Saskia John: join in a virtual darkness retreat


Retreat Into Darkness – A Path to Light

consciousness experiment transformation field “darkness”

saskia 1ed: this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone. if interested, contact Saskia by June 20th. all details on her website. below is an extract. full post by Saskia on her website here.   more on saskia’s dark retreat here

I feel drawn to my third dark retreat (= long term stay in complete darkness), that means, I will move into the transformative energy field „darkness“ for 4 weeks (June 27th – July 22nd) this summer and will immerse myself through meditation into deep levels of existence and thus use the period of fasting and darkness for a deepening of love and peace in my heart.

Even though inner processes are unpredictable, I sense that it will above all be about higher levels of light. And I ask myself, how can this retreat – beyond the inner work for peace and healing – be of use for the world?

I spontaneously got the idea to offer other people the opportunity to participate in this transformative process.

What is needed therefore?

  • your wish to participate in this consciousness experiment – it is free for you, at least regarding money
  • openness to the possibility, that new things happen in your life
  • a true challenge in your life, which you REALLY want to face and solve – something truly difficult for you; where you haven’t been moving or have been stuck for weeks, months or even years
  • only your name – please let me know by email by June 25th 2016, if you want to participate

Many effects may occur, for instance:

  • you progress one or several steps in solving a challenge or a complete resolution happens or several blockages are dissolved at once
  • more awareness, zest for life and aliveness
  • inspiration on topics, you haven’t been thinking of before
  • you meet shadow areas in yourself, which then may or will be healed
  • you become aware of the origin of behaviour patterns
  • you are enriched by a consciousness experience
  • or nothing at all happens …
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Saskia John

Can you imagine to support this project in any way? It needs to be published, e. g. on websites, Facebook, Twitter, in a short video on YouTube and other channels. I could need support in this campaign of spreading the word.

With joyful anticipation of new experiences in my dark retreat, Saskia


Dark Retreat / Dark Therapy Experiences (subtitled)

Pitch-black darkness, alone and fasting – for several weeks Saskia John exposed herself to dark retreats.
The account “In the Depths of my Soul – Experiences in Complete Darkness” describes the personal and transpersonal experiences at the borderline of the author and offers a cross section through the universe of the human psyche. It is also available in an English short version titled “Retreat Into Darkness – A Path To Light” through all common outlets.
The book is aimed at readers interested in psychology, transformation, spirituality, mysticism, lucid dreaming, dream analysis and in deep experiences of meditation, Tai Chi, fasting and Beingness.

Hygienic Use of Darkness by Andrew Durham



ed: below are extracts from Andrew Durham’s book “Hygienic DarkRoom Retreat”.    Andrew Durham’s website.


Hygiene is passive toward healing. In other words, the will is mostly passive. The unconscious is active and drives the process. The will is secondary, a servant. Its main purpose is to rest so the being can restore itself to wholeness. Hygiene is thus a peacemaker, allowing the distressed will to finally rest and recover.

Hygiene primarily depends on the autonomic self—omniscient, omnipotent, and infallible—to accomplish the work of healing. This hints at limitless results. There is nothing mystical, disciplined, or complicated about this approach. It is rational, safe, and natural: a reliable miracle.

Hygiene’s passive emphasis on rest and healing is very important because it defines the appropriate attitude toward retreating. I learned in fasting that how one approaches a retreat has a great effect on what happens in it.

The mind becomes extremely powerful when it is resting and purifying. If one’s attitude is really to passively support the omnipotent healing forces of the organism in doing everything, the effect of this internal unity will be much greater than if one has the conflicted doer-attitude of a practitioner


Three things the hygienic use of darkness is not:

1. discipline, such meditation

2. therapy

3. a psychedelic trip

These three approaches all share the vain attempt to end suffering by subjecting the unconscious to conscious action, as if mere attention, analysis, or reconditioning could fix the unconscious.

They try to willfully improve what they regard as an inert, even resistant unconscious self, as if it were incapable or disinclined of doing so itself.

Unfortunately, this attitude is ignorantly coercive toward the injured conscious self and discouraging to the omnipotent autonomic self. It is internalized tyranny predictably accompanied by triune brain-drain.

In contrast, hygienic use of darkness is passive as regards the will. The conscious self only plays a supportive role. The unconscious autonomic self is the principal actor. Zero conflict. Maximum efficiency. Perfect result.

The essence of the hygienic approach is the recognition of the power of the  autonomic self. Hygiene involves no gold-leafed statues or exotic rituals or substances, but it has the virtue of being cheap, quick, easy to remember, and vastly more effective

1. It is not discipline, such as meditation. Discipline is consistent exercise of the will. Will is the most delicate, energy-consuming, and, due to atrophy, ineffective part of the psyche. The psyche is the system most in need of rest. So discipline sets into motion and takes energy from the healing of the faculties it depends on while giving the least possible benefit for time, energy, and effort expended. Granted, it produces results impressive by the tragically low standard of ordinary people. But it prevents accomplishment of the top priority: full recovery of the psyche from its catastrophic damage.
Spiritual meditation, like all spiritual practice, entails supereffort to force access to subtle energy reserves to fuel transformation. The hygienic approach entails exactly the opposite: profound rest to conserve movement and energy for self-restoration. The conscious self at- tempts nothing to ameliorate suffering. It only provides conditions of healing to the unconscious, autonomic self, whose job is to heal the organism.
Discipline begins with accepting as real, as natural, the appearance of an intrinsic internal conflict: original sin. Next, one struggles “against nature”, fighting habits with practices to achieve an ideal. Hygiene begins with an assumption of natural harmony, of non-contra- diction and a logical explanation of illness. This naturally motivates one to easily fulfill its aim, which is healthy in reality.
Lastly, discipline sets up artificial dangers and obstacles by partially retaining willed control of the process. Then it spreads fear about retreat- ing without the necessary preparations guided by experts of the tradition. It’s a self-fulfilling delusion if not an outright racket.

2. It is not therapy. Therapy is done to a passive organism from the outside. The therapist, therapy, and therapeutic substances are the principal actors in a therapeutic session, not the organism itself. While depending on the organism to react to treatment, therapy views the organism as incapable of initiating a movement toward health. It fails to see such movement in disease itself.
In a darkroom retreat, darkness does nothing. Like air or water, it merely presents an opportunity to the self-preserving organism to better pursue its ceaseless tendency toward wholeness. The principal actor is life, not its conditions nor any treatment.

3. It is not a psychedelic trip: consciously experiencing normally unconscious phenomena using abnormal conditions like sleep-deprivation or chemicals, natural or artificial.

Andrew Durham’s website.

Ananda Bosman: Dark Room Retreat Pioneer


Ananda Bosman is indeed a Renaissance man. He has worked and shapeimage_3experimented in many fields since a teenager. Among many innovations, he pioneered harmonic music [listen at the end of this post].

In 1992 Ananda developed a neorotransmitter theory by which endogenous pineal gland neurotransmitters that were psychoactive would be activated thru complete light isolation called Dark Room Retreats & D.R. Inner Light. Hundreds of pilots were brought through these tests, a majority with high psychedelic experiences.

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Petr Pokorny: Darkness Therapy Brno, Czech R


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i am really impressed by Petr. i think what he is doing for himself, his family and for others is wonderful. he is renovating a trailer, building it into a purpose-built darkroom retreat, using strawbale to insulate, it will be really comfortable. Petr set up crowdfunding and he was successful in receiving $US 2785 66700.  (Czech Republic Koruna = 2785.027 US Dollar)

at the end of this post, there is a testimony by one of his retreatants.


facility at terapie-tmou-u-brna.cz:  english translation     orig. czech

The journey of inspiration and self-discovery 25 kilometers from Brno. Therapy darkness in a renovated, insulated and soundproof trailer.

darkness retreat facebook page

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How did it begin

Therapy darkness! It is a theme that appealed to me about ten years ago. In the past I have visited and climbed a series of caves, tunnels and shafts. Some of them spent the night here and experienced the remarkable things. He is always addressed beneficial and calming effect of dark and healing powers of the earth. Therefore, my vision of long-term stay in the dark enthused. My opinion has not changed therapy first demanding a total stay in the dark. Continue reading