Ep 69: Beckoned by Forest and Lake: Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Our guest describes his extreme childhood experience in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, involving musical enchantment, levitation, loss of time and senses and deep connection to raw nature.

We hear how he was enchanted into the woods and ended up in a potentially life-threatening situation. Despite the intensity of the experience, he hold the view that it opened him up to a new way of seeing the world. A truly remarkable story and a much treasured share.

A second experience was described during our conversation. It is just as amazing as the first and will be released nearer winter solstice.

This story contains descriptions of a child finding themselves alone in the forest and getting into potential danger in water. Although thankfully they were not harmed, it may be a trigger point for those who are sensitive to these subjects.

⭐️ In the bonus episode ⭐️

In the bonus episode I read from Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight and a story collected by 19th century folklorist, Thomas Crofton Croker

Image: ‘Place of Ghliocais’ kindly permitted by Merle Oberon at Moth Creative https://www.instagram.com/mothcreative/

Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Warning: These are not fairytales. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast is designed for viewers and listeners 16 years and older. This show is unsuitable for children or anyone who might be sensitive to creepy content.


Paviland Cave ‘lady’

Welsh people as early Britons

Mary Oliver’s fairy experiences in the forest:
Marjorie T. Johnson in Seeing Fairies by Marjorie T. Johnson (2014) (ed. Simon Young) pp. 33.

The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow by Ben Johnson (1628)

Thomas Crofton Croker’s Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland (1825 – 1828)

Interesting articles re water related fairies:



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2 thoughts on “Ep 69: Beckoned by Forest and Lake: Upper Peninsula of Michigan”

  1. Hi Jo,
    Thanks for this fascinating account from your guest. I heard him speak of the Upper Peninsula ( in Michigan), and Appalachicola (a city in Florida). Neither of these locations is in Appalachia, a region that extends from northern Mississippi/Georgia/Alabama up through the Appalachian Mountains into parts of the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and southern New York. So, while fascinating, I wouldn’t consider this an “Appalachian” enchantment (unless I missed hearing that some of his experiences happened within the region.) This wikepedia article shows the actual region: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia. I mention this because Appalachia, has its own very rich and very specific history, beliefs and lore regarding the supernatural, and many people living in the U.S. do not actually understand what part of the country are included in the Appalachian region.

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