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Janina is an educator, musician, naturalist, poet, and photographer.  Originally from central Alberta, where she spent hours in the aspen parklands, lake lands and mountain regions of the province, it has  been her pleasure for the past 25 years, to work in the northern regions of Alberta and British Columbia.  The inspiration found within such a land of diversity and space is reflected strongly throughout Janina's music and workshops. Fascinated by nature, ecopsychology, humanity's journey, and our global society in general, Janina is honored  to encourage each individual towards finding their creative voice in their own unique way through the SomeAre Solstice Music and/or Woodland Wellness Workshops.


Educational Background:


Janina is excited to bring a variety of experiences and interests to her teachings and workshops.  A graduate of the Biological Sciences Ecology program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Janina also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education (Social Studies and Multiculturalism) from the University of Alberta, is a Conservation Education Instructor, brings over 20 years of teaching experience and student leadership to her projects, was an administrator and visitor services officer (Naturalist) for Alberta Recreation and Parks, and is a Native American Flute Player and World Music Teacher. 


Janina is currently a full time teacher of French, Fine Arts, Social Studies, and Language Arts at R W Zahara Elementary School in Alberta, Canada.


Committees and Clubs:


Janina has facillitated sessions and workshops at the Science Specialist Council of the ATA, Mighty Peace Teachers' Convention, and Northwest Learning Consortium.  Her interest in Global, Environmental and Outdoor Education fits well within the workshops, classes, and concerts in which she devotes so much passion and enthusiasm.   


She is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Committee (DEHR) of her provincial teachers' association (ATA), Sons of Norway Solglyt Lodge from Edmonton, Friends of Jasper, and a member of the Peace Parkland Naturalists in Grande Prairie.  Janina is currently a member of the Grande Prairie Songwriters. She also belongs to The World Flute Society and Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation, as well as being co-founder of NANA, (Northern Alberta Native American Flute Organization).




Janina has had a number of articles, poems, and stories of the flute and aspects of students, music and nature published in:


INAFA's (now RNAFF's) "Voices of the Wind" quarterly


Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council's "Connections Magazine"


The Osprey - Newfoundland


Recent (2012-13) Flute Performances:


Summer Solstice Evening with Ground With Sound (Daisy Harpe)

Satori Yoga Studio - Yoga Workshop with live music - Grande Prairie

Garden Parties - with Carol Carlstad Mayer

Full Moon Cafés - Monthly - Grande Prairie, AB

Rising Windz Flutes Participated in EnCana & Grande Prairie District  Music Festival 2013 - Grande Prairie Regional College

Chetwynd and Dawson Creek Coffee Houses

Old Time Christmas - Grande Prairie Museum, Grande Prairie, AB 

Ten Thousand Villages Christmas Market - Grande Prairie Museum

The Fourth Dimension Art Show Opening - Grande Prairie, AB

Spiritual Market - Grande Prairie, AB 

Bearberry Creek, Bearberry, AB

Truc Lam Buddhist Monastery (Annual Retreat 2012) - Edmonton, AB

Saskatoon Island Provincial Park Swan Festival (2012-13)- Grande Prairie, AB

Indigenous Woman's Retreat - Joussard, AB

Beaverlodge Cultural Centre Summer Concerts - Beaverlodge, AB

Carrot Cafe - Edmonton, AB

Cancer Relay for Life - Dawson Creek, AB

Tunes in the Tunnel - Edmonton, AB (click on title to watch video)


Recent  (2012-13) Flute Building Workshops:


Flute Program - Rising Windz Flute Circle - R W Zahara Elementary School - Sexsmith, AB

Artists' Retreat - Fort St John/Charlie Lake - August 2012

INAFA Convention 2012 - assisting Rich Dube, Northern Spirit Flutes - July

Indigenous Woman's Retreat - Joussard, AB - May

Clairmont Community School Music Program/Aboriginal Day - April