Jane Valencia
  • Vashon, WA
  • United States
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Nature Educator, Bardic Harper/Storyteller, & "Magical Naturalist"
Forest Halls (also instructor with Vashon Wilderness Program)
Jane Valencia is a nature educator, herbalist, bardic harper, writer/artist, who is devoted to nourishing children of all ages with nature's magic. In addition to her Forest Halls project offering books, music, and bardic performance focused on the magic of nature, she is an instructor with the Vashon Wilderness Program. Her works include a kids herbal comic, Paloma & Wings, and a magical fiction novel for children ages 10-100+, Because Of The Red Fox, a book that has everything to do with deep nature connection and village wise ways.

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Magic In The Woods - coming this summer!

This year the Vashon Wilderness Program is offering truly wondrous summer camps. If you are on the island, have connections to our island (Vashon, WA), or want an excuse to pass a week (or more!) on our beautiful, relaxing island, do check out the camp descriptions and see which ones may be a fit for your kids or for the special child in your life. We even have a camp this year for…


Posted on January 30, 2015 at 8:13pm

Musical Magic In The Forest

One way to celebrate our connection with nature and to create and celebrate our own connection to each other is by way of music. We always sing in our programs with the Vashon Wilderness Program. Today, though, was a "Community & Ecology" day in our summer camp for 4-6 year olds. At one point along the trail, we picked up sticks, tapping them together. We sang "The Earth Is Our Mother" and other songs as we wandered along,…


Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:20pm

Secret Treasures And Raven Talk In the Woods With The Kids

Just spent a magical day in the woods with kids (ages 4-6 for this week's camp)  in our Vashon Wilderness Program summer camp. In our "Sit Spot" time, we gave the kids 4 minutes to touch into their hearts, and find a place where a secret treasure meant only for them was waiting. So sweet to see them wander off into the field, find a special place, and discover something special just for them. Some of the kids drew what they found. Others merely placed it into their "mind's…


Posted on July 14, 2014 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

Snow Falls -- Solstice Magic With Kids

Woke up before dawn on our island in the Puget Sound to find our farm blazing white . Snow had fallen! We don't get much snow -- some years not any -- so seeing even the two inches or so dusting the Doug firs and the landscape is quite exciting. While the schools chose to have a late start day, we in the Vashon Wilderness Program chose tohave full-on fun. Gathering in circle in the meadow, the kids were high with rolling huge mud-balls of snow and making trails. Even so, a lovely quality of…


Posted on December 20, 2013 at 10:19pm — 1 Comment

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At 8:14pm on August 15, 2014, Victoria Fortune said…

Thanks for connecting and for the compliment Jane! Welcome back to the Bay Area (if temporarily)! 

At 3:59am on July 19, 2014, Amy Conley said…

Hi Jane, thanks for joining Natural Musicians.  The group just started, so i'm sure it will grow.       My email is  amy@amyconley.com  if you want to add me to your address book as well.     I love the Northwest, lived in Seattle in 81-82 and we got out to the islands sometimes.    I live in southern NH  now, my family is all around New England.      I'm mainly a musician who loves the outdoors and works with music/kids fulltime.

At 6:16pm on March 8, 2012, Suz Lipman said…

Hi Jane, Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm the forum host. I'm glad you found us and hope you make yourself at home in discussions and groups. Our Natural Families Network will probably interest you, among others. Your work and passions sound really interesting. I hope you'll share your activities, ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. For any questions about the network, see our FAQ page. Hope to see you here again soon.


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