UPDATE Mon 18.02.2019: Sille’s site is no longer active.
Sille from Being Human is offering s scheduled darkroom retreat. Embrace the darkness of the late autumn in a still, secluded part of the beautiful, Swedish nature. Join us for the opportunity to experience nature as it slowly prepares for winter. Continue reading
Published on Jun 24, 2012
David Wilcox speaking
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Tibetan Medicine Centre Men Ling provides in Estonia special facilities for individual retreats and dark retreat, a solo retreat in a space that is completely absent of light.
As in Tibetan traditions it is often suggested to combine dark retreat with various preliminary practices (1-5 weeks) our specially designed retreat house can be used in multifunctional way – retreats with natural light and in total darkness with no optical stimulation.
Retreat dome is situated 15 km from closest town Pärnu, outside the village Jõõpre in a quiet house with optimal conditions. It offers a little kitchen :(refrigerator, oven, water heater, kitchen sink, ceramic electric cooker), modern dry toilet, and a double door system for food supply during darkness.
Men Ling countryside centre is 130 km from Tallinn and 190 km from Riga, both easily reached by various airlines. Transfer from airports can be easily organised by bus or with Men Ling transport.
Prices: Stay overnight 25 eur ($ AUD 38.87) per person; 40 eur for two persons; Food served during dark retreat (1-2 times a day): 8 eur a meal
Look for further information: silva (at) tibetmed.ee
ed: this extract is from Sam’s site
A long durational studio work where the artist lived without sight for seven days and nights. Repeatedly transcribing five sentences the image created is without any visual reference.
“The idea of going ‘under’ or without images fascinated me. I had read of yogis spending years in complete darkness and psychologists running light deprivation studies but for me the question was – what landscapes are available to the artist when they are only given an internal view for seven days?
Biologically speaking the absence of daylight triggers large hormone imbalances in the pineal glad located in the centre of the brain. This gland normally releases melatonin which is the hormone that regulates sleep – and with this out of balance – you will quickly find yourself operating outside of conventional time…
Last week I spent 115 hours in a pitch black room. Literally, a room that allows no light in whatsoever. Am I insane? Well, perhaps, but here is what the experts have to say:
“Hygienic darkroom retreating requires minimal effort and no faith. Darkness is not a void, but a sanctuary. It is not the absence of light, but the presence of the self. It is yours.”– Andrew Durham
“This Pure Darkness will absorb many of our obscure trends, of our psychological “darkness,” and of our fears arising from the lack of awareness. As black holes absorb enormous quantities of matter, in a similar way, in the psychological domain, the darkness of transcendence can absorb our limited personal emotions and psychic residues.”– Hridaya Yoga
“The darkness actualizes successively higher states of divine consciousness, correlating with the synthesis and accumulation of psychedelic chemicals in the brain. Melatonin, a regulatory hormone, quiets the body and mind in preparation for the finer and subtler realities of higher consciousness (Days 1 to 3). Pinoline, affecting the neuro-transmitters of the brain, permits visions and dream-states to emerge in our conscious awareness (Days 3 to 5)…Melatonin affects major organ systems, quieting the sympathetic nervous system and allowing daily rejuvenation of mind and body. “– Mantak Chia, 71 year old Taoist Master
Some common questions I’ve received from people about the darkroom:
1. Do you have a flashlight?
Well, no. That would, um…defeat the purpose.
2. Do you get fed and if so, how?