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?