Dark Room Retreats
“Darkness within darkness.
The Gateway to all understanding”
– Lao Tzu
Meditation in the dark is an advanced practice which is a part of the ancient Ayurvedic and Tantric traditions of India and Tibet. It is an approach to spiritual development and self-realization in which the guru or teacher is darkness itself. The aspirant enters a room specially prepared to admit absolutely no light and spends a number of days in darkness in order to bring about a profound shift of consciousness.
For the Hridaya perspective on dark room retreats, please click here.
Two Dark Meditation Rooms are available for dark retreats from 2 to 30 nights near Hridaya Yoga France in the village of Saint Just d’Avray.
The rooms (about 25m2 in size) are ideal for solitary retreats and are specifically designed for this purpose. The space features a good ventilation system, a comfortable queen size bed, a little bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, a “lounging” area with a table and an armchair, as well as floor space to practice yoga and meditation. There is a “food box” through which meals can be served and any written notes may be sent to your hosts if needed. Linens and towels are provided.
Please note that the Dark Room Retreat is meant to unfold in silence (mauna – noble silence) to encourage the process of interiorization.
Déborah and Jürgen (above right) are both teachers at Hridaya Yoga France. As your hosts, they will care for you during your retreat, providing you with meals if requested, answering any questions you might have and giving you guidance if the need arises. They will offer you an orientation session before the start of the retreat, as well as a post-retreat debriefing.
Before a booking can be confirmed, please note that the process will include filling out this questionnaire, as well as potentially conducting a preliminary interview. You can begin your booking either by emailing Déborah and Jürgen at email@example.com or directly by filling out the questionnaire.
Please note that the dark rooms are now fully booked for the rest of 2020 and into the New Year. Availability begins again from the 20th January 2021 onwards.
€ 65,- per night for 2-5 nights
€ 60,- per night for 6-14 nights
€ 55,- per night for 15-30 nights
€ 120,- per night for 2-5 nights
€ 100,- per night for 6-14 nights
€ 20,- one-time cleaning fee