A little-known fact, Tigrilla’s nickname as a child was cotorra, which means parrot in Spanish. As a baby in her crib, she scared the living daylights out of her mother one night when she heard talking through the baby-monitor and thought someone was in the room. When she ran in there, she discovered that Tigrilla was having a full conversation with herself! So you see, speaking has always been her preferred method of communication.

Tigrilla uses her love of speaking, analytical mind and connection to the plant world to inspire thought and action. As a philosopher, teacher and public speaker, she has spoken in front of intimate groups and conference audiences in more than twenty countries around the world. Integrating her vast experience, she invites you to look to the proven track record of the plant world to learn how to create healthy, connected and sustainable lives and solve problems in an ever-evolving world.

Signature Talks and Topics

The Key to Human Sustainability is Rooted in the Plant World

Lots of people talk about ‘greening’ their lifestyle and ‘getting back to nature.’ But have you ever thought about this from nature’s perspective? The plant world has never lost its connection with us. We humans are the ones who are culpable for the great disconnect between our species, by dominating the plant world instead of co-existing and learning from them.

We constantly hear about the need to reverse climate change and modify our existing food chain, but what if we are looking at the problem all wrong? More than looking at the problem wrong, what if we are asking the wrong question to the wrong person? Tigrilla takes you through unexpected ground to understand that the key to our continued evolution and happiness lies with those that have been adapting to this planet’s needs since the beginning of time: the plant world. If we listen, plant intelligence holds the answers to sustainable adaptability.

The Effects of Plant Music on Human Healing and Interspecies Relationships

What would happen if we were to give a plant the ability to interact with us in a way that we could understand? This is what a team of researchers set out to discover in the 1970s. Experimenting with plants that open doors and giving them driver’s licenses, 40 years of exploration into plant perception lead to the development of a device that enables plants and trees to play music! Interacting with a variety of stimuli, artists and observers in diverse environments, plants learn how to create melody and harmony.

What we didn’t expect was what came next–the effects of plant music on humans. In this sonic and interactive talk, Tigrilla takes you through the research into healing and gives you a glimpse into the audible world of interspecies musicians.

Co-Creating an Urban Plantasy

Once upon a time, all food was organic and nature was an integral part of our lives. But somewhere along the way, we lost our ability to communicate with trees and plants. Deforestation, species evolution, pollution and the insatiable human hunger for more land create large chasms between “our” world and “theirs”, bringing about a separation where once there was none.

Cities offer the greatest opportunity for social co-operation. Time and time again we see that the connection to and sustainable use of nature in our cities contribute to the improved health of our society, reducing costs to society by improving our health, sequestering carbon, and purifying our water; enhancing the well-being of people and communities by providing recreational experiences, tranquility and fine views; and maintaining a livable environment by regulating climate, air quality, soils and water cycles. So how do we move co-habitation with the plant world to co-creation?


Whether you are looking at a local, global or business landscape, Tigrilla can deliver a new vision sure to spark creative change. Contact her for your next event!

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