Koh Phangan retreat will closed for restructuring after allegations, revealed in 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 allegations by 14 females 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 teaches at the hands of its leader Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, a Romanian whose real name is Narcis Tarcau.
The complainants be argued that hundreds of women were conditioned into believing that sexuality with Tarcau would heal 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 damage that any Agama teacher may have caused” and announced that the committee “wouldve been” 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 directly for comment.
In additional to the sexual assault accusations, 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 teaches meant you would not get cancer, as well as actively condemning the use of condoms as they” interrupted the flow of energy” during sex.
Chlamydia was allegedly rife across the school, with multiple females saying they contracted the infection there. One female told the Guardian she spent more than PS2 00 on STI tests during her day at Agama.
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