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.
St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House in Manhasset. (June 10, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa