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Welcome. This website contains my book, darkroom retreat, related writings, and a blog.


Born 1971, Twin Falls, Idaho. For 21 years, I traveled America while searching for the cause of joy. I independently studied philosophy, health, and design, testing my findings by living outside, doing odd jobs, playing music, and building alternative shelter.

In 2008, my quest culminated in the darkness conjecture, a concept of the restful use of darkness in support of the self​-healing psyche. I spent the years since proving the concept; designing and building darkrooms and supporting retreats in Guatemala, Sweden, Norway, and Spain; giving lectures and consulting for readers; and documenting my work at andrewdurham.com.


website: andrewdurham.com (for now, darkroomretreat.com redirects here)
email: info {at} andrewdurham.com
voicemail: 541.210.8470 (in US)
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site update log


April 17

Two years of work on new edition of book finally finished!

  • in general
    • major additions to hygienic theory
      • law of vital capacity
      • the primacy of darkroom retreating over fasting
    • clear DIY emphasis: make basic darkness in your bedroom now, find deluxe darkness in a remote location later
    • improved organization throughout
  • chapters
    • new preface and streamlined introduction
    • protocol: new sections
    • make: 19 new CADD-generated designs for vents, blinds, sleeping mask + color photos of some prototypes
    • new appendices of hygiene’s pathology and laws of life

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