Winnipeg, Manitoba

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. The two Winnipeg WHEAT locations showcase some of the best of what Manitoba has to offer: one situated in a tranquil urban wilderness ecosystem and the other in the cultural hub of the city.

St. Benedict's Retreat Centre

A tranquil natural setting on the Red River, 8 km from the airport. St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre features beautiful walking trails and river views. The accommodation is bright, modern and economical at $35/night, plus an additional $40/day for three delicious meals, with a shared kitchen for those who wish to prepare their own food. The conference rooms and guest rooms feature natural light and air conditioning. For those wishing to decompress after their studies the centre features Prairie Chic Wellness, which offers a variety of services including reflexology, reiki and Indian Head Massage.

As an urban wilderness destination, this vibrant site is important to all our relations including the diverse flora and fauna of a prairie riverbank ecosystem. Eagles, hawks, owls, osprey, ravens, beavers, otters, prairie dogs, deer, bees, wasps, dragonflies, humming birds and a plethora of other creatures make their homes in this environment.

This beautiful location allows students to explore their inner selves in a beautiful natural environment.

Arthur Street Studio

WHEAT Institute 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.


70 Arthur Street is a municipally designated historic site, located in the buzzing creative community of the Exchange District National Historic Site. The Exchange District proudly advertises that it features the "largest and best preserved collection of heritage buildings which include beautiful and massive stone and brick warehouses, elegant terracotta-clad buildings, narrow angled streets and cobblestone paths."

Did you know that Winnipeg played a pivotal role in the labour movement during the early 20th century with the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919? The fight for improved working conditions and ultimately freedom and well-being lead to the largest strike in Canadian history with more than 30,000 workers leaving their jobs. The buildings in the Exchange District (primarily factories at the time) were the backdrop to this monumental event.

If you want to experience creative culture, the Exchange District is the place to be! The district is home to Winnipeg's private gallery scene and setting for experiences like the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, First Fridays, the Centennial Concert Hall, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and boasts a bustling culinary scene. All of these elements and of course, the artists and creators who call the Exchange District home have made this richly historic neighbourhood the cultural heart of Winnipeg.

Arthur Street Studio is a 1,100 sq. foot west-facing studio with perfect sunset views. The cozy, artsy essence of this studio inspires creativity and a sense of being at home.


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