Hello! I’m Jane Valencia, a harper, storyteller, and herbalist.
I started my journey in 1988, when I began performing and teaching harp. Since then I’ve become a 21st century bard, bringing story, lore, and poetry into my harp performances. Over the years I’ve co-created learning experiences and festivals for kids and families, often inspired by the lore, music, and wisdom encoded in the turning of the year.
In 2001 I discovered the work of naturalist and cultural repair visionary, Jon Young. Since then I’ve immersed myself in cultural renewal and nature awareness practices that nurture peace of mind, kindness, imagination, curiosity, and that strengthen connection with one another. These teachings and practices inform every aspect of my life and work.
In 2001 I also embarked on my adventure into herbalism, Reiki, and medieval and folk healing ways. To be able to work with the plants and with our unique bodymind ecologies to help restore balance and well-being, and help encourage one’s best life feels like true magic indeed. Most recently I completed the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine Herbal Immersion program.
When I was a child I wanted nothing more than to live a life of real magic. What I’ve discovered in my quest for a magical life is that magic is all around us and lies within us as much as outside of us. Magic is nature, in the wisdom that springs from our healthy human and imaginative relationship with nature, in our creativity, and in the people we meet. Amazing things happen when we open to the magic that is truly in every moment and every place! I share my art, stories, and teaching to help folk of all ages experience our true nature. I practice and share herbal and other healing ways to help students and clients enjoy the beauty, well-being, and magic of their unique life.
FoxTales is my blog, but you may also hear from foxes, kids, chickens, teapots, and other unusual and mythic creatures that appear in books I’ve written or in stories I tell. I’ll give you tips about how you and your family may perceive your world in new ways, and how to feed the fire that is the everyday extraordinary in your family’s life. If you’re interested in playing the harp, telling stories, and offering other creative magic (or maybe you offer this kind of enchantment already), or interested in the green and giving world of the plants and trees, you’ll find ideas that will nourish you and further root your art and life as well.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, and to let me know how I can be of service to you and your family.