Maybe you’re the person who presses “door close” to avoid elevator small talk, or you’re just burned out by the constant cacophony of 21st-century society. Either way, a silent retreat could be just what you need.
1. Hridaya Yoga — Oaxaca, Mexico
If you’re looking for something hardcore, try Hridaya Yoga. It has locations worldwide, but its headquarters are located in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here you can take a yoga workshop, learn how to meditate, or even take class in Tantric lovemaking. If you really want to get serious about silence though, sign up for their 17-day silent retreat. But be warned, besides no talking, you must refrain from sex, reading books, or even making eye contact with other people. For those who have fantasized about being sent to a solitary island, this is for you. They also offer three-day silent retreats for those not ready to make such a huge commitment.
17-day retreat $395, plus $86 to $256 (entire stay) depending on accommodations. Three-day retreat $105, plus $25-$110 (entire stay) depending on accommodations.