Tao Tantric Darkness Retreat
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
To enter darkness for extended periods of time has been a practice used in many traditions. In Tao Tantra it is seen as a time to sink into the deep yin, or mysterious feminine aspect of life. Like returning to the womb, we let go of the activities and stimulations of normal daily life and rest in the deep peace from whence we came. When we see in daylight, the concept of separateness is continually enhanced. “you” and “me” look separate. When we are in darkness, these boundaries disappear and we shift perception into our energy body. Instead of feeling like a particle, a separate entity we feel like more a wave of energy, part of the whole of existence.
After extended time in darkness, is known that the brain releases DMT. This is a chemical that is also released in birth and death or after ingesting powerful substances such as ayhuasca (a shamanic power plant). Darkness can create this chemical naturally and thus we shift perception. We are enabled to enter our depths and the depths of life. t is also deeply restorative, as we have a break from stimulation and sink back into the world of non-doing.
These retreat will be a series of guided meditations and practices all conducted in darkness. The rooms will also be in darkness. Participants will be guided from the practice hall to their accommodation whilst blindfolded and at night time.
- Inner Alchemy Taoist Meditations (drawing darkness into the pineal gland, building the energy body, opening the heart)
- Restorative Practices (supporting the detoxfication of the body and entering deep relaxation)
- Breath Meditations (relaxing breathwork and also rebirthing breathwork)
- Sound Healing and Chanting
- Osho Nadabrahma Meditation
- Osho Kundalini Meditation
- Osho Chakra Sounds Meditation
- Meditations from the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra (Kashmiri Shaivism)
Shashi teaches many aspects of Tantra, and is specialized in the Taoist Sexual Arts and Multi-Orgasmic Practices. This is about surrendering oneself into the flow of universal life force energy, and when this happens sexual energy may be experience as ecstasy, bliss or prayer. Shashi lived two and a half years in Pune, and for one and a half years with Master Mantak Chia. She delivers Taoist practices in a Sannyasin style.
Luca De Santis, is a healer and energy-breathworker, spreading the message of ‘loving presence’ and the ‘Circle Way’ of life.
He was trained as ‘Rebirther Breathworker’ by Leonard Orr and into ‘Holotropic Breathwork’ by Stan Grof: Luca has been leading “Awareness Breath” workshops for the last 15 years. He has also been working together with a Native American Elder, Manitonquat-Medicine Story for more than 20 years.
For several years he has traveled across North America and South America (Mexico, Guatemala, Costa rica, Ecuador, Perù and Brazil) , following the Shamanic Path and has extensively worked with Medicine Plants.
Luca leads Shamanic Retreats,Vision Quests and Sweat Lodges amongst many of his offerings. He has also been leading Darkness Retreats for several years and has co-taught with Shashi two years ago.