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    "A retreat in complete darkness effectively takes the remote control out of one's hands, leaving one witness to the blank screen of one's own mind."

(Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, 2003)
         
         
    "In a dark retreat, the play of the bodymind is exposed more clearly, without the presence of the usual multitude of external stimuli. External darkness becomes a screen for the performance of the internal theater of images, stories, and reactions. "

(Martin Lowenthal, 2003)
         
         
    "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light."

(Matthew 6:22)
         
         
    "That other realm, though to those enmeshed in matter, occupied with things of sense... appears cold and tenuous and barren of interest and delight, is...the sole region in which either the intellect or the heart of man, ceasing, even in this present life, to pursue shadows, can find rest."

(Arthur O. Lovejoy, 1936)
         
         
    "The dark can slow everything down for those who meet its imposing and pervasive atmosphere and who will settle into its rhythms. So much is revealed by letting the senses produce the flow of images, thoughts, and sounds, unimpeded by external stimulation. The world becomes a blank slate of black, silence, and stillness. I am obviously the generator of what arises, along with myriad unseen forces."

(Martin Lowenthal, 2003)
 

DARKROOM RESOURCES


Many spiritual traditions have used darkness techniques in the pursuit of enlightenment. In Europe, the dark room often appeared in underground form as a network of tunnels, in Egypt as the Pyramids, in Rome as the catacombs, in India and Tibet as caves, and now on Koh Phangan in the form of two earthbag domes.

Complete darkness profoundly changes the sensory sensibilities of the body and brain. Being deprived of all visual reference, major cortical centers in the brain are shut down, body and mind gravitate towards a new equilibrium, and the doors toward psychic and spiritual experiences are opened. The four glands located in the area of the head (pineal, hypothalamus, thalamus, and pituitary) are stimulated and, over time, psychedelic chemicals (”spirit molecules”) accumulate in the brain. The experiences of each person will vary and depend on a large number of factors. At the same time, most people including beginners in yoga, will receive great benefits, which may include: profound relaxation, readjustment of the body’s biological clock, harmonization of sleep patterns, rejuvenation and revitalization (cellular transformation), enhanced perception of subtle energies and astral lights, OOBEs, prolonged lucid dreams, psychic perceptions of different forms, deep meditation, altered and transcendental states of consciousness.

Regular self-practice and a basic foundation in meditation are recommended for anybody wanting to retreat.

Please find below a compilation of resources that will be useful in your preparation for your own journey into the light. As more and more people are coming through our Kaya Kalpa domes we will be adding more testimonials here on an ongoing basis. Check out the audio section to access the MP3 files of recently recorded conversations.

To download the dome poster, click here (PDF, 243 KB).


We have two earthbag meditation domes on our property; the smaller and older one, built in early 2010, has an interior diameter of 3.25 meters and has a built-in trap toilet. The newer and slightly larger dome, built in April 2012, comes with an attached bathroom/toilet and is more suitable for longer retreats. Both domes have a solar-powered multi-step ventilation system that can be controlled from the inside of the dome by the meditator. Both domes feature a double door system through which food can enter and leave the dome without light penetrating the interior. The current rates to rent the retreat facilities are:

  smaller dome larger dome
price per 24 hours 500 THB 750 THB
price per 72 hours

1'400 THB

2'100 THB
price per week 3'000 THB 4'500 THB


>> CLICK HERE to read an article/testimonial by a friend who spent 14 days in our darkroom dome.



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READING

Embracing Darkness as an Ecological Resource (Andrew Garrett Reece) — read online // download PDF file (111 KB)
Darkness Technology - Darkness Techniques for Enlightenment
(Mantak Chia) — download PDF file (1.2 MB)
Dark Room Enlightenment - Lesser, Greater, and Greatest Kan & Li (Mantak Chia) — download PDF file (3.4 MB)
Darkroom Diary Downloads (Jasmuheen) — download PDF file (836 KB)
Preparations for the Dark Room Retreatdownload PDF file (88 KB)
14 Days in Darkness - Kaya Kalpa Retreat Testimonial read online
Testimonial of a Darkness Experience (Andrew Durham)
read online // download PDF file (49 KB)



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AUDIO

Dark Ecology — A talk by Andrew Garrett Reece (85 mins.)
download audio file (40.4 MB)
2 Day Darkroom Retreat in our Earthbag Dome — Nick shares his experience download audio file (6.6 MB)
2 Day Darkroom Retreat in our Earthbag Dome — Lori shares her experience download audio file (5.8 MB)
2 Day Darkroom Retreat in our Earthbag Dome — Brian shares his experience download audio file (7.6 MB)
3 Day Darkroom Retreat in our Earthbag Dome — Simon shares his experience download audio file (6.9 MB)
Jasmuheen on Darkroom Retreatsdownload audio file (3.3 MB)
Darkroom Retreat with Jasmuheen — Participants share their experiences download audio file (4 MB)
3 Week Tao Garden Darkroom Retreat — Dirk shares his experience download audio file (1.6 MB)
3 Week Tao Garden Darkroom Retreat — Nicolae shares his experience download audio file (2.7 MB)
22 Days fasting in the Dark — Bill shares his experience
download audio file (3.9 MB)
Darkroom Retreat with Jasmuheen — Kimberly shares her experience download audio file (2.7 MB)



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VIDEO

Darkroom (a Thorsten Hempel documentary, 2012)
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (52.2 MB)
Our Natural Sleep Cycle (Jessa Gamble, TED, 2010)
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (19.7 MB)
Living 2 Months in a Cave (excerpt of a 2006, 4-part BBC series on time)
Quicktime / Flash / download this video (13.4 MB)


TV Documentary:

The Secrets of Sleep (Discovery Science)



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