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4 Day Immerse Yourself in Darkness to Reveal Your Inner Light Meditative Dark Room Retreat in Oaxaca
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Meditative Dark Room Retreat in Mexico

Hridaya Yoga invites you to deepen your meditation practice by experiencing a private retreat in their dark room suite, especially prepared to admit no light. %A Dark Retreat is a solitary retreat. You will arrive at Hridaya Yoga's center, be given an orientation, have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about what to expect, and then enter the room and remain in solitude for 3 nights. %Dark Room Retreats are an ancient practice from the Ayurvedic and Tantric traditions. In such retreats, your teacher is darkness itself. You enter a room specially designed to admit no light and spend 3 days in darkness in order to reveal your inner light. It is an experience like no other and brings about a profound shift of consciousness.

Highlights

  • Darkroom silent meditation
  • Have a Q&A with spiritual teacher
  • Pre-retreat meeting with spiritual teacher
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily vegan meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 1 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
07:00

Hridaya Yoga's center in Mazunte features an air-conditioned Dark Room ideal for solitary retreats. It is a private room with one double-bed and bathroom. The Dark Room Retreat is not guided, so it's important to already have a solid meditation practice. You would be by yourself for the entire duration of the retreat.

Program

A Dark Retreat is a solitary retreat. You will arrive at Hridaya Yoga's center, be given an orientation, have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about what to expect, and then enter the room and remain in solitude for 3 nights.

During a Dark Retreat, you do some meditations with open eyes and others with closed eyes. You constantly keep the witness consciousness, asking the question "who am I?" It becomes even more important not to dramatize or let yourself be overtaken by imagery. In this way, you develop the capacity of witnessing any thought, sensation, or emotion that may appear. The attention is on the darkness as the expression of the absolute.

Traditionally, Dark Retreats were done by advanced practitioners in the Dzogchen lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The period varied from a few hours to decades. Some Tibetan monks recommend a 49-day Dark Retreat. This period was recommended only to the advanced practitioners because such a retreat requires stability in the natural state.

There are historians who suggest that Ancient Egyptians and Mayans practiced a form of Dark Retreat as well, traditionally lasting 10 days. Holy men would enter into the center of their respective pyramids, completely removed from light and sound. The catacombs and the underground network of tunnels of the first Christians in Rome and many other places, such as the Egyptian pyramids and the caves of the Essenes near the Dead Sea in Israel, might have been used as places for Dark Retreats as well. In the Taoist tradition, the cave, the Immortal Mountain, the Wu San, represents the Perfect Inner Alchemy Chamber. The Tao says: "When you go into the dark and this becomes total, the darkness soon turns into light." - Mantak Chia

From the Hridaya Yoga's perspective, darkness and the abyss are nothing to fear because who you really are is the very essence of both darkness and light. There are no animalistic tendencies at the bottom of our being. Even if it may seem like this for some people, nirvana is there, and the supreme self, consciousness, is its background. Sometimes, the darkness of anguish or desperation or fear of death can instantaneously reveal pure awareness, nonconceptual bliss. This is because of a quantum leap between what seems to be the bottom and the top.

Darkness also indicates the ultimate act of unification, mystical marriage. The abyss is as much topless as bottomless.

In the Bhagavad Gita, it is the immortal, Krishna, who is "dark" while Arjuna, the mortal, is "white". They are symbols of the supreme self and the individual ego.

Location

Hridaya Yoga is located in the charming and breathtaking little beach town of Mazunte, on the Pacific coast of the state of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. Mazunte is a small, friendly village on the Oaxacan coast.

The Hridaya Yoga Center sits atop an attractive hill with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The three yoga halls and our sustainably built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury.

Distances

  • Zipolite, 10 minutes
  • Puerto Angel, 25 minutes
  • Pochutla, 30 minutes
  • Puerto Escondido, 1 hour
  • Huatulco, 1 hour

Food

During this retreat, you will be served two daily delicious vegan meals. The meals are simple, without excessive spices (no onion or garlic is used), and without extensive condiments.

Please carefully consider whether you are willing and able to eat simple vegan food. If you generally are a very selective eater with many special preferences, you may prefer to make other arrangements.

No meal refunds will be given once the retreat begins.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 daily vegan meals and clean drinking water for 2 days
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Check-in day meals, as you enter the Dark Room after sunset
  • Checkout day meals, as you leave the Dark Room before sunrise
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by Airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX).

Arrival by Bus

From Oaxaca City, you may take a bus to Pochutla. From there, you may take the first-class tourist bus that takes about nine hours but is a less windy route or you may take a regular minibus that will take about six hours but takes very curvy mountain roads.

To take the first class bus, you may go to the ADO bus station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies and also have several departures per day.

Arrival by Taxi

Taxis are available at Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) or the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport (HUX). You may walk from the airport terminal to the main road and catch a taxi to the venue for about 800 MXN.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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