Welcome to my Green Office

With the weather so beautiful, and with my promise to myself to be outside as much as possible, I am now working mornings in Forest Halls.  Come join me in  my green office!

As I park my car down the slope, I notice that my keys reflect what the Forest is to me.

Here are some of my colleagues in Forest Halls.

I light a candle to help me center further into the magic.

I’m creating a mini-comic based on the first part of my children’s fantasy novel, Because of the Red Fox. This is the text I’m sketching today.

I also take time to work on Paloma and Wings: An Herbal Comic.  This book is so very close to being ready for me to order a proof.

The work right now on Paloma and Wings is excruciating: lots of wrestling with my word processing program to set up a “master document,” and then fixing glitches that inevitably show up or reveal themselves as I put the files together. Argggg!

When I finish with the word processing for the morning, I take time to lay down and stare at the sky. Good medicine to follow such aggravating work!

Before I head home, I look for a tree who could serve as a reference for the Tree of Tales in the mini-comic — and:

I find the Tree of Tales!

Thanks for joining me!

 

New “Learn Elf Owl Harp” video series

I’ve launched a video series devoted to teaching elements of harp with storytelling, poetry, spoken word and song. If you are a harper, I invite you to check them out. If you have questions in this area, please ask! I hope to answer questions in future videos.

I know many (all?) of you love the beauty, fun, and magic of language and word. If you don’t play harp, I invite you to check out the beginning of the first video, “What is Elf Owl Harp?” There I perform a short poem written by a youth in Forest Halls. Come join me in the woods to experience it!

Enjoy the first video here

Elf Owl Harp for Storytelling, Poetry and the Spoken Word

Do you love poetry and yearn to put harp to such words? Have you dreamed of telling stories with the harp? Do you wish to bring your listeners more fully into the world of your music? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this class may be for you!

We have two classes from which to choose, one that meets on Sundays, and one on Tuesdays.

Photo by Dawn Stief https://dawnstiefphotographyblog.wordpress.com/ taken at the Vashon Wilderness Program Storytelling Festival

Elf Owl Harp: Harp for Storytelling, Poetry, and the Spoken Word.
Your teacher and guide: Jane Valencia

Two class sessions! Pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Sunday Elf Owl Harp Class. Starts May 23. 2-4pm Eastern Time.
Dates: 5/23, 6/6, 6/13, 6/27 on Zoom [Note that we are skipping 5/30 Memorial Day weekend and 6/20 Father’s Day]. Class is full. Enrollment is closed.

Tuesday Elf Owl Harp Class. Starts May 25. 7-9pm Pacific Time.
Dates: 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15 on Zoom.
Register here. Still a few spaces available!

Telling stories or sharing poems brings listeners into other worlds. When we add our harp to our spoken word we add layers to the experience, and magnify the wonder and magic! Join us in a four-session class devoted to weaving enchantment with harp and language.

We’ll use small tales, short poems, descriptive passages, blessings,  narrative,  sacred text, ancient wisdom, folklore, and more to explore techniques, material, and ideas for crafting unique and captivating pieces that can either stand on their own or take flight into larger storytelling and spoken expressions. You’ll have assignments (elf owl size) each week, and the opportunity to share your work in a supportive, kind environment.

Grow your skills with harp and storytelling, poetry, and other spoken word in this fun four-session class on Zoom.

Whether you dream of performing story,  poetry, or other spoken word for others, offering them in myriad settings (church, therapeutic, organization, with kids or seniors, and more),  playing them for yourself (say, as a contemplative or magical practice), this class is intended to cultivate and support your joyful expression.

Topics include:

  • Openings and Closing: Framing and mood, the art of introduction and endings
  • Respecting and Honoring Sources
  • Choosing Material and working with different forms
  • Creating Stories and Poems
  • Working with Sound Effects, Chord Progressions, Tunes and Songs, Improvisation, and Modes
  • Storytelling, Poetry, and Spoken Word performance skills
  • Practices for Centering Oneself and for Connecting with your Listeners
  • Weaving Larger Pieces: Taking your Elf Owl skills to the next level

Who: Harpers of all levels, including complete beginners, are welcome. If you can strike strings, you can use a harp with spoken word!

Cost: $125

Register here for Elf Owl Harp – Sunday Class

Register here for Elf Owl Harp – Tuesday Class

Materials and information will be emailed to you before class begins. Sessions will be recorded.

Do you have questions or need more info? Please ask!

To whit – to whoo! (or, in Elf Owl language: pew-pew-pew!). We hope to see you in the grove!