New date - 10a.m., Saturday, June 11th

This program has been moved from May 21st to June 11th due to inclement weather.

Join the CU Art Museum, artist Brittney Hofer, and Boulder County Open Space education naturalists Ellen Harris and Patrick Morgan for a guided deep listening sound walk. Participants will meet at the Cottonwood Marsh Trailhead. From there we will explore Walden Ponds, listening deeply to our surroundings while learning about birdsongs and flowers in bloom. 

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and limited to 15 participants. Click here to register.

What is deep listening?

Deep listening is a contemplative and meditative practice created by Pauline Oliveros, an American composer, accordionist, and a central figure in the development of postwar experimental and electronic music. 

The practice is designed to explore the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature of listening. The practice includes tai chi-influenced bodywork, sonic meditations, and interactive performances, which investigate the relationships among all sounds, whether internal or external, local or global, individual or communal, real, remembered or imaginary. 

Deep listening cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment while promoting a playful atmosphere. It requires only a temporary suspension of judgment and a willingness to receive new information.