Five years ago, Dennis officially launched his company with a bold intention: to help people feel better, and combat the fear and division in the world, mostly with the assistance of a big yellow badge boasting the phrase "this is a good sign."
Revealing to people that I was going to be silent for five days inspired all sorts of responses. They were even more baffled when I clarified that I would do so alone, over New Year's Eve and my birthday.
In 1962, on a stunning stretch of land bordering the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, two Stanford graduates founded a retreat center called The Esalen Institute. Their goal: Create a space where people could explore holistic approaches to wellness and personal transformation.