Andrew Durham: “We are 80% of the way to our goal. With just four days left in the campaign, we need only $420 more to make it.”
After 28 years finding and testing the way nature gives us to heal from psychophysical illness, I am ready to apply it to myself, and I need your help. In September, I will do a 20-day hygienic darkroom retreat at a cost of $2300, and I would like you to consider contributing to my crowdfunding campaign to pay for it. Here is why.
For decades, exhaustion-depression has progressively crippled my ability to care for myself, twice almost fatally. Only resting in darkness has given me relief, periods of semi-recovery, and strength to go on. A 20-day retreat will be long enough for me to:
1. heal at the core of my exhaustion-depression
2. become able to make the lifeway changes that full recovery and maintenance will require
Many of you donated to me during the testing phase of the restful use of darkness. _Thank you_. I felt very frustrated for those four years because, in only managing short retreats, I thought I was failing to apply my idea. Only afterward did I see I had been succeeding at testing it. I have never been able to retreat longer than a week because I lacked personal capacity, knowledge, resources… and humility. Yet, in trying, I gained experience, proved the concept, refined the process… and finally faced facts.
Now I have done 20 retreats, built 20 darkrooms in four climates, supported 25 clients in retreating, and written a 200-page manual of hygienic darkroom retreating. In fact, you can read it for free right now at http://darkroomretreat.com. Everything is explained clearly. The theory is rational, the practice straightforward, and the results predictable. It works the same way for everyone. I feel confident in my current level of knowledge to succeed at my third attempt at a medium-length retreat. It will be the first explicitly hygienic darkroom retreat of this length in history, with radical implications for hygiene and the public health.
I like crowdfunding a lot. My request goes out not just to you, but to hundreds of family, friends, clients, supporters, and acquaintances at the same time. When total contributions reach the goal by the end of the campaign, they will all come to me at once so I will have the full amount needed to succeed. If contributions miss the goal, they are returned. It’s all or nothing, which minimizes waste and long-term disappointment.
My campaign starts now and ends in 14 days on my birthday, July 6. I will keep you updated on the whole process, from now till I am well again, based on events and your response.
Jun 21 begin campaign
Jul 6 end campaign; find suitable house to rent
Aug 1 move into house; build darkroom; and arrange support
Sep 1 begin 20-day hygienic darkroom retreat
Nov 1 extra month in case of unusual delay
1200 house rental (3 months + deposit)
300 building materials
100 smartphone & service
200 for retreat supporter
0 Tilt fees because they’re cool like that
0% debit card fee
3% credit card fee
2300 tilt amount
3500 post-tilt total
Tilt will release the money to me when contributions reach $2300. Additional funds received will go into a $1200 reserve in case of unusual problems or delays. So I will to keep the campaign going till it reaches at least $3500.
Given my workaholism and crowdfunding’s usual focus on products, I considered offering rewards to contributors. For example, the new edition of my book, the sleeping mask, or lightproof vent I designed. But despite my recent efforts to complete it, I find the book still needs attention I lack the presence of mind to give it until I can retreat. And I have often promised future production (or benefit to humanity) to cover up shame I felt in asking for help. Acquiring the humility necessary to ask for help, only promising to establish my own wellbeing, has been the most difficult part of this for me. I am sure I will be self-supporting in the future, and that darkroom retreating will move the world as I foresee. But right now, I’m sick and need your support to rest in order to heal.
That’s all a darkroom retreat is. It’s not discipline, therapy, or escape. It provides conditions of profound rest in which the all-powerful organism, including the psychic system, heals itself. Thus its unparalleled effectiveness.
Will you please help me complete my journey back to health by contributing to my campaign?
Published on Jun 21, 2016
Short Tilt crowdfunding intro to say hello and point to my written proposal:
(editor note: Tilt has closed its doors)
and my book at
about the way nature gives us to heal from psychophysical trauma and illness: hygienic darkroom retreating.