Keeping Quiet Shut up and shut off at the Alpina for some much needed peace and quiet
“Noise pollution is a modern plague,” stated a 2011 World Health Organisation report. It went on to say that the WHO found “overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population.” Add to this the modern affliction of needing to stay connected at all times, whether through the constant monitoring of social media, or responding to emails at any hour, and you end up with a massive global population of people who are literally longing for peace and quiet. Enter silence tourism, the latest feel-good trend in the wellness world, backed by studies that prove spending time in total silence actually reduces stress and increases overall happiness awareness. So how do you accomplish such a blackout? Easy: book yourself into a specialised ‘Silent Retreat’ at the Alpina Gstaad. The advantage is that this particular destination will allow you to connect with nature as well as our your inner self, plus it’s fabulous. The programme, which starts at 3,000 USD, enables you to shut up and shut off (especially from electrosmog) for four days of treatments and activities, including meditation sessions with a Tibetan Monk, Tenzin Kalden. FYI, in the rare case where you might actually need to communicate with a member of staff, a written note is allowed.