Upcoming Welsh Harp and Storytelling Performance

The Seattle Storytellers Guild presents:

When Harpers Once in Wooden Halls: Celtic tales, poetry, folklore, music and song for the dark of the year

Followed by more Music, Songs and Poetry presented by Puget Sound Welsh Association

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 7:00 PM
At the Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church,
14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

Bardic harper and storyteller Jane Valencia will present tales of transformation for the dark of the year interwoven with early Welsh poetry, threads of medieval Welsh language, tree and herbal lore, music, and other Celtic magic.

A lover of Celtic tale and lore since she was a child, Jane took up the harp after studying medieval Welsh bardic poetry, language, and literature (including the Mabinogion) at UC Berkeley and at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. With harp and storytelling, Jane has found that she can weave everything she loves into bardic performance, including folklore, song, poetry, art, and the beauty and wonder of nature.

Deb Knodel

Jane’s harp duo partner, Deb Knodel will join Jane in this performance. As the harp duo Spookytree, Deb and Jane have performed together since 1990, have three recordings, and have offered bardic storytelling since 1994. Their music is described as “intelligent, playful” and “pure magic.”

Members of the Puget Sound Welsh Association in the second half of the program will bring even more Welsh music, songs and poetry. They are partnering with the Seattle Storytellers Guild in this program – which is a prelude to an Epic Telling of the Welsh Mabinogion to be presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild this coming May.

Refreshments provided!

Admission: $10 Guild and Welsh association members – $15 non-members of the Guild

Info: seattlestorytellers.org or Contact Barry at eldrbarry@gmail.com

This Event will be preceded Saturday Afternoon, October 5th with:

A Taste of Storytelling Workshop

at the Haller Lake United Methodist Church, 13055 1st Ave NE, Seattle — 1-4 pm

Explore your curiosity about Storytelling while learning to tell a tale without memorization

a sample of Susy Irwin’s North Seattle College Storytelling Class.

$20 Guild and Welsh Members $25 Non-members

Forest Halls Celtic Resumes this Sunday

It’s back! Our radio show resumes this Sunday, Sept. 1, 12 noon to 2pm PST. Listen to traditional and contemporary Celtic music, with forays into other genres, such as Indie-folk, historical music, World, and more. You’ll always hear some harp music. I also love to share ancient Celtic poetry, folklore, tales and other magic. We aim for a refreshing, relaxing, and fun show. If you’re on Vashon, please join me at KVSH 101.9 fm, otherwise listen in at Voice of Vashon.

Join Me at the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference

Dear Friends,

The Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference is a magical gathering of women and girls of all ages. For a whole weekend (and longer, if you wish to attend the amazing pre-conference workshops) you can explore the wonderful, welcoming world of the plants and their medicine, and receive the medicine of one another with laughter, dancing, delicious food and nourishing infusions, heart-connecting song, and women’s wisdom —  all in a beautiful forest and shore location on Vashon Island. The Conference takes place on Sept. 20~22, 2019.

As a nature instructor, I happen to work at this location every week, and let me assure you, this 400 acre location (Camp Sealth) is a place where magic happens. Perhaps Eagle sings overhead, or Otter lets you glimpse him heading to the beach, or Deer bask in the moonlight. Perhaps the trees lean in to whisper a message especially for you. Perhaps you find a wishing stone, a listening stone, or feel the mist rising off the Salish Sea to welcome you into your ocean nature.  This enchantment and more opens to those who come together with intention, loving hearts, curiosity, playfulness, generosity, and gratitude. And that is what the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference brings together from start to finish.

Here are the workshops I’m teaching:

Jane Valencia with the small dragon, Wings

Hildegard of Bingen’s Herbal Energetics for the Family Herbalist

The medicine of Hildegard of Bingen,12th century German physician, visionary, abbess, author, and saint, relied on an understanding of our bodies as gardens, and the work of healing as tending a garden In this introduction to a practical, compassionate, nature-based healing practice, we’ll adventure in the basics of herbal energetics to better support our family members and ourselves.

Tree Secrets: A Walk into a Pacific Northwest Ogham

In the early medieval Irish Ogham, or “tree alphabet,” each letter embodies a particular tree or plant  spirit. In this Celtic-infused workshop we’ll pass time in the company of trees, both those named in the Ogham and our native trees. We’ll explore firsthand their energy, teachings, folklore, and medicine uses by way of our senses and connection, and begin creating our own Pacific Northwest ogham. If the trees are willing, we’ll even craft ogham sticks. Expect sweet enchantment and deep wild wisdom!

As an herbalist and practitioner of what she calls “Deer Medicine Ways,” Jane Valencia loves welcoming women and girls into the magic of the green world that surrounds us. Through forest and garden learning adventures, writings, and illustration, she helps the herbal curious to get down and dirty getting to know the plants and their healing ways and to discover what the plants reveal about our truest nature. An instructor with the Vashon Wilderness Program, Jane is the creator/ mentor of VWP’s herbal girls camps. Sacred plant medicine and traditional Western herbalism are her well-spring. Jane is author-illustrator of Paloma and Wings: a Kids Herbal Comic.

Find out more about about Jane’s herbal and healing ways offerings, including writings on her blog, please visit: SingingDeerHealing.com

Go here to find out more about the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference.


I hope to see you there!

cross-posted on SingingDeerHealing.com