Spring Equinox Celebration!


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Sunday, March 19, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Join us as we celebrate the changing of the season  with ceremony, community connection and art!

 

Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Hope you can join us!

Please RSVP, 360-837-8733, or
Email  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

Suggested donation:  $5/person, $15/family

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March’s Newsletter

cabinlight snowMarch newsletterCheck out this month’s newsletter, full of all sorts of goodness, some of which you can only find by clicking on the following link:  http://eepurl.com/cA_E_5.

Enjoy!  🙂

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Jesse Brownlee

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The sun is starting to tint the sky pink. It was just warm enough last night that there wasn’t a frost this morning, although the day is dawning cool, fresh and clear. The pack on my back is almost empty, holding nothing but water and several empty grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and empty Tupperware containers. What a day to go grocery shopping! I close the door behind me and head off down the road at a brisk pace, hoping to warm up before I reach the cover of the forest.

The first rays of sunlight are beginning to stream through the trees, glittering on last night’s spider webs as I slip into the woods. I am headed for a spot I know well, a spot that has been covered in snow and ice since December 9, 2016. This has been the worst winter in my memory, however all that remains of that craziness are small patches of snow interspersed with lots of broken limbs and last year’s limp, soggy blackberry vines.

As I come to the creek I turn and follow it down the hill. Hidden amongst the stones, branches and rubble clogging the water I spy my prey and my excitement surges; I look around and see the trappings of the best grocery store ever – one of the many wild places scattered throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

There is fresh watercress in the clear, cold stream. It will make an amazing breakfast tossed with fried potatoes, onions and bacon. Nettles are just starting to surge towards the sun in the marshy places where the creek overflows its banks, and my mouth is already watering at the thought of fresh nettle soup for lunch, and the delicious omelet for tomorrow morning. Candyflower, Miners Lettuce and chickweed are found peeking out from the rich, moist soil at the base of a rotting tree and will make a perfectly crisp, mild and succulent salad. At the edge of the creek I find several yellow dock plants whose young leaves will be great when stuffed with seasoned meat and rice and baked for dinner. As I head down to the water, I stumble upon a large patch of wild ginger under a huge old cedar. The roots pull easily from the dark earth and will make a wonderful warming, spicy tea to enjoy before bed. The cottonwood branches blown down by the creek are covered with fragrant, resin-filled buds; I happily fill a bag with these and will start this year’s batch of potent salve when I get home.

I realize I can barely fit these buds into my pack. And my stomach is growling, so I turn and head home with my pack and grocery bags overflowing.

As I’m rinsing the dirt from the bounty I just gathered, a feeling of intense satisfaction settles over me. I am proud that I am able to provide so much food and medicine for myself and those I love after just a quick morning stroll through the woods around my house. I am already looking forward to the months ahead- maple blossom fritters, fresh fir tips to make the very best refreshing summer drink, luscious wild berries… the list goes on and on.

Breakfast is ready, and I smile as I tuck into my feast- the foraging season has only just begun.

Join Jesse on March 26th for her Introduction to the Wild Foods and Medicinal Plants of the Pacific NW class.  Click here to learn more and to register.

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jesse-headshotJesse Brownlee is the owner of Half Wild, LLC. Born and raised in rural Georgia, she now lives and works in the Columbia Gorge. She is a Ranger, Certified Interpretive Guide and Wilderness EMT who spends large amounts of time in lush forests of the Gorge hunting for the freshest local delicacies.

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February’s Newsletter

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Each of TreeSong’s monthly newsletters is a beautiful little gem with information on upcoming events, our Nature Notes article, poetry, lovely photos and so much more!

Click here to check it out.

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Joan Beldin

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“Nine wolves from the Toklat pack appeared on a high slope about 1 ½ miles from their den. These wolves were returning home from a hunt. They stopped, looked toward their den, and howled. The mother and another adult wolf had stayed at the den to care for the pups. Hearing the howls of the hunter wolves, the mom and adult wolf swung around to focus on the howls and then howled together. The 6 pups shot out of the den and scurried under the two older wolves, their little tails wagging excitedly. The hunters were coming home – bringing food for those in their family who couldn’t join the hunt.

For the next ten minutes, it was quiet – the pups were play fighting and jumping all over the two older wolves, who were intently watching in the direction of the returning hunters. Then came another howl and quickly a chorus from all 9 hunters, now deep in the forest almost a mile from the den. The wolves at the den howled again and then silence. Another chorus of howls rose out of the forest, still closer and another burst of yipping and howling in response.

Joan’s Nature Notes continue here.

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For more about wolves…

Watch the YouTube video ‘How Wolves Change Rivers’

Check out the website Pacific Wolf Family to learn about the gray wolf packs in the Pacific NW

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Michelle Fox


Celebrating 2016 and Looking Forward


The transition between years is a time to reflect on the past, to see where we’ve been, to metabolize all that’s come before, to integrate, learn from, celebrate, experience gratitude, perhaps even grieve, in response to the previous year’s unfolding events and circumstances.  With the wisdom and integrated experiences gathered, we’re then ready to turn towards the new.

When I travel through 2016 at TreeSong, I feel waves of gratitude and joy as I remember all that has occurred.  It was our fullest year yet.  As I share some of the past year’s events and programs,  I invite you to tap into the meaningful connections made, lives touched, beauty experienced, and join me in celebrating a truly glorious year.

Michelle’s Nature Notes continue here.

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A Photo Journey through 2016

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Happy Holidays!

 

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Now is the time to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourages you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.

John O’Donohue
To Bless the Space Between Us,
For Celebration
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THE RESULTS ARE IN!

First, we would like to express deep gratitude to all who made our Third Annual ’14 Days of Holiday Giving’ Silent Auction possible. A big thank you going out to the practitioners, artists, and local businesses who gave so generously. You laid the foundation for a wonderful two weeks and a very successful auction. And, of course, all of you who bid during the auction, thank you!!!! We couldn’t have done it without you all, either! What a lovely intertwining of gifts and community this has been.

TreeSong will receive $1,085 which will go far in supporting our mission of nature connection and the arts. Big holiday blessings to all of you!

Those with the winning bids will be contacted either by phone, email or Facebook message. If you have any questions, feel free to call Michelle at 360-619-2207. Also, if you are new to the TreeSong scene and feel that we may not have your contact info., please call, or you can email us at treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com.

Here are the results:

~ Flower Essence Blend #1: Brecia Kralovic-Logan $10
~ Flower Essence Blend #2: Sara Martin $10
~ Two Nights at River Bend Lodge: Marina Merrill $175
~ After Three Photography Session: Dawnda Cline Durbin $65
~ Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Adventure: Marina Merrill $75
~ Skamania Lodge Dinner for Two: Brecia Kralovic-Logan $60
~ Skamania Acupuncture Gift Certificate: Lisa Peloquin $30
~ Light Embodiment Massage: Dawnda Cline Durbin $55
~ Breathing Room 5 Class Card: Brecia Kralovic-Logan $55
~ Reflexology Session: Gretchen Meyer $60
~ Haircut and Style: Donna LaFaye $30
~ Watercolor/Drawing Lesson: Karen Pickering $40
~ Natural Body Works Massage Gift Cert.: Karen Pickering $35
~ Rushing Water Yoga Gift. Cert. #1: Karen Pickering $20
~ Rushing Water Yoga Gift. Cert. #2: Marlene Cowan $17
~ Source Climb 201 Class: Karen Pickering $20
~ Red Hand-painted Scarf: Karen Pickering $24
~ Green Hand-painted Scarf: Brad Smith $25
~ Celtic Muse CD’s: Michelle Pash $15
~ Jennifer Pratt-Walter Harp CD’s: Michelle Pash $15
~ Coffee & Chocolate Gift Basket: Susan Freitag Fronckowiak $20
~ Copper River Earrings & Bracelet: Priscilla Christenson $25
~ Dragonfly Earrings & Bracelet: Katie Wascisin $17
~ Ice Princess Earrings and Bracelet: Priscilla Christenson $20
~ Wildcraft Game: Maggie Smith Evansen $22
~ Talisman CD’s: Priscilla Christenson $15
~ Spreader Knives: Marlene Cowan $17
~ New Seasons Gift Cert.: Susan Holcroft $25
~ Cafe Piccolo Gift Cert.: Karen Pickering $15
~ Leaf Me Earrings: Stephanie Smipp $20
~ TreeSong Note Cards #1: Priscilla Christenson $20
~ TreeSong Note Cards #2: Priscilla Christenson $15
~ TreeSong Calendar: Maggie Smith Evansen $6
~ Liberty Theater Movie Passes: Gretchen Meyer $11

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TreeSong’s Third Annual “14 Days of Holiday Giving” Silent Auction Has Begun!

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Our Holiday Silent Auction has become a tradition and is truly a joyful event.  You are invited to visit the auction’s Facebook page and join the fun!

While supporting TreeSong’s mission of nature connection and environmental literacy, you will be able to receive wonderful services, food, art and music, all provided by generous local businesses, practitioners, artists and musicians. There’s an amazing selection of auction items, Including everything from yoga classes to massages and acupuncture, from rock wall climbing to a wild edibles adventure, from fun art and beautiful jewelry to fine dining and a movie! And so much more… Don’t miss this wonderful chance to Give and Receive, just in time for the holidays.

The auction runs through Thursday, December 15 at midnight.

Click here to visit the Auction page, and Enjoy!

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