DIRECTOR:

Darci Adam, MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT

Darci Adam is a Registered Art and Expressive Arts Therapist with Masters' degrees in Drama and Educational Psychology (Counselling), as well as Diplomas in Education and Art Therapy. She has a narrative and art influenced private counseling practice. She is the Regional Coordinator for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), Canadian region. She teaches Elementary and Middle Years Counselling at the University of Winnipeg and is a Practicum Supervisor for Master's degree students at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Education. Sharing the healing power of the arts on the central Canadian plains is a dream come true!

Contact Darci: darci@wheatinstitute.com

LEAD TEACHER AND CONSULTANT:

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., REAT

One of the Grandmothers of Expressive Arts, Kate Donohue is a licensed psychologist, registered expressive arts therapist, and has taught  at many international universities: Chinese University of Hong Kong, HUST in Wuhan, China, Christ University, Bangalore, India, California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), JFK University and the San Francisco C. J. Jung Institute as well as many international institutes. Kate is a cofounder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Passionate about the arts she has spent 25 years studying indigenous and ethnic dance forms, in particular West African and Afro-Cuban Dance. Currently, Kate is offering Jungian expressive arts cultural journeys to Ghana and India. Visit her website here.

Registrar, OUTREACH & PRACTICUM COORDINATOR:

Stephanie Scott, MA

Stephanie is the Registrar, Outreach & Practicum Coordinator for WHEAT Institute. She has a background in Anthropology and International Development Studies, specifically focusing on children's rights during post-conflict recovery and development. Stephanie also works part-time as the Communications Director for Young Peacebuilders and volunteers as the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Regional Representative for War Child Canada. Her other volunteer roles included the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and K.I.D.S. - Kenya Initiative for Development and Sustainability Inc. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga, DIY craft projects and spending time with her dog. Stephanie is looking forward to growing WHEAT's presence locally, nationally, and globally by cultivating relationships with those interested in using art and expressive arts therapy for social change.

Contact Stephanie: outreach@wheatinstitute.com

Finance & fundraising COORDINATOR:

Jenna Hnatishin

Jenna is the Finance & Fundraising Coordinator for WHEAT institute. She Is currently studying at the University of Manitoba in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Her background experience has mostly been financed based, and she is steadily learning about the marketing and project management world through WHEAT Institute and their exciting initiatives. In her free time she practices fine art and has been published in many academic publications. She hopes in the near future to organize an art show for local Winnipeg artists in the exchange district. She is a strong believer in healing through art mediums and is excited to be a part of the team that supports this growing initiative.

SESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS and Supervisors:

Adriana Marchione, MA, REAT, RSMT

Adriana Marchione is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, with an MA in Psychology. Marchione is a leader in the field with over 25 years of experience in the arts as a visual artist, movement educator, Argentine tango dancer, arts curator, and filmmaker. She teaches internationally, at the world-renowned Tamalpa Institute in Marin County, and has a well-established expressive arts practice in San Francisco with a special focus supporting people who have struggled with addiction, trauma and grief. Marchione created When the Fall Comes in 2013, a performance project that culminated in a film based on her own life story encountering intimate grief and loss. The film gained a strong following and toured film festivals around the world. She is currently directing The Creative High, a documentary film that explores how artists who have faced addiction create and find recovery. Marchione was awarded Artist of the Year by In Recovery magazine in 2016. Her expertise and personal experience makes her especially useful when dealing with issues related to life transitions and addictive patterns. Currently, she feels driven to share the knowledge she has developed over the last few decades to be a force for creative change in the world through film, writing, teaching and supervision. Website: www.adrianamarchione.com

Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, RDT/BCT, MFT

Psychotherapist and drama therapist, Armand Volkas MFT, RDT/BCT is Artistic Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.

He has received international recognition for his  Healing the Wounds of History approach to bringing groups in conflict together including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War.

Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. Visit his website here.

Bill Cook, BA Cree Language Studies & Current Masters Student – Masters of Education EC&I | University of Regina

From Southend, Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan Bill Cook is a fluent Rock Cree speaker and has been teaching the Cree Language for over 10 years. Bill has taught Cree at the nursery, K-12 and university levels. He also freelances in Cree interpreting and translating. Bill enjoys singing, songwriting and performing his original music. He has a passion for teaching, preserving, and maintaining the Cree Language and is always creating new ways to deliver the language.

Carmela Wade (BA, BFA) and Sandra Brown (BA, BFA)

Carmela is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Winnipeg.  She has experience teaching in the Integrated Arts program, and developing art programming for International students.  Her love of teaching has led her to co-create the Creative Revival Company where she has facilitated workshops like "Discovering Your Creativity", and creativity workshops to corporations like RBC Private Banking, and RBC Dominion Securities.  Carmela's passion stems from developing workshops and public art opportunities designed to help everyone discover their own inherent creative abilities.

Sandra is a mixed media artist from Winnipeg.   She loves to use humour and repurposed objects in work that is typically about gender relations, women's experience, and mothering.  She participates in local group exhibitions and co-facilitates the Artist Mothers group at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg.  She is co-founder of the Creative Revival Company, providing art based workshops about the creative process for beginners.  Nothing makes her happier than inspiring others to tap in to their innate creative abilities.

Christine Ciona MA, CCC

Christine Ciona is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with 20 years of experience as a counsellor, facilitator, life coach, expressive arts facilitator, and abundant living guide.
Masters of Arts, Drama Therapy
Canadian Certified Counsellor (w/Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)
Canadian Counselling Association Rep. Saskatchewan Creative Arts Therapies Chapter
Certified Soul Coach & Past Life Coach
Chakradance Facilitator
Trained in Reiki (Level II), Tibetan Sound Healing Collective
Meditation Guide & Facilitator
Arthur Hull World Drum Circle Facilitator
Creator, Director and Guide of KIVA - your sacred space for personal growth and wellness
Inspired to bring abundance, joy, light and love through diverse programs and services for your personal growth and wellness

Csilla Przibislawsky, M.A. (C.A.T.), RDT, CCC

Csilla holds a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from Concordia University and has 17 years of professional experience working as a Drama Therapist.  She has extensive training in Attachment Assessment and Interventions and synthesizes her knowledge of both Attachment and Drama Therapy in her clinical work as well as in her role as clinical supervisor to other Creative Arts Therapists.  Csilla has taught at University of Winnipeg, Université de St. Boniface and the Aulneau Renewal Centre.  She is the Canadian Representative for The North American Drama Therapy Association.  In her clinical practice,  Csilla works with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced simple and complex trauma. She is thrilled to be part of the WHEAT faculty and looks forward to spreading the power and richness of Drama Therapy.

David Langdon

David Langdon, BA (Hons) has been the Therapeutic Clown/ Child Life Specialist at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital since 1989. He uses two different clown persona and styles in his therapeutic clown work. One is the non-speaking mime clown Hubert inspired by Karen Ridd’s work; the other is Onri a gregarious inventor/researcher inspired by the clown doctor model. Prior to working at the Children's Hospital he taught acting and clowning. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Therapeutic Clowns/ L’Association Canadienne des Clowns Thérapeutiques. His work has been featured in various media, notably the 2006 documentary film “I Clown For You-hoo! /Je clowne pour toa!” In March 2017 David represented Therapeutic Clowns Canada at the Healthcare Clowning International Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. He has presented and lead workshops at numerous Canadian therapeutic clowning conferences and events. He is also active as a writer and a musician.

Di Brandt

Di Brandt's acclaimed and award-winning poetry collections include questions i asked my mother; Agnes in the sky; Now You Care; and Walking to Mojácar, with French and Spanish translations by Charles Leblanc and Ari Belathar. Di studied English Literature at the University of Toronto (MA) and University of Manitoba (BA Hons, PhD). She has taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the Universities of Manitoba, Alberta, Windsor (ON), Brandon (MB) and Winnipeg (present). Di has founded, chaired and hosted numerous reading series, writer in residencies, creative writing programs, and national literary conferences and festivals. Over the course of her career she has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, video artists, and dancers. Di has given literary readings and creative writing workshops across Canada and around the world; and is available for creative writing mentoring, workshops and manuscript consultations.

Dohee Lee

Dohee is a Korean American performance artist, musician, ritualist and educator who is born on Jeju Island in South Korea. Dohee is a creative visionary trained at the master level in traditional Korean music, singing, drumming and dance which is rooted in Korean Shamanism. Since her arrival in the US she has been a vital contributor to both the traditional and contemporary arts landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She has been teaching at Tamalpa Institute since 2014 and other universities and institutes in the US and internationally. She has performed in venues and festivals around the world and has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as dancers/choreographers Anna Halprin, Kronos Quartet, Amara Tabor-Smith, Donald Swearingen, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Musicians/composers ETHEL, Larry Ochs, Scott Amendola, Joan Jeanrennaud, Francis Wong, Tatsu Aoki, Adria Otte and Pauchi Sasaki and more. Dohee is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship 2018, Hewlett 50 Arts Commission 2018, Doris Duke Impact Award, Herb Alpert Award, Creative Capital Award, the Isadora Duncan Special Award and other numerous artist residencies.

Dr. Christine Lummis, RCAT

Christine is an internationally recognized art therapy instructor and presenter. She has 20 years clinical experience working with people of all ages specializing in body-focused art therapy and trauma, and providing therapeutic support for professionals. Christine obtained a Doctorate of Art Therapy with the intention to advocate for increased awareness of the value of art therapy, its inclusion in treatment programs, and quality education. Her doctoral research on body mapping advocates for its use as a culturally sensitive trauma intervention based on the neurobiology of trauma and multi-cultural responses from her work in 18 countries on three continents. She termed the phrase Therapeutic Body-Mapping to differentiate it from other forms, and developed grounded theory on its therapeutic value and clinical application. Christine is a program director at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and Adjunct Instructor at CiiAT and Adler University. She is the author of: The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions, and Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: what’s going on in the brain. www.arttherapyservices.ca.

Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline RSW, RCAT

Fyre Jean is a two-spirited, Northern Bush Country Métis. Originally from Manitoba, now living on the East Coast. She is a therapist, heARTist, educator, writer, traditional knowledge keeper and community activist. Fyre Jean is keenly interested in, and works and plays daily at, understanding how arts, culture, spirituality, and socio-political realities intersect, and how we can heal, teach and transform in many possible ways across divides of gender identity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, and geography. Fyre Jean is devoted to ending all forms of domination, including violence against Mother Earth and among all of her, our Relatives. She is the author of many published books, articles and poems. Some of them are Circle Works: Transforming Eurocentric Consciousness (1998), Healing Wounded Hearts (2004), Just Reach Out (2011), and Circle Works: Transforming Aboriginal Literacy (2012).

You can connect with Fyre Jean by visiting www.circleworksconsulting.com or on Facebook.

Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack

Lana Whiskeyjack is a treaty interdisciplinary artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation and is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta (since 2017). In 2017, Lana completed her iyiniw pimâtisiwin kiskeyihtamowin doctoral program at University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quill, a former Indian Residential School attended by two generations of her own family. Lana’s ways of thinking and being are grounded in nêhiyaw ceremony, culture and nehiyawewin. Currently, she is researching and studying (re)connecting to the spirit of nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) and nêhiyaw gender worldview through arts-based practices and a transformative relational paradigm. Learn more about Lana by visiting www.lanawhiskeyjack.ca

Karen Wallace, M.Ed., BCATR

Karen Wallace has worked for several years in Victoria B.C. as an Art Therapist in the school system, and privately with people suffering from trauma, mental and emotional issues and with special needs. During that time she also taught Art Journaling and Mixed Media and showed her own work in galleries in Victoria and the Gulf Islands. In 2004 she moved to Regina SK, and has a private practice with adults and children. She also teaches at the University of Regina. She specializes in trauma work and facilitates creativity and art therapy groups. Karen teaches Focusing and Focused Centered Art Therapy internationally. She is the author of "There Is No Need to Talk About This: Poetic Inquiry from the Art Therapy Studio", and has a new book coming out in the fall of 2019 called "Trauma Informed Teaching Through Play, Art, and Narrative" with BrillSense. http://www.islandnet.com/~kwallace/

Lance Brunner

A professor of music history, Lance is an experienced meditation instructor in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition. He has taught widely including the Dathun at Karme Choling in Vermont. He has served on the International Shambhala Arts Council and as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Action.  He was a Kellogg National Fellow (1985-1988), and the founding director of the Commonwealth Fellowship Program for emerging community leaders in the Appalachias. Active in Peace and Social Justice work, he has an inimitable passion for the inter-play of words, art, music and people.

Linda Manitowabi

Cultural and Ojibwe Language teacher, Linda Manitowabi is an Anishnaabe-Kwe from Wikwemikong First Nation. Recently retired from Rainbow District School Board as an elementary school teacher, she is a graduate of Laurentian and Nipissing University where she obtained her Bachelor of Education degree. She has studied Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario and is beginning to use this modality in the healing circles of Indigenous people. For many years she has been learning the traditional teachings and ceremonies of the Ojibwe Midewiwin Society. The knowledge of these teachings and the art therapy techniques has helped her to connect Indigenous people with their healing journey through the art. Linda is an avid hiker and this interest has led her to travel extensively throughout the world, while also learning and experiencing the life of other Indigenous Nations.

Lucy Lu, MA, RCAT, ATR, CCC

Lucy is an art therapist, counsellor and clinical supervisor for art therapy students and graduates working towards their registration. She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a MA in Creative Arts Therapies in Art Therapy in 2007. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT) with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board. Lucy works from a feminist, culturally-centred, trauma-informed framework of practice. She has an eclectic practice that incorporates art therapy, play therapy, movement, sandplay, mindfulness-based practice, solution-focused therapy and trauma intervention. Lucy has over 10 of years experience working with urban indigenous communities and diverse cultural communities working with individual children and adults, family and groups in clinical and community settings. As a supervisor, Lucy is interested in supporting her supervisees develop their own style of practice and self-reflexivity. Her areas of specialization for supervision include working with children, women, and adults who who have experienced complex trauma, inter-generational trauma, intimate partner violence/family violence, attachment issues, being in care, addictions, anxiety and depression and cultural/inter-generational family dynamics.

Marg Janick-Grayston, MDiv, REACE

Marg Janick-Grayston’s prevailing passion is to invite individuals and small groups to engage in creative processes that connect them with their inner wisdom that sparks well-being, clear direction, and integral living.  She has worked professionally as a Recreational Therapist, a Spiritual Leader and Retreat Facilitator, a Certified Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, a Reiki and Quantum Touch Practitioner, and Courage to Lead® facilitator. Presently, Marg provides a service called “Free Flow Wellness” where she accompanies people on a path towards physical, emotional and spiritual well being.  In her work with individuals and groups, she intuitively draws upon many modalities including energy work, meditation, imagery, expressive arts processes, and spiritual practices.  All of the work she does with individuals, as well as the expressive arts retreats she takes on the road, are offered on a donation basis to ensure that all people interested in accessing her services are included.  She lives in Gorlitz, Saskatchewan where she loves spending time with her family, and enjoys the wide open spaces of the prairie landscape that inspire her work as a silk painting artist. 

Maria Riccardi, M.A., M.Ed., ATR-BC

Maria Riccardi is a registered art therapist, a career counselor, and a licensed psychotherapist. She is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Concordia University and a part-time professor at l’Université du Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Maria is an academic and art-therapeutic supervisor since 2015. She collaborates with local non-profit organizations and mental health institutions, developing community-based art studio programs for adolescents and adults who are marginalized due to mental and physical health issues, immigration issues, and poverty. She has expertise with veterans living with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder within the context of trauma intervention as well as in the evaluation of art processes and products during treatment. She has founded a clinic in Montreal based on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, providing educational and emotional support to children and families. Her current research interests include media properties and their role in assessment.

Tanja Woloshen, MFA

Tanja Woloshen is a dance artist and movement specialist. Her recent creation and performance projects include "Encounters Of The Man Kind" (Gas St. Arts Ctr.), “Room for the Underdog” (Alternator Gallery), and "gesturing between utopia" (Gas St. Arts Ctr.). Recent performance collaborations include: "Currency" with Lise McMillian (Gas St. Arts Ctr.), "La Belle Laide" with Jacqueline Loewan/ Lady of the Lake Productions (Tom Hendry Warehouse./ Winnipeg Fringe), and "Dancing with the Doctor" (aceartinc. for Sarah Anne Johnson), which will be remounted to show in North Carolina, Spring 2015. She graduated with Honours in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, and has an MFA in Performance Studies from UBC-Okanagan; she was also a sessional instructor at both universities. She has received many grants for her dance practice from Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils, and UBC-Okanagan, and maintains a steady practice of dance and theatre teaching for all ages. Visit her website here.

Tzafi Weinberg

Tzafi Weinberg studied art therapy at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, BC, and currently is a Doctorate student at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee. She is knowledgeable in the area of attachment and trauma, specifically with Indigenous children and adolescents. She believes that Art therapy can contribute to the reconciliation process with Indigenous people. The creation of art as a personal vehicle of expression, which is common to both Indigenous cultures and the art therapy profession, could be the basis of increasing understanding and building relationships. http://tzafiweinberg.com

Val Vint

Val has been facilitating drumming and singing circles for 30+ years in and around Winnipeg, throughout Manitoba, as well as in Scotland and El Salvador. Drum circles are a joyous and gentle pathway to community development and harmony.

Victoria McIntosh

Artist and teacher, Victoria was born in Ste. Boniface and raised on Sagkeeng First Nation. She spent her first years at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. She has fond early memories of her grandmother as her first art teacher. She has explored many different spectrums of art from simple drawings to pyrography (Firework.) Her murals hang in various schools in Winnipeg and Ontario, where she has taught expression using Woodlands style with Storytelling. She has studied graphic design and print-making and continues to study Fine Arts. She has sold art in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Europe. Her work can be found in private collections all over the world.