Attention! Island Magic Alert

Attention, Folks of  the Puget Sound region,

Sightings are confirmed. Forests filled with leaves of tales are springing up on the island, in downtown Seattle, and in Tacoma. Teapots are running wild in most neighborhoods, and foxes seem to be everywhere.

Please report if you have spotted magic where you are. Signs of magic include:

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  • Blackberries, ripe. Kids delighting in them. Those who are kids at heart are doing so as well (such as you?)
  • A fire under the stars. Maybe s’mores on sticks. Certainly stories and maybe silly songs offered by those circling the fire. ALERT: individuals around summer campfires are very likely secretly members of the Animal Force superhero team, or, if not, at least likely possess mysterious qualities of the natural world within their souls and bodies. Might you be one of these wild and wondrous people?

If you have witnessed magical sign of these or any other kind, we at Forest Halls urge you to report your sightings at the following two events:

Friday, August 1. 7-8:15PM. Jane Valencia will perform harp, song, and (very short!) magical tales at the Vashon Book Shop for the First Friday Gallery Cruise. Drop by for  fun tales and beautiful tunes, and share your own tales of mystery & magic. This is event is free!

Saturday, August 2. 10am-12:30. Jane and her wee Scottish harp will be at the Vashon Writers Booth at the Vashon Island Farmers Market, where you can peer into any number of alternate worlds by way of books by island writers.

Jane’s own book, Because Of The Red Fox, will be attending both events. Find out what the fox really says!

Can’t attend either event? Report your magic here on our FoxTales Blog.

Thank you for including enchantment in your awareness!

Jane Valencia

Island Magic Alert Squad, Chief
Forest Halls



Tales Of Raven ~ with harp!

I’m so looking forward to being part of the evening’s entertainment taking place at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 7-9PM. It is co-sponsored by Bookman West Booksellers and by the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie.

I’ll be telling tales of Raven, and threading in music with my harp. David Lloyd Whited will offer some of his poetry. Character actor Jake Easu will perform Edgar Allen Poe’s poetic narrative “The Raven” as well as other tales. The whole event will be by candlelight!

Join us if you can!

An evening of poetry and performance - Raven Tales!
An evening of poetry and performance – Raven Tales!

Giveaway! Family Tickets To A Magical Storytelling Festival

***GIVEAWAY is closed. Congratulations to Stacy, Stephanie, and Bonny!****

I’m delighted to offer an opportunity for not 1, not 2, but 3 winners to each receive a Family Ticket (worth $50 each) to an amazing storytelling festival taking place this Saturday on my own magical island.

You are a Storyteller, I’m a Storyteller. We human beings all have the gift of storytelling! You might say that the gift of storytelling is perfectly natural to us … part of our true nature.

Don’t believe me?

Think about when you meet with your best friend and you start saying with excitement: “You’ll never guess what happened …!”

Or, at the dinner table, when you share with your family the good and the bad of the day.

Or, when you’re feeling down and you start doodling a frowning or angry or very sad face, or just dark, fierce strokes across a sheet of paper.

All of us are Storytellers, evoking the emotions and feelings and tales that reflect what has happened to us or things that we’re excited, mad, or whatever about with our words, our gestures, our facial expressions.

You’re a Storyteller, I’m a Storyteller. It’s part of our nature.

Many of you may know that I teach with an amazing wilderness program that nourishes deep nature connection with kids (and grown ups too), the Vashon Wilderness Program. Kids in our program come to regard the beings of the natural world as companions and friends, and themselves as just as much a part of nature as anything else. (And I hope that you who are reading this blog feel this way too — that you are a citizen of the natural world, and that it is a citizen of you!).

An essential element of our program is Storytelling. We instructors share stories to inspire, to ignite imagination, to teach, to nourish a sense of awe and “what if”. To have fun.

And we encourage our students to tell stories — to share what they loved about the day, what excites them, what they notice. We cultivate a circle of Storytellers, and of Story Listeners. And as we listen to one another, and respect each others’ tellings, we expand that respect to listening to what the birds have to say … and the trees … and the animals hidden around us.

7th Annual Storytelling Festival - Sat. Feb 1, 4PM at the O Space on Vashon Island, WA
7th Annual Storytelling Festival – Sat. Feb 1, 4PM at the O Space on Vashon Island, WA

For a number of years now, the Vashon Wilderness Program has hosted an outstanding Storytelling Festival This Saturday, February 1st, starting at 4pm will be our 7th! If you live on Vashon Island, or in the Puget Sound region, or know someone who does, consider entering my Giveaway of a Family Ticket to three different winners. This year features four dynamic and masterful storytellers: Allison Cox, Merna Hecht, Steffon Moody, and Gene Tagaban. For the first time too the event includes a light and delicious dinner and dessert.

Each year is an amazing coming together of community in celebration of the magic of nature, the wonder, strength, and beauty of story, and of our rich connection to one another. Whether you win the Giveaway or not, please join us!

Here’s how to enter the Giveaway:

Leave a Comment! For more chances to win leave a separate comment for each of the following that you do:

  • tell us how you are a storyteller, and give an example of how nature has shown up in your storytelling (you can include a relevant link if you’d like)
  • sign up for the Vashon Wilderness Program newsletter, receive their free e-booklet, “10 Awesome Practices to Make Nature a Natural Part of Your Family Life,” and share which practice(s) excite you most
  • browse the Vashon Wilderness Program website, share something that excites you about what you read and/or share about the Storytelling Festival on your blog, or other social media. Leave a comment for each, with links.
  • sign up for my Acorn To Oak free quarterly ezine
  • describe one magical experience you’ve had in nature (you’ll be telling a small story right here!)

Sign ups end Wednesday night. I’ll draw the three winners on Thursday morning, 1/30/14. I’ll then contact you and we can work out how you may receive the ticket (in person or at will call).

Thank you so much for entering this Giveaway! Good luck, and I hope to see you at the Storytelling Festival.

PS To submit your comments, click on each of the images below the comment box, until they rotate to an upright position.