You May Also Like

Meghan Markle has cannabis named after her

This has to be Meghan Markle’s most earth-friendly (and 420-friendly) wedding gift

Yale's famous happiness class is free and online

You can now take Yale’s most popular (and mood-boosting) class ever online for free

How to rewrite your story

Are you buying into anti-feminist beliefs—without even realizing it?

free ways to be sustainable

Ridiculously simple and free ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle

Jo Encarnacion Next Gen of Wellness

The holistic health coach who’s proving you can be a mom *and* prioritize self care

What is sleep paralysis and is there a cure?

Is it possible to make sleep paralysis symptoms less terrifying?

Lincoln Center will transform into a giant sound bath venue this weekend


Thumbnail for Lincoln Center will transform into a giant sound bath venue this weekend
Pin It
Jazz at Lincoln Center, where The Big Quiet held a large-scale sound bath. Photo: Flickr

Wellness-obsessed hordes (AKA us!) have taken over New York City landmarks before (think massive yoga classes, everywhere from Central Park to Times Square to Madison Square Garden.) And now that meditation is a part of our social lives and we urban dwellers are blissing out with sound baths in droves, it was only a matter of time before meditators took over some serious NYC real estate as well.

In a spot that’s about as scenic as the urban jungle gets (a Greek-inspired amphitheater with an 83-foot wall of glass overlooking the Manhattan skyline), the home of jazz at Lincoln Center will be transformed into a giant sound bath for 450 people, something Miles Davis and Duke Ellington would have had a tough time imagining. It’s all happening on Sunday, April 10, thanks to The Big Quiet, which has been bringing modern meditation to the masses since last summer.

“We organize The Big Quiet so New Yorkers can come together and share meditation in a way that is accessible, social, and blended with modern culture,” says Jesse Israel, founder of The Big Quiet and Medi Club, a meditation meetup and social club for New Yorkers. “And the Appel Room amphitheater is a killer venue because of its stunning view overlooking the city and its advanced acoustics.”

Photo: Stephen Wilson

With a ceiling of microphones floating above the stage and hundreds of speakers buried in the wall, “it’s a perfect sonic experience post-meditation, when the audience’s senses are refined, and the crowd is captive and grounded,” Israel says.

Sonic star Sara Auster, who will be creating the sound bath, usually works completely unplugged, without microphones, amplifiers, or other electronics. But in this case, the setup “allows for a completely acoustic concert amplified through dozens of microphones in the room and over 100 speakers buried in the walls,” she says. “This will offer a complete surround and audio-immersive experience. Of course, the energy of a large group coming together to share this kind of experience will add a whole other level of ‘amplification.'”

As far as the meditation goes, it’s BYOP (practice, that is), and for first-timers there will be instruction on a simple meditation technique. Two sittings are scheduled (one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.) of 450 people each—but keep in mind that 1,200 people showed up for a Big Quiet meditation and sound bath event on a boat on the Hudson River in September (and the boat only held 700 people—so yes, hundreds were turned away).

Tickets are “choose your own price” based on what you can afford—either $35, $45, or $55, including all fees—and cover free sips and snacks from Sweetgreen and Matchabar.

What’s next for The Big Quiet? Israel is coy on details but promises more events this year at “iconic buildings, music festivals, and unique city spaces.” So go ahead and pick up that extra muscle tee and those cool-girl sporty shorts that you can move in—sounds like it’s going to be another meditation summer.

The Big Quiet, Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019. Sunday, April 10, two sittings: 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets available at jazz.org or (212) 721-6500.

New to group meditation? This chic Manhattan studio is like a Drybar for social sittings. Or to go it alone, try these quick stress-busters: a five-minute guided meditation from Tiffany Cruikshank or a one-minute “light bath” with Gabrielle Bernstein.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Yale's famous happiness class is free and online

You can now take Yale’s most popular (and mood-boosting) class ever online for free

benefits of hemp

Exclusive: The Honest Co.’s co-founder partners with the Cannabis Feminist to take hemp mainstream

Parsley Health closes $10M funding round

Parsley Health’s $10M in funding might mean a holistic future for medical care

free ways to be sustainable

Ridiculously simple and free ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle

What is sleep paralysis and is there a cure?

Is it possible to make sleep paralysis symptoms less terrifying?

What you need to know about drinking when trying to get pregnant

What you need to know about drinking alcohol when you’re trying to get pregnant