Hello! I’m Jane Valencia, a bardic harper, magical naturalist, herbalist, and author/ illustrator. A bardic harper is a performer who loves to share tales, poetry, music, wise ideas, and anything else they think of that might bring the magic of the world alive for the listeners, by way of the harp. A magical naturalist is someone who discovers the wondrous that exists all around us — in the natural world and in ourselves — and strives to learn its secrets.
When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to live a life of real magic. Eventually I came to realize that our life is full of magic that is quite real indeed! Storytelling, discovering the elements of healthy culture within one’s own life, tracking what makes one feel fulfilled and joyful, engaging in imaginative play, sharing magical nature adventure, making “magic potions” with herbs, and so much more are all opportunities for us to experience the wonder that always surrounds us. The magic of life is what makes us real.
FoxTales is a blog written by me, but you may also hear from foxes, kids, chickens, teapots, and other extraordinary and mythic creatures that appear in books I’ve written or am writing or in stories I tell. We’ll give you tips about how to perceive your world in new ways, and how to feed the fire that is the magic in your family’s life.
My hope is that your family will be inspired to discover and create your own stories–of who you each are in this amazing world and who you are when you’re together. May you discover and deepen your own wondrous connection with each other and may you live your very real one-of-a-kind magic!
Are you ready to become a magical naturalist in service to the heart of who you are and that of your family and its nature? In the FoxTales blog your family will learn how to become ever more true to its own magical nature by realizing that family resides both within the home and with the earth around you.
See you in Forest Halls!