darkroom retreat

deep rest for the self-healing psyche

a book by andrew durham


blurb  dedication  preface  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. Why do this? To restore conditions of psychological balance, giving refuge from the constant sensory overstimulation 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 everything about why a retreat works, how to do it, and how to make a darkroom. It includes easy steps to attain some of these effects in your own home.

toward a Natural Hygienic psychology

Neither spiritual nor disciplined, therapeutic nor medicinal, this is the first approach to darkness—and psychology—based in Natural Hygiene. History’s most influential approach to health, Hygiene gave the modern world appreciation for frequent bathing, fresh air, regular exercise, and pure food.

Natural Hygiene recognizes the radically self-preserving organism and provides it with such normal conditions of life. It 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 psyche.

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Download darkroom retreat as an ebook here:

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If you have trouble downloading, email me and I’ll send you the files directly.

I hope you enjoy the book and find it useful. Please send me any questions, comments, corrections, or suggestions you have regarding it.


You can support my work in many ways. See end of introduction. Most importantly, I need a month’s use of a small, fully functional house in a quiet location in Europe to do a 20-day darkroom retreat in order to heal from exhaustion-depression.

In the meantime, I very much appreciate donations. I live extremely cheaply, so any amount you give will be useful.

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