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Exclusive: Exciting new details about The Big Quiet’s massive Central Park takeover


Photo: Felix Kunze
Photo: Felix Kunze

You already know that The Big Quiet is bringing thousands of New Yorkers to Central Park’s Summer Stage next week to sit in meditation together. But we have more details on the super-chill summer event—and you guys, it’s good: think Sky Ting yoga, awesome snacks from Inday, Sweetgreen, tips from MNDFL on how to meditate at home, take-home Well+Good meditation journals, and so much more.

So get ready for Central Park to become a wellness wonderland on July 13—something founder Jesse Israel (in conjunction with Well+Good) was striving for with this event, which comes one year after the fast-growing group’s debut in the same spot.

“The core of The Big Quiet is sharing meditation and culture for a mass audience, but we have a deeper purpose: to bring people together in ways that deepen human connection, celebrate the good in life, and generate more inclusivity in our world—something that feels particularly needed in the current global landscape,” says Israel, who expects a crowd of 2,000. (Tickets are $25 and on sale here. Don’t live in New York City? We’ll be streaming it live on our Facebook page.)

After the meditation, you’ll be able to take your newfound chill up a few notches, with a session from sound bath queen Sara Auster and music that Big Quiet music director Ant Demby says is “designed to connect you with how you are feeling and usher you from the meditation back into your body and feeling great.” The lineup includes ThirdstoryGrace WeberYoung & SickHannah Epperson, and DJ Run P.

Photo: Sweetgreen
Photo: Sweetgreen

And then there’s the marketplace, where you can get an aromatherapy treatment from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, pose adjustments from Sky Ting instructors using OV props, and lessons from MNDFL on three different types of meditations you can take home with you. As you wander the marketplace, you can grab snacks and samplers from Inday, Sweetgreen, Splendid Spoon, Sweet Lorens, and more. Phew. Got all that?

If it seems like Israel has managed to bring all your favorites—including Well+Good, natch—into one grassy spot at the same time, you’re right. “I don’t believe the social unifier here is just meditation. More than anything, it’s about purpose-driven experience,” he says.

And the purpose, in addition to mindfulness? A great evening in the park. See you there—IRL or via Facebook!

Has The Big Quiet really been around only a year? Here’s what happened when the group turned Jazz at Lincoln Center into a giant sound bath—all part of  a larger trend of meditation taking over your social life.