A Tale and A Storytelling Festival

Deep nature connection, nourishing our true selves and our communities by way of nature, and adventuring in nature with our imaginations, curiosity, and creativity has long been my passion, and has mingled in numerous ways in my harp playing, writing, illustration, healing artistry, and workshops. This Sunday I’ll be offering harp and story at an event that mixes much of the above for me!

Please join me on a little journey ….

In 2007 a group of parents banded together to establish program of deep nature connection for kids. They created a vision and mission for the program — “to ignite relationships between the natural world, self, and community”, hiring some amazing instructors, and aimed to never turn anyone away from any of its offerings due to lack of funds. I was one of these founding parents, and helped craft the vision of what was to become the Vashon Wilderness Program. You can read our full history and legacy here. I resumed membership of the VWP Board last year.

In our program, kids spend their day learning just like our ancestors did – engaging all of their senses to co-create a living ecology for them to love and sustain. With Nature as the living teacher, mentors subtly stretch student’s awareness making learning invisible, effective, fun, healing and empowering.

I’m amazed and delighted that VWP has held to its commitment to support any family who needed assistance in meeting tuition, by awarding almost $50,000 in scholarships to date! This year we saw a dramatic increase in requests for support. As VWP grows, we are holding true to our mission – to give the gift of nature to as many kids as we can.

We are poised to mentor more than 185 youth this year. Will you help us make sure that everyone who wants to participate is given a chance to do so?

Please join us for tales and free delicious treats to delight your senses at our 5th Annual Storytelling Festival. Hear some great local storytellers: Steffon Moody, Mik Kuhlman, Lauretta Hyde, Steve Jones, Jane Valencia, Cyndi O’Brien & more
I’m honored to be offering story and harp at this event!

Here are the details:
February 5th from 4-6pm at the Vashon United Methodist Church. $7 individuals, $20 families. Tickets available at Vashon Bookshop.

If you can’t make the Festival (obviously, many of you reading this can’t possibly get over here!), please consider making a donation to the Vashon Wilderness scholarship fund by way of its website, or by mailing a check to:

Vashon Wilderness Program
PO Box 712
Vashon, Washington 98070

The Vashon Wilderness Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Any amount, small or large, is greatly appreciated!

Help us in our mission to leave no child left inside!

~ thank you!
Jane

Vashon Wilderness Program Annual Storytelling Festival

Labyrinth Storytelling, Workshop & Walk ~ Seattle area

I’ll be telling a story, leading a workshop, and providing harp music for the Western Washington Labyrinth Network Spring Gathering, taking place on Saturday, April 30.

Here are the details regarding my storytelling and workshop. My workshop is taking place alongside two others. If you are anywhere near the Seattle area, I hope you can join us!

“Transformation: Stories from the Labyrinth”
Saturday April 30th, from 12:30-4:30pm
Emmanuel Episcopal Church ~ Mercer Island, WA


Click here for more information/registration form

$20 per person if paid in advance with registration by April 25th, or $25 thereafter. Includes the afternoon’s activities and coffee/tea and snacks.

GRACE AND CORACLE: A Celtic Legend And Song For The Labyrinth

The Voyage Of St. Brendan chronicles the wondrous journey of a Celtic saint and his companions “through the labyrinth” to the Isle Of Promise and back home again. In this retelling of an ancient Celtic legend, bardic harper and healer Jane Valencia guides listeners into a spiritual landscape that mirrors the labyrinth walk in which we all are upon — a pathway filled with darkness and light, confusions and marvels, encounters with “the beast” and the company of angels. Enjoy the tale, learn a Celtic chant, and experience how we are all in the little boat of ourselves — navigating a labyrinth path
encompassed, sheltered, and brightened by Grace.


NATURE’S GRACE: Create A Labyrinth Poem of Blessing

A wander through a garden or even a glimpse through a window can be a labyrinth walk into wonder and blessing. In this workshop we will connect with the magic of the natural world, and uncover a specific blessing it has for us in this moment. We will each create a simple and fun three line poem to evoke this gift for ourselves.

A long-time lover of labyrinths, Celtic harper and bardic healer Jane Valencia nourishes a Spirit-centered, nature-woven life and an illuminated sense of oneself with her music, tales, teachings, and artistry.

Farewell Rate For Harp Lessons

We’ll be moving out of state soon, though don’t know for sure exactly when. If you are a harper who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, this offer is for you!

From now until the time we move, I’m offering harp lessons at a “farewell” rate. Please contact me for details.

You can read about my harp teaching on this website and at my Forest Halls website, but here’s some of what I offer, in a nutshell:

I teach nylon- and wire-strung harp, all levels, all ages, and specialize
in the following topics:

easy ways you can double your repertoire length
Bardic harp and storytelling
healing harp repertoire-building, styles, and techniques
improvisation & composition
getting friendly with the modes
applying Ancient Irish harper ornamentation into your modern-day style

If any of these topics interest you, or if you’d like to focus on another topic of your choice, please get in touch with me. It’s probably best if you contact me sooner rather than later!

Cheers!