Annual Midsummer Healing Art Fair set for July 22

Ever wonder what Reiki is all about? Have you thought “I’d love to have my aura adjusted,” but not known where to go?

Give this a try.

The sixth annual Midsummer Healing and Intuitive Arts Fair is set for 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, at 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale.

The fair offers individuals the opportunity to explore unique pathways to relax, balance, and energize through the healing and intuitive arts offered by local West Puget Sound practitioners, according to Kelly O’Dell, planner for the event.

“The purpose of the fair is to reach out to those in the community who have an interest in healing and intuitive arts, but aren’t really sure how to learn about what’s available to them,” O’Dell said. “We offer this fair each summer, so that those who are interested can come to a place where they are comfortable asking questions and getting information.”

The fair is broken into two parts. In the main ballroom, vendors will have tables and will be selling items that are related to the arts, such as wire-wrapped jewelry, healing crystals, scented candles, even stuffed animals made from up-cycled sweaters. Attendees will be able to find information about the various arts, too.

The second area is where practitioners will be showing what they do. There will be 20 individuals who use various types of energy and body work including yoga, Reiki, massage, a Henna artist, a Rune reader, and more. On the day of the event, each artist will give 20 minute sessions. Participants can sign up for sessions and give the healing arts a try (limit two). The work is done in relaxed environments, that have been partitioned off with curtains, to provide for some privacy.

“The area is beautifully decked out in a way that the healers and readers can do their work,” O’Dell said.

Among those who will be giving sessions are Cathy Reiling, a Certified Clinical EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Matrix Re-Imprinting Practitioner. EFT uses a standardized tapping procedure which stimulates specific meridian end points on the face and body which can unblock and eliminate emotional issues at their source.

Another practitioner is Deb Shaw, who reads Runes. Runes are a means of divination, much like tarot or oracle cards, yet as symbols rather than pictures. There are only 24 runes, but they contain all the wisdom of the cosmos, according to Shaw. They are traditionally made from natural materials and her’s are stones. She acts as a medium between the participant and the runes. A client tells her what is happening in his or her life, including asking questions. When her fingers begin to tingle, she casts the Runes, and interprets their answers. Once explained, she gathers them up, holding them while the participant talks, then casting them again. This continues for the duration of the session providing valuable insight, she said.

And Joanne Harnagel performs readings and healings with a combination of clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, and Theta Healing. She connects with the participant by tuning into his or her energy field, seeing where they are in present time, noting any blockages keeping them from manifesting their goals, and helping clear them.

Her work is used to heal and clear emotional wounds, get clarity and insight into different aspects of the client’s life, read and clear auras and chakras, reconnect and align the client with his or her higher self and life purpose, strengthen connections to guides and angels, and get guidance for life’s challenges.

The summer fair came about after O’Dell worked with the Healing Hearts group, which has a fair in the spring in Kitsap County. That group formed to raise money for the medical expenses of a friend and healer who had an unexpected emergency heart surgery.

“I saw the potential to connect with people,” O’Dell said. “I thought we needed to create something that focuses on the great healing work that is being done and the help they (practitioners) give. We needed to connect with more people. So this is designed for people who are curious.”

The fair also includes raffle items, and an art show with local artists. There will also be uplifting music.

It also is a benefit for local food banks. Net proceeds will go to food banks in the Kitsap area, and those who attend are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation.

To learn more, and to read about the other healers who will be at the fair, go to

Private areas will be available at the fair for readings. Contributed photo

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