Stacey Hinden has been mentoring people of all ages to connect with their essential nature for joyful, creative and authentic living for the past 25 years. After growing up in the dance studio and on new York City stages, teaching and performing for 20 years, Stacey turned to movement as a healing art and earned her certificate as a practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and an international registration as a Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist. For the next two decades, she passionately researched, explored, and guided others on transformational journeys through private practice and as a women’s workshop and retreat facilitator.
In 2003, she followed the tracks and trails of her inner cosmos into the forests and fields of her new Pacific Northwest homeland where she discovered the rhythms and cycles of the natural world and began her tutelage in the ancient art of deep nature connection mentoring and nature-based leadership. Since then, she has guided hundreds of others to connect through their senses to the magic and mystery that is nature – the Earth’s and their own. She currently serves as Executive and Program Director for the Vashon Wilderness Program, and continues to present her work locally and at regional conferences. Stacey lives with her family of 5 humans and 2 cats, who continually inspire her as she writes her first book and home-study course: Embodying Sacred Ground, A Field Guide to Health, Healing, and Happiness. You can find more of her writing at movementforlife.wordpress.com
Jane Valencia has guided young and old into the magic of the natural world and the blessings of timeless cultural wise ways for more than 25 years. She is passionate about helping women to join in the companionable conversation that is the world around us, to get down and dirty getting to know plants and their healing ways, and to take strength from cross-cultural practices and perceptions that nourish healthy community life as pathways to nourishing and enlivening one’s “unique genius.”
As an herbalist since 2001, Jane pursues ongoing training and mentorship in sacred plant medicine and traditional Western herbalism. A longtime bardic harper and storyteller, Jane has offered her artistry and cultural teachings in arenas that range from contemplative retreats, schools, harp and herbal conferences, dance performances, Hero’s Journey workshops, and more. Jane is a nature instructor at the Vashon Wilderness Program, a Reiki Master-Teacher, a sacred plant medicine and sound healing practitioner, and co-directs the Vashon Threshold Choir, a group dedicated to offering music at the bedside and to the dying. Jane is the author/illustrator of Paloma and Wings: A Kids Herbal Comic, to be published Spring 2016. Her other published works include a children’s fantasy novel, several harp CDs, and numerous blog posts and articles. Jane and her family live in a passive solar bermed home on a plain old farm, where they tend to a flock of feathered friends and the land, and aim to live simply and have fun. Find out more about Jane’s projects at ForestHalls.org and about her healing practice at SingingDeerHealing.com.