Darci Adam

Darci Adam


Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT is a Registered Certified Art Therapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor with 20 years of experience as an eduator and counsellor.

  • Master of Arts, Drama
  • Master of Educational Psychology, Counselling
  • Post-Master’s Diploma in Art Therapy
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor
  • Registered Certified Art Therapist
  • Trained in Narative and Play Therapy
  • Past President of Manitoba School Counsellors’ Association
  • Canadian Counselling Association Rep. Manitoba Creative Arts Therapies Chapter
  • Sessional Instructor, Counselling University of Manitoba

For more information about individual or group counselling or other sessions, please contact Darci by phone at (204) 293-3869, or send her an email at express-yourself@shaw.ca.


I am inspired by the use of the arts in healing! I have an extensive array of training in various aspects of healing and the arts, which allows me to tune in to offer the mélange that works best for the individual client, group or event. While my formal training began in theatre, my grandmother was a visual artist, and I spent many a time looking long and deep into paintings, as she would point out the more formal tenets of painting and drawing. I returned to art later in my career, finding it to be the absolute best way of communicating with the most challenged children and youth. Of course, I LOVE art galleries, and one of my most profound art exposures took place in the caves of Lascaux which offered a most numinous descent into art in nature as nature. Totally awe inspiring!

I am also passionate about immersing myself in other cultures in order to better understand them. I have lived and worked in several Aboriginal communities, Québec, and Mexico, as well as several other communities in Canada. I love learning new languages and participating in the routines of cultures foreign to me. I am an avid traveler.

I am also an eager learner. When I was an undergrad at McGIll University in Montréal, I used to take the train home, and recall on two different occasions taking along a whole series of books called Peoples of the Earth and Master Artists respectively. I had a stack of about 17 hard cover volumes piled up in the chair beside me, and yes, I did manage to get through the lot through the course of my mid-eastern Canadian journey. I am passionate and thorough about my interests, reading far and wide and paying attention to detail.

I have worked in various capacities in public and alternative education for the last 20 years. I am highly aware of the necessity of wellness to facilitate learning. I have worked at all levels of the public education system and have taught Elementary School Counselling at the university level. I am actively involved in the school counselling and expressive arts communities as an advocate for these modalities.

As a therapist and educator, I am inspired by the use of expressive arts in promoting good health: healthy body, mind and spirit. I maintain my own health through various combinations of meditation, body work and exercise, and have included links to several mentors. I feel well and am excited to share avenues to wellness with you!

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Inspiration - Lascaux France Cave Paintings

Dated 17, 000 BC, discovered accidentally by teenagers in 1940

Human beings have always cloistered themselves away in safe places to make art. Why?

Entering into the Hall of Bulls, I was struck - spell bound. I felt immediately surrounded, encompassed and embraced by the celestial display: a dancing swirl of earthy colored animal images: bulls, bison, horse, deer and auroch loping across the craggy canvas. Rich browns, golds, and reds, were alight on the curved walls of this magical enclosure. Energy rose up my spine and I tingled, joining with the archetypal survival tale of the hunter and the hunted: energy of human and beast filling the void.

As an art therapist, I feel the same sense of the numinous when a client creates something from a space of stillness and truth: the breath changes for both of us - slows and deepens - we might sigh and smile, while simultaneously the air becomes more electric - energy rises; it is very clear, that the art has arrived.

We descended the steps and entered the cave. The air was dank, the light dim. We acclimatized to the under ground, as the guide set the stage: a predominance of animal motifs connected to the hunter-gatherers way of life and dependent on their knowledge of prey, places and seasons. Artists “moving through a narrow passage, a womb-like universe, forced to bow down under the art-works.” So what was this engagement with the animal through art: “veneration or communion?” Joining human beings with nature or separating them as distinct. What was the huunter’s relationship with the subjects of the art:

“Was he trying to appease them, to be accepted by them, to join them?

As we follow this hypothesis, we soon hit upon this paradox: the art of the people of Lascaux, which sets them absolutely apart from the human beings who preceded them for millions of years, may be the decisive sign of their humanity as well as a kind of temptation to animality. They attempt to approach the rest of living creatures - horse, aurochs, bison. Yet simultaneously and decisively, that same gesture shows their break from animality. For they know how to depict, that is, to objectify sensations, and they can organize the process at the end of which engraved or painted figures appear - organize, and thus reproduce them.

The birth of art, to use George Bataille’s expression, may thus be the moment when man perceives himself as man, and at the same time, necessarily, the moment he feels he will no longer be an animal - with all the emotion, anxiety and regret that goes along with such a break. In other words, art, at its beginnings (and perhaps occasionally again in its history, but in spasms, flashes) may be the ephemeral moment of ‘alliance’ between humanity and animality…Nowhere is this alliance more intense than at Lascaux.”

~From the foreword by Philippe Dagen to Lascaux: A work of Memory by Jean Michel Genest, Tristan Hordé and Chantal Tanet

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“The foundation for mindfulness practice, for all meditative inquiry and exploration, lies in ethics and morality, and above all the motivation of non-harming. Why? Because you cannot possibly hope to know stillness and calmness within your own body and mind - to say nothing of perceiving the actuality of things beneath their surface appearances using your own mind as the instrument for knowing - or embody and enact those qualities in the world, if your actions are continually clouding, agitating, and destabilizing the very instrument through which you are looking, namely, your own mind.”

Jon Kabat Zinn, Coming to Our Senses, p. 102



Sunset Lake of the Woods (c)2008 Karin Carlson

Cave painting at Lascaux

Cave painting at Lascaux

Cave painting at Lascaux