Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Participants at a drum-in and mallet-making workshop this past spring show their creations. (Photo submitted)

Unique scavenger hunt for sounds to be held on Nanaimo’s waterfront

Vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young organizes free event July 23

A unique scavenger hunt will take place in downtown Nanaimo where, instead of relying on their eyes, seekers will have to rely on their ears.

Participants of the hunt will have half an hour to explore the Maffeo Sutton Park area on Saturday, July 23, starting at 10:30 a.m., in a free Sea of Sound event.

“I think it’s going to be real simple and real fun and a great way for people to get out and connect,” said organizer and vibroacoustic therapy practitioner Narissa Young. “The core of this is listening. I think that right now, we’re in a world where a lot of people are not listening to their inner guidance … maybe they’re not listening so great to each other. Or even the world around us.”

In planning the event, Young wanted to provide an “out of the ordinary” experience that would bring people together to appreciate the value of sound.

“Something that feels good is good for us. When we connect with a song and go ‘oh, that’s great,’ that’s on an emotional level. And on a physical and energetic level, when we hear a sound that’s good for us, it’s actually feeding energy to the cells,” she said.

In sound therapy, Young said, the core concept of resonance states that each cell has a vibratory spin frequency, including organ cells. In theory, if a cell is sick or damaged, altering the sound waves around that cell will help heal it.

“If I come into a room and there’s a piano in the room, and I just walk near the piano and I sing a G note, the G string on that piano will start to vibrate because they’re in resonance with each other. So I can sing a note and feed that cell energy – just the same works in your body. We can determine what frequencies your cell needs and feed them energy to get them back to their correct pitch,” she said.

In her practice, Young has provided various ‘sound offerings’ for people to enjoy – in April, she held a tuning fork workshop, as well as a drum-in and mallet-making workshop. Also available at, Young has assembled the Vancouver Island Sound Therapy Alliance, where she collaborates with other practitioners who work therapeutically with sound.

“I’m just really compassionate about connecting the community and letting people know what’s available,” she said.

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