Yoga Barn, Bali: Another guru falls. Vampires and predators have been hiding in the yoga flock. I’ve been crying wolf for a while, and finally there are others speaking out. Sexual predation is not an anomaly out here in Yogaland. It is rife. Pyramid schemes, scams, misuse of persuasion, influence, yoga’s own gifts of siddhis … More Yoga Guru, or Sex Predator? ~ will the real Mark Whitwell please stand up!
Where are the true leaders of the yoga movement? Who are the Good men and women in the spirituality business? When will they rise with the jewels of the practice? And how can you tell if your Yoga Teacher is just another a blood-sucking vampire? The New York Times took a massive bite at the … More Invasion of the Yoga Vampires ~ who will save you from your yoga teacher?
Diego Palma is dead. And I am not surprised. Neither would he be, I suspect, since the ‘luxury shaman’ of Peru’s Sacred Valley, a shrewd tycoon and thief of indigenous lore and wisdom, made a fortune on treasons he committed against forces that deal in death and vengeance. Yes, Diego Palma, the city-slicker shaman who … More Death of a Shaman ~ Diego Palma takes his own medicine
The business of body image, shame, spirituality and ideals have undermined our best women for decades. This is the story of how a perfect storm of chocolate cake, sorrow, fear, and an encounter with my own plump self overthrew the yogi curse and redeemed the Goddess who adores good and tubby women. At around 11.44am, … More The Goddess Curve ~ the beauty of being a little bit fat.
2019 in Ubud, Bali: The strange fruit of Yoga sours, bloats and swells on the vine as this town heaves with goddesses, shaman, healers, vampires, food addicts and scams – is it time? can we admit it yet? That there is a worm in the soul of our yoga story? Once upon a Time, on a … More Yoga in Ubud, Bali ~ The Worm in the Fruit
Head injuries, psychotic breaks, burns, sex abuse, eating disorders, suicide, molestation, pyramid schemes, fake shaman, predation, ostracism, bullying, porn and drugs… could Bali’s spirituality business be in crisis? Last week in Bali, Canadian spirituality entrepreneur Nik Wood sustained massive brain and head injuries in an ‘accident’ at a healing retreat led by Marcel Hof, of … More Becoming SuperToxic ~ has Bali’s ‘Spirituality Bubble’ gone bad?
Letters from Ubud: Dark things tread here…. how vampires, creeps and predators are feasting on the soul of the world – and why it actually matters. [Extracts from notes to editor: This mission has gone sideways. Things are derailed. The bad guys are winning. This story is a goddamn shambles! It’s A war zone out … More The Vampire in the Lotus
A real life fairy story from the strange streets of Ubud …. Gather up fair souls, and listen well upon the Wonderful Tale of The Dark Lords of Quiz Night at Ubud’s notorious Fly Cafe. The true story of a difficult path to wisdom, the villains along the way, and the secret of ordinary magic, fiercely guarded by the Cretins of … More Cretins of Quiz ~ the true Legend of the Dark Lords of the Fly Cafe.
For a week now I’ve been in conversations with a bird. She is a small thing. A perky little honeybird who steals from Leonard Cohen … Oh darling, little, sleeping one, what if the wound is really the crack that lets the light come flooding in? I want to write the story of the soulbird and her magic. It may … More The Way the Light Gets in ~ song of the soulbird.
While the USA wrestles with gun control due to mass shootings and violent crime, in Australia we don’t need armed gunmen to mow us down – at least one of us dies by their own hand here every day! It is put down to depression – that strange, smokey hardtoputafingeron epidemic making the pharmaceutical industry rich, … More Ordinary Acts of Every Day Violence ~ a prayer for the bullied ~ original post