Shellana has a passion for music and dance and has been singing, writing, and performing songs on her own and with others for as long as she can remember.
She studied ballet during her childhood years and as a teenager she enjoyed songwriting, playwriting and acting and was a member of Theatre Peace, which toured performances around the Kootenays and at EXPO 86 in Vancouver. She also played flute in her high school band, and has performed with many choirs including the Woodward's Community Singers here in Vancouver. Shellana also likes experimenting on the guitar, penny whistle and drum in her free time.
Shellana has always enjoyed working with babies and children. She has worked at Children's Orchard, a Waldorf inspired daycare in Nelson B.C. as well as running daycare facilities in tree planting camps and out of her own home for many years. She has also worked as an assistant kindergarten teacher and substitute teacher at The Nelson Waldorf School. From 1999 to the present she has also been volunteering to organize Children's Programs for Sahaj Marg meditation workshops and retreat gatherings.
Shellana enrolled her son in Music Together® classes when he was 3 years old and they both fell in love with the program. This joy spilled over into family time with friends and Shellana became reawakened to the importance and value of music making in everyday life for people of all ages. "Music is such a natural medium for communication that enhances and enlivens our individual lives and our communities as a whole." She wishes that all of us could grow up having an ease and comfort with musical expression and she is so excited to be helping to create community with caregivers and children through music, movement, and dance. Shellana has successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.