I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid
of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Darkroom retreats have been used by a variety of spiritual traditions throughout the centuries as a higher-level practice. The aspirant enters a room specially prepared to admit absolutely no light and spends a number of days under this sensory deprivation in order to bring about a profound shift of consciousness.
Research has shown that in prolonged darkness a biochemical reaction in the brain is causing extraordinary molecules like DMT to be synthesized which trigger altered states of perception allowing for accelerated evolution towards the Revelation of the Self and a Consciousness of Oneness.
Grand Master of the Tao Mantak Chia is offering extensive background information on his website, some of which you will also find on the following pages. In addition to the Taoist knowledge we offer Yogic advice to guide you through this amazing experience called Kaya Kalpa in Yoga.
Apart from the spiritual approach darkrooms also have a profound therapeutic effect for various disorders. More information on our page The Science.
We suggest starting with 2-7 days, yet often aspirants return for retreats of 14, 30, or 49 days as the effects of dark retreats are accumulative.
Prices start from US$ 108 for 2 days including all meals. We offer considerable discounts for longer durations.
Our other offerings at Kaivalya Yoga Ashram can be found at YogaRetreatGuatemala.com.