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ONLINE Darkroom Retreat 2024 : In-Depth Taoist Practices

In-Depth Taoist practices

10-26 February, online LIVE workshops

with legendary Master Mantak Chia

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About Mantak Chia

Grandmaster Mantak Chia is the world’s foremost Taoist Master. He is the only Qigong Master who received The Qigong Master of the Year Award twice. He is the author of 60 books and has 49 years of teaching experience —online and onsite. Students of Master Chia especially like the clarity of the explanations, the many repetitions of practice, and his slow pace.
The classes with Mantak Chia are unique, thanks to his ability to transmit energy to his students, online or in the classroom. Many students practicing with Master Chia not only witness the wisdom of primordial violet light during his Energy Transmissions but also begin their initial healing processes.

About the Darkroom Retreat

This is the most awaited event for anyone willing to try and experience in-depth Taoist practices with Grandmaster Mantak Chia!

In the darkness, you can enter a primordial state —accessing spiritual and psychic realms of consciousness and reuniting with your true self. You become a conductor of universal energy as the darkness activates the deepest centers of the brain, the glands in the Crystal Palace.

Pi Gu Fasting Diet includes Qigong practices, energy meditations, and specific ways of chewing food. This Darkroom Pi Gu state gives tremendous healing power.

You will get step-by-step explanations and guidance on meditations to quieten your mind and give your body an incredible rest, supporting its natural rejuvenation.

Join us for 1, 2 or 3 weeks online or in Tao Garden (click here to see the page for Tao Garden)


During the Workshop, you will get:

  • Audio lessons (no video) and slides with explanations in ebooklets
  • The chance to experience the legendary Darkroom and Master Chia’s energy transmission
  • The opportunity to ask Master Chia all your questions during a Q&A session
  • BONUS: Self-paced workshop “Fusion of 5 Elements” if you book 3 weeks
  • Ebook “Darkness Technology”​ immediately with your purchase
  • Lifetime access to all provided videos and materials

This Retreat is for you if you are:

Looking to experience complete stillness in the darkness to reset your biological clock and to access higher states of consciousness and wisdom.

Willing to deepen your meditation practice and start to see the Primordial light

Looking to experience Advanced Taoist meditations and spiritual transformation through higher level practices


Mantak Chia will teach in English. We will provide LIVE online translation to several languages if there are more than 10 students requesting a translation at the special field during the checkout. To request a translation for a group of students please contact us at [email protected]. You will be offered a full refund in case your language group is not complete and canceled.

Recommendations for the Darkroom Retreat

For the Week 1 of the Darkroom retreat we recommend to know Fundamental practices and Fusion I,II and II. If you haven’t already taken Fundamental Practices earlier, we recommend doing so and attend Winter Retreat (click here to see the page of Winter Retreat).

For the Darkroom Retreat online workshops you will get live access to audio lessons. No video will be provided as the workshop will be streamed during the Tao Garden Darkroom Retreat. You will get slides with explanations in ebooklets and Ebook on the Darkness technology. Please read them in advance.

How can I create a darkroom at home?

During the years of pandemic, we figured out how to hold the Darkroom workshops online and how our students can recreate this ancient technology and Pi Gu fasting in their own homes. This online experience proved to be a total success.

1)  Order temporarily blackout blinds for windows. They stick on by static electricity without any adhesives, so they don’t leave any marks. Just pull, tear, stick and enjoy the Darkroom environment in your own home:

You can order Magic Blackout Blind here or here

2) Order Pi Gu energy pills and herbal detox sets from Tao Garden, Thailand ( Delivery time to the USA and Europe is about 15-20 days).



3) Prepare food according to the number of days you will be in the Darkroom. In the Darkroom we maintain the Pi Gu fasting state, so you should be completely free from grains, dairy, meats, egg yolks and processed foods.


Note: you can create a Dark room or do Detox during the course, but you are not obliged to.

Darkroom retreat Program

Week 1 | 10-14 February | Darkroom essential meditations. Beginner-friendly.
Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II and III.

10 February: Introduction workshop with video and Energy Transmission

During this week you will practice Fusion I, II and II in the darkness under the guidance of Grandmaster Mantak Chia. There will be no theory, only practice.

Fusion means mixing and fusing things to create something new. In our Taoist practices, we combine emotions, natural forces, life forces, etc., into one energy we can use.

Fusion of the Five Elements I allows you to control the energy of your inner universe to facilitate the connection with the energy of the Grand Universe. You will focus on capturing negative emotions and merging them. You will then bring in all the positive emotions and combine everything to create a better energy balance.

Fusion of the Five Elements II allows you to learn to move the “pearl of radiant energy” (created in Fusion l) through your internal organs, multiplying the natural virtues that reside there. With this vital energy, you can open the Thrusting Channel Routes, which run through the center of your body, linking the “energy centers”, and open the Belt Channels, which spiral around the whole body, strengthening the auric field and providing a form of psychic protection.

The Fusion III meditation opens the Greater Bridge and Regulator Channels, Spinal Cord, Head, and Heart, using cutting and drilling techniques to clean out any energy blockages. The student learns to protect the body from external energies by Sealing the Senses and Aura and receiving the higher frequencies of the Universal Force.

Week 2 | 17-20 February | Lesser Kan & Li
Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II and III or Week 1 of this Retreat.
Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II, III.

Lesser Enlightenment of Kan & Li involves cleansing and rejuvenating the glands and organs using neutral energy (steam) generated by the inverting and coupling of the primal polarities of Fire and Water. The higher Inner Alchemy Formulas, which traditionally were practiced in caves, are taught in a complete darkness environment, which has been specially created to facilitate the teaching and practice of higher-level Taoist Alchemical Meditation.

Week 3 | 23-26 February | Greater Kan & Li
Prerequisites for this week: Lesser Kan & Li

Taoists believe that the soul and spirit come from the stars and ultimately must return to them to find their origins. To do this, one must first gather and refine the energies of the soul and spirit until they are as pure as the Original Force. By harnessing energy from the Earth, the planets, the Big Dipper and the North Star, we gain spiritual power and the ability to merge with stellar forces. These meditation practices are targeted upon strengthening the body and the spirit on all levels.

You will learn to activate the cauldron at the Solar Plexus and increase the amount of energy that may be absorbed into the body directly from Heaven and Earth.

What is Pi Gu?

Pi Gu is an ancient Taoist method of fasting for spiritual and healing purposes. It translates from Chinese as “stop eating grain.”

Used by ancient Taoist masters during their months or years of solitary retreat in pursuit of enlightenment, the practice centers on a simple diet of fruits, teas, nuts, and eggs paired with special chewing techniques.

During the Pi Gu state, the need for food decreases yet the body’s energy levels actually increase. The body gathers Qi (Life force) not from food but from Taoist practices and the “golden elixir” produced by the special chewing practices. This Qi charges your internal organs, activating the body’s natural healing abilities and enabling you to draw energies from the Earth and Universe. In the pi gu state the body automatically balances itself, the mind is more relaxed, and sleep improves.

During the workshop you can follow the Pi Gu diet and prepare special food to meet the particular requirements of the body, mind, and spirit in attaining the goals of darkness enlightenment. See below how to organize it and where to order Pi Gu pills.

Daily Schedule (Paris time)

10 February: 

13:00 – 15:00 – Introduction by Grandmaster Mantak Chia (with video, lights on)

11-14 February and 23-26 February:

08:00 – 12:00 Live Zoom Session by Grandmaster Mantak Chia


Tickets Darkroom retreat

Early booking prices for Darkroom retreat are valid till 31 Dec 2023

Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations

February 10-14. Beginner-friendly


Week 2: Lesser Kan & Li

17-20 February


Week 3: Greater Kan & Li

February 23-26


Weeks 1+2+3 Bundle

BONUS: Self-paced workshop “Fusion of 5 Elements” Bundle discount: 170 euro


Winter Retreat +Darkroom

(bundle €550 off)




Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes, all participants get a certificate at the end of the Workshop. This certificate doesn’t give the permission of teaching.
What languages will be workshops translated into?
Master Mantak Chia will teach in English. There will be no translations.
How can I ask my questions during the class?
You'll be able to ask questions by text using Q&A in Zoom. Senior Instructors will reply back and during Q&A session Master Chia will reply to your questions.
What if I can’t join all of the workshops Live?
No problem at all, you will receive the recordings and can catch up after. You will have lifetime access to stream them in a high resolution.
Cancellation policy
If you would like to request a refund for an online event before it begins, email us at [email protected], so we can make a full refund. Refunds are not available after a seminar begins. If you can't attend due to some serious reason and the event has already started, email us at [email protected] we will consider rescheduling your reservation to another event.
I can't find an email with my link for a LIVE online workshop. What should I do?
You will receive the link for joining the workshop from [email protected] in your email 1 day before the workshop starts. If you didn’t receive it:
- First, search your inbox for an email from [email protected]. Make sure you use the same email box you purchased a course with. Note, that some email domains like,,, and may block zoom e-mails)
- Please check all your email folders: spam box, promotions,etc.
- Check that you have enough storage space in your mail box, delete at least 100 mails to clean your mail box. If you still have no luck connecting your course, please contact us at [email protected]
How long will I have access to the Workshops?
You will have lifetime access to recordings of the workshops.