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Jhennevièv catalyzes transformation. Creator and activator of everything that awakens the world, she is passionate about living life fully. Surfer, yogini, coach and entrepreneur, she uses the synergies of entrepreneurship and spirituality, the mystical and the practical, the ancient and the modern, and the art and the science to create bridges between approaches. She likes to reconnect people to a wider range of possibilities in their movement, breathing, lifestyle and creations.
She has been trained and has taught alongside renowned teachers such as Shiva Rea, Dr. Judith Kravitz, Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Goiz Duran, and has received transmissions from many Elders. Founder of NAI'A, Jhennevièv continues to teach and share globally.
Nandi is a student of Yoga and Movement/Martial Arts. He is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT500. He has completed the BDK Elite 500hr TT and remains enrolled in the BDK MMA belted system. He has experience sharing movement on a stand-up paddleboard, through partnered AcroYoga, Thai Yogic bodywork, Mobility and Dance.
Nandi currently works as an Adjunct Professor for Nai’a Life where he is studying the Philosophy of Nai’a and the power of the breath. He also holds space by using his musical talents to perform transformational music at workshops and ceremonies. He shares freely the knowledge gained from his master teachers and the wisdom of his varied experiences presenting and moving at Yoga Studios, Events and Festivals. Movement and studentship is his life. Find him anywhere moving and laughing through his advanced practice; off of the mat.
Dominique (T8aminik) Rankin
Grandfather T8aminik (this is how Dominique is written in Algonquin) was born on James Bay Territory (north-west of Quebec), in a family that had succeeded in preserving their ancestors nomadic way of life. At the age of 7, T8aminik was designated to take over from his father as hereditary chief.
Traditionally, the role of a leader must necessarily be accompanied by that of a medicine man. Therefore, since childhood, he followed a long path of teachings and initiations from elders from his own community, and from various guides recognized over Canada, including William Commanda, to whom he was the right hand man for years. In 2006, Grandfather T8aminik became fully recognized elder by his peers. His true birth name is Kapiteotak (which means "Whose crying is heard from afar"), and he now dedicates himself to the role to which he has been chosen: teacher and spiritual leader.
After being grand chief of the Algonquin Nation, he co-founded the Kina8at organization with Marie-Josée Tardif. He is also currently the Honorary President of Religions for Peace and of the Circle of Peace of Montreal, two organizations linked to the United Nations.
Survivor of the terrible era of the Indian Residential Schools, he gives a vibrant testimony about forgiveness and reconciliation in the book "They called us savages", written by Marie-Josée Tardif, journalist and medicine woman.
Member of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Ordre National du Québec, recipient of the Quebec National Assembly and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals, T8aminik is recognized for his commitment to raise awareness of Native culture and philosophy, both in Canada and around the world.
For the first 15 years of her professional life, Marie-Josée was known as a journalist and news anchor in major TV and radio channels in Quebec (Radio-Canada, RDI, LCN, Radio Rock Détente), but also in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Great-Britain. Since 2005, she focused her entire work on issues related to self-awareness and interpersonal communication.
In 2007, her life took a complete turn when the Algonquin elders offered her a Sacred Pipe. (She will receive a second one in 2015). This is a great mark of respect and recognition, involving however a long journey of learning the language, philosophy and traditional medicine of this thousand-year-old people. That is why Marie-Josée - now called Kokom (grandmother) - teaches and travels regularly with Grandfather T8aminik as his female counterpart.
In 2013, she co-founded Kina8at with Elder T8aminik, where she chairs the board of directors. Like T8aminik, she is also a counselor and trainer at the Canadian School of Public Service and a consultant and lecturer at Notre-Dame University (Indiana, USA). She sits on the Ethics in Action committee, set up by the Vatican, the United Nations, Religions for Peace and Notre Dame University, to develop a multi-religious moral consensus on the great challenges related to advancing integral and sustainable development.
Marie-Josée is the author of On nous appelait les Sauvages (Editions Le Jour, 2011 - Soon to be published in English) and La Leçon de Sitar ou l'Art de vibrer de toutes ses cordes (Éditions du Roseau, 2007).