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. When you forget that you are quiet, you forget who you are. And the more you move away from quiet, the more you move away from inner peace. In fact, the root cause of our suffering is that we have forgotten how to be quiet. Unplug. Visit the nearest quiet park. Listen to quiet. Reconnect with who you are. 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.
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.
Wilderness Quiet Parks
Nick Miller, Founder HMMH,
Garth Paine, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Kurt Fristrup, NPS, Chief Bioacoustician at Dark Sky and Nature Sounds Division
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