Hello March Henna

Henna Outdoors.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Henna is an ancient, yet temporal beauty ritual with enduring traditions and patterns. Henna Trails’ henna is hand mixed from certified Organic henna leaves and quality essential oils for a purely natural and safe experience in body art. Henna patterns dry in 20 minutes, keeping the paste intact at least 4-8 hours will reveal deep henna stains. Henna stains all healthy skin types with a red brown tone and lasts 7-10 days. Walk in beauty.

Blessingway Henna

A little henna post from my sister site, Our Folk Life.

Our Folk Life

I took the Skyway to Paradise, California for a Bollywood inspired blessingway under tall pines. Local yogi, Christina of Positive-I transformed her backyard with visually rich textiles, garlands, flowers and saris. Two joining canopies set with low tables, mats, pillows and flowers awaited clusters of  joyous women in attendance for the mother to be. Such beautiful surroundings certainly inspired everyone in many ways that day.

Christina and I took a moment to go over my sketches inspired by the design and intent she had in mind. She chose a lotus design, greatly inspired by Tibetan folk art, with a touch of India folk art. I quietly set to work with my henna cones as she visited with friends, finishing her design in about 45 minutes. She continued in repose until her henna paste dried, 15 minutes or so. She then joined her guests under the canopies to commune and slowly…

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California WorldFest Henna 2014

California Worldfest 2014 was amazing as usual, I was there with my henna artistry. You can read all about it on my sister site, Our Folk Life.

Our Folk Life

We were so happy to return to California World Fest 2014 to share the artistry of natural henna in such a beautiful mountain environment. We left the valley floor and climbed into the Sierras to the Grass Valley fairgrounds for 4 days of International music, food, henna, camping and really so much more. This festival has been a family favorite for us, even before I shared my henna by the Meadow Stage. Thank you all for your natural beauty and patience as I unfurled henna designs for all of you by hand! Saturday and Sunday I was able to take some time to properly photograph the henna we shared, it was so nice to capture the spirit of our weekend! See you next year or you can always find me in the Thursday Night Market in Downtown Chico, California!

I hope to see you beautiful people next year at California World…

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Casa Bonita

I’d like to dedicate this photographic blog post to the wonderfully kind Rose who sold me her Canon eos at her yard sale by the park in Chico,California. Having a solid camera to learn on has cracked open my artistic world to whole new places. I am so grateful and having a wonderful time using my new to me camera. So much gratitude!

Our Folk Life

Our setting sun lit the gardens as we relaxed in the quiet afternoon. Simple wholesome foods and drink were all we needed as we shared dreams, visions and stories of far places. The henna is a temporal gift of adornment, lasting 7-10 days and fading away naturally. Our henna is made purely from henna leaves, tamarind tea, cajeput essential oil and a touch of raw sugar. This henna paste is carefully applied freehand in intricate and swirling patterns upon the skin, a beautification tradition used for centuries between women. henna_party_chico_ourfolklife_media07henna_party_chico_ourfolklife_media06henna_party_chico_ourfolklife_media04henna_party_chico_ourfolklife_media02henna_party_chico_ourfolklife_media01

You may book a henna artist for your next party or gathering in the Chico, California area. $15-25 per guest for custom henna designs. We may provide referrals for whole foods catering and venue sites upon inquiry. Please contact us for inquiries or bookings: hennatrails@gmail.com

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Bohemians have the best arms


purely natural henna and handmade jewelry
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations. Henna: Henna Trails. Model/Potter: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox. Chico, California
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations Henna: Henna Trails Model: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations
Henna: Henna Trails
Model: California Soulshine Designs
Photography: Sasha Fox




Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations Henna: Henna Trails. Model/Potter: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox Chico, California


This is for all of you inspired by the natural beauty which surrounds us, inspires us and offers us a healthy lifestyle. Here, we are never far from volcanoes, canyons, creeks, valleys, impossibly large sprawling oak trees and plenty of sunshine allowing for a simple lifestyle full of beauty. We work with our hands, carefully turning out artistry to bless the wearer and recipient,  it’s what we love to do for you. We believe in the natural beauty of you. What can we do for you?

All the beautiful jewelry is made by Jenmoon Creations. Our friend, model and potter is California Soulshine. Photography by Sasha Fox. Purely natural henna by yours truly, Henna Trails.

Wedding henna and volcanic rocks

Mehendi mandalas in henna, the color of love

One afternoon last January I took a ride downtown to the La Rocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room to provide henna artistry for a beautiful and intimate  wedding. Henna, or mehendi as part of marriage rites is an enduring tradition, and mehendi is applied for many celebrations in India. Mandalas were chosen for their hands, a classic India style motif. Mandalas are sometimes thought to represent the universe or the cosmos,  mandalas are also some of my favorite motifs for henna.

I love this wedding henna photo, the atmosphere is completely steeped in Chico, California! Life up here in Northern California is relaxed and casual, we’re all striving to live as one with nature, and that has a profound effect on our community. Purely natural henna is a marvelous compliment to our local lifestyle, even if the henna plant doesn’t grow here! I’m here to cultivate henna as adornment just for you, what inspires you?

yours truly,


You’re Invited


Please join me and other local Chico, California artists for an art market Sunday December 22, at 601 Orange Street from 12-6pm. I will be offering complimentary henna with purchase from my shop. A rare offer. See you there!

Your community radio

Please join me in support of your community radio this Sunday! KZFR 90.1 FM presents the 12th annual Touch of Chico at Chico Creek Nature Center.

Under the canopy of trees you will find Reikki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage, Sound Healing, Integrated Therapies for Wellness, Henna Trails, Live music, Chico Chai, Healthful Food and Drink, Handmade Wares as well as a Raffle. All proceeds to support community radio, KZFR 90.1 FM in beautiful Chico, California. Bring your friends! KZFR presents Touch of Chico 2013


Henna Trails is heading up into the cool Sierra Nevada foothills for 4 days of authentic world music at the California Worldfest in Grass Valley! Find my tent by the main stage where the henna always is. I’m excited to hear new music I’ve never heard, and music I’ve loved for years. See you there!

classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!
classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!

Henna for the summer 2013 Chico,California

This summer you can find me with my purely natural henna designs in Chico, California;

  •  Thursday Night Market, every Thursday 6-9 pm * Broadway Street between 3rd & 4th St             
  • Chapman Farmer’s Market every Friday 2-7 pm * Cleveland Avenue, by the park

The Thursday Night Market is bustling with energy and larger crowds, a nice selection of artisans, food trucks, fresh local produce and fresh food items with live bands on the streets and plaza of downtown.

The Chapman Farmer’s Market is a small and fairly new market situated against the community park on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. You can find fresh local produce, artisans, plants, music and small crowds.

I hope to see you soon for some summer henna!