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Retreat houses around Long Island

The places to go for silent reflection range from a magnificent mansion run by Jesuit priests to a small but homey residence in Mount Sinai hosted by friars. While most of the retreats are based in a particular religion, they are open to all.

"We have such a noisy culture," says Sister Margaret Rohde, director of Cenacle Retreat Center in Ronkonkoma. "Silence is a way to connect with our deepest self."

If you're ready to enter a world of no chatter, here are some options.