dR Daily 3/3/20: SilentHike St. Petersburg

What’s your pleasure this evening? TV pundits blabbing for hours about the Super Tuesday primary results? Or a meditative walk in a waterfront park accompanied by a soothing piano soundtrack? Actually, you could do both, because composer Murray Hidary’s MindTravel SilentHike convenes from 6-8 p.m., so you could get yourself in a thoroughly mellow mood before descending into the TV political maelstrom.

A free event, the hike (really more of a stroll) begins at the Palm Arboretum in Vinoy Park (register here). Following a short introduction, wireless headphones will be provided to each participant and the group will then proceed on “a contemplative and powerful creative journey” to Vinoy Beach and North Shore Park — all while listening to Hidary’s original compositions.

Photo by Megan Bennett

A former tech guru as well as a composer and concert pianist, Hidary (right) fully recognized the transcendent potential of music after it helped him heal after the death of a sister. He went on to found the MindTravel Foundation in 2014, dedicated to using music as “a catalyst for transformation, clarity, connection and purpose.” SilentHike St. Petersburg is part of a 70-city North American tour, and although it is a free event the foundation will accept donations onsite and online to support its efforts to create transformative music experiences for underserved and at-risk populations, with special support this year for people dealing with grief and trauma.

Which, at the moment, we all are in one way or another. SilentHike might just be the perfect escape.

Meet at 6 p.m. at the Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum at 605 11th Ave. NE (corner of N. Shore Drive NE and 11th Ave. NE). More info here. Video below.