The team share this simple task - designate, protect, and economize an essential natural resource - Quiet - for the benefit of all life. Simple does not mean easy, however. Together these individuals have partnered, coming from vastly different cultures, geographies, education and accomplishments. Together we bring a worldwide audience a #QuietExperience.
I am an acoustic ecologist. I care very deeply about quiet. As The Sound Tracker® I have circled the globe three times over the last 37 years in pursuit of Earth’s rarest nature sounds—sounds which can only be fully appreciated in the absence of manmade noise. (more)
Why quiet? Because quiet is your true nature. It is who you are. And when you move away from quiet, you move away from inner peace. In fact, we suffer because we have forgotten how to be quiet.
Unplug your mind. Visit the nearest quiet park. And listen to the quiet. May you discover the Quiet Park within. (more)
Associates and Advisors
Matt Mikkelsen, Executive Director of Media Affairs
I am a sound recordist, audio engineer, and documentary filmmaker. I have worked as an engineer, sound designer, and producer on several award winning documentaries, but I’ve devoted most of my career to observing, recording, researching and preserving natural soundscapes. (more)
Ulf Bohman, Executive Director of Urban Quiet Parks
I believe that you can find relative silence in nature close to or in big cities. I have implemented many Urban Quiet Parks in Sweden and would like to do that across the globe. One of my strongest experiences in my work with quiet areas is when someone after a quiet walk tells me how they, by being quiet and listening to nature, have experienced the world in a whole new way. (more)
Julia Anderson, Executive Director of Quiet Trails
For over 20 years I have worked for nonprofit organizations and the U.S. government in the Midwest and New England to protect farmland, wetlands, forests, and wildlife habitat. At the height of my career, while living in Washington D.C. I became personally aware of the importance of inner and outer quiet for health and well-being.
All living things need quiet to thrive.
Quiet Trails are places where people may listen to the natural world around them; where they can befriend their inner stillness and let the sounds of nature close the distance between themselves and other living beings, one step at a time.
Samara Kester, MD, Former President, One Square Inch of Silence Foundation
Quiet has been shown to reduce stress, to reduce incidence of infection, to permit higher cognitive functioning, and to improve healing in general. It reduces aggression and tension, and improves overall mood. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate. It reduces the elevated cortisol levels found in the "fight or flight" response, and actually may increase life expectancy. To preserve havens of natural silence is preserving our mental and physical health - ours, and for generations to come.
Laura Giannone, Field Technician/Data Analyst
Living things seek out quiet spaces.
Margaret Heather Pihl, Community Liaison
I grew up in Seattle and work in regulation of two historic districts in Seattle, including Pike Place Market. I have a lifelong interest in audio recordings of nature, people and international places. I live within a half day's drive of the Hoh Rainforest, which I consider to be a sanctuary, the heartbeat of Washington's greatest old-growth forest. I am an experienced activist who seeks to inspire desire in others to preserve the sacred soundscape in the Olympic National Park.
Marina de Moses, Advisor
I am founder and CEO of EuMuse a global platform founded with a simple, but powerful mission – to help people access, understand and benefit from scientific breakthrough in music. My interest in the application of music, art and creative thinking to complex organizations and problems led to founding companies and unorthodox social enterprises combining different fields of industry with music-based thinking. I have worked in Europe, USA and Asia at the intersection of art, science media, social challenges and innovation and am dedicated to transforming intangible qualities of curiosity, collaboration and creativity to tangible assets.
“The earth has music for those who listen.” - Shakespeare
Zohara Rafi, Advisor, Bioacoustics
“I’ve always loved silence since childhood. For me, silence was the absence of din. But as a conservationist who loves bioacoustics, a silent forest makes me concerned. I am fascinated by how silence can have different meanings in different contexts. My research involves the use of acoustics to monitor animals and estimate population sizes. Bioacoustics is a non-invasive technique to sample biodiversity and that’s why I have dedicated my career to apply bioacoustics for wildlife conservation.”
Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board Member of GrowNYC, Advisor - QPI Quiet Youth Education
I do research and write on the adverse effects of noise on mental and physical health as well as promote the importance of quiet in our lives. Knowing that noise can damage hearing, bring about cardiovascular disorders, impede learning in children, and diminish one’s quality of life has resulted in my advocating for a lowering of the din in our lives as well as preserving and protecting our quiet areas, e.g. parks. My children’s book “Listen to the Raindrops” (illustrated by Steven Parton) teaches the children about the beauty of the good sounds around us and the dangers of the noisy sounds.
KD Williams, Advisor, Acoustic Ecology & Sonic Urbanism
I am the founder of Hush Soundscape Planning and Design, the first urban planning and design firm to specialize in soundscape planning and design. I have researched and pioneered the integration of acoustic ecology and sensory urbanism with urban planning and urban design. My research interests include examining the role of the soundscape in understanding, managing, planning and designing cities and public spaces.
I embrace the sonic experience of place to adore the treasured and beloved quiet that is engrossed in the urban ambience.
Ursula Jernberg, Photographer
Nine years ago, I traveled with my camera to Norway. During a hiking tour with a Norwegian friend, I became acutely aware of outside space and nature. After a long walk, we arrived at a place alongside a country lake. It was at this place that I experienced true silence for the first time. There were no sounds to be heard. No people, no birds, no insects, no wind and no aircraft. It was the purest experience I ever had, a moment of complete calm.
Since then, I’ve been fascinated by silence. It struck me how calm and peaceful I felt to be engulfed in total silence. It brought me closer to myself, closer to my intuition.
I regard it as my personal calling to photograph quiet and undisturbed areas of the world. I would like to make my audience more conscious of the environment. (more)
Federico Borman, Representative - South America
Growing up in the Amazon rain forest has made me appreciate the importance of nature’s own sounds. Without natures sounds it’s difficult for me to truly rest and restore my energy. I believe other people can also benefit greatly by experiencing nature’s sounds.
Jonathan Kawchuk, Representative - Canada
I am a composer and sound artist specializing in ecologically focused work that is recorded in/interacts with natural spaces. In my experience recording in the field, I’ve found quiet to be a necessary and increasingly scarce resource. I believe that quiet can help us discover a new way to appreciate and protect these beautiful places. (more)
Benjamin Calais, Representative - Colombia
I run an avant-garde music venue. I am also an experimental music improviser, record producer and mixing engineer. I feel Quiet is the mother of all music. It needs to be revered and contemplated. Quiet must remain pure. For it is the sacred source from which all expressions of our lives emerges.
Simon Voigt, Representative - Denmark
When I stranded on Fanø, an island in the Danish Wadden Sea, I suddenly found myself home in a community nestled in the stark beauty of wind, light and sand. Quiet takes here all kinds of shapes, from bristling needles to roaring gales. And between those extremes I make my living as a musician and project leader, supporting communities and raising awareness for sensuousness and the natural environment through my platform Ørenlyd.
Hendrik Walcher, Representative - Austria
As wildlife sound recordist and aspiring landscape planner, I am involved with diverse relations of sound and place. For me, being in a quiet place is contagious. It connects me towards more subtle layers of the outer and the inner world – that which often gets drowned out. Embracing the quiet means becoming still and listen. Taking in the sounds of the non-human world, I become more conscious of my own sound making and how it affects our shared environment. It keeps reminding me of our entanglement within the mesh of life. And through listening, that mesh makes its presence felt within me.
Richard Bentley, Representative - UK
Spending time in quiet has numerous benefits for our health and wellbeing. Critically today, quiet spaces afford us an opportunity to ‘unplug’ from the distractions of the ‘attention economy’, giving us the distance to reflect, notice, focus or simply let our minds wander. In disconnecting from distraction, we can connect with ourselves, the environment and each other. Through arts work, teaching and research I explore practical ways of connecting people with quiet and am pleased to be supporting Quiet Parks International’s certification, education and research programmes here in the UK. (more)
Wilderness Quiet Parks
Nick Miller, Founder HMMH,
Garth Paine, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Laila Chin-Hui Fan, Founder / Director General, Soundscape Assn. of Taiwan
Steve Orfield, President, Orfield Laboratories, Minneapolis
Brian Pertl, Dean, Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University
Dick Hingson, Noise/ Aviation Specialist - National Parks at Sierra Club