Take a guided sound walk – Hear recorded stories of past and present residents – Listen to music and sound in nature – Share and record your own forest stories

Do you like the sounds and stories of the forest? Flowing water, bird calls, wind, plantlife, and the voices of past and present residents? Sound artist Brian Harnetty will lead a morning of meditative hiking and listening in the Wayne National Forest. Har- netty believes that listening to the forest can help transform both the land and our lives.

Participants gather at Tecumseh Lake near Shawnee. We begin with a quiet “sound walk” on a newly built 2-mile loop through the forest, paying attention to sounds and noises all around. Re- turning to Tecumseh Lake, a guided listening session takes place. There, we sit and listen in silence, followed by music and archi- val recordings of past and present people who live in the forest. Finally, we share our own stories about the forest, and how it has influenced our lives. A provided lunch follows at the Backtracks Food Truck in Shawnee.

Learn more about this project here.
Read a feature article published in Pacific Standard Magazine/Columbus Alive here.

Proceeds from this event will go to Southern Perry Summer Youthshops, to help provide outdoor activities for local children.

REGISTER: at Eventbrite here
COST: $20
LOCATION: Tecumseh Lake State Route 93 South Shawnee 43782

2 Comments Add yours

  1. This is the first time I have heard of such an event and I would very much like to get into this atmosphere. Is it annual? Will it be held in 2021?

    1. bharnetty says:

      Hi! This is Brian from Ohio’s Winding Road, and I also happen to be the artist who runs the Forest Listening Rooms project. We went on a hiatus due to covid, but I hope to do another event in the near future. You can sign up for our OWR newsletter for reminders. You can also view a project page on my own website here:


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