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Silent walk takes hikers on meditative mind trip through San Antonio missions

Silent walk takes hikers on mind trip through San Antonio missions

Silent Hike
The experience is described as meditative or trancelike. Photo courtesy of MindTravel

Last August, dozens of Texans took a musical journey into mindfulness with a series of silent hikes across the state. The company that runs them is back for a second event — on a date that probably won't be quite so sweaty.

A live-to-headphones SilentWalk meditative musical experience, conducted by MindTravel, will take place at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park on Wednesday, March 11.

SilentWalks are a concept created by composer and concert pianist Murray Hidary. During the walk, hikers wear wireless headphones to hear music, guidance, and thoughtful commentary from Hidary. 

"Explore your city in a whole new way and allow yourself to be carried away by a deep feeling of freedom and connection," MindTravel says. "This music-driven experience is a new way to practice walking meditation while fostering a greater connection to the world around us, to each other, and to yourself.

After a quick introduction and intention-setting, the group will take a meditative walk, set to music, while exploring the missions. The music piped into their headphones — the core of a MindTravel experience — are original compositions written by Hidary. The peaceful music is meant to match the imagery in the background, resulting in a meditative or trancelike feeling.

Hidary, a Brooklyn-born composer, pianist, visual artist, tech pioneer, entrepreneur, and physics lover, created MindTravel in 2014 after finding that music helped him heal after the tragic death of his sister in a motorcycle accident. "Now, he is on a mission to share music’s healing power with others and make it the centerpiece of a multi-sensory meditative journey," the company says.

The San Antonio experienceis part of a 70-city MindTravel spring tour, which features events around Texas, including Galveston on March 10, Austin March 12 and 15, and Dallas on March 16. 

The San Antonio hike takes place from 6-8 pm. It is free, but registration is required here

Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, and take appropriate precautions for the weather. MindTravel will provide the headphones.