Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy & Dual Diplomas
The Harmonized Programs at WHEAT Institute are built on the foundations of kindness, gentleness, and love in the service of building understanding, equity, and peace on our globally inter-connected planet. Solution-oriented in essence, we integrate aspects of psychology, phenomenology, somatic awareness, and Indigenous worldviews to develop playful, creative, informed therapeutic arts programs that support the nourishment of the imagination and the strengthening and sharing of each individual voice. We strive to create ideal growing conditions for personal development by gathering creative, intelligent and inspiring faculty who support and honour the deepest essence of each individual, whether colleague, student or client.
Germinated on the Central Canadian plains, WHEAT Institute’s love of the land is at the heart of our programs, which lead to accreditation as art and expressive arts therapists and consultant educator/practitioners. We appreciate our head office location on Treaty 1 Territory and value the presence, history, culture, languages, and knowledge of the First Peoples and Metis of this territory including the Ininew, Anishnaabe, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis peoples. Our institute offers compulsory Indigenous language classes as well as Indigenous storytelling classes to reflect our commitment to Indigenous resurgence, along with the offering first Indigenized therapeutic arts diploma programs in Canada.
We seek balance in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our selves, and develop programming to nourish that balance and wellness in all. At our 2020 graduation after a very challenging year, Elder Mae Louise Campbell reminded us, “The spirit of the creative energy is the most important gift we carry. Everything comes from spirit. Teach them how to work and think from spirit.” The Harmonized programs reflect the value of integrated inter-modal expressive arts; the convergence and celebration of art, language, and culture; and the ability to train en route to receiving the accreditation required to practice. Join us to explore and enhance your life journey through the convergence of compassion and imagination, as we learn to listen in colour.
We look forward to walking with you on this sacred and often awe-inspiring path of personal and community transformation.