The Darkness Experience - Illumination is within

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Whitchurch Canonicorum


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Ready to ‘stop the world’ and deepen your spirituality?

The pace of modern life can be hectic! A lot of people are stressed, drained or overwhelmed. Many people have a yearning to Be, just simply BE. The Darkness Experience weekend retreat can fulfill this longing. Spending time in darkness is a powerful and ancient method to discover the wonder of Inner Space, Enter Deep And Real Knowing and Learn to See in a new way.

During the Darkness Experience you will spend 24 hours in rest, meditation, dancing ,eating & sleeping …. without seeing!

The Darkness effect is created by using special blindfolds that are designed to be worn comfortably for extended periods. They enable you to have your eyes open and yet be ‘in darkness’

It opens the way for you to remember what its like to have meaningful, quality time to reconnect with the deeper parts of you and to enter into a limitless space within.

In a weekend, with no light, less stuff and zero stress, you can stop overwhelm and get centered, while enjoying total rest and profound meditation.

The Retreat includes :

Learning meditations from Buddhism, Sufism, Tantra, Advaita and Osho

Listening to exquisitely beautiful and emotive music,

Receiving inspiration through powerful and uplifting poetry and spiritual teachings

Unstructured ‘open space’ for rest and sleep, or whatever feels most nourishing to you in the moment.

……………. All whilst the Darkness works its own transformative magic on your body heart mind and soul.

This Darkness Experience can help you :

Ease up on too much thinking: its like a mental detox! What if, you could begin to experience a quietening of the usual endless chatter in the mind and rest in the gap, the space between thoughts!?

And even if it seems challenging now, once you’ve had a break from using electronic screens and devices for a time - you will be so glad to have ‘unplugged’.

Enjoy deep rest for your tired body and stressed mind: Just imagine, you are being taken care of, there are no demands and you let go into profound relaxation. You will probably sleep more deeply than in a long time. Aaah …Such a great relief!

Shift from doing-doing-doing to the ease of Being: What if, you could feel a warm satisfying glow of aliveness deep inside sending tingles all around your body - without you having to do anything!? Mmmm…..

Awaken the senses - just imagine, your sense of touch is greatly enhanced, hearing is heightens, even tasting and smelling become more rich ……Wow!

Shift from feeling time as a ‘pressure’ (and you never have enough of it) to a sense of time expanding and opening out, into a Timelessness that feels so spacious and free.

Come to a different perspective on your self, your habits and 'problems’. You’ll learn to see in a new way.

Connect with your Soul - and refresh your sense of what really matters in life. Its so easy to get lost in the details of everyday life, living more on the surface - which leaves you with a hollow feeling. What if, you plugged into your Deep And Real Knowing so that you could listen to its guidance, align your values and live more in tune with what you really are!?

The Darkness Experience allows you to quickly experience the many benefits of Meditation whether you are new to meditation altogether, are rekindling your practice, or have a longstanding practice. This is your opportunity to experience a uniquely powerful, yet gentle approach to personal evolution and spiritual awakening.

Although the atmosphere is meditative people are often surprised by how much fun it can be to go through such a novel experience together and a unique sense of intimacy develops.

You will emerge lighter, yet more grounded, on Sunday night than you were when you arrived.


How dark is it?

It is very challenging to create a truly pitch black space in this world! Our eyes can adjust and become sensitive to minute levels of light.

In our retreats the Darkness effect is created by wearing comfortable, specially designed blindfolds. We highly recommend purchasing one before the retreat so that you can adjust it for your greatest comfort and adapt it for maximum Darkness.

The group room in which most of the Experience takes place will be dimmed, but not pitch black. This is so that your guides can see you and respond as necessary. Bedrooms, the dining area and other rooms are also dimmed (but not pitch black.

Will I feel afraid?

Many people have negative associations with the dark – that it is something to be scared of. We want you to know that you will feel completely safe during the retreat and that any fears typically fade very quickly to be replaced with a wonderful sense of relaxation.

What can I expect to happen?

The Darkness Experience is an encounter with Mystery. And every person’s experience is different. However we often see a certain sequence unfold. Initially there may be a nervous settling in period – you might feel a bit vulnerable to be without sight along with a great curiosity about the people and things you encounter. Moving around and mealtimes are especially novel! Gradually you realise that you have to slow down in the dark and that theres really nothing that you have to do. This can bring a great sense of relief and relaxation. There could also be moments of restlessness and boredom if you are used to being very active but this typically passes quickly. On longer retreats you may shift into interesting altered states of consciousness – for example, visionary states, different perceptions of time and space, or blurring of distinctions between waking and dreaming. Unlike some other Darkness Retreats we do not try to induce these experiences, our focus is more on creating a restful sense of your inner space gently opening and deepening in a way that brings relaxation and healing.

Can I use my phone?

Once you have entered the Darkness you will not be able to make any phone calls or use any electronic devices (because you wont be able to see!). For some people, this in itself may seem quite challenging – but we can assure you that having this kind of ‘digital detox’ has very beneficial effects on your mind and health and you will be so glad to have a period of relief from electronic stimulation.

What if I want my own separate room?

Most venues have a single room option (with a surcharge). Please note that there may be a limited number of single rooms available.

Many participants report that sharing a room is an especially enjoyable aspect of the retreat.

Is the food a certain diet?

Each venue we choose is proud of providing excellent, healthy food. Usually the food will be vegetarian, with some special diets catered for by advance arrangement. If you inform us of your requirements we will do our best to cater to your needs.

Are there any reasons not to attend?

If you are taken any medications it will not be possible for you to take them and it is probably best that you do not come.

People with serious mental disorders occasionally go to Retreats with the unrealistic expectation that the method will cure or alleviate their mental problems. Unstable interpersonal relationships and a history of various treatments can be additional factors which make it difficult for such people to benefit from, or even complete, a Darkness Experience. It is not possible for us to properly care for people with these backgrounds. Although Darkness Retreats are beneficial for most people, it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment and we do not recommend it for people with serious psychiatric disorders.

How can I best prepare?

Once we have received your payment you will be sent instructions about how to best prepare for your Experience. It’s highly recommended to get used to being without sight and moving around in the week before the retreat – even if you can only manage a short practice time.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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Email : suta@thedarknessexperience.com

Tel : 07446 052313

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