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WHEAT Institute is now in Saskatchewan and Manitoba!

Updated: Sep 22, 2019

WHEAT is the first and only institute of its kind that offers training in both Art Therapy and Expressive Arts on the central Canadian plains. We are thrilled to announce the launch of Art Therapy and Expressive Arts Diploma and Certificate programs in Saskatchewan!

Ancient Spirals Retreat - landscape with fog and tipi

If you have been waiting for the opportunity to become an art or expressive arts therapist or consultant/educator in Saskatchewan, the time is now! With thirty acres of trees and rolling hills, on the banks of the majestic South Saskatchewan River, Ancient Spirals Retreat beckons you to learn in residence on the land, just 10 minutes south of Saskatoon. We are excited and grateful to welcome Cree teachers Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack (Nȇhiyawewin, the land and life as art - poster below); Bill Cook (Cree language teacher); and Kevin Lewis (Cultural Immersion teacher at Cultural Immersion at Kâniyâsihk Culture Camp, Island Lake, Saskatchewan).

Programs begin this July. We will be accepting registrations through June!

Photo credit: Lana Whiskeyjack

Nȇhiyawewin, the Land and Life as Art with Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack July 3 – 6 at Ancient Spirals Retreat  

Participants will be introduced to nêhiyaw (Cree) worldview and basic nêhiyawewin (Cree language) through connecting to the land and creative adventures. Students will be led within circle dialogues, story/medicine walks, and art collaborations. Students will explore diverse mediums ranging from introduction to water colour painting to land art. Lana Whiskeyjack has been an arts educator and arts actionist for over 12 years. She is a multidisciplinary treaty iskwew artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, Alberta. You may register for professional development at an individual course fee of $735 or enroll as part of a program.

Students will participate in Kevin Lewis' cultural immersion and Cree language land-based teachings at Island Lake next summer 2020! And we are introducing an online Cree language class with William Cook for both the Manitoba and Saskatchewan cohorts this fall!

Photo credit: Kevin Lewis, kaniyasihk culture camps

When you visit each diploma page there are now "Manitoba Coursework" and "Saskatchewan Coursework" sub-headings. If you visit the "Saskatchewan Coursework" page you will find the class schedule, including dates and locations.

And we will be offering a Saskatchewan cohort for our one-year Expressive Arts Certificate program! A course of study schedule will be posted shortly.

Ancient Spirals Retreat

Located on thirty acres Ancient Spirals is a 2190 sq ft. retreat which includes large rooms, kitchen and accommodation for guests. Various outdoor amenities include scenic trails to the Saskatchewan River, sweat lodge, deck, fire pit and tipis.

Email us at if you are interested in registering for any of our programs or classes. We hope you will join us this summer in Saskatchewan and Manitoba - and share the power and beauty of healing through the arts in your community!

** Read our previous post for information on all that is happening in Winnipeg this summer – including classes with internationally acclaimed instructors Kate Donohue and Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline, as well as our first bilingual teacher Maria Riccardi. **


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