This occasion is a momentous one, as it honours the first students in Canada to graduate from an Indigenized Art Therapy program. It has not been an easy journey, but the results have been amazing, as our program has evolved into an Indigenous Art Therapy school called Life As Medicine, run by our collaborators, Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline, Jean Tait, and Jen Vivian, and the theses and final projects by these graduates have been nothing short of remarkable.
Join us in congratulating all our Indigenized and Harmonized Diploma and Certificate graduates! Thank you, chi miigwech, kinanâskomitin for embarking on your art and expressive arts therapies journey with us at WHEAT!
Advice from a Tree
By Ilan Shamir
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!