The Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette continues the new Brown Bag Lunch presentation series with Becca Begnaud, a UL Lafayette alumna, will share her research “Hold the Space: Creating Community with Healing Traditions.”
Becca Begnaud has been offering her gift as a healer to the community for 29 years as a traiteur and healing artist who incorporates music, visual arts, writing and storytelling. Her degree in anthropology and her travels in France and India have supported her journey. Becca hosts Tibetan Buddhist monks every year and sees people for private healing sessions. Her work as a healing artist began in 1989 following a cancer diagnosis. She studied Reiki and Healing Touch, and attended Camp Bluebird as a patient and has returned as a counselor since 1990. She studied Trauma First Aide after Hurricane Katrina and served the National Guard for ten years in the Lafayette area. She worked as a hospice volunteer and as a VISTA volunteer with The Extra Mile and served as the first director of Healthcare for Musicians (now the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative). She regularly organizes Healing Arts Gatherings and hosts a podcast through AOC Community Media.
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is held monthly on a Friday beginning at 12:30pm on the UL campus in Dupré Library room 221 throughout the Spring Semester. Presentations highlight recent research in the diverse UL Lafayette archival collections and folklife projects around the state. This free event is open to the public.