Dark Retreats

Retreating in complete darkness is a practice common to many of the ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions across the world. From the monks and lamas in Tibet, to the Kogi Mamos in Colombia; the ancient Egyptians and the mystics of 15th Century France, Dark Retreats have provided revelation and illumination to countless practitioners who have sought the inner light.

The Dark Retreat is an unparralleled experience in intense seclusion, in which the practitioner is deprived of all light and sensory distractions, and thus plunges into a deep witnessing awareness of the mind, and eventually experiences the perception of the inner light of pure Consciousness.

Built entirely from natural river stones, cement and crystals, the Dark Retreat at The Hermitage is submerged into the hillside and is entered through a special underground tunnel. Resting predominantly under the earth at the base of a sacred copal tree, retreaters will experience the embrace of mother earth as they ‘return to the womb’ of darkness and silence.


Our Dark Retreat

The Dark Retreat at The Hermitage has been specifically designed with an increased air flow capacity that exceeds the average resting oxygen exchange rate, enhancing the amount of fresh oxygen to the brain and allowing for increased mental focus and clarity in meditation.

Retreaters have the option of two wholesome vegetarian meals per day or may wish to bring their own food or snacks. Food is delivered through a double-door food cupboard, drinking water is provided inside and the bathroom features a natural eco shower offering hot water throughout the day.

Rates for the Dark Retreat depend on length of stay and whether the retreater chooses to be catered for or self-catering. The prices below do not include food – to have two meals per day served during the retreat, please add an additional US$16 per day to the following rates.

Rates Dark Retreat

  • Amount of Days
  • 1-4 Days
  • 5-10 Days
  • 11-21 Days
  • 22-30 Days
  • 31+ Days

During Dark Retreats retreaters are offered the option of two vegetarian meals per day, made from the highest quality available products and fruits and vegetables from our permaculture garden and nearby farms. To include two meals per day for your retreat, please add $16 per day to the above rates.