This last Saturday 76 folks filled our room at St. Luke's Episcopal in Bethesda for a day of practice. The program was called, "A Meditative Journey: Mindful Movement, Deep Relaxation and Meditation. As the day contained two long "lying down meditations," there was a palpable sense of stress racheting down and softening. As we practiced silence for most of the day, there was also a sense of 'being alone together' I enjoy so much on retreat. The silence tends to amplify the experience.
Here's a shot at the end of the day when we finally started talking again: