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Enlightenment Through Darkness

Beginner-friendly course in Tao Garden with legendary Taoist Master Mantak Chia

30 August — 3 Sep Fundamental meditations

4 — 7 Sep In-depth meditations of Fusion of 5 Elements

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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.

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.

Welcome to the first beginner-friendly workshops in the darkroom 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, your mind and soul begin to wander freely in the vast realms of psychic and spiritual experience. Complete darkness profoundly changes the sensory sensibilities of the body/brain. When you enter this primordial state or force you are reunited with the true self and divinity within. You literally ‘conduct’ the universal energy. You may see into the past and future, understand the true meaning of existence, and begin to understand the order of things.

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 5 or 9 days 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
  • Pre-recorded class “Fusion of 5 Elements” (if you book full course)​
  • Ebook “Darkness Technology”​
  • E-booklets​
  • Lifetime access to all provided videos and materials

This Workshop is for you if you are:

  • A beginner looking to transform your health, vitality, emotions, and sexual energy under the guidance of a legendary Taoist teacher
  • 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

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.
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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.


During the workshop you will be served with specially prepared food to meet the 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.


30 August — 3 September

Darkroom Fundamental meditations, such as:​

— Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds meditation​s
— Tan Tien meditation​
— Microcosmic Orbit meditation​
— Grounding practice​
— Sexual energy transformation​
— Light meditation

4 — 7 September

Darkroom In-Depth meditations:​

- Fusion of Five Elements meditations​
- Energy channels clearance​
- Creating Pearl of Consciousness​
- Creating energy body​
- Connection with planets​


Day 1​ — 08:00 – 09:00 Morning Qigong in the Garden​
— 10:00 – 13:00 Room check-in​
— 13:30 – 18.00 Lecture with Grandmaster Mantak Chia (lights on)​
— 18:30 – 20.00 Dinner according to Pi Gu fasting​
— 21:00 – Lights off​
Day 2 – Day 9 (In Darkness):​ ― 7:00 – Wake up​ ― 7:15 – Herbal Detox Tea​ ― 8:00 – 9:30 Morning Meditation & Review class with Instructor​ ― 9:30 – 10:00 Breakfast according to Pi Gu diet​ ― 10:00 – 12:00 Massage and treatments​ (optional, for additional fee)
― 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch according to Pi Gu diet​
― 14:00 – 18:00 Darkroom Classes by Grandmaster Mantak Chia (4 hours)​
― 18:30 – 20:00 Dinner according to Pi Gu diet​
― 20:00 – 21:00 Evening Meditation​
― 21:30 – Bedtime​


Prices include Classes with Master Mantak Chia, accommodation, morning meditation and Review class with Instructor, supplements and meals according to Pigu fasting.
Early Bird prices till 16 July 2024.

All days: 30 August - 7 September Private (single) room

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All days: 30 August - 7 September Shared (double) room

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30 August - 3 Sep Fundamental meditations Shared (double) room

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4 - 7 Sep In-Depth meditations Shared (double) room

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How many days should I stay in the darkness?
For people who have both never done a dark retreat before and have also never spent much time in solitude, we recommend starting with 3-5 days of darkness .
For those who have never done a dark retreat before but have either spent extensive time alone, have a solid daily meditation practice, or feel deeply at peace & comfortable within themselves, we recommend taking all 9 days of the workshop.
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.
I am a total beginner in Tao practices. Can I take only In-Depth meditations workshop (6-9 September)?
We recomend to start from Fundamental meditations workshop (Sep 1-5). For participation in the workshop of 6-9 September only you need to have a prior knowledge of Fusion 1 workshop with Master Mantak Chia or UHT Instructors.
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.
What are the treatments of Pakua Clinic of Tao Garden?
What languages will be workshops translated into?
Master Mantak Chia will teach in English. There will be no translations.
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.