Save This Date! Workshop: The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is an amazing experience — both transformative process and great fun adventure! I know firsthand (as a participant as well as having provided live music and witness/space holding for four Hero’s Journeys) how beautiful, rich, and powerful the day can be. Please join us if you can! And feel free to contact me with any questions. ~ Graces, Jane

Shine! - sunknot art by Jane

“This journey is the story of the quest to discover the true self, the treasure that is who you really are, that remains buried deep within the unconscious of the self, waiting to be unearthed.”

The Hero’s Journey
Sunday, August 21, 2011

On beautiful Vashon Island (near Seattle), WA
9 am — 5 pm
with facilitators Sherene ZolnoKara Jones
Music by Jane Valencia

For the first time in the Pacific Northwest, a one-day, public offering of the complete Hero’s Journey.

“Enacting the Hero’s Journey will teach us about an archetype of human transformational change, and the Hero’s Journey you will be experiencing may serve as a healing metaphor you will find use for in your own therapeutic interventions, to work on yourself and with others.”

–Sherene Zolno

We study The Hero’s Journey to learn the archetypal pattern of human experience, change and growth. We engage in The Hero’s Journey to experience our own personal transformation and rite of passage. We will live it now and we will live it for the rest of our lives.

The Hero is the one who overcomes her fear and responds to the Call. S/he sets off on an adventure, discovers guides and newfound powers, confronts her own deeply felt limitations (his or her shadow) and thus opens the way to a new way of being–the reward that comes at the end of the journey.

Our Hero’s Journey will include music, guided process, active imagination, movement, the Hero’s Banquet, a treasure hunt, art expression, and interaction with others in our ‘community’ of journeyers.

You will learn how to become your own advocate.
You will integrate parts of yourself that renew and energize you.
You will release fears and regain spontaneity.
You will understand the choices open to you that were hidden before.
You will save your own heart.
You will bring this home and transform your life!

Held in a warm and inviting retreat setting.  $175 for the full day — this
includes The Hero’s Journey Banquet!  The group size is limited to 20.

Please contact Sherene Zolno, by email at szolno “at” comcast “dot” net or by phone at (206)_463-6374 for further information and to register.

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.

Poem For Solstice & Moon, and Radio Interview Rescheduled

Announcement: My radio interview on Wheel Of Wonder has been rescheduled to Sunday morning, December 26, at 8 a.m. Listen via streaming audio as Ray and I discuss healing harp, bardic expression, animal and plant medicine lore, and even homeschooling. You’ll get to hear selections of my music too!

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In honor of the Winter Solstice, the Full Moon, and a full lunar eclipse tonight I am posting a poem I wrote years ago and have set to music, but have not yet recorded. (I plan to record it in the coming year).

If you get the chance, step outside tonight (11:41 PM PST) to view the eclipse and celebrate our longest night!

A Loom Of Trees

Forest Carol
by Jane Valencia (c) 2001

Quiet night
Blue snow
Hidden Moon twirls a skein of light

Snow falls
Soft woolen coins
spinning between antler branches

A Christmas rose unfurls
from her clouded petticoats
She dyes petals within silent ponds

Wait here! This Mystery
threads interlace paths
within a loom of trees

Branches shuttle
verses into song
stretching music across the sky

Moon! Your footfalls
on the new-woven snow
reveals patterns in this winter grove