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.