Rebecca Ruth Goutal BFA, RTC
Co-Creator & Transformational Facilitator of
LoveAlive Transformative Arts & Therapy
Registered Therapeutic Counsellor
Long ago, Without realizing it, I embarked on a Journey to fully express the truth of who I am and learn to know that I am good enough, that I belong to this human family, and what I do has impact; a journey to join with others to mend the frayed and tattered pieces of our human family and learn to live in harmony with one another, our Earth Mother, and the Creatures who share this gift of life with us.
What fueled my journey to become dedicated to helping people experience the richness of life and learn to harmoniously live life to the fullest?
For as long as I can remember, my sense of empathy around people was very strong. It gave me a keen interest in the inner workings of people and a deep compassion for the suffering.
I always wanted to help and was open to listen, even as a young child.
From early in my life my deep love for Mother Earth, concern for all Life, and personal challenge with trauma and depression inspired a spiritual quest for healing and commitment to environmental and human rights activism. Art became a profound place of solace for me; a realm where I could explore and express my feelings and experiences.
Throughout my life, I have been driven by a vision of Compassionate Interconnectedness with All Life yet, in my early adulthood, I struggled in my personal life and relationships. Although I’d experienced many beautiful times with people, I longed for more real connection and harmony in my relationships, as I experienced myself and others challenged to sustain these.
I saw how relationship triggers touch on old wounds, causing upsets and unearthing disempowering patterns, leading to more of what we don’t want to experience. So, I became determined to understand this, to heal myself, learn how to create healthy, thriving relationships, and how to support others to do the same ~ especially through the challenges of life.
These relational devotions led me to formal and informal studies in Psychology, Spirituality, Arts, Community, the Science of human change, and the Interconnectedness of all Life.
FORMAL & INFORMAL STUDIES
LEADING TO LOVEALIVE TRANSFORMATIVE ARTS THERAPY
Today, I am the Founder and CoCreator of Love Alive Transformative Arts & Therapy.
I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) through the ACCT and a Transformative facilitator. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art with a Minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement from Emily Carr University and a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology Counselling from Clearmind International Institute, along with an Advanced Certificate in Transformative Justice from Selkirk College where I co-created and facilitated Meant to be Art, a Creative Inclusion program, rooted in a Collaboration between the Transitional Training program (serving people with disabilities) and the Classroom Community Support Worker program, with a mission to create meaningful connections through Community Art Projects college wide.
For over 2 decades I have been involved with numerous Transformative Arts and Therapeutic Workshops, Collaborations, and Artist Exhibitions through out BC, Canada and the US West Coast, some of which include: Relational Workshops at Empower Health, Jonson’s Landing Retreat Center, and for the men of Cwenengitel Aboriginal Recovery House; Co-facilitation of Women’s Circles and Bloom Girls Empowerment Project; a collaboration with MOSAIC; and with the David Suzuki Foundation Exhibiting my multi-media, interactive Art Installation, “Voice of a Forest”, at the Sunshine Coast Museum & Woodward’s Atrium; the Slocan Valley Youth Mural Project; and facilitation as cofounder of MythMaker, offering community multicultural storytelling, archetypal journeys, group process, and performance arts (with music, masks, and dance). I have also worked extensively with people with Quadriplegia and Muscular Dystrophy.
For many years, I dedicated myself to a nature based way of life, learning in community, from homesteaders, wildcrafters, elders, and children. I have learned and benefitted from the teachings and transformational practices of many spiritual traditions and sacred ceremonies, while my simple way of connecting to Source and direct learning from communion with Nature, remains at the core of who I am.
The journey of family has been one of my greatest joys and deepest teachers. I cherish my motherhood and blessed journey with my two amazing teenagers, our family, and beautiful Beloved, Vince Wishart, Co-Creator of LoveAlive Transformative Arts & Therapy.
Today, we appreciate living in the Kootenays, nestled in the wilds of Nature, sharing the blessings of connection with people from all walks of life, and supporting people on the Sacred path of Transformation.
SHARING THE JOY ON THE SACRED JOURNEY OF LIFE
My dedication to learning and growing has been a profoundly beautiful yet, sometimes bumpy journey, with many cycles of joy and pain and, deeper levels of healing and transformation, requiring greater courage and reaping greater rewards.
I’ve come to understand first hand, what it takes to face deep self honesty, acknowledging uncomfortable truths and embracing my greatest potentials, stepping into the uncomfortable unknown and activating new thought patterns and behaviors. I know how challenging it can be and how incredibly rewarding the results are. This is why I love to share my empathy, compassion, and knowledge to support the healing journey of others. As a fellow traveler on this Sacred Journey of Life, I would be honored to walk beside you and support you through your challenges, traumas, and breakthroughs, as you shift and emerge through the beautiful cycles of your life too!
And allow me to support you on your Sacred Transformative Journey!
A deeply thoughtful and considerate person, Rebecca models a devotion to personal integrity and autonomy that's palatable. Being an empathic soul she creates a rapport of gentle kindness and compassion mixed with clear perception and fearless reflection.