WHEAT Institute


Darci Adam,

Director, Instructor & Supervisor


Sharing the healing power of the arts with students, clients and communities in beautiful, natural settings across the central Canadian shield and plains is a dream come true for Darci Adam, founder and director of WHEAT Institute. Darci is a Registered Art and Expressive Arts Therapist whose private counselling practice is influenced by narrative therapy.  She teaches Elementary and Middle Years School Counselling at the University of Winnipeg and is a master’s degree Practicum Supervisor in the Faculty of Eduction at the University of Manitoba. Darci holds Masters' degrees in Drama and Educational Psychology (Counselling) and Diplomas in Education and Art Therapy.

Contact Darci for a free, 30-minute consultation to share your career goals and learn more about WHEAT programs: darci@wheatinstitute.com

Kate Donohue, Lead Teacher, Consultant & Supervisor


Kate Donohue is one of the Grandmothers of Expressive Arts and is a cofounder of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Kate shares her knowledge as a licensed psychologist and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist around the world, teaching at many international universities including the Chinese University of Hong Kong; HUST in Wuhan, China; Christ University in Bangalore, India; California Institute of Integral Studies; and Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology) among many more. Kate has spent 35 years studying indigenous and ethnic dance forms, particularly West African and Afro-Cuban Dance. Kate leads Jungian expressive arts cultural journeys to Ghana and India. 


Visit Kate's website: http://kate-donohue.com/.

Stephanie Scott, Registrar, Outreach & Practicum Coordinator 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 Regional Representative of Manitoba Council for International Cooperation for War Child Canada. Previous volunteer roles included the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and K.I.D.S. - Kenya Initiative for Development and Sustainability Inc. Stephanie is motivated to grow WHEAT's presence locally, nationally and globally by cultivating relationships with people focused on using art and expressive arts therapy for social change.


Contact Stephanie: outreach@wheatinstitute.com

Karen Wallace, Instructor & Supervisor


Karen Wallace was an Art Therapist in the school system in Victoria B.C., and now works privately with people suffering from trauma, mental and emotional issues and living with special needs. She has taught Art Journaling and Mixed Media and shown her own work in galleries in Victoria and the Gulf Islands. In 2004 she moved to Regina SK, where she has a private practice with adults and children, and provides clinical supervision. She also teaches at the University of Regina. She specializes in trauma work,  facilitates creativity and art therapy groups and has written books on art therapy. Karen teaches Focusing and Focusing Centered Art Therapy internationally. 

Visit Karen’s website: www.islandnet.com/~kwallace/

Dr. Christine Lummis,

Academic Dean,

Instructor & Supervisor


Christine is an internationally recognized art therapy instructor and presenter. She has 20 years of clinical experience in body-focused art therapy for people of all ages and also provides therapeutic support for professionals. Christine advocates for increased awareness of art therapy’s value in treatment programs and quality education. Her doctoral research was focused on Body-Mapping, a culturally sensitive trauma intervention based on neurobiology, and looked at multi-cultural responses to her work, done in 18 countries on three continents. Christine holds a Doctorate of Art Therapy and is a program director at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and Adjunct Instructor at CiiAT and Adler University.


Visit Christine’s website: www.arttherapyservices.ca

Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline, Instructor & Supervisor, Grandmother's Advisory Council


Fyre Jean is a two-spirited, Northern Bush Country Métis from Manitoba, now living on the East Coast. She is a therapist, heARTist, educator, writer, traditional knowledge keeper and community activist. She brings a sense of ceremony and deep respect to her classes. Fyre Jean works and plays daily to understand how arts, culture, spirituality and socio-political realities intersect, and how we can use this to heal, teach and transform 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 our Relatives. She is the author of many published books, articles and poems.

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Maria Riccardi Instructor & Supervisor

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

Maria Riccardi is a registered art therapist, career counsellor and licensed psychotherapist. She collaborates with non-profit organizations and mental health institutions, developing community-based studio art programs for adolescents and adults living with mental and physical health issues, immigration issues and poverty. She has also worked with veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder, working on trauma prevention and evaluating art processes and products in treatment. Maria is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Concordia University, a part-time professor at l’Université du Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and an academic and art therapy supervisor. Her work with children and families in her Montreal clinic is grounded in the Expressive Therapies Continuum.

Mary Norton



Mary Norton, PhD, RCAT values art making as pathways to serious play, to address challenges, and to imagine possibilities. As a community-based adult educator, Mary integrated arts-based approaches in programs and courses to support learning for all; these experiences drew her to study and practice art therapy. Currently on sabbatical, Mary has been engaged in community and private practice as an art therapist, expressive arts facilitator, and Certified Hakomi Therapist. She is interested in integrating arts based and reflective inquiry to build and share knowledge about art therapy practices.

Lucy Lu,



Lucy is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Registered Art Therapist and clinical supervisor for art therapy students and graduates. Lucy has over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families in urban Indigenous and culturally diverse communities. Her areas of specialization for supervision include working with children and adults 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. Lucy works from a feminist, culturally-centred, trauma-informed framework. Her eclectic practice incorporates art therapy, play therapy, movement, sandplay, mindfulness-based practice, solution-focused therapy and trauma intervention.

Adriana Marchione, Instructor & Supervisor


Adriana Marchione is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. Adriana is a leader in the creative sphere with over 25 years of experience in the arts as a visual artist, movement educator, Argentine tango dancer, arts curator and filmmaker. She has an MA in psychology and teaches internationally, as well as at the world-renowned Tamalpa Institute in Marin County. She also has an expressive arts practice in San Francisco with a special focus on supporting people who have struggled with addiction, trauma and grief. Adriana works to be a force for creative change in the world through film, writing, teaching and supervision.

Visit Adiana’s website: www.adrianamarchione.com

Marg Janick-Grayston, Instructor


Marg Janick-Grayston’s prevailing passion is to engage individuals and small groups in creative processes that connect them with their inner wisdom to spark 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, she intuitively draws upon many modalities including energy work, meditation, imagery, expressive arts processes, and spiritual practices.

Victoria McIntosh, Instructor, Grandmother's Advisory Council

Master's Candidate, B.Ed and Production Art (Winnipeg Technical College)

Victoria McIntosh is an artist and teacher. She was born in Ste. Boniface, Winnipeg, and raised on Sagkeeng First Nation, spending her first years at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. Victoria’s grandmother was her first art teacher, and she has now explored many different spectrums of art, from simple drawings to precise forms like pyrography (Firework). Her murals hang in Winnipeg and Ontario schools, where she has taught Woodlands style expresson with Storytelling. She has studied graphic design and Fine Arts, and recently completed her BEd. Her artwork has been sold internationally and can be found in private collections all over the world.

Tanja Woloshen, Instructor

BA (Hons), MFA, BEd

Tanja Woloshen is a dance artist and movement specialist who maintains a steady practice of dance and theatre instruction for students of all ages. 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 and has received many grants for her dance practice from Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils and UBC-Okanagan. Her recent creation and performance projects include "Encounters Of The Man Kind" at the Gas Station Arts Centre, “Room for the Underdog” at the Alternator Gallery, and "gesturing between utopia" at the Gas Station Arts Centre.

Visit Tanja’s website www.tanjafaylenewoloshen.org/

David Langdon,



David Langdon spent 30 years as the Therapeutic Clown/ Child Life Specialist at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. Prior to working at the Children's Hospital, David 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 and has led workshops at numerous Canadian therapeutic clowning conferences and events. David is active as a writer and musician.

Linda Manitowabi, Instructor, Grandmother's Advisory Council

BEd, ATDip

Linda Manitowabi is a Cultural and Ojibwe Language teacher and has recently retired as an elementary school teacher. Linda is an Anishnaabe-Kwe from Wikwemikong First Nation. She graduated from Laurentian and Nipissing University, holding a Bachelor of Education. She studied Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario and uses this modality within healing circles of Indigenous people. For many years she has been learning the traditional teachings and ceremonies of the Ojibwe Midewiwin Society. These teachings and art therapy help her connect Indigenous people with their healing journey. An avid hiker, Linda has also travelled extensively, learning from other Indigenous Nations on her travels.

Tzafi Weinberg, Instructor


Tzafi Weinberg studied art therapy at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, BC, and Doctorate in Art Therapy 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. 

Visit Tzafi’s website: http://tzafiweinberg.com

Dr. Di Brandt,



Di Brandt has dedicated her life to poetic expression. She has written numerous acclaimed and award-winning poetry collections, and has founded, chaired and hosted creative writing programs and national literary conferences and festivals. During her career she has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, video artists and dancers. She has taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the Universities of Manitoba; Alberta; Windsor; Brandon and Winnipeg. Di has given literary readings and creative writing workshops across Canada and around the world; and creative writing mentoring, workshops and manuscript consultations. She studied English Literature at the University of Toronto (MA) and University of Manitoba (BA Hons, PhD), and was Winnipeg's first Poet Laureate.

Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack, Instructor, Grandmother's Advisory Council


Lana Whiskeyjack is a treaty interdisciplinary artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation and has been an assistant professor in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta since 2017. In the same year, 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 in her life are grounded in nêhiyaw ceremony, culture and nehiyawewin (Cree language). Currently, she is researching and studying (re)connecting to the spirit of nêhiyawêwin and nêhiyaw gender worldview through arts-based practices and a transformative relational paradigm.

Visit Lana’s website: www.lanawhiskeyjack.ca

Bill Cook,


Master's Candidate

Bill Cook is a fluent Rock Cree speaker who is passionate about teaching, preserving and maintaining the Cree Language for future generations. Bill has been teaching Cree for over 10 years at the nursery, K-12 and university levels and is always creating new ways of delivering the language to students. Outside of teaching, Bill also freelances in Cree interpretation and translation services and enjoys singing, songwriting and performing his original music. He holds a BA in Cree Language studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education EC&I from the University of Regina in his home province of Saskatchewan. Bill hails from Southend, Reindeer Lake. 

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Csilla Przibislawsky,



Csilla is a psychotherapist and drama therapist with over 20 years of professional experience working with children, youths, adults and families who have experienced simple to complex trauma. She has extensive training in Attachment Assessment and Interventions and synthesizes her knowledge of both Attachment and Drama Therapy in her clinical work and 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 also the Canadian Representative for The North American Drama Therapy Association.

Armand Volkas, Instructor


Armand Volkas is a Psychotherapist and drama therapist, Artistic Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center. Armand directs Healing the Wounds of History, a therapeutic approach using theatre techniques with members of groups with a legacy of violence and historical trauma, working toward social change, reconciliation and intercultural communication. Healing the Wounds of History has received international recognition. Armand is also 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.

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Tasha Beeds,

Instructor,Grandmother's Advisory Council

Ph.D Candidate

Tasha Beeds is an Indigenous scholar of nêhiyaw, Metis and Barbadian ancestry from the Treaty 6 territory of Saskatchewan. She is a creative artist, poet, community engaged Water/Land activist, Water Walker and Mide-kwe from Minweyweywigaan Lodge of Roseau River First Nations/Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve. Her creative and academic work carries messages, which mirror Indigenous ideas of relationality. She asserts that Indigenous ways of knowing and being are surviving, are valued, and need to be shared to help not only Indigenous people, but also all of Creation.

Visit Tasha's Instagram here and Facebook here.

Indigo Adam-Grant, Instructor


Indigo Adam-Grant is passionate about marketing. She has experience helping practising art therapists create business plans and develop marketing strategies to build thriving practices. Indigo is the Account Manager at Suckerpunch Creative, a marketing and communications agency in Winnipeg, where she manages a creative team and all aspects of client service. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and was Co-Op Student of the Year 2015. As a student, Indigo participated and placed in numerous business competitions in Canada and the U.S.

Dr. Kevin wâsakâyâsiw Lewis, Instructor


Kevin Lewis (wâsakâyâsiw) is from Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He is an interpreter fluent in all five Cree dialects and is an active oskâpêwis whenever called upon. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and developed and leads the Indigenous Language Certificate program. Kevin completed his iyiniw pitmâtisiwin kiskêyihtamowin Doctorate Program (ipkDoc) from the University of Nuhelot’ine Thaiyots’I nistamêyimâkanak Blue Quills in Alberta. His research interests include Indigenous Knowledge systems, Second Language Acquisition Methodologies and Cree Roles in traditional parenting. He works with numerous academic institutions and assists the Canadian government as an interpreter and translator.

Carmen Richardson, Instructor


Carmen Richardson MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT is founder and director of the Prairie Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy (PIEAT). Carmen is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Canadian Art Therapist in private practice.

Zoey Roy, Instructor

Ph.D Candidate

She is a Cree-Dene Metis sister, daughter, aunty and friend from Northern Saskatchewan. She calls Saskatoon home. She is a poet, educator, author, filmmaker and social entrepreneur based out of Toronto; a Ph.D Candidate at York University; a keeper of a Bachelor of Education from SUNTEP and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a passionate about voice, expression, peace and love. She uses art to tell stories and is fascinated with human connection. She is an artist. An empath. A badass. She is Zoey Roy. 

Darlene Tataryn Ph.D. is an Expressive Therapist certified by the National Expressive Therapy Association in 1993 prior to the formation of IEATA.  She is an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest and weaves Expressive Therapy with traditional and contemplative healing disciplines in practice and therapy and meditation teaching.  She has maintained a private practice in Selkirk since 1993 and offers meditation and contemplative movement sessions, workshops and has taught in various locales in North America.

Darlene Tataryn, Instructor


Alana McLeod, Instructor


Alana McLeod is an expressive arts  and trauma therapist of Nehiyawak, Anishinaabe, Scottish and English decent. She comes from a strong line of women living on the Canadian Shield in Northern Ontario.  She has a diploma in expressive arts therapy (EXAT) from The CREATE Institute in Toronto, Ontario and a Masters degree in EXAT, with a minor in psychology from The European Graduate School in, Switzerland. Her trauma training is from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute ( level 1 and 2). She is committed to expanding her range of skills and has taken a variety of additional training in gender issues within the 2SLGBTQQIA communities, shame, human trafficking, trauma, addiction, grief & bereavement, suicide as well as the arts and Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to healing.

Valerey Lavergne, Instructor


Valerey is a member of the Algonquin's of Pikwakanagan First Nation and has been working in the Indigenous communities for the past 26 years.  She currently serves as the Vice President on the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Valerey has been working for the past two years as the Expressive Arts therapist for the Francine J. Wesley Secondary School in the Kashechewan First Nation, a James Bay Cree Coastal community. Valerey is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Life Coach/ Expressive Arts Therapist and workshop facilitator. Valerey graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Jazz Vocal Studies. She fronted her jazz trio in the early 2000’s and left the music industry to find a life in using the arts as a healing modality. She has several commissioned mural paintings in schools across Toronto. Valerey is currently working on several arts based psycho-educational initiatives for the Indigenous community. Valerey lives in Barrie, Ontario with her husband Alex and their cat Kiki.

Sophie Pheasant, Instructor

Bode'wadmi & Bineshii Dodem, BA

Mina Maajiishkaawin (Move forward) is a guiding principle to Sophie Pheasant’s intentions, whether as an academic, artist, community engagement specialist or mother (3 children). Sophie, of Wiikwemikoong First Nations brings her Anishinaabe belief systems to her teaching and artistic expressions. Raised as a Shiibaashka’igan (Jingle Dress) knowledge keeper, her Indigenous pedagogical approaches uphold the Indigenous knowledge systems that provide the impetus of her work.

Megan Kanerahtenha:wi Whyte, Instructor

Art Educator, B.A. | Art Therapist, M.A., ATPQ

Megan Kanerahtenha:wi Whyte is an artist, art educator and art therapist from Kahnawake. She completed her Master’s Degree at Concordia University in Art Therapy with a focus on addressing First Nations multigenerational trauma through the creative arts. Situating her initial research on the intersections between art materials and Indigenous ways of knowing, Megan continually explores how art making can foster cultural identity and cultural safety. As an art therapist, Megan provides closed art therapy services to First Nations families within the public-school system, private practice and to male Indigenous inmates at a federal correctional institution. As a community-based art therapist, Megan also facilitates grassroots collective art-making initiatives such as group murals, sculptures and pop-up Art Hives that explore mental health, cultural accessibility and social justice. 

Jean Tait, Instructor & Supervisor

Grandmother's Advisory Council


Jean Tait has been in private practice since 2008 as Art Can Heal, located in Spruce Grove, Alberta, just West of Edmonton, AB. Jean’s ancestry is Saulteaux (Ojibwe), Scottish and Irish. She is a member of the Berens River First Nation, MB. Prior to training as an art therapist at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI), Jean exhibited her paintings, based on sacred rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs), for over 20 years in Canada and abroad. Jean works with individual art therapy sessions, group art therapy and workshops, primarily serving women and young women, often including ceremonial approaches paired with art therapy.

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