Dennis Paul Williams

Welcome to
A Healing Arts Collective

Connecting those seeking physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic healing with healing practitioners in the Acadiana area. Providing opportunities for healing arts practitioners and those interested in the healing arts to gather, support, exchange and inspire one another.A wide variety of modalities are available as one-on-one sessions, workshops, educational and group sessions. To find out more, browse our website by Healing Modality, Practitioner, and/or Glossary of Terms. Please contact practitioners directly to schedule a session or for more information on their particular service.

For custom and onsite programs for your organization, please contact us. Examples of programs can be found here.


Rebecca “Becca” Begnaud is a born healer. She comes by these talents both naturally and through persistence. But first, she had to experience healing from the perspective of the patient. The saga that is her life, is nothing short of remarkable. Coming back from the throes of mental illness and twice recovered from breast cancer, Becca knows more about the mind-body-spirit connection than most.

Her training as a Reiki Master, Healing Touch Practitioner, and in Trauma First Aide, have all built upon that mind-body-spirit connection and personal experience. Her education in Anthropology (she holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) gives her the grounding to pull all the meaning together.

As the initiator and founder/director of Healthcare for Musicians (a division of Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center), Becca has served as a leader.

She is a champion of medical care for this unique, underserved population of Cajun, Zydeco, and other local, folk music performers who are working, but cannot afford insurance or health care services.

Her own talents as a singer, musician, author, newspaper columnist, and storyteller are known throughout Acadiana (Cajun Country) and add to her abilities as a presenter. Her volunteerism includes speaking engagements with cancer recovery groups for both children and adults – groups who she describes as having a collective experience that is “much bigger than my own.”

She is also recognized by hundreds of thousands as the French-speaking announcer/ translator on stage at the annual Festival International, a francophone event named one of the top ten festivals worldwide by “National Geographic Magazine.”

But it is her gift and endowment as a French-Speaking Traditional Cajun Traiteur that has currently thrust her into the limelight.

"Becca Begnaud is a sassy, sweet-looking older woman with warm hugs, gentle eyes and a mouth like a trailer park — surely the only faith healer on the planet to say the words ‘holy shit’ every other sentence. I like her instantly."

Aaron Millar
Published on 27th March 2017
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Public Speaking

Becca is available to speak to your group, club or organization about a variety of topics ranging from:

  • Grief/Loss
  • Surviving and support during illness
  • Traiteurs
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Becoming a Healer


The treatments that I offer can be called energy work, spiritual healing or folk medicine – depending on your perspective.

  • Available by appointment and last about an hour
  • Can be done in person or long distance
  • Include any combination of:
    • Traiteur
    • Healing Touch
    • Reiki
    • Trauma First Aide


Classes are available to groups as interest arises in the following topics:

  • Cultural Healing from a Louisiana perspective (African-American, European-American and Native American)
  • Transmission of the Gift
  • How Healing fits in today’s community

Classes differ from public speaking in that they are interactive and last from 1-3 hours. A minimum of 3 people is required for a class.


Workshops are weekend events beginning Friday evening or Saturday morning and concluding Sunday afternoon. There are three levels of workshops offered that build on each other and must be taken in order:

Level I: Cultural Healing

Level II: Holistic Healing

Level III: Ethics and Morals of Healership

Healing Arts Gatherings

Gatherings are held monthly at Cite des Arts for anyone who is interested in healing, who does healing or who needs healing. There is usually a speaker, time for interaction as well as coffee and conversation. You never know who’ll be there. Becca has hosted them for over ten years now.


There is a depth of healership that surfaces when one immerses himself in the daily life of a healer. I offer an apprenticeship for those who would are interested. The prerequisite for apprenticeship is that you are already a practicing healer.


Colby Hébert

New Orleans, Louisiana

Becca Begnaud

Scott, Louisiana

Traiteurs are invited to participate in A Healing Arts Collective

Simply send your name and contact information so we can be available to those in need. Please include what you treat for, such as warts, headaches, sprains, etc.

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