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Darkroom Retreat 2024 : In-Depth Taoist Practices

In-Depth Taoist practices

10 — 27 February

Tao Garden 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! These workshop practices take place in the Darkroom designed according to Taoist traditions. During the workshop, you will be completely free from any external light source (except Day 1) and you will have 3 meals a day according to Taoist Pi Gu diet.

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 in Tao Garden, Chiang Mai (Thailand).


During the Workshop, you will get:

  • The chance to experience the legendary Darkroom and Master Chia’s energy transmission
  • 3 meals a day, herbal detox tea and supplements according to Taoist Pi Gu diet
  • The opportunity to ask Master Chia all your questions during a Q&A session
  • Ebook “Darkness Technology”​
  • E-booklets​
  • 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


Master Mantak Chia will teach in English. There will be no translation furing the Darkroom retreat in order to keep the full darkness experience for our participants.

Recommendations for the Darkroom Retreat

Basic knowledge of Fundamental practices such as Cosmic Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds, Fusion of the Five Elements, Microcosmic Orbit, Iron Shirt Qigong, and Tao Yin, which bring the body into a state of balance and tuning. A physically fit vehicle is the foundation stone from which to launch astral travel into multi-dimensional orbits and higher cortical activity. If you haven’t already taken Fundamental Practices earlier, we recommend doing so and attend Winter Retreat.

During the darkness retreat, you will be completely free from any external light source and all types of animal and dairy protein except for egg-whites to cover your body’s protein and calcium needs. Chlorophylle will be provided daily. Juices, sesame, herbal detox teas, vegetable broth and fruits will be provided to you 3 times per day.

All participants are encouraged to engage in a healthy preparatory diet and bowel cleansing process starting 4 weeks before the retreat. Diet should be rich in Vitamin D, beta-carotene like choleric, calcium (2,000 gm), magnesium (500 mg), and zinc (20 mg/day).

We recommend eating less food 1 week before arrival and check-in at the Tao Garden at least 2 days before the retreat (for additional fee, please contact [email protected]) to prepare the body, clean the colon and do the recommended blood tests (optional).

Darkroom retreat Program

Week 1 | 10-15 February | Darkroom essential meditations.


  • - Sat 10 February | introduction with lights on and Energy Transmission
  • - Sun 11 – Wed 14 February | Darkroom essential meditations. Creating an Energy body. Pearl of Consciousness
  • - Thu 15 Feb Review class with a Senior Instructor (10.00-12.30)

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

Practicing the Fusion of the Five Elements in Darkroom will guide you to harmonize and refine your Qi through meditation, breathwork, and visualization.

The pure life-force energy collected from the organs and blended during the Fusion practice is developed and transformed into an energy ball. The formation of this energy ball represents the initial phase of transferring consciousness to a new realm. Then, the developed energy pearl undergoes circulation within the Microcosmic Orbit. This process marks a crucial stage in the inner alchemical journey, contributing to the transformation and elevation of consciousness.

Week 2 | 16-22 February | Lesser Kan & Li


  • - Fri 16 February | Introduction
  • - Sat 17 – Tue 20 February | Lesser Kan & Li
  • - Wed 22 February | Review class with Instructor
  • Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II and 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 | 22-27 February | Greater Kan & Li


  • - Thu 22 February | Introduction
  • - Fri 23 - Mon 26 February | Greater Kan & Li
  • - Tue 27 February | Review class with Instructor
  • 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.

Tao Garden Darkness facility

Master Chia researched modern Darkness technologies for many years. He made visits to darkness retreats in other countries, to gain insights on the best designs for meditation and for comfort. Eventually, the Tao Garden Darkness building was constructed, based on all available information and latest technologies. The facility is the perfect Inner Alchemy Chamber, conducive to meditation and providing comforts and necessities for up to 60 people.

The Tao Garden Darkness is enclosed and encased in a light and sound-proof sheath. The building is constructed of bricks made from the red earth of Thailand, containing all of the properties of natural rock in a cave. The earth was mined and hydraulically pressed into bricks, thus preserving the constituent elements and minerals of the parent materials. The Mother Earth power is retained in the modern structure.

The facility consists of a large, central meeting room for meditation and for dining. Two tiers of bedrooms surround the central area, each with a private bath. The entire facility is ventilated with fresh air intakes and air conditioning systems.

The Universal Healing Tao Darkness is currently the largest and most advanced Darkness meditation facility in the world.

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 will be served with specially prepared food to meetthe particular requirements of the body, mind, and spirit in attaining the goals of darkness enlightenment. Fresh juices and soups are served for breakfast and a light organic meal is served in the afternoon. You will also get special herbal detox tea and supplements prepared according to Taoist Darkroom traditions.

Weekly Schedule (Thailand time)

Introduction day

– 14:00 – Check in to Dark Room
– 17:00 – Introduction by Senior Instructor
– 18:00 – Dinner in Dark Room
– 19:00 – Introduction by Grandmaster Mantak Chia (with lights on)
– 22:00 – Turn off the light

Days of sessions with Grandmaster Mantak Chia

- 7:00 am – Wake up
-7:15 am – Tea
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am Morning Meditation & Review class
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast
- 10.00 am – 12.00 Treatments and massage (not included in the price)
- 12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
- 14.00 – 18.00 Session by Grandmaster Mantak Chia
- 18.00 – 20.00 Dinner
- 20.00 – 21.00 Evening Session
- 21.30  Bedtimes

Review class day

- 7:00 am – Wake up
- 7:15 am – Tea
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am Morning Meditation & Review class
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast
- 10:00 am -  12:00 am Review class by Senior Instructor
- 19:00  check out from Darkroom (on the last Review day of your booking)
- Guests who continue more weeks can stay in the Dark or out for relaxation & treatments.

Tickets Darkroom retreat

Prices include Classes with Master Mantak Chia, accommodation, morning meditation and Review class with Instructor, supplements and meals according to Pigu fasting. To book accomodation for additional days in Tao Garden contact Nok at [email protected]
Early booking prices for Darkroom retreat are valid till 31 January 2024.

Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Single room

February 10-15. Beginner-friendly


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Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Double room (shared)

February 10-15. Beginner-friendly


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Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Triple room (shared)

February 10-15. Beginner-friendly


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Week 2: Lesser Kan & Li Single room

February 17-20


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Week 2: Lesser Kan & Li Double room (shared)

February 17-20


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Week 2: Lesser Kan & Li Triple room (shared)

February 17-20


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Week 3: Greater Kan & Li Single room

February 22-26


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Week 3: Greater Kan & Li Double room (shared)

February 22-26


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Week 3: Greater Kan & Li Triple room (shared)

February 22-26


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Weeks 1+2+3 Bundle Single room


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Weeks 1+2+3 Bundle Double room (shared)


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Weeks 1+2+3 Bundle Triple room (shared)


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What is the price in dollars/other currency?
We list the prices in euros. The price will be automatically recalculated by your bank and the platform according to the current exchange rate of your bank.
What is included in the Tao Garden workshop price on the site?
The price you see on the site is tuition fee only, accommodation, treatments and meals are not included in the price (With exception of Darkroom retreat). Check the prices for accommodation here and contact us at [email protected] for booking. Note: with booking accommodation at Tao Garden you will have free access to the Saltwater Swimming Pool, Herbal Sauna Steam, Fitness Center.
Can I attend Workshops in Tao Garden if I stay in a hotel/room outside of Tao Garden?
Yes, it is possible for Winter Retreat - in this case you need to pay only the tuition fee mentioned on the site. For the Darkroom Retreat you can book only tickets with accommodation and meals included.
Will I get a certificate of attendance?
Yes, all participants of Tao Garden workshops with Mantak Chia get a certificate at the end of the Workshop. This certificate doesn’t give the permission of teaching. Learn more about certification steps to become a certified instructor: Click here
Can I come to Tao Garden without attending a workshop?
Yes, you can book accommodation in Tao Garden at [email protected]. With booking accommodation at Tao Garden you will have free access to the Saltwater Swimming Pool, Herbal Sauna Steam, Fitness Center.

You can also buy a one-day pass to enjoy our facilities.
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