hygienic darkroom retreat

profound rest for the self‑healing psyche

a book by andrew durham


End suffering, recover joy.

relief, recovery, healing

A hygienic darkroom retreat consists of extended rest in a totally dark room. One is alone, with supporters nearby. There is food. The room is quiet, comfortable, and well-ventilated.

It is for:

  • relief from overstimulation and distress
  • recovery from exhaustion and depression
  • healing from trauma and disease

This is a complete manual, with theory, protocol, and design. It explains why retreating works and how to do it. It includes instructions and drawings for beginning at home.

toward a hygienic psychology

Neither spiritual, therapeutic, nor psychedelic, this is the first approach to darkness based on hygiene. Hygiene is the science of health, a branch of biology. It respects life’s self-preserving nature. It identifies life’s normal conditions: air, warmth, work, relationship, cleanliness, etc.

Hygiene started in 1832 and spread worldwide. The 19th century’s famous improvements in public health resulted. Its rudiments became common sense. Billions who never see doctors benefit from hygiene daily. But few know it formally—or its greatest benefits.

In darkness, hygiene finds its missing link: a psychology. Now hygiene can extend its superlative care of the physique to the organic system of the psyche. This proves to be the key to health. The result: reliable miracles.

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