During the retreat, we will maintain silence to allow ourselves to focus on our inner experience
and to see more clearly the movements of our minds and hearts. After the retreat starts, silence is
observed except in the following circumstances:
When maintaining silence we also try to avoid making eye contact with others. This may feel
unfriendly but, it is actually a gift that each person is offering to both themselves and others. It
allows us to maintain our focus internally during the retreat.