Koh Phangan’s Agama yoga school to close after sexual assault claims

Koh Phangan Agama Yoga retreat will shut 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 allegations have been published by 14 women alleging rape and sexual abuse over a period of 15 years.

Sixteen former staff and pupils of the Agama Yoga 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 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 harm that any Agama teacher may have caused” and announced it would be closing the school until December to carry out a “restructuring”.

Agama Yoga leader Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, a Romanian whose real name is Narcis Tarcau.

Tarcau is understood to have left Koh Phangan in July, when several women went public with 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 allegations, the 16 former pupils and staff have also claimed that Tarcau convinced them of “dangerous” theories 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 women saying they contracted the infection there. One woman told the Guardian she spent more than £200 on STI tests during her time at Agama.

Another, Nancy Miller, who was a teacher at Agama, said she had found a lump in her breast but did not follow it up. “I actually thought ‘I’m an Agama yogi, this is impossible’ so didn’t go to get the mammogram,” she said. It was the discovery in 2012 that she did have breast cancer, which led her to have a mastectomy, that prompted her to sever ties with the school.

Agama refuted allegations its teachings had been damaging to students or that the school was a sex cult. It described the teachings of Agama as “the blending of traditional and modern, with a constant interest toward science and the new research on yoga and spirituality”.

Information taken out of context can be distorted and interpreted in all possible ways according to individual interest,” it said in a statement to the Guardian. “This is what we see in the allegations on our teachings with the intent of building in the eye of the public the image of a cult and destroy our school and business.

Tarcau is also alleged to have asked devoted pupils for money for projects which never materialised, specifically a haven in New Zealand for Agama after he had “prophesised” that the third world war would occur in August 2005.

One member recalls Tarcau asking pupils to pay an initial $300, and then another $700 to fund a group that had gone to New Zealand to set up a “safe place”. For those who took longer than a month to pay, they allege that the fee went up to $4,900.

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Agama Yoga Center Koh Phangan

9 thoughts on “Koh Phangan’s Agama yoga school to close after sexual assault claims

  • September 24, 2018 at 10:55 am

    It’s about time Agama closed…Swami endorsed years of sexual assaults on women, taught his teachers how to prey on women, added prostitutes as students to make more money (Em Lenda and Randi). Someone told me that the hooker Emilia Lenda now has ads in the US under Sage Palmer, meetsagepalmer.com. Em and Randi helped spread STDs thru Agama during their time here

  • October 27, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Swami is back! Evidently he has returned to his house on KP. Did he bribe the authorities? Did he bring his hooker Emilia Lenda aka Sage Palmer back with him?

  • January 2, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Yes, Swami is back along with some of his crowd of sexual predators. But no sign yet of his student hookers, Emilia Lenda and Randi Wren. Emilia escorts as Sage Palmer now in the US, Eumor is Randi is in Canada. Check out Emilia on Twitter, @sagepalmer. Her website ask $1000 USD for an hour with her putrid STD experienced cunt.

  • January 10, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Everyone should track her down on Twitter, Instagram or other social media and let the world know the truth about her fake tantric training

    • January 15, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      It would be a public service to tell all the pathetic little boys who pay for her services that they should see there doctor for an STD test right away. Her tiwtter account is public. There is actually a guy who flew her to Toronto to spend New Years Eve with him. How pathetic.

  • January 13, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Em Lenda/ Sage Palmer is on Twitter @MeetSagePalmer…she advertises her services and her travels there

  • January 27, 2019 at 2:51 am

    I met Em at Agama…she seemed nice but it was clear she and Swami had something going on. Her full name is Emilia Lenda, born in Poland, lives in the USA now. I went to meetsagepalmer.com and the photos on her escort website are definitely her. She charges $1500 USD for two hours with her. She was very active sexually at Agama, I hope she did not spread any STDs.


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