24 hours of silence starting at 6am on the 31st of May, Pertwood, Wiltshire.
In past years, Global Generation’s team away days at Pertwood involved us all in working on the land, and reflecting on our projects and our relationships in London through a series of activities. But this time, in addition to camping, we wanted to experience a new way of reflection and interaction – a new meaning to being together.
The sound of a cowbell announced time for meditation, for working on the land, for silent walks, for being together or for being alone. Well, we were never really alone.
The silence was an incredible and inspiring companion on the retreat and, surprisingly, our human silence brought with itself all the sounds of the outside – an outside that was richer, bigger, coloured and very alive. We could have never felt alone.
On our staff away day, a story was told by the silence: the story of a new dialogue within all of us, between us and nature, between us and the past. Silence allowed us to take in the life of the universe in one day. The future is directly connected with the abandonment of the feeling of separateness with others and the rhythm of the earth.
Ciara, Geraldine, Jane, Nicole, Raiesa, Rachel, Rod, Sarah and Susie reinforced the belief that silence is a great way to grab that sense of the whole and do something important for this earth. After the weekend, coming back to London wasn’t too scary.
That silence is something that generates from the inside and can always accompany us, wherever we are and whatever we do.
All pictures in this post created and photographed by Silvia Pedretti