the infection there. One woman told the Guardian she spent more than PS2 00 on STI exams during her hour at Agama.
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