Any surfer who lives in a progressive beach town will know that yoga has gone too far. My North County, San Diego is awash in stretchy pants, nifty hats, auras of arrogant peace and practiced calm. I’d imagine that Australia’s Byron Bay is much worse and Oahu’s North Shore worse still (when Wanderlust is in town).
But maybe, likely, very worst of all is the Island of the Gods, onetime surfer paradise Bali.
For up those verdant hills, in Ubud, we find Australian guru Andrew Irvine who was planning on hosting a yoga-adjacent “tantric full body body energy orgasm” retreat, or at least until neighbors grew concerned, then outraged and went to the police with their concern.
According to the august Daily Mail, Irvine is “…the creator of Tantric Body De-Armouring and Tantric Full Body Energy Orgasm Retreats, which guide people in cultivating a profound depth of vibrancy and intimacy in their daily lives, relationships, sexuality and careers.”
He has been practicing and exploring tantric and taoist practices, has a master’s degree in health science and sexual health.
40 excitado participants had signed up for the retreat, promised “heightened states of sexual ecstatic full-bodied orgasmic bliss” until those meddling neighbors stuck in their noses.
Irvine was rounded up by police and questioned, though not arrested, and his retreat was then cancelled.
Like Dr. Seuss.
Not coincidentally, he was a previous professional partner of “alleged sex-cult leader Shantam Nityama, also known as ‘The Divine Madman’, a Los Angeles-based guru who conducted workshops in Byron Bay.”
The two parted ways after Irvine became frustrated with Nityama’s eating animal hearts during “spiritual training.”
Irvine, released by police, returned to his villa where he allegedly remains sad.
No word on the 40 participants.
More as the story develops.