Meditation in the dark is 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. Practiced in a space completely devoid of light facilitates pratyahara, the withdrawal of the senses and can allow for one's inner clarity or vision to awaken. Meditating in the dark for sustained periods has also been known to bring about inner transformation, healing, and can even induce profound shifts of consciousness.
A dark meditation retreat can be a very intense experience; one that can be amazing, uplifting and ecstatic in nature but one that can also reveal hidden memories, unresolved emotional states or inner fears. Prior preparation is suggested; a vegetarian diet, daily spiritual practice and setting a clear intention can all help to make your journey a fruitful and memorable one.
The Santosha Refuge offers three temperature controlled and well ventilated dark meditation chambers. Specifically designed for this purpose, its insulated windows and door, curved walls and minimal furniture (single bed and bedding, a stool and eating counter with attached food box provide a comfortable, safe, uncluttered and quiet space for insightful and sustained practice. There is a bathroom with sink, toilet and shower as well as a practice area with yoga mat and meditation cushion. Drinking water is provided and available in the space itself. An emergency light switch next to the door which activates an exterior light lets us know that you need to communicate with us if need be.
Services & Requirements
- The Santosha Refuge offers solitary dark retreats of 4 to 49 days.
- All participants must have an ongoing meditation or yoga practice.
- All participants must complete a questionnaire and send it to us prior to the interview.
- A preliminary interview, either in-person or video chat with Kalki or Florian is required before a booking can be confirmed.
- First time users must complete an initiation stay of 4 days before requesting longer stays.
- There will be a brief orientation on the day of your arrival so that you can become familiar with the space, the rules and have any final logistical questions answered before you begin your solitary journey. A post retreat debriefing will take place before you leave.
- Guidance can be provided during the retreat through vocal or written communication.
- To better assimilate the experiences that unfold in a darkness retreat with awareness, detachment and lucidity the use of hallucinogenic or conscious altering substances are neither recommend nor permitted.
- If you take medication or have a prior medical condition, be it physical, mental or otherwise that might adversely affect your dark retreat experience. It is your responsibility to advise us prior to booking so we can best guide you.
- You will be required to sign a personal responsibility waiver.
What to Bring
Light clothes, a shawl or light blanket, personal toiletries, socks or flip flops, water bottle, dried food stuffs (nuts, dates, etc...) in a sealed plastic container. ( glass is not permitted in the space )
A morning smoothie with seasonal fruit and greens or fresh coconut water is 50$mxn.- extra.
Vegetarian meals prepared by the Hridaya Yoga Kitchen are available at extra cost.
A personalized juice fast or detox program is also available at extra cost.
Orientation: and Check-in : Afternoon Check-out and debrief : Afternoon
4 day initiation : 1000$mx per day or via Paypal 60$ USD per day - meals included
For stays of 5 days or longer ': 750$mx per day or via Paypal 45$ USD per day - meals NOT included **
For experienced practitioners longer stays of 21 to 49 days can be arranged at a discounted price.
50% of entire stay required to confirm your booking (non-refundable)
Payments accepted in cash (mxn pesos) or via PayPal (add 10%)
The remaining 50% in cash only on day of arrival
How to Book
Email us or text us via Whatsapp 52 1 777 790 2120 only when you have the following information:
1. When you plan on starting your dark retreat, how many nights you plan to stay and in which darkroom?
We have three darkrooms: 1, 2 & 3, please check the calendar for availability.
2. What is your food plan:,
Are you are making meal arrangements on your own with a friend or with the Hridaya kitchen?
OR are you fasting or, bringing you own dried food stuffs (nuts, dates etc..)?
OR do want us to organize meals for you.?
3. How do you plan on making your payment?
If you are booking from outside the Mazunte area and can not make your deposit in cash then we will
send you our PayPal account email or our Bank Account CLABE (if your bank is in Mexico).
Once we receive your 50% deposit your retreat dates will be entered into our calendar and confirmed.
Contact us here to book