check the diary for course dates


We set the tone for the week with a fire ceremony inside the stone circle on the first evening

After the ceremony we enter the darkhouse and the course begins,
We will start with dimmed light to become accustomed to our spaces,
before entering total darkness until the course finishes with a Winter Solstice fire ceremony
on the morning of December 21st.

We will gather on the Solstice morning to acclimatise to the light with some some candles
before going outside to enjoy nature
we celebrate the year gone and prepare our journey into 2017


We will use the power of the waning moon and the yin solstice sun
to manifest the future that we want to live.

We will be completely in the dark, no external light only inner light.
We will meet up twice a day for some simple QiGong exercises, stretches and meditations
that will take us deeper into our experience.
We will have plenty of time on our own and we will effortlessly sink into our core.
This will be a very rooted, embodied experience.

Barry's darkroom retreat was a phenomenal experience for me.
It was a profound journey into my body, consciousness and the void.
It has vastly deepened my Tao practise. Barry is a kind patient and thorough facilitator who al;so brings a sense of magic
to everything he does. The Bigu fasting was fantastic, transforming my experience of eating. I highly recommend this!`
Su London Jan 2015

It was not without some trepidation & nervousness that I set out for my first darkroom experience
in Colwyn Bay with Barry Spendlove. To prevent myself from making a hasty retreat back to my trusted comfort zone,
I reminded myself on the airplane over why I had chosen this particular experience:
amid the myriad of challenges, the daily routines, constant demands and happiness :-)
that go along with building a fulfilling career, bringing up kids and having a stimulating relationship,
I had somehow lost sight of and connection with me.
Who was I anymore? I even feared that "me" might have dissappeared entirely.
So I looked for a place, a person and a process where/with whom,
I thought I would most likely be able to find this me back again, and get to know her again.
I feel very grateful to have found this in Wales with Barry.
Barry created an amazing (dark) space in Old Colwyn over 5 days in January,
where I was able to experience everything I had hoped for and more to truly connect with myself and the universe,
to get to know and appreciate their colours and their strength and their gentleness. To feel who I was and who I could be.
Eating faboulously natural food in the dark for a week was an incredible experience
which has totally changed my approach to what I put in my mouth these days.
The meditations and exercises that Barry expertly and knowledgeably guided us through at regular intervals,
helped to both broaden and deepen the process for me. Barry gradually re-introduced light on the last day
and took us up into the wonderful (and very windy) Welsh mountains.
As we went up there I felt a huge surge of vitality which hasn't (completely) left me yet!
The whole experience was quite unique, unforgettable and has had a profound impact on me. Thank you Barry.
J.A. Belgie

Thanx sooo much bro, have been feeling so much more core strength since I came out of the dark....and I needed it too
as I was thrown into some big tests straight away. I hope you have had a chance to relax after all your hard work.
Rb. Somerset Jan 2016

I've been aware of the darkroom practice for many years and had come close to attending one on several occasions.
For me there was a big resistance and fear associated with the prospect of participating. However the time seemed right this time.
I was still struggling internally with the prospect untill the last candle was extinguished.
All my fears evaporated instantly as we entered a comforting and nurturing space. Five blissful days ensued.
There was a perfect mixture of humour, warmth, clarity, focus and support facilitated by Barry.
The time afforded me a great opportunity of reflection and a wonderful space to practice
and cultivate a deeper connection to my centre.
An absolutely unforgetable experience which continues to reverberate weeks later.
I look forward now without an ounce of fear to the next time I enter the darkness.
S.R. UHT certified instructor 2011

The process in the darkroom retreat was deeply nourishing and has restored a longstanding lack of energy within me.
I felt the meditation and alchemy, 1000 times more powerfully this time around.
My energy levels since have been fantastic and it was over two months ago.
Look forward to the next one!           J.T . Universal Tao Associate Instructor

Happy days in the Darkhouse allowed me to clear all material distractions from my mind,
which meant I could get into the meditations faster and a lot deeper.     A.W. London