Forest Halls Celtic is a fun and refreshing mix of mostly contemporary and traditional Celtic music. We also make forays into folk, World, medieval, and Renaissance music. Enjoy snippets of poetry, myth, and herbal lore, and other greenwood enchantment along the way. We feature Celtic harp, particularly the wire-strung harp, in every show. Hosted by bardic harper and storyteller, Jane Valencia. The most recent show is available for on-demand listening.
Late June and July 2017. Jane teaches at several Vashon Wilderness Summer Camps for children and families, including Greenwood Secrets: an Herbal Magic Camp for Girls, Woodland Ways for 4-6 year olds, and Family Camp.
Wednesday, June 21, 10am. This event takes place at the annual Solstice Celebration hosted by the Women’s Red Way Lodge. Jane will once again be offering harp and storytelling for children.
Saturday, March 25, noon-6pm. Epic Storytelling: Kalevala – Finnish Creation Myth
The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard
On the last weekend of March, the Nordic Heritage Museum (http://nordicmuseum.org/) in Ballard (NE of downtown Seattle) will hold their yearly Kalevala Festival, complete with music, song, food and libations – and storytelling! Since 2017 is the Finn Centennial Year, the museum be hosting the Marimekko textile exhibit from Finland – and will be featuring Seattle Storytellers Guild members telling the entire story of the Kalevala from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, March 25th. There will be a intermission in the afternoon.
The epic spans from the Finn creation myth to the birth of the first man who is the wise magician, along with the greatest smith and a young rascal hero who all seek wives among the daughters of the magical witch of the north. Come early and see the exhibits and then listen to the story that was collected from Finn elders in the early 1800’s and is now published around the world.
Jane will be telling an episode of this story with her harp. Catch it near the beginning of the storytelling!
April 10-14, 2017, 9am – 1pm. Greenwood Secrets ~ Spring Herbal Magic Camp for Girls ages 7-12. Vashon Wilderness Program. Vashon, WA. $285. The plant enchantment of spring awaits you! During our special Spring Break Camp, we’ll focus on connecting with the magic, beauty, and medicine of the plant world. Each day, we’ll engage in an herbal project and create a remedy, potion, or tea. And, we’ll learn the secrets of our green and leafy friends as we adventure at a medicinal herb farm. We’ll hear stories, sing songs, play games, learn healing ways, create art, engage with our imaginations, and so much more! Come enjoy what the green world has to share with us! Location: Camp takes place on a working medicinal herb farm on Vashon Island. Your Mentor: Jane Valencia
May 20th, 10am-4pm. We are Nature workshop series: Plant Spirit Healing Ways. Vashon Wilderness Program. Vashon Island, WA. $75 In many native traditions, plants are considered to be both our ancestors and our elders. They have offered themselves to us as food, medicine, and as materials since our beginnings. Join us as we engage with plant medicine not only for our bodies, but also for our minds, hearts, and spirit. Jane is delighted to be leading this workshop for adults.
Friday-Sunday, 1st Weekend of March. Storytelling, Harp, and Threshold Choir singing. A Vashon Conversation for the Living about Dying .
Jane will tell stories with harp, offer story and activities to children and their families, and sing with the Vashon Threshold Choir for this event.
Storytellers: Jane Valencia and Allison Cox
Come cozy up to stories from diverse world traditions that guide us to our deepest wisdom and offer pathways to resiliency and hope. Stories will be woven together with harp strings.
Location: Sugar Shack
Sharing stories of gratitude and loss: everyday practices for listening to each other’s unfolding lives.
Storytellers: Jane Valencia and Julie Shannon
Location: Vashon Library Meeting Room
Facilitators: Jeri Jo Carstairs, Bettie Edwards, Susan Pitiger and Jane Valencia
Labyrinth Design: Betty Hawkins
Location: Open Space Meadow
Join us for our final event where you will have the opportunity to honor and celebrate precious lives of those who have died or are still living. Elements of the celebration: the Traveling Day Society drumming and music to honor the day that we travel from this life; the Vashon Threshold Choir singing songs for the dying; a fire burning cedar and lavender to lift our prayers, remembrances and wishes; a place to be surrounded in a Sound Bath by The Vashon Threshold Choir and spontaneous poetry. A labyrinth, built especially for this day, will be available for quiet walk and meditation before, during and after the event.
Saturday, January 28, 1pm (Doors open at 12:30). Vashon Wilderness Program Tenth Annual Storytelling Festival. Vashon Theater.
Jane will offer harp and storytelling at this event. This event will be packed with incredible stories for and by the community, plus audience participation, including a 1-minute Storython, story improv games, and more. Come enjoy the fun, and share in community the ancient and powerful tradition of oral storytelling.
Don’t miss this wonderful, family-friendly event!
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7PM. Vespers at the Church of the Holy Spirit.
Vespers is an offering of prayer and meditation for the Vashon Island community. Designed to be a widely accessible evening respite lasting about 30 minutes. I’ll be playing harp for this occasion.
July 2016. Jane teaches at the Vashon Wilderness Summer Camps. VWP has fun and wondrous camps for kids ages 4-14, including Greenwood Secrets: an herbal magic camp for girls, and Woodland Ways for 4-6 year olds (both of which Jane will be teaching).
Sunday and Monday, June 20-21, Time TBA. This event takes place at the annual Solstice Celebration hosted by the Women’s Red Way Lodge. This year Jane plays harp to greet the morning following a yoga session, and offers harp and storytelling for children.
THE WONDER SMITH AND HIS SON: An Epic Irish Myth
March 19 (Sat) 7-10 PM at The George Center,
2212 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125
The Seattle Storytellers Guild invites you to a retelling of this wonderful Irish myth collected by Ella Young & told by seventeen storytellers and musicians.
Suggested Donation: $5 – members, $8 – non-members, $12 – families
I’m delighted to contribute harp and storytelling to this event!
I’m pleased to have performed and to have arranged and directed a musical piece in this event:
Sunday, January 24, 2016. Two performances: 3PM and 7PM. Heart of Vashon: Telling our Story. Blue Heron – Vashon Allied Arts.19704 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon Island, WA. This performance reading is one piece of a community project that explores what matters to Islanders about living on Vashon-Maury Island as we roll into the 21st century. Why do we choose to make our home here? What is it that makes living here special? Over 150 people responded to the call for submissions, and a script was woven together from selections and excerpts of what Islanders wrote. An intergenerational cast of readers will share poems, reflections and stories that create a moving, humorous and thoughtful tapestry of Island life. Find out more here.
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 4-5PM. Winter Tales: Harp, Story, & Song with Jane Valencia. Vashon Library, 17210 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island, WA 98065. (206) 463-2069. Family Program – all ages welcome. Free!
Discover a snowy forest where wondrous creatures share secrets of the newly awakened year. We’ll enter an enchanted landscape, make music together, learn some mischievous animal ways, play with poetry, and more!
Jane Valencia is a bardic harper and storyteller who loves sharing nature-rooted magical adventure with kids and kids at heart. Her works include four harp CDs, a children’s fantasy novel, a kids herbal comic, and numerous blog posts and articles.
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10am to 4PM. Holly Daze Bazaar.
McMurray Middle School cafeteria. 9329 Cemetery Rd SW, Vashon Island, WA Jane will offer live harp music and free micro harp lessons. She’ll also have news about her newest harp learning opportunities, which could provide a beautiful start for your New Year. We’ll also have Amri’s shoulder dragons eager to fly home with you to perch on your shoulder or serve as the perfect gift for a dragon lover, and a stack of contemporary fantasy novels ready to carry you or a loved one into the magic that is all around us.
Sat.-Sunday, July 21-22, 10am-6PM. Forest Halls/DragonRider Press booth at the Strawberry Festival. Vashon Highway, SW. Vashon Island, WA. Visit our booth! We’ll have harp music, books, dragons, and plenty more magical fun. Jane will bring her harp. Come listen to her play, and have the chance to try out the harp yourself.
Friday, July 3, 2015. First Friday Gallery Tour. Vashon Bookshop. 17612 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070.Come enjoy harp music, song, and small magical tales from bardic harper Jane Valencia
July 2015. Jane teaches at the Vashon Wilderness Summer Camps. VWP has fun and wondrous camps for kids ages 4-14, including Greenwood Secrets: an herbal magic camp for girls, Woodland Ways: Faeries and Elves, and one that is even for young children and their special grownup. Read Jane’s blog post about them and find out more.
Saturday, June 20, 2PM. This event takes place at the annual Solstice Celebration hosted by the Women’s Red Way Lodge. With harp, story, and song, Jane will be leading a fun kid-focused Sun Circle that honors the longest day. We’ll then head out, on the land to collect some “gratitude” to create a community gratitude poem. Go here to watch a special Solstice Invitation video about the event and to find out where to get more information (such as the location of the event).
Friday, June 19, 7-9PM. Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk at the Church of the Holy Spirit will be open to all who would like to come and enjoy a meditative walk to celebrate the summer solstice. With harp and voice, Jane Valencia joins vocalist Erin Durrett to infuse the garden with peaceful sound. The walking of the labyrinth is a sacred tradition that is thousands of years old and comes from many different areas of the world. It’s a practice that has become a way for people of all faiths or from no faith tradition to walk in contemplation of healing, gratitude and peace.
Enjoy Harp & Story! Jane tells Chinese folktales from artist, storyweaver, and author, Suzanna Leigh‘s newly released book, Stories on Silk: A Peek into China on all days of the Art Tour, and playing my harp. Please join us at 2PM, Saturday & Sunday, May 2, 3, 9 & 10 at the Grange Hall, #1 stop on the Vashon Island Art Tour. Browse the amazing art at the Grange as well! The event is free.
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2-3PM. Because of the Red Fox: Harp, Tales, And Song. Vashon Bookshop. 17612 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070. Experience the mischievous and magical world of Leaves the Red Fox and his human friends in this bardic performance rooted in Jane’s book, Because Of The Red Fox. For kids of all ages. Free.
Friday, January 9, 2015, 6-9PM. Winter Tales: An Art Show by Jane Valencia. First Friday Gallery Tour Opening. VIA – Vashon Intuitive Arts, 177331 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA, 206-463-0025. Enter an enchanted realm in this showing of reflective and magical art in watercolor and colored pencil drawings and fanciful photographs. Show exhibits throughout the month.
November 2014. Into Forest Halls: Kid-Inspired Art From The Heart Of Our Nature – by Jane Valencia. HUB 070 Gallery (Located in the Spinnaker Building in downtown Vashon just north of Chase Bank and across from Vashon Market) 17710 100th Ave SW, Vashon, WA
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, – 6-9PM. First Friday Gallery Tour Opening. Come enjoy harp music and micro-magical tales from artist Jane Valencia, good island company, yummy forest-and-garden inspired snacks, and nourishing and delicious herbal beverages as you browse the art.
Sunday, Nov 2 – 2-4PM. Samhain harps at Galway Traders, 2-4 pm, 7518 15th Ave NW in the Ballard neighborhood. Seattle, WA. Joining with other harpers, Jane will offer harp music & gently spooky Celtic-rooted story. A long-standing annual tradition, this event is a free presentation of Celtic harp music to welcome Samhain, the Celtic new year. Enjoy beautiful harp music up-close in a cozy and informal setting presented by our region’s talented harpers!
Monday, October 6, 2014 – 7PM. Two Harps And A Guitar In Concert. Vashon Cohousing Common House, Vashon, WA. Deb Knodel & Jane Valencia (Spookytree Celtic harp duo) and Steve Baughman, Celtic Guitar. Read all about this once-only event here. Don’t miss this one!
Friday, October 3 – 7-9PM. Day Of The Dead Gallery Show. VIA – Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island, WA, 206-463-0025. A collective of island artists will offer their works celebrating the Day Of The Dead. I (Jane) am honored to have my artwork included in this show. The art will be displayed through October, and feature a Community Ofrenda (altar) honoring our loved ones who have passed. I will play my harp during Opening on 10/3. Join us!