2018 Date Set!

Hello all – Well, it has been a lovely several months post-fair, and we are beginning to gear up again for next year’s event, which will be held June 3rd, 2018. We will have a newly redesigned logo, and of course the popular tote bags and t-shirts like last year, in the new design.

Our production team has been reduced to one – me, Ker Cleary, as producer! That’s what happens when good people get full-time jobs and such. I will be looking for a few folks to fill positions like volunteer co-ordinator, etc. When I know what I need, I will put the word out.

If you want to be notified when registration opens to be a vendor (probably mid-to-late-January), or if you are interested in helping create the fair, or have anything else you want to say, please drop me a line at ker (at) joyfulheartpsychicfair.com

WOW

Well, we did it. That was spectacular. We tallied 558 attendees at the fair yesterday! It was great to see you all there. So much positive, joyful hearted energy! We had so much help from wonderful volunteers with set up and greeting and troubleshoothing and break down and everything in between!

We particularly appreciate Ruby Bright, our Wonder Woman Registrar (way to use those superpowers!) and Bobby Wise, our Kids’ Area coordinator (without whom we may have forgotten to have a kids’ area altogether!).

Bobby runs Project Unity, an anti-bullying program, and he brought mad kid skillz and imagination to the fair. I saw lots of happy kids running around with their wands and prayer flags and big smiles on their faces!

Ruby is a profoundly insightful tarot reader and spirit medium at RubyBrightTarot.com.If you missed out on working with her at the fair, contact her through her website to make an appointment. She is also tall and strong and graceful and very handy for tacking up booth numbers high on the wall.

Our community raised over $850 for The Trauma Healing Project with the (awesome) raffle plus your generous donations for ear acupuncture and massage. (Special shout out to Carolyn Fonyo, who donated her proceeds from doing massage at the fair to THP. What generosity. Thank you.) All the Trauma Healing Project booth staff were wonderful. Much appreciation to Elaine Walters, THP’s executive director, who is about the best organized and best communicator person I have ever worked with. We should do this again next year!

All the vendors and readers were wonderful – high quality offerings, creative and beautiful booths, smiling and welcoming energy, great at asking for what they needed and receiving it gracefully. Everywhere I looked, I saw busy booths and happy customers. It was a joy to meet and interact with every one of you! If you were at the fair and want to connect with someone you saw there, our Who’s Who page of vendors and readers will be up until January 2018 (at least), so you can connect with them.

I don’t really have words for what it meant to me to work on this fair with Kevin Elbert, of Hypnosis by Kevin Elbert. If it weren’t for him, the fair would not have come into being. I had the idea, but I knew it was too much for me to take on, and I tend to fly solo on projects. Kevin gave me the opportunity to learn more about being a good leader, delegating, and working in a team. He made me a better person over these past six months. I had mentioned this idea in passing, about putting on a psychic and wellness fair, and Kevin said he wanted to do the fair with me. Even though we didn’t know each other that well and I don’t trust people I don’t know well, something (my guides?) told me to trust him. He also named the fair, and I think it is the perfect name, and I feel we all came together to manifest the vision and energy held in that name. Kevin has been the best co-producer I could have hoped for, taking on onerous tasks without complaining, asking for and giving help and support in equal measure, always following through, and always reminding me of our goal: to make a loving community event where everyone gets what they need. I feel we succeeded, wildly, joyfully, wholeheartedly.

Countdown!

In just over a week, we will all be gathering to celebrate and enjoy each other’s energy at the First Annual Joyful Heart Psychic & Wellness Fair! Dreams do come true. It’s been such an amazing process, and as I look back over the last six months I am really pleased and amazed at how it’s all come together. Such a lovely group of people making this happen, so many challenges overcome, so many aspects of production to learn about and organize! Whew! I can’t believe it is almost here! The programs and banners are being printed, the bills are coming due, the volunteers are stepping up, the vendors and readers are designing their booths… Here is the pdf version of the program for you to download, if you want. JHFProgram2017 You can get a peek at what’s in store and get excited along with us! See you soon!

Presenters at the Fair

We are getting the speakers and presentations organized for this year’s fair! So many wonderful ideas and people to choose from…it’s been hard to pick, but we will bring you a lovely assortment of free workshops and talks throughout the day, to uplift and inform you and offer you support on your path! Please check the Speakers & Presenters page for the full schedule.

Our first confirmed presenter is  Tracy Engstrom, Melt and Yoga instructor at Oakway Movement, demonstrating the MELT method with balls for hands and feet (and really, whole body health). She will present from 11:30am – 12:15pm. The cool thing is, an entire MELT set (balls, roller, and DVD) has been donated to the raffle by Full Circle Fitness, so you could go home all ready to roll! Tracy has also donated a private MELT/yoga session to the raffle. See how it’s all coming together?

Share the Fair!

We are FULL! We will be accepting applications for a wait list, and for folks who might want to share booth space, but the fair is now officially sold out, as far as booths go. YAY! It’s amazing to watch this whole thing unfold. Our community rocks, overflowing with wonderful healers and vendors and volunteers. The most common phrase I am hearing these days is, “I’m so excited about the fair!”
Now, on to spreading the word for maximum attendance and fun! Here is a pdf file of a flier anyone can download, print out, and post! It’s four on a page, so they are easy to spread around (cut marks included). Feel free to share the word about this upcoming event You never know who might be interested! JHFquartersheet

Volunteer Positions Now Open!

We have had a number of inquiries about how to volunteer to help make this fair a reality. Truth is, we won’t be able to really pull it off without help! Now we have made it easy for you to join in the fun, and reap the rewards – both material and unseen – of creating something wonderful for your community! Just go to the Volunteer! page on the website and fill in the simple online form (yay, Ker learned how to make online forms!), and Kevin will be in touch with you. Thank you so much in advance!

Joyful Hearts Everywhere

We have been having an amazing time, putting this fair together. People show up to help us out, even when we don’t know we need it. Bobby Wise of Project:Unity has volunteered to take charge of our kids’ activity area (which I didn’t even know we were going to have, but, of course!). He has lots of experience, wonderful ideas for activities, and I have the feeling some of us kids-at-heart may be spending a little time at his booth, making wands and prayer flags and coloring and doing art…

We have finalized the booth layout, and realize we only have EIGHT spaces left to be claimed! So, if you were thinking about having a booth this year, now is the time to jump on it! See the Vendor info page for the registration packet. Call or email with questions.

Also, we spent some time meeting with Elaine at The Trauma Healing Project, sharing ideas on how to make the raffle work best for you all and for them. We think it will be a win-win! Raising money for a great cause and offering valuable, exciting prizes for the raffle participants. Hooray!

Totes Adorbs

We gots totes! 350 of them! Free to vendors, readers, volunteers, and the first 100 Joyful Heart Fair attendees through the doors!!!! Extras will be available for sale at the fair. Aren’t they cute? And festive? And 100% cotton? Why yes. Yes, they are.

Sturdy enough to hold pounds of chicken scratch out back (speaking from experience), lightweight enough to tuck in a pocket or glovebox for a bit of shopping on the fly.

Come and get ’em, June 4th (and before that, for vendors/readers)!

New Blooms Every Day

We are excited every time we check the PO Box or the email and find more interest and enthusiasm and commitment from lovely folks in the community (which stretches to Portland and Corvallis at the moment!). This was just a heartfelt dream a few months ago, and with people and businesses wanting to sign on as sponsors, raffle donors, vendors/readers, volunteers, and attendees (no, you don’t have to sign up for that!), it is becoming more and more real. This is manifestation, folks!This is the result of having a clear vision and staking something on making it happen (in my case, my credit card balance!).

What really delights me is that the whole vision is coming into being. Not just the idea I had to create this fair, but that everyone I talk to responds with enthusiasm and support. We are co-creating this as a community, and that is the JOYFUL HEART of this endeavor.

I feel particularly blessed to be working with my wonderful core team, Kevin Elbert of Hypnosis By Kevin Elbert, and Joanna Ruby Bright Brook of Ruby Bright Tarot. They are shining stars, steadfast and brilliant at holding the energy and the view, and always follow through and do the work. I couldn’t ask for a better experience to destroy my lifelong belief that I have to do everything myself and that there is no good help to be found. Thanks, team Joyful Heart!

 

Wow, Unfolding Beautifully!

Well, in the past several days, I have gone from worrying that we won’t have enough vendors/readers to concern we will have to make a waiting list for booth space. Not a bad problem to have, all things considered. We have added several more people to the who’s who in vendor’s page, and I think we are meeting our goal of having a nice mix of services. Even though the early bird discount ends soon (3/31), we will continue taking registrations until we fill up, and we will waitlist anyone who wants.

We have added so many folks – can I list them all here? Alchemical Goddess, The Mandala Lady, Midge Murphy, New Aeon Healing Arts, Teacher of Dreams, T. Michael Healing Arts – I really think you won’t be disappointed if you come seeking a fresh perspective and some healing vibes…