There’s not much time in one’s day where communicating in some form isn’t front and center. From chatting with coworkers to sharing a post on Instagram and watching likes and comments roll in, our minds are constantly cluttered by voicing our concerns, making a point or taking in the opinions of others, both in person and in cyberspace. MindTravel’s upcoming SilentHike in Boulder is a time to slow down the self. Started by composer and pianist Murray Hidary, these immersive expeditions blend music with quiet introspection and thoughtful live commentary.
On Aug 20., this innovative practice will offer participants experiences unlike any other at the aptly named Realization Point Trailhead on top of Flagstaff Mountain.
These excursions bring a group of people together, who put on a pair of wireless headphones that kick out the melodic sounds of improvisational music composed and performed by Hidary — providing a soundtrack to each unique setting. Part guided meditation, part moderate walk, this different and layered way of experiencing nature, art and music has caught the attention of a diverse section of folks that wish to push past the ordinary.
“I used to live in Boulder many years ago, so I look forward to reconnecting with the landscape and with old friends,” said Hidary. “It will be different than many of the more urban SilentWalks I’ve been doing on this tour. Getting deeper into the mountains with so many SilentHikers will be very powerful.”
From leading these thoughtful strolls through iconic theaters to Los Angeles’s Getty Museum, the zen outings take place at a diverse array of locales.
Described by Jason Wachob, founder of wellness media brand mindbodygreen, as “trancelike,” SilentHikes are a huge draw for those looking to experience the outdoors and recorded music in a brand new way.
“The most fulfilling aspect of what I do is bearing witness to the unfolding of expanded human consciousness and connection through this experience with so many people,” said Hidary. “I can report to you that in the many cities and thousands of people of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and age I’ve brought this experience to from London to Los Angeles, Pittsburgh to Paris, Toronto to Tel Aviv, the resonance is the same.”
Afterward, participants express feeling a sense of clarity and harmony with themselves, their surroundings and other hikers. A nice alternative to the basic practice of boozy brunching on a Sunday morning or engaging in an afternoon of Netflix binge-watching, these events seek to offer an elevated experience for free, or at a reasonable price.
“What emerges is that beneath the surface layer of our perceived differences lies a deep ocean of commonality,” said Hidary. “Overwhelming connection with ourselves, each other and the universe all from the perch of tranquility and stillness — Stillness through movement.”
While the SIlentHike is done without verbal interaction, participants get to reflect on the experience once it concludes.
“At the end of each journey, the group comes together in a large circle and everyone has an opportunity to hear and be heard,” said Hidary. “People share a word or a phrase about their state of being, or what they want to create in their lives, and the overwhelming sentiment is that of deep human and universal connection, love, clarity and tranquility.”
As for bucket-list locations to serve as the setting for upcoming jaunts, Hidary isn’t opposed to crossing continents or even breaking through the earth’s atmosphere.
“I dream of creating a SilentHike along the Great Wall of China,” said Hidary. “I’d also like to do a SilentHike on the Moon. Not sure which one will be easier to realize.”
If you go
What: SilentHikeWhen: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. TuesdayWhere: Realization Point, Flagstaff Road, BoulderCost: freeMore info: eventbrite.com/e/mindtravel-silenthike-in-boulder-to-realization-point-tickets-65714980275