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‘Nothing lasts forever, particularly in the tropics.’

Ayurvedic Tantra, Sex and Embodiment in Ubud, Bali ~ Cherish Your Doshas, Dance with Your Shakti, Play with Your Intuitive Flow and Surrender to Bliss

Advertisement for Isha Hatha Yoga classes at the Isha Hatha Yoga School featuring an Indian guru-sage in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Advertisement for Isha Hatha Yoga classes at the Isha Hatha Yoga Systems School featuring an Indian sage-guru on a wall in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph © 2020 Ubud High.

The Tantric Sex Deal on Bali ~ Kosmic Kakofany, Ubud-style

Blog / New-Age Tourism & Self-Enrichment


Nothing lasts forever, particularly in the tropics. After ten years of staunch service, my MacBook Pro finally died. Cue a new laptop, and a month's-worth of back-up scouring, and I was ready to tap again. But one little text file from 2014 caught my eye, and I'm not sure why it never made the grade.

It was taken from an Ubud group's Facebook post – an advert during the anarchic heyday of fast-and-loose foreign self-help gurus forsaking work permits for a quick, fat wad.

It didn't take long for Immigration to bust them, and this particular sex-guru has since moved back to 'Oslo-Antwerp-Vienna' to continue his research. (The Ubud retreat centre where he practised his dark skills is still going strong, apparently, and even in these stiff Covid-depression times is charging USD$150 a night for a single room with breakfast only – retreat not included.)

Can't be bad, this Ayurvedic tantric intuitive business.

Here it is in all its glory:

‘Tantric Sex in Ubud: Play with the Intuitive Flow, Dance with your Shakti, Cherish your Doshas and Surrender to Bliss’

‘Tantra is the original holistic way of life, yoking body, mind and spirit into living life as a whole. Polarities of good and evil, pure and impure, matter and spirit are done away with as unnecessary barriers to a direct experience of cosmic consciousness. With great finesse, tantra uses material reality for spiritual unfoldment.

Possible side effects:

  • Mind, body and soul coming into alignment.
  • Reconnection to your physical body, your emotional body and your sexuality.
  • Experiencing what it is like to live a deep and meaningful life, to walk with ease, and flow in a wonderful world of divine syncronicity [sic].

Why people book sessions:

Illumination Process (Clearing the Blueprint of Trauma); Relationship Counseling; Inability to Self-Pleasure and Orgasm; Learning How to Give and Receive Pleasure; Relief from Pelvic Tension; Enhancing Sex Life for Couples; Recovering Sexual Pleasure after Childbirth or Surgery; Trauma; Accepting and Loving One's Body and Sexuality; Premature Ejaculation; Erectile Dysfunction; Blue-Ball Syndrome; Porn and Sexual Addiction; Anal Release for Men and Women; Trigger-Point Massage (External De-armouring); Internal/External Genital De-armouring; Psoas Release; Sensitive Massage to Arouse Sexual Energy; Throat Opening; and Vagus Activation.’

And there we have it. A relic from a rusted hard-drive, and a historical snapshot of Ubud at peak tantric Ayurvedic snake-trading and fakery.

'Throat-opening'.

The good news? Nothing lasts forever. Particularly in the tropics.


Related content ~ Yoga, Healing, Wellness, Dance & Therapy at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

Yoga, Conscious Music, Healing & Ecstatic Dance at the 2022 Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia

The annual 2022 Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia – a week's worth of wellness and yoga workshops, bhakti music, watsu, kirtan, crystal sound-healing, ecstatic dance, capoeira, innerlight revival breathwork, hula-hoop dance, tribal electronic medicine music, embodied dance, yin-and-yang yoga, personal development, vision boarding, clarity breatheology, afro-latin medicine loops, mantra music and loveolution cacao ceremonies.

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Fragments from Bali, 2020



Poster shaming Western tourists and foreigners for not wearing face-masks in Bali, Indonesia

Public poster outside Ubud Market shaming Western tourists and foreigners for not wearing face-masks and disobeying Indonesia's Covid-19 health protocols. Masks have been mandated in Indonesia since March 2020. Foreigners' adoption of masks is embarrassingly weak on the resort island.

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia on Feb 13, 2021.
Photograph by © 2021 Ubud High.

3D street art on loneliness, distance and relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic in Ubud, Bali

'Distant Hug' (November 2020).

Loneliness, distance, separation and a virtual hug during the disasterous and extreme Covid-19 pandemic.
Balinese street art by © 2020 Wild Drawing.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.


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The Last Pic

Portrait of the Day

Portraits from Bali by Ubud High
Young female beggar from Muntigunung, Bali, on the streets of Ubud

A beggar from Muntigunung on the streets of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.
Portrait by © Ubud High.


The Ubud Handbook by John Storey

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Urban art of a young Balinese girl using a smartphone by the street artist Wild Drawing of Bali, Indonesia

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Bali's Street Art

Street art, graffiti and murals for the masses – the most public of Bali's urban art scene hidden in plain sight on the walls of Canggu, Ubud, Seminyak and Kuta.

Street art and graffiti murals at Batu Bolong beach in Canggu near Old Man's bar and restaurant, Bali, Indonesia

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Religion Matters

The Tale of Ganesha the Globetrotter ~ Bali's Elephant-Headed Hindu God

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, depicted as a spray-can- and roller-wielding street artist in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘First stop on Shree Ganesha's round-Asia tour was a spell in Buddhist Tibet with its strong tantric leanings – a convenient spot to re-invent himself as Vinãyaka, and then as the dancing red Nritta Ganapati – before a full-blown alter-ego revamp as the scarlet, twelve-armed Maharakta Ganapati. Now, Maharakta Ganapati was unusually fond of skullcaps filled with human flesh and blood – and this we might charitably put down to a bad trip.

After all, what happens in Tibet stays in Tibet...’

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An American Calonarang ~ Trance & Possession on Bali

Graffiti street art of a Balinese Salvador Dali sipping on a cup of kopi luwak in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘To cut an all-night story short, the mask was donned by a dancer who fell into a deep trance. But instead of staying in the temple, he began to run. And run. He became violent and uncontrollable. He ran for four kilometers down the road – the crowd scrambled after him. He ended up in a cemetery just past my house, and in the dead of night began to do frenzied battle with unseen foes...’

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'Nyepi' ~ Bali's Hindu New Year, and the Day of Silence ~ Melasti, Ngerupuk, Ogoh-Ogoh & Manis Nyepi

Balinese-Hindu devotees pray as sacred temple objects are bathed and cleansed during a Melasti ceremony before Nyepi on Pantai Purnama in Bali, Indonesia

‘If previous New Years' Days have seen you waking up with a crippling hangover trying to remember what you did the night before, maybe it's time you headed to Bali in March. Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence, and the start of the Hindu Saka New Year – is a day, a night and a day you'll never forget....’

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'Kajeng Kliwon' ~ A Very Bad-Hair Day on Bali

Film poster for Indonesian horror film 'Kajeng Kliwon: Nightmare in Bali'

‘Kajeng Kliwon is the kind of day when anything that can happen will happen. It invariably does.

You have been seriously warned...’

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Personal Stories

Diary of a Market Girl

Photo-realistic urban art by an anonymous street artist of a 1930s market scene in Bali, Indonesia

“When I had my sixth and seventh babies at the hospital – my twin girls – the doctor ordered me to have a Caesarian. And without asking me, he tied my tubes off as well.

I think he thought I'd had enough babies...”

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Food Talk

Durian ~ The King of Stink

“On the third bite,” says one hater, “it was as though I'd just eaten a diseased, parasite-infested animal with a bad case of rabies. I prayed I wouldn't be sick because I really didn't want to taste it again on the way back up...”

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Culture Bites

Cinema Paradiso ~ Bali's Seat in the History of Indonesian Cinema

1932 Virgins of Bali Thirties nudie-cutie bare-native film poster 1930s Bali, Indonesia

‘Boobs and political censorship have never been far from the Silver Screen – in Indonesia, they're its bedrock. The silent flicks of Thirties' Bali sucked hungrily on the island's bare-breasted cabinet-postcard image that encouraged so many gilded tourists – and dodgy film-stars like Charlie Chaplin – to visit its sultry, forbidden shores...’

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Getting Around ~ Bali 'Biking

Surviving Bali on a 'Bike

Motorbike accident victim being treated for a leg-injury in an Ubud clinic in Bali, Indonesia

“For me, some of the most dangerous people on the road are white people. I avoid them like the plague. You can tell the ones who are going to hurt others – the fixed grins, the hunched over the handle-bars, the wobbling around corners and shouts of indignation when they finally hit someone – because they have absolutely no idea how life and the road works around here...”

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It's Silly Season Again ~ Renting a Scooter, and Crashing it, on Bali

A monkey tourist crashes his scooter in a road accident in Bali, Indonesia

‘She tears into the traffic. She can't stop. She narrowly misses hitting a car head-on, swerves past a mum on a 'bike and slaloms across the road. Before she hits anyone – it's a miracle she doesn't – she falls in a bad-sounding heap of bent metal and smashing plastic. A group of Balinese rush to pick her up before the cops see her...’

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The Other Side of the Coin ~ Just Another Motorbike Accident on Bali

Commercial street art mural of a Balinese man sitting astride his Norton motorcycle as his wife hovers with daily offerings

‘She starts sweeping and I notice that she's limping. There's a spreading bruise and an angry graze running past her knee and down her calf. She wants to carry on cleaning – I sit her down and ask her what happened.

She's shy; I press...’

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Health Matters

Let's Get Wet ~ The Rainy Season on Bali

Blue sky pokes from behind a gathering of stormy monsoon clouds over Bali, Indonesia

‘Rule number one on a monsoon day? Don't get wet.

You may not realise that getting caught in a cloudburst or shower on Bali – particularly if you're on a motorbike – is the tropical equivalent of walking naked outside during a Prague Winter after a lukewarm bath.

It'll really slow you down. The shivers, hot-and-cold flushes, a chesty cough, diarrhoea, sneezing, stomach pains, a belting headache and aching bones are all at the top of the list...’

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Bali hornet or Tabuhan, a dark brown, stinging, flying, wasp-like insect that may cause anaphylactic shock

Bali's Scorpions, Hornets, Mosquitoes, Poisonous Caterpillars... And Other Strange Tails

‘Nowhere is free from the tax of life. We all have to pay for our slice of Bali paradise – and this often comes in the shape of our biting, stinging, crawling, flying insect-cousins.

It's the downside of environment-sharing...’

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Holidays from the Jungle

The Heads of Trunyan

‘Agricultural, and unpractised in the dark art of handling international tourists, the aristocratic farmer-people of Trunyan have acquired a damaging reputation for aggression. Their unique tourist draw – a jungle-cemetery where bodies are left in the open to disintegrate underneath a magical banyan tree – is regularly shunned by travellers on the time-sensitive tourist circuit...’

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Lombok ~ A Line in the Sand

‘Ten meters away and the young man finally looks up – an inane, animal-like grin taped across his face as his girlfriend grips his porcelain butt and grimaces towards the empty blue sky. They disengage like street dogs, utter an invective in Russian, and stare...’

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Tourism & Self-Enrichment

Eat, Pray, Self-Love

I love-heart Ubud, Canggu, Seminya, Sanur and Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

‘My concentration's shot to pieces. The spaghetti keeps falling off my fork. She's on her third large beer now. She starts to say 'facking' even more, and is speaking so loudly that people passing on the street have begun to look her way, and she's spitting bits of ciabatta bread and tomato and fish into her friend's dinner...’

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From Ubud With Love

Will you marry? in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘I'm staying at a cute, family-run bed-and-breakfast – a homestay – on Ubud's trendy Jalan Goutama. A young member of the homestay's family tours her compound, blessing it with incense and rice and flower-petal offerings in little hand-made palm-leaf boxes.

All is well in Bali's spiritual capital...’

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A Dutchman Goes to a Gypsy Fortune-Teller

Wooden cock bottle openers, Ubud Market, Bali

‘A Dutch boy in Holland goes to a gypsy fortune-teller who tells him that he is, in fact, Balinese. Afterwards, his uncle visits the Island of the Gods and brings him back a wooden carving of a bare-breasted lady.

Lucky for him it wasn't one of those funny-shaped wooden bottle-openers that looks like a cock...’

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The Land of Self-Healing and Snake Oil

Yoga-wear for an Ubud yogini manifesting her abundance, exploring her Divine Feminine and inserting a Jade Egg at The Womb Temple near The Yoga Barn in Bali

‘Shake out those Kundalini Awakenings with some HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie® at the Yoga Barn. Celebrate The Divine Feminine with a splash of Shakti Dance. Puff up your lungs in a Sacred Breathwork Immersion Workshop®, insert a Jade Egg for luck at The Womb Temple™ and polish it off with some tantalising Manifesting And Abundance.

You know you're worth it...’

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Balinese street art mural graffiti of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God and mystic in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

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And finally, the weather

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Fake styrofoam clouds over the main 'Cloud' stage at the 'Plastic-Free Gili Air Music Festival' near Lombok, Indonesia