About Janine:

Janine lives in Columbus Ohio with her life partner of 29 years, two children, faithful dog, independent cat and several hives of bees. Her connection to the earth and environment began in her youth growing up on a small family homestead in southern Indiana where life was honored, exploration was encouraged, food was grown and preserved, time was shared with family, neighbors, friends and animals. The past 25 years she has continued her passion for living in harmony with the earth and each other through exploration of conflict resolution, Compassionate Communication, embodied practices of compassion and self care, writing poetry, wildly and abundantly fermenting food, natural and sustainable beekeeping and Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. All things that bring her back into connection with her own being, the earth, the food that nurtures us and the love, compassion and interconnection of life itself.  Each of these passions lead Janine in practical ways to support others in their journey of taking responsibility for the quality and passion of their life.


  • Beekeeping (2007-present)
  • Steward of 8 hives of honey bees in Columbus, Ohio
  • Fermenting foods (2001-present)
  • Fermented foods educator (2012-present)
  • Anahata Food Project - Lead organizer (2007-present)
  • Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio - Co-president - Board of Directors (2016)
  • Over 700 hours practicing, teaching and supporting Robert Gonzales and the work of Living Compassion
  • LIFE program with Robert Gonzales in Portland, OR. - Assistant (2012-2013)
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups and Classes - Facilitator (2010-present)
  • The Embodied Present Process (TEPP) - Facilitator (2016-present)
  • Urban Zen Integrative Therapy - Teacher, Trainer and Mentor (2014 - present)
  • Worthington International Friendship Association (WIFA) - President (1996 - 2000)
  • Alternatives to Violence - Advanced training 1996- 1998
  • Worthington Town meetings on race - Facilitator

Certifications, Special Study & Training: 


  • The Seasoned Farmhouse - Teacher - Wild fermentation
  • Edible Columbus - Guest writer
  • Yoga On High  - Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Teacher and Mentor
  • Philip Shepherd and The Embodied Present Process
  • Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio - Co-President of the Board, Facilitator, Trainer
  • The Center for Living Compassion - Assistant to Robert Gonzales
  • City Folks Farm Shop - Teacher
  • Clintonville Farmers Market