Psychotherapist and drama therapist, Armand Volkas MFT, RDT/BCT is Artistic Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.
He has received international recognition for his Healing the Wounds of History approach to bringing groups in conflict together including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War.
Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. Visit his website here.
Carmela is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Winnipeg. She has experience teaching in the Integrated Arts program, and developing art programming for International students. Her love of teaching has led her to co-create the Creative Revival Company where she has facilitated workshops like "Discovering Your Creativity", and creativity workshops to corporations like RBC Private Banking, and RBC Dominion Securities. Carmela's passion stems from developing workshops and public art opportunities designed to help everyone discover their own inherent creative abilities.
Sandra is a mixed media artist from Winnipeg. She loves to use humour and repurposed objects in work that is typically about gender relations, women's experience, and mothering. She participates in local group exhibitions and co-facilitates the Artist Mothers group at Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg. She is co-founder of the Creative Revival Company, providing art based workshops about the creative process for beginners. Nothing makes her happier than inspiring others to tap in to their innate creative abilities.
Christine Ciona is a Canadian Certified
Counsellor with 20 years of experience as a counsellor, facilitator, life
coach, expressive arts facilitator, and abundant living guide.
Masters of Arts, Drama Therapy
Canadian Certified Counsellor (w/Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)
Canadian Counselling Association Rep. Saskatchewan Creative Arts Therapies Chapter
Certified Soul Coach & Past Life Coach
Trained in Reiki (Level II), Tibetan Sound Healing Collective
Meditation Guide & Facilitator
Arthur Hull World Drum Circle Facilitator
Creator, Director and Guide of KIVA - your sacred space for personal growth and wellness
Inspired to bring abundance, joy, light and love through diverse programs and services for your personal growth and wellness
Csilla holds a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from Concordia University and has 17 years of professional experience working as a Drama Therapist. She has extensive training in Attachment Assessment and Interventions and synthesizes her knowledge of both Attachment and Drama Therapy in her clinical work as well as in her role as clinical supervisor to other Creative Arts Therapists. Csilla has taught at University of Winnipeg, Université de St. Boniface and the Aulneau Renewal Centre. She is the Canadian Representative for The North American Drama Therapy Association. In her clinical practice, Csilla works with children, youth, adults and families who have experienced simple and complex trauma. She is thrilled to be part of the WHEAT faculty and looks forward to spreading the power and richness of Drama Therapy.
David Langdon, BA (Hons) has been the Therapeutic Clown/ Child Life Specialist at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital since 1989. He uses two different clown persona and styles in his therapeutic clown work. One is the non-speaking mime clown Hubert inspired by Karen Ridd’s work; the other is Onri a gregarious inventor/researcher inspired by the clown doctor model. Prior to working at the Children's Hospital he taught acting and clowning. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Therapeutic Clowns/ L’Association Canadienne des Clowns Thérapeutiques. His work has been featured in various media, notably the 2006 documentary film “I Clown For You-hoo! /Je clowne pour toa!” In March 2017 David represented Therapeutic Clowns Canada at the Healthcare Clowning International Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. He has presented and lead workshops at numerous Canadian therapeutic clowning conferences and events. He is also active as a writer and a musician.
Di Brandt's acclaimed and award-winning poetry collections include questions i asked my mother; Agnes in the sky; Now You Care; and Walking to Mojácar, with French and Spanish translations by Charles Leblanc and Ari Belathar. Di studied English Literature at the University of Toronto (MA) and University of Manitoba (BA Hons, PhD). She has taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing at the Universities of Manitoba, Alberta, Windsor (ON), Brandon (MB) and Winnipeg (present). Di has founded, chaired and hosted numerous reading series, writer in residencies, creative writing programs, and national literary conferences and festivals. Over the course of her career she has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, video artists, and dancers. Di has given literary readings and creative writing workshops across Canada and around the world; and is available for creative writing mentoring, workshops and manuscript consultations.
Christine is an internationally recognized art therapy instructor and presenter. She has 20 years clinical experience working with people of all ages specializing in body-focused art therapy and trauma, and providing therapeutic support for professionals. Christine obtained a Doctorate of Art Therapy with the intention to advocate for increased awareness of the value of art therapy, its inclusion in treatment programs, and quality education. Her doctoral research on body mapping advocates for its use as a culturally sensitive trauma intervention based on the neurobiology of trauma and multi-cultural responses from her work in 18 countries on three continents. She termed the phrase Therapeutic Body-Mapping to differentiate it from other forms, and developed grounded theory on its therapeutic value and clinical application. Christine is a program director at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and Adjunct Instructor at CiiAT and Adler University. She is the author of: The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions, and Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: what’s going on in the brain. www.arttherapyservices.ca.
Karen Wallace has worked for several years in Victoria B.C. as an Art Therapist in the school system, and privately with people suffering from trauma, mental and emotional issues and with special needs. During that time she also taught Art Journaling and Mixed Media and showed her own work in galleries in Victoria and the Gulf Islands. In 2004 she moved to Regina SK, and has a private practice with adults and children. She also teaches at the University of Regina. She specializes in trauma work. She contracts with the Ministry of Social Services, Ranch Ehrlo, and she works with private clients. Some of the people that she works with live with brain injuries, autism, life transitions, depression, abuse issues, body image and family issues. She also facilitate many different kinds of creativity and art therapy groups, for example: The Archetypal Journey, Learning to Love the Body You Have, Claiming Your Ruby Red Slippers, Soul Garden and Honoring the Mother. She teaches Focusing and Focused Centered Art Therapy internationally. Visit her website here.
Kate Hudgins is a Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is the developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM), a research-tested system of clinically modified psychodrama to treat trauma in therapy, education and community practice. Dr Kate received the Innovator’s Award (2001) and the Scholar’s Award (2009) from the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and has published 5 books and 30 peer reviewed chapters and articles since 1987. Dr Kate has specialized in cultural trauma through her work in Asia and the Middle East, as well as in Western countries for the past 25 years. She is the Director of Training at TSI and is the head of their International Certification in Trauma Therapy that has certified over a 1000 people in the past 20 years. Visit her website at www.drkatehudgins.com. She can be reached at DrKateTSI@mac.com.
Kathleen Horne is one of the co-founders and core faculty of Expressive Arts Florida Institute, offering certificate training in Expressive Arts and a wide variety of community programming. She has presented at numerous international conferences and served on the Board of IEATA for many years. With a strong background both as an expressive arts therapist and educator, and many years experience working with trauma recovery, she brings a body/mind/spirit approach to teaching expressive arts. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., she divides her time between Sarasota, FL, and Cortes Island, B.C.
Artist Leah Fontaine connects with her Dakota/Anishinaabe/Métis heritage to intuitively attain the iconography and worldview displayed in her artwork. Her work utilizes a wide variety of mediums including photography, collage, and drawing. In the past, Fontaine’s artistic skills and abilities have been presented through theatre, television, art exhibitions, and national events. Fontaine also facilitates art workshops in various educational and arts institutions throughout Manitoba, promoting awareness about Aboriginal culture and art. Recently, Fontaine completed a Master of Arts (Native Studies) with a thesis entitled, Spirit Menders: The Expressions of Trauma in Art Practices by Manitoba Aboriginal Women Artists. Fontaine is currently completing a 2-year Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Manitoba.
Lita Fontaine is of Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Metis descent. Fontaine is a Art Educator and Visual Artist. Ever since childhood Fontaine always enjoyed the act of creation and during her late twenties, following a strong creative urge, she enrolled in the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in the Diploma program. She later pursued a higher education at the University of Regina, Visual Arts Faculty where she attained a Master of Fine Arts, (M.F.A.) specializing in Inter-media/Mixed–media. The Seven Oaks School Division currently employs Fontaine as the Artist in Residence where she collaborates with teachers, integrating art into the school division’s curricula. Fontaine has also taught Foundation Drawing and Aboriginal Art History at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art as a Sessional Instructor. Her focus is her own professional studio-based art practice, and her methodology in arts education is hands on, where creative processes play an integral role in learning. Fontaine believes the visual arts act as a catharsis that nourishes emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
Marg Janick-Grayston’s prevailing passion is to invite individuals and small groups to engage in creative processes that connect them with their inner wisdom that sparks well-being, clear direction, and integral living. She has worked professionally as a Recreational Therapist, a Spiritual Leader and Retreat Facilitator, a Certified Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator, a Reiki and Quantum Touch Practitioner, and Courage to Lead® facilitator. Presently, Marg provides a service called “Free Flow Wellness” where she accompanies people on a path towards physical, emotional and spiritual well being. In her work with individuals and groups, she intuitively draws upon many modalities including energy work, meditation, imagery, expressive arts processes, and spiritual practices. All of the work she does with individuals, as well as the expressive arts retreats she takes on the road, are offered on a donation basis to ensure that all people interested in accessing her services are included. She lives in Gorlitz, Saskatchewan where she loves spending time with her family, and enjoys the wide open spaces of the prairie landscape that inspire her work as a silk painting artist.
Mia van Leeuwen (MFA Theatre Practice/Artistic Director of Out of Line Theatre Co-op) is a Director, Performer, Writer, Producer and Teacher. Her work with the Winnipeg based out of line theatre (alongside Ian Mozdzen) as well as her independent adventures have toured nationally and most recently internationally with the solo-performance White Bread that she created and performed for enthusiastic audiences in Antwerp, Munich, Innsbruck and Belgrade. Mia recently won the Frank Henderson award for her research and direction of the successful object theatre rendering of Sapientia, based on the 10th century script by Roswitha and produced as part of the 2014 Canoe Festival in Edmonton, Alberta.
Tanja Woloshen is a dance artist and movement specialist. Her recent creation and performance projects include "Encounters Of The Man Kind" (Gas St. Arts Ctr.), “Room for the Underdog” (Alternator Gallery), and "gesturing between utopia" (Gas St. Arts Ctr.). Recent performance collaborations include: "Currency" with Lise McMillian (Gas St. Arts Ctr.), "La Belle Laide" with Jacqueline Loewan/ Lady of the Lake Productions (Tom Hendry Warehouse./ Winnipeg Fringe), and "Dancing with the Doctor" (aceartinc. for Sarah Anne Johnson), which will be remounted to show in North Carolina, Spring 2015. She graduated with Honours in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg, and has an MFA in Performance Studies from UBC-Okanagan; she was also a sessional instructor at both universities. She has received many grants for her dance practice from Manitoba and Winnipeg Arts Councils, and UBC-Okanagan, and maintains a steady practice of dance and theatre teaching for all ages. Visit her website here.
Val has been facilitating drumming and singing circles for 30+ years in and around Winnipeg, throughout Manitoba, as well as in Scotland and El Salvador. Drum circles are a joyous and gentle pathway to community development and harmony.
Artist and teacher, Victoria was born in Ste. Boniface and raised on Sagkeeng First Nation. She spent her first years at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. She has fond early memories of her grandmother as her first art teacher. She has explored many different spectrums of art from simple drawings to pyrography (Firework.) Her murals hang in various schools in Winnipeg and Ontario, where she has taught expression using Woodlands style with Storytelling. She has studied graphic design and print-making and continues to study Fine Arts. She has sold art in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Europe. Her work can be found in private collections all over the world.