ONLINE • The Noise Around Us and the Silence That Heals Us

Timothy Gallati

June 25–27, 2021

  • $150.00 – Program Price
  • $75.00 – Generosity Policy: Subsidized Rate
  • $200.00 – Generosity Policy: Supporter Rate

One million years of healthy human life are lost every year due to traffic-related noise (World Health Organization). How can one quiet a noisy world?

You can push the “reset button.”

Even brief periods of silence can reduce one’s heart rate and blood pressure. Silence can also improve cognitive abilities.

This retreat guides listeners in practices that cultivate silence. We will take inspiration from acoustic ecology, sound studies, and monasticism and conduct our own listening exercises indoors and outdoors. We will reflect on information from scientific research on the effects of noise and silence, silence in community, silence in nature, and sounds outside the range of human hearing. The goals of this retreat are to help you gain immediate cognitive recovery from noise and to introduce information and practices that can help you understand and experience the benefits of silence and deep listening.


This program will be recorded. Participants will have viewable access to the recordings, for their personal use only, for 30 days following the close of the program.

Tiered Pricing & Scholarships

This program offers tiered pricing to accommodate most instances of financial need. If you would be unable to attend at the subsidized tuition rate, we do have a limited number of scholarships available. Please apply here by Friday, June 18, 2021. Please note that scholarships are awarded in the order that they are received, so apply early.

If you are able to register at the “Supporter” level, thank you for supporting the ability for others to attend this retreat.

Registration and Materials

Registration closes two hours before the start of the program.

Participants are encouraged to have their favorite pair of headphones or speakers ready to support an immersive audio experience.

Program Schedule

All times listed are in the Mountain Time Zone.

Friday, June 25:  6 – 8 pm, opening talk

Saturday, June 26: 10 am – 12 noon, 2 – 4 pm, and 5 – 6 pm

Sunday, June 27: 10 am – 12 noon


Of course, you may join from any timezone.


Timothy Gallati

Timothy Gallati received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School where he studied experiences of silence in nature and contemplative practice. His fieldwork includes extended backpacking trips into One Square Inch of Silence in Olympic National Park and long-term residencies at the Abbey of New Clairvaux and St. Joseph’s Abbey.

Program Details

This virtual retreat will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, you will receive another email with a link to join the retreat.

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