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21 October - 17 November
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Harmonic Biophilia: Plants, Sound and Wellbeing

Person using a special device to talk to plants

What’s on offer?

During this captivating experience, participants will delve into a world where bioacoustics, botany, horticulture, and the art of interspecies sound intersect. It's an opportunity to explore how plants respond to sound and the positive impact they have on our wellbeing.

As we progress, you'll engage in hands-on activities that bring these fascinating concepts to life. We'll take a moment to listen to the enchanting sounds of the plant world, sparking sonic contemplation. Plus, you'll get to unleash your creativity through drawing and writing, inspired by the incredible world of plants. This immersive journey promises to be both enlightening and inspiring!

What’s it about?

Engaging in conversations with plants isn't just a charming idea, it's a practice that can boost their growth and enhance mutual wellbeing. In this unique activity, we use a special device that allows us to transmit our voices underground, where the plants' sensitive roots can receive them. Surprisingly, talking to plants doesn't just benefit the flora; it's also incredibly rewarding for the humans who converse with them.

This delightful connection and closeness with different plant species offer us a sense of well-being, a phenomenon known as biophilia. It's a profound feeling of gratitude that has developed over thousands of years of our close coevolution with plants, particularly those we cultivate for sustenance. Some theories even propose that the cooperative processes involved in gardening can serve as an alternative to traditional therapy, reducing the risk of experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr. David Vélez - University of Huddersfield

Prof. Monty Adkins - University of Huddersfield

Open to


Of particular interest to

Individuals interested in plants from gardening, farming or other related backgrounds. People with an interest in alternative therapeutic development and artists and musicians interested in listening as a creative ecological activity.

Event Booking details

Drop-in activity - Meet at Sovereign Design House, Huddersfield at 2pm on the 4th November

Please contact David Velez if you have any questions about the event: