Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

As many of you know, back in May I entered into a 10 day and 11 night dark room retreat.

I have another blog that shares more about the transformative and life changing experience of living in the dark for 10 days, but I want to start with this blog about the practicalities of what a dark room retreat is like.

Above you will find a Facebook Live video that delves into the “how” of a dark room retreat.  It was my first FB Live video and we had some technical hiccups that are just par for the course.  So, I’d recommend starting there to hear about the experience as it gives a raw and heartfelt accounting.

But some have said that the technical glitches made it hard for them to stay with the content, so I created a cleaned up video that answers all of the same questions, just in a less distracting way.  That video is below.

I’ve found that these more practical questions often need to be answered before many people can take in the deeper spiritual transformations that I experienced.  Literally I’ll be describing to someone the deepest insights from the retreat and they will still be trying to grok the physical reality of spending that much time in the dark.  So, this blog and video should answer a lot of questions and alleviate that tension.

Here are the main questions that I get asked about the practicalities of this incredible experience.  Next week I’ll be posting another video and blog that goes into the whole transformative experience.

Q: Where did you do this dark room retreat?

A: I went with the dark room at The Hermitage Retreat Center in Guatemala on Lake Atitlan.

Q: What was the room like?

A: The approximate 10’ x 10’ room is beautifully constructed with river stones and built into the hillside.  The entire property is consecrated to Green Tara and the room has a powerful grounding energy.  There is a bed, a meditation platform, a chair, a sink, a shower and a compost toilet.

The toilet did smell a bit from time to time, but it was something that I got used to.  The shower provided hot water mid day when the solar panels heated up.  The entire property is off grid.

The room also has fresh air pumped in 24 hours to accommodate for oxygen usage.

Some other dark rooms in other places are more like regular retreat rooms that have had all the windows blacked out and all light sources eliminated.  I like the grounded earthy feeling of this room.

Q: Were you alone or were there others there or in other rooms?

A: I was alone.  They currently have one dark room on this property and it is designed for 1-2 people.  There is 1 bed.

Q: What prompted you to do this?


Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

10 Days in a Dark Room.


On May 20th, after a week in meditative retreat with one of my wisest teachers here in the states, I will be heading down to Guatemala and entering into a 10 day Dark Room Retreat.

When I mention this to people, I often hear, “Excuse me, you’ll be doing what?”

And then two main questions arise.

The 1st question is usually, “So, just what is a Dark Room Retreat?  It can’t be what it sounds like.”

Actually, it is.  10 days, 24 hrs a day in a room that is totally, can’t see your hand in front of your face, dark!

Dark Room Retreat, Hermitage Retreat, Lake Atitlan Guatemala

This particular “room” is built into the side of a mountain at The Hermitage Retreat Center on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala and is imbued with a beautifully grounding energy.

There is a hot shower, toilet, sink, bed and meditation platform.

There is also a double-doored food box lets in no light and through which is delivered 2 healthy vegetarian meals a day.

When I first enter the room I will have a candle lit so that I can orient myself to the space.  And when I am ready…… Poof, I will blow out the candle and not emerge back out into the light for 10 days.

I will be alone.  There will be no entertainment, internet, reading, writing or sound, other than perhaps some bird calls from outside and occasional thunder from the storms this time of year.

Basically there is nobody there but me and nowhere to go and nothing to do except be still and present and listen – within, or as I tend to feel into it, Beyond.

This leads to the 2nd typical question, which is: (more…)