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The Tree Leaves’ Oracle, LLC
* www.treeleavesoracle.org * 1991 – Present *
* Livejournal Community * Facebook Group * Facebook Business Page *

We are a specialty shoppe/theme camp on all things eco-, faerie, fantasy, and folk. From folklore to fairy tales, zombie apocalypses to pirate treasure hunts, ecology and cleanups, performance art to tarot readings, candle making classes to spirituality workshops, we’ve got it all. We specialize in history and fantasy, carrying a full spectrum of Ancient, Medieval, Viking, Pirate, and Historical re-enactment supplies and crafts, and are delving through the pages of history and mythology.

History:

Founded in 1991 weaving through the present, we’ve an assortment of tales and travels, locations and events, mysteries unraveled and stories to tell.

March 2017 – Present

We’re back in our old town of Colorado Springs, not very far from where our first shop was located in Manitou Springs, Colorado. We’re gearing up to doing classes, workshops, herb walks, rites, and celebrations again. We’ve been busy doing numerous festivals again – Colorado Medieval Festival, Condotierra: Battle for Venice, Denver Metaphysical Faire, and many others.

September 2016 – March 2017
Once again the pangs of divorce affected our Volunteer Director, throwing a wrench in the system, and sending us home to the shadows of Pikes Peak. From Oregon to Colorado a epic trek was made and we began to establish ourselves in the Denver Metro area until new opportunities arose in Colorado Springs, our old home. The Fall was filled with numerous festivals including Colorado Springs Pagan Pride, North Glenn Pirate Festival, and numerous other local events.




October 2015 – August 2016 – We had a good run in the Pacific Northwest, wandering events around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. We settled for awhile in the White Salmon, Washington an Hood River, Oregon area. This gave us more flexibility for Oregon, Washington, and Idaho events. With a broken heart, our Director was abandoned and headed to community and extended family for support. Tree Leaves went with him.

April 2015 – October 2015 – We investigated setting up a branch of our operation in Yucaipa, Redlands, and Riverside of the Inland Empire of California to gear up as a supply camp for various Faerie and Pirate Festivals around the country; however it wasn’t really a fit for what we sought so brought our treasures and resources back to the Pacific Northwest.

March 1, 2015 – April 2015 – The Tree Leaves’ Oracle is strictly a roving mobile store/booth and festival theme camp around the U.S. and an online internet shop. We have closed the doors to our brick-and-mortar.


June 2014-March 2015 – The Leaf and Dragon [Experiment] Ashland, Oregon
In the spirited number of creativity, we conducted an experiment of a brick-and-mortar storefront in Ashland, Oregon as a joint venture with Jelling Dragon of the United Kingdom. After nine months exploring the possibilities of Ashland, Oregon the doors of the “Leaf and Dragon” were closed on February 28th, 2015. We’ve determined Main streets are dead, as internet sales is where it is at. Overhead was too high, Ashland was too expensive, and sales were not sufficient. It was a great experience and lesson, but the brick and mortar store model doesn’t generate what it used to. We returned to the roving mobile festival store and theme camp (as well as online sales). Jelling Dragon returned back to the U.K. and operating on its own again. The Partnership was closed.

2014-2015: The Leaf and Dragon Ashland, Oregon
An exciting adventure between The Tree Leaves’ Oracle and Jelling Dragon as they brought together their hordes of treasure and established a brick-and-mortar storefront in the heart of Ashland, Oregon – the Shakespeare Capital of America. The location was at 33 North First Street Suite 1, Ashland, Oregon 97520. This location is now closed.

2014: Blodgett, Oregon – Ashland, Oregon

2014 has been quite the whirlwind as we hit Faeriecon West, the Seattle Spring Fairy Festival, and opened our store front in Ashland, Oregon. In addition to selling our treasures, we offer tarot reading and divinatory services, face and body painting, workshops, classes, and everything you’ve come to love at our festival booths. We teamed up with The Jelling Dragon for a brick and mortar storefront experiment and continued hitting festivals such as the Fairy Human Congress in June at Twisp, Washington; Faerieworlds in July near Eugene, Oregon; and Sacred Alchemy in August near Bellingham, Washington. We’ve started classes and workshops in our shop, hosted events and gatherings are amping up to participate in the Ashland Art Walk the first friday of every month.


2013 : Columbia, South Carolina – Blodgett, Oregon

2013 had been an adventurous year as we traveled completely around the USA hitting Elf Fest, New York Faerie Festival, Starwood, and Faerieworlds. We relocated to Blodgett, Oregon – the home of our new headquarters and began investigating opening a shop on the Oregon Coast focusing on Newport, Depoe Bay, or Lincoln City. More affordable sales were enacted as we no longer have sales tax.


2012: Dublin, Ireland / Cork, Ireland; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

2012 saw a relocation of The Tree Leaves Oracle, The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship, the Faeid Fellowship, and Pirate Relief to the shores of Ireland – headquartering in Dublin as well as Cork with an American base in South Carolina. It was an exciting era for Tree Leaves as it is operating in its bases in South Carolina (USA) and Dublin, Ireland offering folklore, stories, crafting, workshops, faerie lore, crafts, art, and creations. By late Summer of 2012, the Tree Leaves’ Oracle shopping cart went back into full operation and services.

2006-2011 : Colorado Springs, Colorado

By 2007, the arts and crafts business was resurrected as the Tree Leaves’ Oracle and the Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship headquartered as a storefront located in an old historic funeral home/recording studio converted into a folk shop nestled in the heart of historic artsy Manitou Springs, Colorado (124 Ruxton Avenue – now closed). Here, the Tree Leaves’ Oracle and Folk Fellowship hosted classes, workshops, movie nights, events, potlucks, and created an outlet for local artists and folklore enthusiasts until 2008. Due to lack of sales and pre-occupation with archaeological work for the government, the owner no longer had time to operate the shop. After closing its doors, Tree Leaves returned to being a sporadic nomadic arts and crafts business that would travel around to various festivals in the nation as well as sponsoring Zombie crawls in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

At the end of 2010, Tree Leaves took under its wing “Pirate Relief” and set up a booth at “Brethren Con 2010” exploring the land of Pirates.

As Tree Leaves entered 2011, it held events, activities, and brought back to life its publication and arts. In addition since 2004, Tree Leaves has sporadically set up a Bodypainting Art Station at Burning Man every year. From 2007-2008 it became a faerie and art store in historic Manitou Springs, Colorado.

For 2011, Tree Leaves went global – exploring events throughout the world, as well as setting up a theme camp station with it’s Folk Fellowship tent renamed as “Camp Tir Na Nog” as a bodypainting station, and a location for the Irish CORE Effigy camp; and vended at the Faerieworlds Harvest 2011 Celebration in Eugene, Oregon. Tree Leaves’ began to explore Ireland and the mythology the magical isles hold … and on November 2, 2011 – Tree Leaves’ celebrated its 20th birthday!!! Happy Birthday!!!


2003-2005 : Seatle, Washington; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California

By October of 2004, Leaf McGowan spearheaded a project to resurrect Tree Leaves through a Witches Faerie Ball Fundraiser held in old Seattle and set up shop in the Hanta House Artist Collective in Gastown. The Ball demonstrated that there was still an interest in the need for the organization. By March of 2005, Leaf McGowan proposed bringing back the Tree Leaves’ Oracle folk journal and potentially holding member meetings, classes, and activities in the Seattle region. The new evolution of Tree Leaves’ offered a discussion list on folk culture at yahoogroups (treeleaves@yahoogroups.com), A Livejournal Community, and a new web site at treeleavesoracle.com (now defunct). These online groups allowed members to meet other members, find out about events, activities, news, items of interest, share music, files, chat, and many other activities.


2000-2002 : Tallahassee, Florida; Vancouver, British Columbia; Point Roberts, Washington

By October of 2000 Tree Leaves was shaken by the dissolution of the two volunteer Directors, Tom and Hena, who ended their relationship in divorce effectively in June of 2001. Tom had started to revitalize the organization and began the process of relocating the organization back to it’s original soil in the Pacific Northwest. By October of 2001, Tree Leaves’ had been relocated to the Pacific Northwest. It’s headquarters bounced around from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Point Roberts, Washington; Salem, Oregon; and Eugene, Oregon. The Council of Lore at the time chose Point Roberts, Washington as its main headquarters. By May 2002, Tree Leaves’ fell back into becoming a virtual organization with headquarters in Point Roberts, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia taking on a nomadic gypsy-like existence. The virtual organization had revitalized its folk art collection and was once again offering subscription/memberships. It was also in this year that Tree Leaves’ started hosting the Faied Fellowship, a special interest group around Faeries. From June to October of 2002, the Tree Leaves’ Oracle / Fellowship / and Faeid Fellowship went nomadic, travelling from Vancouver, B.C. to the Pagan Spirit Gathering (Ohio); National Rainbow Gathering (Michigan); Blue Heron Music Festival (NY); Ragnarok Tolkien Re-enactment Festival (Ohio); Sirius Rising and Starwood (NY); Dragon Dance (Missouri); Venice Beach (California); Los Angeles (California); and re-planted itself in the sunny palms of Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, Tree Leaves relocated to Seattle, Washington.


1998-2000 Tallahassee, Florida – Brewster, New York

From 1998 to 2000, Tree Leaves was adopted by the research and design firm known as “Leafworks, Inc.” who managed the website, online community and chat forums. When Leafworks, Inc. closed its doors, it became managed under the wings of Wandering Leaf Designs. Reproduction of all cyber published materials was available for a nominal printing or reproduction cost through copyright held by Wandering Leaf, LLC.


1993-1998: “Eugene, Oregon / Tallahassee, Florida”

When Tree Leaves Oracle was founded in 1991, “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” started out as a Tallahassee Florida local publication that very quickly expanded into a national journal headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida and Eugene, Oregon. While in Oregon, it evolved into a nomadic arts, crafts, oils, and herbal sachets peddling business founded at the Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon that same year. Tree Leaves’ Oracle oils were in several love shops in the area, and began merchanting at national festivals. The Tree Leaves’ Oracle incorporated as a corporation in 1993 under the Company Corporation and the “Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship” branched off as its own entity as a not-for-profit special-interest group formed for the study of folklore and the offering of folk artist networking hosting drum circles, talent shows, classes, and discussion groups. By 1994, The Tree Leaves’ Oracle decided it really didn’t mold into the big-business corporation structure. It closed its doors for business the following year. The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship held activities, events, and wove a network of several hundred enthusiasts in folk culture (with a membership base of a couple hundred). The Tree Leaves Folk Fellowship was officially born and founded as a separate entity in November of 1995 with conceptual activities sprouting in 1994. Through membership dues and support, the fellowship offered it’s collective a bi-annual journal called The “Tree Leaves’ Oracle”, a quarterly newsletter known as “Tree Talk”, an annual membership directory, a web site, and a board of Directors and volunteers who actively organized activities, events, and question/answer support for those seeking answers about folk culture. Because of difficulties with volunteer support, The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship closed it’s person-to-person activities and community support on September 1st of 1998. By October 1, 1998 Tree Leaves had mutated into a internet organization that operated on a strictly cyber-basis. (although Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship forest groups still held activities in their local areas) The official organization stopped holding events, printing paper publications, and no longer offered telephone or person-to-person guidance & support. After careful consideration of the expenses involved in becoming a non-profit tax-exempt organization, Tree Leaves decided to remain not-for-profit and allow other organizations to donate support and funding for it’s operation and existence. The journal, website and former newsletters were shortly made available for free online. Their folk journal is sporadically still published online for free viewing by anyone with internet access.


1991-1992: Tallahassee, Florida

Founded in 1991 as an underground folk community newsletter, “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” evolved into an arts and crafts wandering business, whereas “Tree Leaves” eventually mutated into a cooperative / collective of folk enthusiasts, folklorists, artists, musicians, spiritualists, and culturalists who sought to preserve folk and tree lore, culture, ways, religion, art, music, and beliefs. As a cooperative, members networked together, shared ideas, theories, concepts, art, techniques, and lore to help one another preserve traditions, knowledge, and beliefs that have been generated in the past, present, and future. This collective became its own entity as “The Tree Leaves’ Folk Fellowship” taking over the magazine and networking aspects of the evolution in Tallahassee, Florida. “The Tree Leaves’ Oracle” became a festival and market based booth/shoppe. Tree Leaves published a bi-annual journal in 1991, a quarterly journal in 1992, and added a quarterly newsletter called “Tree Talk”.


To Contact Us:
Tree Leaves Oracle, LLC
1-800-605-9705
info@treeleavesoracle.org

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