"Lively, inventive, authentic, and wise" are a few of the words used to describe Jane's presentations around the world from Sorrento, Italy to Moro, Oregon. Whether part of a book signing or a fundraiser for various museums and causes close to Jane's heart, retreats or commencement addresses, Jane engages audiences to consider the power of their own stories. "Until we find the meaning of the stories of our lives we're destined to wander in the wilderness even though we're in the promised land," she notes. With humor she helps groups find the insights that bring wisdom and joy to their lives. Blending her mental health background with years working on an Oregon Indian reservation with twenty-six years carving a life on a remote ranch, Jane finds a way for participants to experience the lessons of her historical characters and allow them to step from one generation to our own to bring healing and hope through the power of the written and spoken word.
For nearly a dozen years, Beachside Writers(Yachats, WA) was a weekend of inspiration, where one could take in a breath and discover more about their inner writer. For many of those years, I taught with Bob Welch, founder of Beachside. I met fascinating people, encouraged writers wherever they were on that journey and found my own writing enhanced by the workshops I taught and the questions and comments received all weekend. Although a small venue, it was a place where everything that happened supported those on their writing journey.