MA, MEd, RCAT, REAT
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. She taught Elementary and Middle Years School Counselling at the University of Winnipeg and was 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. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Expressive Arts.
Contact Darci for a free, 30-minute consultation to share your career goals and learn more about WHEAT programs: email@example.com
Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline, Indigenous Programs Lead, Instructor, EagleVisor, Grandmother's Advisory Council
Ph.D., RSW, RCAT
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.
Visit her Facebook here
Registrar, Outreach & Practicum Coordinator
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Wallace, Instructor
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,
Art Therapy Team Lead,
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
Kate Donohue, Lead Teacher, Consultant, and 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/.
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.
Supervisor, Thesis.Project Navigator
PhD, MPS-AT, RCAT
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.
MA, RCAT, ATR, CCC
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
MA, REAT, RSMT
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, 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/
Katriona Ilsedóttir, Expressive Arts Therapy and Somatic Arts Therapy Lead, Instructor, Supervisor
RCAT, LMFT, RMFT, RCC, RYT
Katriona is a somatic and arts therapist, running an independent healing arts practice: Inner Rhythm in Relation. She primarily works with survivors of trauma, complex trauma, and collective trauma, with women, folks who identify as 2SGLBTQIA+, and IBPOC, through somatic and arts-based therapy and creative community circles rooted in social justice practice, ecopsychology, and neuroscience. Katriona is particularly interested in deepening embodied
resilience, embodied creative resistance, generative community, and creative response ability in the midst of turbulence and collective change. Katriona is a Queer, deaf, white, politicized settler and intersectional feminist living on the ancestral lands of the Qualicum First Nation, committed to antiracist, decolonizing learning and practice. Katriona is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in BC and Canada, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, and a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC; a Certified Art Therapist, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and
Certified Soul Motion Dance Movement Facilitator. Katriona is a Consultant in Training with the
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, faculty for the Expressive Arts Therapy Summit, teaching
trauma informed art therapy for the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and is a thesis/project advisor for the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.
Linda Manitowabi, Instructor, Grandmother's Advisory Council
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, Supervisor
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
Jennifer Vivian is an Inuk art therapist who has worked primarily with Indigenous people (with a focus on children) since she graduated with her Masters of Art Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal in 2013. Ms. Vivian is a member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (with whom she holds her Professional status, professional liability insurance and is currently preparing to work towards her R-CAT). Ms. Vivian developed a new model of art therapy based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and uses her model as well as the Seven Sacred Teachings to guide her work, as well as being child centered and trauma informed. Ms. Vivian offers the opportunity to smudge to her clients before sessions. Her model called “Full Circle: Towards an Aboriginal Model of Art therapy” can be found on spectrum: https://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/977982/
MA, (C.A.T), RDT, CCC
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.
Jean Tait, Instructor, EagleVisor, Indigenous Community Outreach & Practicum Coordinator,
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.
Instructor,Grandmother's Advisory Council
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.
Indigo Adam-Grant, Marketing Advisor
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
MSW, RSW, RCAT, REAT
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
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
Jennifer Vivian, Instructor, Indigenous Programs Touchstone
Alana McLeod, Instructor
MA, ExAT, RTC, OEATA
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
RP, BFA, EXAT, CLC, MSLC
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, EagleVisor
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.
Ruby Peterson, Instructor
Pankwa’las (Ruby Peterson) is an Indigenous clinical therapist from Namgis First Nation, with 26 years experience in the field of community counselling. She received her BSW and M.Ed (Aboriginal community Counselling specialization) at University of Victoria. Ruby’s research and
advocacy focus is to tell the trauma story within the context of colonial history and integrating indigenous knowledge into therapeutic healing to decolonize and reclaiming Indigenous knowledge and strengths. She does this work with guidance from her elders and indigenous
knowledge holders and has co-authored chapters and articles on these topics. She has developed her practice to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and western clinical models that honour Indigenous cultural values and has taught this in First Nation communities and educational institutes. Ruby presently has a private practice.
Dr. Vimalasara Mason-John, Instructor
Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) was one of the lead facilitators who inputted into the creation of Dr Gabor Mate's Compassionate Inquiry year long course. She is an accredited Mindfulness teacher and co-founded Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery MBAR an 8-week course, as well as train the trainer. And co-founded 8 Step Recovery Using The Buddha's Teachings to overcome addiction with meetings in several continents and is also an award-winning book. An award-winning author of 9 books, including editing the first national anthology of African Canadian poets, The Great Black North Contemporary African Canadian poetry, and this year launched her social justice poetics collection of prose and poetry, I Am Still Your Negro, An Homage to James Baldwin, a timely book which speaks to racist deaths of black and brown bodies. She trained in Mime and Physical theatre, Augustus Boal Forum Theatre, and Gabriel Roth Five Rhythms and had several box office sell-out plays and one-woman shows. In the UK she was part of a team of artists who created a program for challenging behavior, and bullying that was delivered in schools, youth offending teams, and with the homeless. She is now training in the Internal Family Systems as taught by Richard Schwartz. She works as an international public speaker - and is a Compassionate Inquiry Facilitator and Practitioner.
Visit her website: www.valeriemason-john.com
Sharona Bookbinder, Instructor
TBSc, DTATI, MBA, DAT, OATR, RCAT, RP
Dr. Sharona Bookbinder has practiced as an art therapist for 25+ years and is a highly regarded
expert in her field. She is a clinician presenter, author, educator, innovator and leader in healthcare
and small business. She is the Founder & CEO of InnerArt Inc. and divides her time between work at
a Toronto area hospital, managing InnerArt and newly on board with WHEAT. Sharona is also in the
volunteer position of Governance & Government Relations for the Canadian Art Therapy Association
(ex-officio Treasurer). She has also taught at The Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Mount Mary
University, University of Toronto and looking forward to teaching at WHEAT. Sharona is eager
for education opportunities and raising awareness about creative arts therapies.
Ara Parker, Instructor
DMin, MA (Expressive Therapies), BJ, BFA, RCAT, CCC, RP
Ara Parker is fulltime core faculty in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, teaching in the Expressive Therapies Division, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences.
Ara was trained in art therapy (Toronto Art Therapy Institute) concurrently with the expressive therapies (Lesley, 1997). She completed her doctorate researching spiritually-informed art therapy at St. Stephen’s College (2019). Her work focuses on the principles of the expressive arts that empower and give agency to individuals and groups. She is an ambassador for The Red Pencil International, and Fellow of the Institute for Arts & Health at Lesley University. Dr. Parker is former Chair, Dept. of Psychotherapy & Spirituality, St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton.
Heather Stump, Supervisor
HBA, BFA, MSc., PMCAT, RCAT, CAGs, PhD Candidate
Heather got hooked on stories at an early age—lying on her grandmother’s bed and listening to what she and her sister called “Real Live Talking Stories”. Years later she makes a living empowering others—through visual images and words--to tell and embrace their own personal narratives.
Heather is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and she has been in private practice since 2007. Formerly based in Calgary, she currently works as a full time Art Therapist with the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay in the Cree First Nation of Chisasibi, Quebec.
Heather’s practice is spiritually based, trauma informed, and focused on strengths. Heather is especially interested in how changing the plotline of personal and collective stories can have a miraculous effect on transformation and healing.
Visit her website: www.heatherstump.com
Chrystal Sparrow, Instructor
Coast Salish Multidisciplinary Artist
Chrystal is a traditional and contemporary Coast Salish artist residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Her art represents feminine expressions and movement that are inspired from her Coast Salish, Cree and Shuswap heritage; and cultural teachings in land-based knowledge.
In 2019, Chrystal received a Diploma in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts in Vancouver, BC. In 2018, Chrystal completed the Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy Complex Trauma Certificate at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Expressive Arts Therapy (with a Minor in Psychology) at The European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Chrystal is teaching Indigenous therapy and expressive arts therapy from a person-centered approach that offers healing and cultural teachings to individuals and communities.
Virginia Jahyu, Expressive Arts Community Builder, Instructor
MA, ExAT, OEATA
Virginia (she/her) is an artist, intersectional hood feminist, expressive arts therapist and transformative justice facilitator tuning in from Tkaronto. Virginia has a strong interest in rhythmic poetry, arts empowerment, community building, and social justice. She is inspired by liberation healing and am invested in deeper understandings of colonial impacts on mental health. Virginia values the intersectionalities and breadth of human identities, dis/abilities, experience, and creative expressions. Her work is centred around relationship and using the arts and dialogue as catalysts for personal inquiry, discovery, and growth. To learn more and/or connect, please visit www.artstherapy.ca
Jesse Dollimont, Instructor
Jesse Dollimont is a certified music therapist based in Calgary, Alberta. In her own clinical practice, she provides music therapy primarily in the areas of neurologic rehabilitation, mental health, and community outreach. Jesse is a passionate advocate for music therapy and the arts - and views music and expressive arts as powerful catalysts for self-discovery, growth, reconciliation and healing.
Lori Boyko, Supervisor
MC:AT, RCAT, CCC, RSW
Lori has been working in the art therapy field in Manitoba since 1996. With her background as an Educator, it was important for Lori to bring art therapy to the school system. She pioneered a school art therapy program in rural Manitoba in the early 2000s’ and some of those programs have expanded, offering art therapy services to more rural schools in Manitoba.
Lori believes that art therapy should be available to all, including people who reside in communities outside of large urban centres. She has made it part of her lifework to do so, with art therapy access in rural and northern communities.
After relocating to Gimli, Manitoba Lori established a private practice where she offers art therapy, supervision, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), supportive counselling and provides supervision to WHEAT students. Working in a trauma informed, participant led manner, Lori invites people to use the healing power of the arts and the wisdom of the body to heal.
Mylinda Baits, Instructor
MDiv, PhD (candidate)
Mylinda, MDiv, PhD (candidate), Global Consultant for Training in the Restorative Arts is a lifelong experiential learner leader, working on personal and collective healing at the intersections of art, faith, science, and social justice. She has been mentored and trained by global practitioners in the expressive arts, trauma-informed psychosocial support, theological and experiential popular education, and conflict transformation for peacebuilding. She holds facilitation certificates from Training for Change, Build A Bridge International, Training for Conflict Transformation, EXIT (Expressive Arts in Transition), and the European Graduate School.
Sheba Gittens, Instructor
Sheba is an anti-racist heArtivist, art educator, and a creative consultant based in this iteration of the world. She is a trained Wellness Practitioner, Anti-Racist Raja Yoga Instructor, and Joy Facilitator. As a creative consultant she has supported numerous organizations and businesses nationally and internationally in manifesting events, programs, and workshops grounded in equity for humanity and that honor intersectionality. Additionally, Sheba is a PRIDE (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education) Project Artist and Artist Educator for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education PRIDE Program through the Office of Child Development. She received her BA in Africana Studies with a focus in English Literature and has spent her professional career working with and serving youth of all ages. She spent two years as a Padosi Fellow with the American Friends Service Committee’s Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) as an anti-racist art educator, community organizer, and facilitator. As an integrative multimedia heArtist, she uses mixed media to educate and expand the consciousness of those she serves.
Tereza Gomes, Instructor
Tereza has been employed as a Family Therapist at New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families since 1995 and has been teaching Mindfulness since 1998. Tereza teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Winnipeg and supervised Counselling
Practicums through the University of Manitoba. She studied with Movement teachers Gabrielle Roth and Emilie Conrad and is currently in a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and Konda Mason. Tereza has designed and led Mindfulness based groups like. “Restoring yourself, Re-storying yourself and Restoring your Self “, (an art- meditation series), “Delighting in Movement, Overcoming Inertia, (a movement series), and “Sitting with Yourself, Sitting with Your Client”. Tereza has a Master’s degree in Counselling and a Master`s degree in Psychology.
Amanda K Gross, Instructor
Amanda is an anti-racist organizer and artist. She blogs about the interconnectedness of racism, patriarchy, capitalism, and white womanhood at MistressSyndrome.com and is currently working on a full-length book on that same theme. A certified yoga instructor trained by YogaRoots On Location‘s Anti-Racist Raja Yoga School, Amanda has taught Anti-racist Raja Yoga classes at Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, at the Kingsley Association, and, since the pandemic, weekly classes online. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and is in the midst of doctoral studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Shabrae, MA, an expressive arts facilitator and practitioner works in diverse communities internationally & domestically - exploring how the arts, play and transformation can meet. She is co-founder of UMBRAL, a Mexican-based organization engaged in psychosocial trauma work in Mexico City and the border. Shabrae is a Director of training for international based groups & organizations and is presently developing the work of Collective Tapestry and Geographies of Hope, artist collectives for change agents. Shabrae has facilitation certifications from Training for Conflict Transformation and EXIT (Expressive Arts in Transition) and has recently begun her doctoral process at EGS.
Juli Rees, Instructor
Juli Rees is a popular educator, EXA facilitator, social justice arts activist, dancer, mother and grandmother who offers her creativity, wisdom and skills in service of creating a socially just world. Juli is a white settler of Welsh, Irish descent who lives and works on the traditional uncededterritory of the Xwméthkwyiem (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Coast Salish peoples. She has worked with Labour Unions for over 30 years and is the Director of Education and Human Rights with the Hospital Employees’ Union. Juli holds a Certificate for Conflict Resolution, Negotiations and Mediation with the Justice Institute in BC, Canada, a Certificate in Expressive Arts Teacher Training with the Tamalpa Institute and Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (2017) with the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Phoenix Song, Instructor
Phoenix Song is a queer, non-binary, Korean American adoptee teacher, facilitator, performer, and sound healer based in the Bay Area, California, featured in SF Magazine's Best of the Bay for yoga music. Phoenix started out as a community organizer and now bridges art and activism for personal and collective transformation. They are a Tamalpa Associate Teacher of expressive arts and a Somatic Voicework, the Lovetri Method™ level 3 graduate. Phoenix specializes in helping people free their voices and sing, sound and speak their truths with confidence. They co-facilitate a number of courses on collective emergence, ancestral legacies, and the art of solidarity. Phoenix also holds grief rituals, offers sound healing, and performs live improvisational music. They offer both private and group classes online and in person. https://phoenixsongmusic.com/