The sounds of birds and falling tree leaves are all what I could hear in this cozy cottage in the middle of the farm gardens during the silent retreat I chose to do in the outskirts of Bangalore, India. After almost 2 years of being quite stressed out from various life events, including a tough divorce, I decided that this was the perfect time I needed to be by myself on a silent space where I would be able to switch off and cut all ties with the outside world for a full week. 7 days of not talking. 168 hours. 10080 minutes!