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August’s Newsletter

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Wild at Art!
Nature and Art Adventures Day Camp

for 6 to 10 year olds



July 31st ~ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Artist and professional photographer Marlene Cowan, will support children in slowing down and seeing the world with fresh eyes. In this fun one-day art camp, children 6 to 10 years old will explore drawing and other craft activities in a joyful, uplifting atmosphere, surrounded by the beauty of forest and river. Marlene will help children experience a sense of delight and gain confidence in their artistic abilities.  The day will include:

  • Relaxation exercises and drawing warm-ups
  • Guided nature drawing
  • Nature Mandala Suncatcher
  • Pinecone Mouse Craft
  • Songs, games and stories
  • Nature walk

Tuition:  $45 plus $10 materials fee

Maximum class size is 8.

  • Drawing materials will be provided.
  • Do pack your child a sack lunch and water bottle to bring.
  • Please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

To Register:  Call Michelle at 360-837-8733, or
email us at treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

DSC_0010-Edit-2Artist Marlene Cowan has been a professional photographer for 27 years. She is passionate about instilling a love of art and a positive self-image in children of all ages. She enjoys drawing and other creative pursuits. Marlene is the mother of two adult children and a grandmother of the cutest baby in the whole world!
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Tiny Home, Huge Opportunity – Help TreeSong Help the Planet!

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 A TINY HOME THAT COULD MAKE A GIANT DIFFERENCE!: TreeSong is a small non-profit in Washougal, Washington, whose mission is to foster stewardship of, and connection to, nature, community and self through programs for adults, children and families. In the four years since it started, TreeSong has served 1,575 children and adults. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen that could help TreeSong expand its programming and philanthropic outreach to underserved populations. The HGTV show “Tiny Luxury” has offered to feature TreeSong on one of its episodes, in which Portland-based builder Tiny Heirloom builds a tiny home that will become part of the center’s grounds! Not only will this added facility allow us to expand our program offerings, but the exposure we receive from being on the show will help us raise awareness about our organization and take TreeSong’s important work to the next level. Plus, with its small, environmentally friendly footprint and use of green materials and technology, a tiny home is a perfect fit for TreeSong. Best of all, Tiny Heirloom has reduced the price of the tiny home by more than half, from $89,000 to $41,000. We have already raised $32,000 through donations and loans from private parties and now we’re asking for your help to raise the rest!

Click here to see our CrowdRise page and to donate.

Thank you in advance for any help you may offer, whether it be through a donation or by sharing our campaign with others!  The link to share is:

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July’s Newsletter


Summer upriver

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Summer Solstice and TreeSong’s Fourth Birthday Celebration!

Featuring the beautiful harp and hammered dulcimer music of Celtinalia!


Saturday, June 24th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Join us as we celebrate the changing of the season and TreeSong’s 4th birthday with music, ceremony, community connection and art!

Celtinalia will kickoff the festivities with an outdoor concert at 1:00 pm and off we go with a shimmering lineup of activities and experiences. What a splendid afternoon it will be!

Please bring a potluck dish to share as well as a song, a poem or some other gift to share.

Hope you can join us!


Please RSVP, 360.837.8733, or
Email  treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

~ Suggested donation for Celtinalia concert – $10/adult (100% goes to the musicians) in addition to a
~ Suggested donation of $5 ($15 for families of 3 or more) to go to TreeSong to help support wonderful community events/programs such as this.

Meet Celtinalia…

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Jennifer has been playing the Celtic harp since 1984, though the magical call of the harp had been beckoning her since first grade, when she heard it on a TV show. She also coaxes music out of woodwinds, lap dulcimer and hand percussion.  Jennifer performs with Valerie Blessley in the duo Celtic Muse, and they have played in many NW venues. Jennifer has three solo recordings, and three more with Valerie.  Jennifer teaches the harp, so if you have been drawn to the sound, she can get you started!  Jennifer also plays therapeutic harp music at the bedside of the elderly and the dying, and is available to play for your special occasion. For more about Jennifer, visit:  http://home.comcast.net/~lyrica/

Adept with hammered dulcimer, piano, and vocals, Carl Thor plays with contra dance bands Cascade Crossing, Hands4, Orcas Ruckus and the Portland Megaband, Celtic and folk group Talisman, other groupings for folk dancing, and as a soloist. His compositions span a wide range of styles and traditions, from ragtime to techno, and from Scandinavia to the West Coast. Carl’s music is included on recent compilation CDs from Artichoke Music and the Portland Folk Music Society, and published in The Portland Collection books as well as his own dance music tune book. He is an organizer for the “Contra in the Couve!” dance series in Vancouver, and has been teaching music for two decades. Find out more at:  http://www.talismanmusic.com

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June’s Newsletter

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May’s Newsletter

sorrelSoulful poetry, luminous photos, and a shimmering lineup of classes and events are just a click away!  This month’s beautiful newsletter is ready for you to enjoy.

Happy May!

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April’s Newsletter

trillium newsletter.jpgYou are invited to sit back, relax and partake of this month’s newsletter, lovingly created for you by Michelle Fox, TreeSong’s Founder/Director and Adrian Farnsworth, TreeSong’s Secretary extraordinaire.  Beautiful photos, an interesting article from the TreeSong community, an incredible lineup of classes, and inspiring poetry are just a click away!

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Nature Notes: Thoughts from the TreeSong Community

Featuring Annie McHale

     It’s that time of year: Spring o’clock. When seed meets soil and Intention is put to task. Nature doesn’t make bad food. It’s impossible. Every single seed, every tiny, unpretentious seed has in its DNA one goal: to become a zucchini, a pumpkin, a rosemary bush. It just knows what to do, when, and how. And when it becomes whatever it is meant to become, it presents its beautiful, colorful, flavorful, nutritious self as a gift.

     It is for this reason that I honor food. Real food. The way it is intended, which is to say, organic or otherwise natural. My husband Curt and I were recently blessed with an opportunity to co-manage a 60-acre organic farm near the Oregon coast for several years. During that ridiculously difficult and completely blissful period, few people turned down our dinner invitations, knowing to do so meant missing out on perhaps the freshest meal they’d ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Our table was an organic feast. Every. Single. Day.

     Hours-new duck eggs with their bright orange yolks, dutch-oven-baked artisan bread finished with smoked salt, plump raspberries bursting with sweetness from the afternoon sun’s kiss, fresh hand-pressed ricotta, bright and tender asparagus just snipped from the soil, tulsi basil bearing an aromatic hint of licorice, wild salmonberry gastrique slowly drizzled over line-caught Pacific salmon, fire-roasted over coals on hand-hewn cedar planks, raw milk whipped into heavenly cream, and garlic greens. Ohhhh-the-mildly-sweet-garlic-greens!!

Annie’s Nature Notes continue here.


You won’t want to miss Annie and Curt’s ‘Spring Bounty ~ Gorge-style’ Cooking Class on April 29th, and then in July, they’ll be offering a Soul Food Retreat the 14th through the 16th.


Annie McHale and Curt Gray
Founders of ROOTS Farmacy

Several years ago, Annie and Curt traded in their corporate jobs for rural living, committing to living a sustainable, healthy life beginning with the food they eat and share. It is their intention to inspire folks to enter into relationship with their own kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals and connect meaningfully with their loved ones.

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