I finished the retreat, and it was a great experience,
10 days of silence, waking up at 4am, meditation for most of the day, smiling monks, crazy tropical thunderstorms, fire-flies flickering under the moonlight, the sound of frogs and insects after the rain, friendly cats, hot springs at night, huge spiders (!), a giant toad in a little round water-lily pond, the wind rustling through the forest trees, sunsets, sunrises and so much time to watch and listen and enjoy it all..
(P.s. there was also aching muscles, frustration, boredom, HUGE spiders, centipedes, scorpions and sleeping on concrete with a wooden pillow!) But over all it was great and I feel like I learnt a lot about myself and feel very relaxed so we'll see
Suan Mokkh Monastery, Thailand