Hello! I’m Jane Valencia, a bardic harper, magical naturalist, nature educator, herbalist, and writer/illustrator. A bard 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. I just love to do that–whether I’m performing on stage, writing or telling stories, adventuring in nature with kids and kids at heart, or just talking with you in the kitchen or in a park.
When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to make magic real. 40 years later I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to do anything to make magic real, just experience and celebrate it. Our life is full of magic! And that’s why I do what I do–which is a lot of different things! Writing, storytelling, creating art, playing with herbs and making medicine from them, learning bird language, looking for the stories told in animal tracks, sharing magical nature adventure, and so much more are all opportunities for us to experience the wonder that’s around us all the time. The magic of life is what makes us real.
FoxTales is a blog written by me, but you’ll 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. You’ll hear about my writing (and publishing!) process too, as well as my own nature and magic adventures. My hope is that you’ll be inspired to create your own stories, if you don’t already, to deepen your own wondrous connection with nature, and to live your unique magic, all of which I’m sure you do already!
Are you ready to become a magical naturalist? In the FoxTales blog you’ll also discover just what a magical naturalist is, and how you can hone your skills, should you choose to do so!
See you in Forest Halls!