hygienic dark retreat

profound rest for the self‑healing psyche

a book by andrew durham

formerly darkroomretreat.com

bibliography and influences

anthropology, history
psychology
  • The Continuum Concept, Jean Liedloff (also anthropology)
  • Summerhill, A S Neill, genius British headmaster
  • Magical Child Matures, Joseph Chilton Pearce and here
  • Birth Without Violence Frederick Leboyer
  • The Primal Scream, Arthur Janov
  • Mass Psychology of Fascism, Wilhelm Reich
  • Fury on Earth, Myron Sharaf, biography of Wilhelm Reich
  • Pleasure, Alexander Lowen, student of Reich
  • Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries, Alice Miller
philosophy
health
  • my parents, always keenly interested in diet and health
  • hygiene
  • Introduction to Human Technology and Human Technology, William Arthur Evans (thanks to friend, Sterling Voss, for finding this rare work)
design, art
  • my parents and brother
  • grandelder and grandmaster craftsman and engineer, Jack Nuckols
  • childhood schoolteacher, Steve Parks (Horizons School, Twin Falls)
  • accompanist and mentor, Willetta Warberg
  • mentor, John Boyer
  • The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
  • The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand (indispensable!)
  • Design for the Real World Viktor Papanek
  • BuckyWorks, Jay Baldwin (about Buckminster Fuller)
  • The Natural House, Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Selected Poems, Robert Bly
experiences
  • 1 week of peaceful society at Sawtooth Methodist Church Camp, Idaho, Joanie Williamson, director, 1985
  • 3 months enraptured, Idaho, 1987
  • 23 days fasting in California desert, 1991
  • hundreds of hours since 1986 in conversation with mentor and godfather, John Boyer, jeweler, especially 1991-93, Idaho
  • 1 week of fresh, rich society at Rainbow National Gathering, Idaho, 2001
  • 56-hour dark retreat, supported by Harold, Oregon, 2006
  • 10 days in audience of Advaita master, Arnaud Desjardins, Montana, 2007
  • 8 seconds in dreamtime, with Adrian Wolfe, Oregon, 2008
  • 18 months with the Maya of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, 2011
  • 2 months of life-altering sex, Sweden, 2012
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