In Show 50 “The Fairy Tree,” we continue to immerse ourselves in the magic of Beltaine. We’ll feast on fairy music and meet the tree at the heart of the forest. Poetry, tree lore, and a tale weave through these woods. Enjoy harp in the music of Padraigín Ní Uallacháin, and with Anne Roos, Jerry Bauer, and Jane Valencia.
Re-airing is Show 29 “Out on the Land.” With traditional Celtic as a starting point this show takes flight into a landscape of chamber-Celtic, electric folk rock, some Indie folk-fusion music, and even a little jazz. Harp “sightings” include music by Jenny Van der Harten and Máire Ní Chathasaigh (in The Casey Sisters).
Title: Show 50 – The Fairy Tree
02:04 The Gloaming / Samhradh Samhradh
07:50 The Bothy Band / Casadh An tSúgáin (Twisting the Rope)
12:50 Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley / The Fairy Ring / Strollin’ Doon da Strynd / Glaitness House
16:35 Padraigín Ní Uallacháin / Suantraí Sí – A Fairy Lullaby
19:48 Anne Roos / The Fairie Child & The Fairie Queen
24:27 Gary Stadler & Wendy Rule / Dance of the Wild Faeries
29:10 Mara Freeman / Tree Lore – Hawthorn
31:01 Seamus Byrne / Forest and Streams
33:55 Molly Pinto Madigan / Bloom
40:24 Jerry Bauer / I See the Mountains
44:08 Jane Valencia / Story – Tree Gift
52:55 Jane Valencia / Dawn Redwoods
56:05 Eitre / Fairy Reel
The enchantment of the Birch tree is about cleansing and renewal: a welcome energy for beginning a new year and decade. Episode 41 “In the Birch Grove” features favorite Irish songs and melodies, some 16th century English dance tunes, and some lovely and intriguing contemporary music. Along the way, enjoy some folklore, a bardic poem by Kevan Manwaring, a tree magic tale of the Birch, and harp in the music of Déanta, Julia Cunningham, and Anne Roos.
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:
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