darkroom retreat

deep rest for the self-healing psyche

      a book by andrew durham


blurb   dedication   preface   foreword   introduction
hygiene   format   protocol   prepare   design   make
faq   about


a complete manual

Hygienic darkroom retreating consists of resting in an absolutely dark room for days, alone, with food. Why do this? To provide conditions of psychic rest and healing: refuge from the sensory over-stimulation of civilized existence.

This seemingly trivial contrast can lead to a remarkable and lasting restoration of your well-being, making the darkroom a powerful tool.

The book explains why a retreat works, how to do it, and how to make a darkroom. It includes detailed instructions to attain these effects in your own home.

toward a hygienic psychology

Neither spiritual nor disciplined, therapeutic nor medicinal, this is the first approach to darkness—and psychology—based on hygiene. Much more than mere cleanliness, hygiene remains history’s most influential approach to health. Hygiene taught the modern world appreciation for the self-preserving nature of life and all its normal conditions: fresh air, ample sleep, pure food, frequent bathing and exercise, etc.

Hygiene has long succeeded in caring for the self-healing body. With darkness, hygiene now has an equally effective way of caring for the self-healing soul.

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You can help this effort in many ways: see end of introduction. Most importantly, I need to do a 20-day darkroom retreat myself in order to heal from exhaustion-depression. For this I need €2000 or a month’s use of a small, fully functional house in a quiet location in Spain. If you, by some miracle, are able to help me in this way, then… thank you.

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