“I remember feeling stressed as a student and just being like, there’s all this stuff that I’m never going to get the chance to see,” Walsh said. “My impression was that students were waiting for that opportunity to be created for them and then once it was, they showed up.”
The group meets around four times a semester and visits local parks such as Robert H. Treman and Taughannock Falls. Meetings consist of hikes, sonic meditations and nature-related wellness activities such as identifying native plants and flowers, making earth art and making music out of found objects.
Walsh is constantly thinking of new ideas and activities to do with the group in the future such as litter clean ups. He added that part of MOSS also came from his own personal experiences as a student missing out on what Ithaca has to offer.
“Each place reminded me of another memory that I have of spending time there,” he said. “I’ll think, ‘Oh there’s all those open rocks that would be a really great place to a do a meditation or to do some earth art with water and leaves.’”
Students who attend MOSS have enjoyed connecting with a group of like-minded students, building community and getting outside to explore. Alex Renzoni ’24 said that it’s a great way to really escape.
“I like having the ability to get away from the music school and do something with musicians that’s not within the same four walls of Whalen,” he said. “I think it also helps us forget about the to-do lists and all the responsibilities that we have and just really be present. Since we’re doing so much, we struggle just to take in the moment.”