Noble Silence is observed on all Jhana Grove retreats, starting after supper on the first night and continuing until the final afternoon.
Noble Silence means no talking or non-verbal communication of any kind, except of course in emergencies, interviews or discussion times with the Teacher. Noble Silence applies not only to speech but also to any signals and written notes etc. as well as to external contact by telephone or internet.
The purpose of Noble Silence is to allow the mind to let go of outer distractions and to focus as much as possible on the inner world. In this regard it is also useful to minimise eye contact with other retreatants. Practising restraint of the senses in this way provides an essential foundation for the powerful inner work which a meditation retreat facilitates.