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Darkroom Retreat 2025 : In-Depth Taoist Practices

In-Depth Taoist practices


8-24 February 2025


Tao Garden Workshops in Thailand 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

blankThis 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 Taoist 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

Translation

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

blankBasic 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. Learn more about 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 | 8-13 February | Darkroom essential meditations.
Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II and III.

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Schedule

  • - Sat 8 February | Introduction with lights on and Energy Transmission
  • - Sun 9 – Wed 12 February | Darkroom essential meditations. Creating an Energy body. Pearl of Consciousness
  • - Thu 13 Feb Review class with a Senior Instructor (10.00-12.30)

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 | 13-18 February | Lesser Kan & Li
Prerequisites for this week: Fusion I, II and III.

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Schedule

  • - Thu 13 February | Introduction
  • - Fri 14 – Mon 17 February | Lesser Kan & Li
  • - Tue 18 February | Review class with Instructor

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 | 19-24 February | Greater Kan & Li
Prerequisites for this week: Lesser Kan & Li

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Schedule

  • - Wed 19 February | Introduction
  • - Thu 20 - Mon 23 February | Greater Kan & Li, exit from Darkness on the evening 23 February
  • - Tue 24 February | Review class with Instructor (with lights on)

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

blankMaster 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?

blankPi 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.blank

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

Last evening after Workshops with Grandmaster (12 February, 17 February, 23 February): exit from Darkness.

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 Dec 2024

Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Single room

February 8-13.
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,600€.Current price is: 1,490€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 3

Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Double room (shared)

February 8-13.
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,150€.Current price is: 1,035€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 8

Week 1. Darkroom essential meditations Triple room (shared)

February 8-13.
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 890€.Current price is: 790€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 11

Week 2: Lesser Kan & Li Single room

February 13-18
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,600€.Current price is: 1,490€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 4

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

February 13-18
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,150€.Current price is: 1,035€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 8

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

February 13-18
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 890€.Current price is: 790€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 11

Week 3: Greater Kan & Li Single room

February 19-24
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,600€.Current price is: 1,490€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 5

Weeks 1+2 bundle Single room

Bundle discount: 100 euros

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

February 19-24
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 1,150€.Current price is: 1,035€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 7

Weeks 1+2 bundle Double room (shared)

Bundle discount: 80 euros

Original price was: 2,220€.Current price is: 1,998€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 4

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

February 19-24
4 days of workshops with Mantak Chia, Introduction and Review class.
5 nights
Tao Garden, Thailand.

Original price was: 890€.Current price is: 790€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 11

Weeks 1+2 bundle Triple room (shared)

Bundle discount: 60 euros

Original price was: 1,720€.Current price is: 1,548€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 3

Weeks 1+2+3 Bundle Single room

Bundle discount: 150 euros

Original price was: 4,650€.Current price is: 4,185€.BOOK NOW

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

Bundle discount: 120 euros

Original price was: 3,330€.Current price is: 2,997€.BOOK NOW

Stock: 6

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

Bundle discount: 90 euros

Original price was: 2,580€.Current price is: 2,322€.BOOK NOW

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FAQ

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.
Will you be spiritually safe from dark/evil entities when sitting in darkness?
Yes you will be safe. The hall has been used for many years to host theses practices. It is protected by the violet light, Tao Garden and Master Chia’s energy. There are also senior instructors that can help you if you are in difficulty. There is nothing to worry about when we together we cultivate love and gratitude we create a shield.
How can Pakua clinic treatments and Thai massage be done during the Darkroom course?
There is no problem to organise it, you will still be in the complere darkness during all the procedures. If you'd like to book any of the treatments or masssage please contact us in advance at [email protected]. Or inform our staff when you are in Tao Garden.
- What languages will be workshops translated into?
Master Mantak Chia will teach in English. There will be no translations for Darkroom workshops in Tao Garden to not disturb other participants.
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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