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Bali's House of Om in 2021... “Join us for an ecstatic Kirtan event at our beautiful Sky Shala for a Bhakti celebration of community & heart-centered love and light.”
Guru Wissam Barakeh at The House of Om / Conscious Community & Holistic School Resort / Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Courses / Kirtan / Bhakti / Retreats / Events / 2021 / Covid-19
Screenshot of an October 2020 Tripadvisor.com review for Wissam Barakeh's The House of Om promoting 'properly implemented Covid-19 safety protocols' during a yoga teacher-training course and retreat held at the Conscious Community & Holistic School Resort near Ubud, Bali.
Blog ~ June 25, 2020
Self-styled Syrian Guru-stroke-NLP-Hypnotherapist comes to Bali to set up a Conscious Community & Holistic School Resort – The House of Om – and bills it as 'a labor of love that brings together like-minded, heart-centered individuals who share the same vision of creating a new way of living in harmony with others'.
With you so far.
Mid-Covid-pandemic, said guru promotes an Ecstatic Kirtan event at his 'beautiful Sky Shala' for a 'bhakti celebration of community' – and encourages his acolytes to 'invite as many friends and family as you want! Our intention is to gather more than 100 Bhakti & Kirtan lovers in order to co-create an amazing celebration together!'
Sixty-plus camp followers turn up – maskless, and mostly in their twenties and thirties – and pack the Sky Shala like canned herring as they chant and sing and om and spit onto each other's backs.
Social-distancing is for pussies.
Mid-Covid-19 pandemic, attendees at The House of Om meditate during an Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti session near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020.
Social media is a double-edged kris with a karmic twist. Post-event pictures posted to Facebook and Instagram quickly make their way onto the Twitter desk of Bali's Immigration Department.
Mid-Coronavirus pandemic, maskless attendees at The House of Om sing and chant during an Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti gathering near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia on June 18, 2020.
Maskless yogis and yoginis om and chant during a Bhakti and Ecstatic Kirtan event at Wissam Barakeh's The House of Om, Conscious Community & Holistic School Resort, during Covid-19 health restrictions on Bali. June 18, 2020.
Wissam Barakeh, founder of The House of Om and super-spreader of Love and Light, is arrested by immigration officials for violating Indonesia's Covid-19 health protocols. Barakeh doubles-down on his dagger, lies about the photographs taken at the event, accuses 'envy people' with 'low vibrations' of trying to shut his business down – and is promptly carted off.
Barakeh is currently being held behind bars at Immigration's leisure as his deportation is 'postponed until a flight to Syria becomes available'.
That may be some time, considering most air-bridges out of Bali are shut.
Plenty of time to learn how to live in harmony with his fellow inmates, not think about tantric sex for a while, shed the ego, and hone his communal bathroom skills.
Wissam Barakeh of The House of Om at a press conference at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.
© Department of Immigration, Bali.
Hot tip while you're in hot water with officials on Bali: don't turn your back on the proceedings, because your paperwork might just take fright and disappear for another month.
Wissam Barakeh, of The House of Om, meditating in jail at the Department of Immigration in Bali, Indonesia on June 25, 2020.
© Department of Immigration, Bali.
Blog ~ Updated April 1, 2021
2021 Update for 'The House of Om' in Bali ~ Yoga Teacher-Training Courses, Bhakti and Kirtan Events with Wissam Barakeh
How a two-year blacklisting from the Republic of Indonesia turned into a handful of months. Lucky for some.
September 2020 at 'The House of Om'
Screenshot of a Tripadvisor.com review from September 2020 of a yoga teacher-training course held at Wissam Barakeh's 'The House of Om' assuring future attendees that all Covid-19 health protocols are being strictly adhered to at the Conscious Community Centre in Bona, near Ubud, Bali.
Hm. Maybe Wissam thinks 6 inches is 6 feet.
Don't know about you – but do you see anything wrong with this picture? Maybe it's just super-sized egos that need space and social-distancing. Mortal bodies are but rich flesh to the meat-eaters of this earth.
The ratio of female-to-male students in this yoga teacher-training class at 'The House of Om' appears to be 18:3, excluding the Yoga & Tantric Master Teacher.
Not bad odds.
December 20, 2020 ~ Video of 'Raising Woman' posted to Instagram by Wissam Barakeh
Look, I'll warn you. This video is disturbing. And that isn't click-bait. You honestly may not want to watch it.
So here it is in stills and short-form – there's a link to the video, if you really want to watch it, below the screenshots.
1. Hooded, gowned white man humiliates and dominates Asian woman, who happens to be tied up.
Stills from an Instagram video posted by Wissam Barakeh on Dec 20, 2020 entitled 'Raising woman'.
2. White man walks humiliated skin-coloured-skimp-suit-wearing Asian woman 'round the flower-circle stage like a dog on a lead as the crowd laps it up on their iPhones. Man wrestles woman to the ground.
Stills from an Instagram video posted by Wissam Barakeh on Dec 20, 2020 of the crowd-pleasing 'Raising woman'.
3. Skimp-suit-wearing Asian woman is set free by man. Asian woman, filled with joy and gratitude, forgives white man and starts working the wallflowers one-by-one into a frenzy until all hell breaks loose.
Stills from an Instagram video posted by Wissam Barakeh on Dec 20, 2020 of the titilating 'Raising woman'.
And that's it. That's the plot.
Love that '200-hour Yoga Teacher-Training' vibe.
➤ Link to the video 'Raising Woman' posted to the Wissam Barakeh Instagram account on 20th December, 2020
What you can typically expect from a 200-hour Yoga Teacher-Training (YTT) course at 'The House of Om'
'Asanas, yoga-cleansing, yoga bhandas, teaching practise, pranayama, nidra, meditation, yoga anatomy, yoga philosophy, teaching methodologies, mudras and mantra.'
Advert for a heavily discounted 200-hour Yoga Teacher-Training Course and Retreat at 'The House of Om' near Ubud in Bali.
Looks like a pretty square deal to me. Must have been quite a mark-up to be able to cut it by more than 50 percent. But – needs must.
I suppose we all have to tighten our belts in these stiff times.
About Wissam Barakeh and 'The House of Om' ~ Conscious Community & Holistic School Resorts in Bali, Dubai, India, Sri Lanka, Germany & Russia
'The House of Om's Wissam Barakeh taking in some waves at an undisclosed location.
Screenshot of a photograph of Wissam Barakeh posted to his Instagram account on March 12, 2021.
Wissam Barakeh is a Syrian national who claims to be a life coach, Tantra and Reiki Master, hypnotherapist, Yoga teacher, motivational speaker, a neuro-linguistic programmer, a 'Tapping Practitioner' using the 'EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)', and is the founder of Taijitu House of Om in Dubai and Bali's Soul Journey Retreats.
'The House of Om's Wissam Barakeh, founder of Taijitu House of Om in Dubai and Bali's Soul Journey Retreats
taking five at the beach.
Screenshot of a photograph posted to Instagram on October 10, 2020 by Wissam Barakeh at an undisclosed location.
Wissam Barakeh believes in 'the concept of community and going back to the tribe, and to live in a world without borders – beyond race, colour, religion or gender'.
'The House of Om' business enterprise is currently expanding its conscious community centres – with great success – into India, Sri Lanka, Germany and Russia.
In a former life, and before he engaged on his own spiritual path, Wissam Barakeh studied business – working as a regional manager for large multinational corporations like Nestlé and Abbott.
“Enlightenment is when a wave realises it's the ocean. Believe that you are the ocean, open your arms for life – and live to the fullest.”
#yoga #tantra #love #life #houseofom
Words by Guru Wissam Barakeh #houseofoam.
Diamond-shaped, heart-centred words of light by the super-spreader of love, Mr. Wissam Barakeh.
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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.
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