Connecting to nature through plant music

Eily Aurora plays the harp with an orchid connected to the Music of the Plants Machine at the September 2017 Heart Resonance Concert. Photo by Mike Unrau.

What is Plant Music?   

Have you ever wondered if plants sing? Indigenous healers have shared that plants possess a spirit essence that communicates through light, sound and vibration. Musician Eily Aurora joins forces with Alla Guelber, founder of the Meaningful Work Project, for a unique Sound Journey and exploration into the mysterious world of the plants.

Science is now proving what native cultures have known for thousands of years: plants are aware, sentient beings. The Music of the Plants machine has made the song of nature audible for the first time. One powerful response while listening to the song of plants is the release of the bonding hormone  oxytocin, which initiates a healing process in the listener to bring mind, body and spirit into balance.

Listening to Plant Music reminds us of how intricately connected we are to nature. Plants are highly intelligent. They have a powerful ability to communicate with what’s around them and interact with their environment with over 20 senses. With the ability to now not only feel the benefit of being with nature, but actually hear and co-create musically with plants, our vital relationship with and to each other is even more evident than ever before. We need nature to survive. How can plant’s song wake us up to listen to the living beings around us and bring greater harmony to the world?

Follow the Inspiring Hearts Project for an exciting schedule of concerts, public Pop-Up Plant & Harp Concerts, and other ways to share plant music as an entry point to deeper inquiry about our connection to the natural world.

The Music of the Plants Machine, attached to a live plant.

The Collaborative Flow

Hanging out at the North American Systemic Constellations conference.

Ever since I created the Meaningful Work Project in 2009, and even before that, I have been learning to tune in to the flow of collaborations, following the energy of people and organizations that inspire me, and finding ways to work with people that share a complimentary vision.

It has come as a most wonderful and pleasant surprise to find my most recent collaboration with Eily Aurora. Since an amazing brainstorm at the Sangha Festival of Medicine in July, we have hit the ground running, with co-organizing the Heart Resonance Concert in September 2017, traveling to the North American Systemic Constellations Conference (where I assisted Eily with her presentation called Keys to Discovering Music as Medicine). And now, we have been fortunate to receive two grants that are kicking our project into fast gear.

With the support of the Small Experiments Grant through Calgary Arts Development, and the Take Action Grant through The Arusha Centre/Calgary Dollars, we are moving forward on some exciting offerings through the Inspiring Hearts Project.

But this dynamic collaboration was many years in the making.

We met at Mount Royal University in 2007. As I was nearing graduation, she passed on the leadership of the campus sustainability initiative that I co-founded to Eily and several other current students. Eily was a passionate student organizer, and, in her role as a student executive, advanced the vision of creating a campus-wide sustainability plan, committee, centre and full-time sustainability coordinator from 2007-2011. Both of us have shared a deep passion for sustainability, environmental and social action. We have sought innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to inspire positive change in our communities.

Through each of our own journeys, we have come to understand that the most powerful, impactful and long-lasting changes come from connecting to what we love, cherish and treasure. People protect what they love. This is a movement of the heart. It cannot be forced, and it is not responsive to fear or guilt. We aim to motivate and inspire others through a connection to the heart.

Concert photos by Mike Unrau.

Join us at the next Heart Resonance Concert on Feb 3!