We're settling in for seven days of silence and intensive practice here at Pearlstone Retreat Center. Over 100 participants giving it their all. A few images on arrival: All the sessions begin and end with the ringing of bells so participants can relax and follow the flow of the day without watching the clock. A pause in the bell-ringer orientation.
When you're on retreat you take part in two group meetings and have one 1:1 with a teacher. Other than this, you're immersed in silence. Heaven for some, hell for others. My interview room. The 'campus' here is on 160 acres and includes a farm with goats, sheep, chickens and gardens. A moment of zen on a hike.