Fernanda Santos at The New York Times tells a strange story today about a yuppie yoga retreat that ended in a grisly death.Last April, rescuers found Chrisy McNally delirious and dehydrated in the Arizona desert. Her husband, Ian Thorson, died from starvation and dehydration.
Thorson, a Stanford graduate, and his wife had been studying under Princeton grad and self-described Buddhist visionary Michael Roach, a man who made millions in the diamond industry.
The couple had spent a year at the retreat before they were kicked out. Allegedly, McNally had been married to Roach in the past and had stabbed Thorson in an argument.
The article also reveals some bizarre traditions of the so-called Diamond Mountain University:
Sid Johnson, a former volunteer who also served on its board of directors, said his involved “kissing and genital touching.” Ekan Thomason, a Buddhist priest who graduated from a six-year program there, said hers included drawing blood from her finger and handling a Samurai sword, handed to her by Ms. McNally.
According to the article, 34 of the original 39 participants are still at the retreat. It doesn’t end until 2014.
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