I would appreciate some advise. Long story short: I wanted to test a vocation by joining a monastery for a couple week> months ago I spoke to a priest at my parish about it> He contacted an abbey and they accecpted me to come.
Finally I decided that I would go in this week. However, the same priest who organised for me to go there just sent me an email which said.
"The abbey has a spiritual retreat in silence, They advise you to come 2 weeks later, 25th of march".
So the question: Does this "Spiritual retreat" mean that I will not be in the abbey itself? It's confusing because the priest is not a native english speaker so I'm not sure exactly what he meant by that. I was originally under the impression that I would be joining the abbey for 2 weeks.
What do you (people of this forum) make of this? Does it just mean that I will have to be entirely silent?