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Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is located on Treaty 1 Territory - the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories. WHEAT Institute acknowledges current and past injustices committed against Indigenous peoples in Canada and globally, and resulting in genocide.  We are committed to actively support Indigenous resurgence as an institute that respects, learns from and celebrates Indigenous peoples, Indigenous languages, Indigenous knowledge, and Indigenous knowledge keepers.

Winnipeg Named A Top 10 Travel Region for 2019

Although the world may have been surprised when Manitoba was selected as the only Canadian destination on Lonely Planet's Top 10 Regions for Travel 2019, we weren't. WHEAT (Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Art Therapy Institute) is extremely proud to call Winnipeg, Manitoba home, as the first art and expressive arts school of it's kind on the Canadian Prairies. Our province is a beautiful combination of natural wonders and rich cultural identity. From the vast fields of wheat that gave our institute its name, to The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the gorgeous prairie skies, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (featuring the largest collection of Inuit art in the world) and our coveted status as the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 19th consecutive year, we love our province. 

Combination of Online
and In Person Offerings 

This summer 2023 we are pleased to offer a combination of in-person classes at our studio space on Lake Manitoba and Online classes for the remainder of the summer and the following academic year (September  - May).

While we value the benefits of face-to-face programming and land-based experiences, we understand that in-person presence is not always possible. To make this training available as broadly as possible despite student location, time, and finances, all WHEAT programming is offered Online for those who cannot travel for any in-person offerings that take place at our Painted Sky Studio in St. Laurent, Manitoba.

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Painted Sky Studio

Painted Sky Studio is located on Treaty One Territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Beautiful, tranquil, lakefront location!

St. Laurent (French: Saint-Laurent) is a vibrant community on the eastern shore of Lake Manitoba. A historically-Métis settlement, St. Laurent is one of the few remaining places in which the Michif language is still spoken. 

•    Boasts some of the best beaches in Manitoba
•    Memorable sunsets and night sky views
•    Panoramic view of the lake from the Studio space
•    Homeland of the Red River Valley Métis
•    Located 45 minutes North from the Winnipeg Perimeter on Hwy 6

YOGA and MEDITATION at Painted Sky Studio!

We are thrilled to announce a holistic healing component to all in-person training and retreats at WHEAT Institute. These wellness offerings combine with our new WATER SPA experience, and usual top quality training, to make your WHEAT summer immersion an even more profound holistic healing experience. Painted sky sunsets, beach walking, kayaking, and delicious food in community with your cohort will make this your most memorable learning experience ever!

WHEAT can arrange pick up and drop off from the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. This service will be available for an estimated cost of $75.00 CAD


Apply and register now for your best choice of accommodation on the lake. There is limited availability at Painted Sky Studio for $75.00 CAD + tax per night. Otherwise, students will be responsible for booking their own lakeside accommodations outside of Painted Sky Studio. Available options can be found on Airbnb and Cottages in Canada.


A meal plan is available to all students for $90.00 CAD + tax per day. This includes three healthy, delicious, home cooked meals, beverages, and snacks. Contact us to learn more!   

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