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Bill Israel

Imagine Life | Transitions

Bill is a certified professional Facilitator/Consultant for the INTENSIVE JOURNAL® writing method of Ira Progoff (1921-98). After preliminary consults with individuals and small groups, Bill provides an innovative, private, safe and meditative writing process to:

  • Reconcile your holistic life-narrative via a written, empathic self-inquiry.
  • Recognize where it is your life yearns to go.
  • Clarify your spiritual foundations and life mission.
  • Embrace and express your open-ended future and creative self.

About

I provide professional counseling services and workshop facilitation through a not-for-profit organization called IMAGINE LIFE TRANSITIONS in Victoria, British Columbia. My stated objective is best captured in a quote from the originator of the INTENSIVE JOURNAL ® process:

“To provide a tangible method of helping people move constructively through the transitions of their lives and to touch deeper levels of meaning while doing so.” -Ira Progoff (1921-98)

As a long-time practitioner of the Intensive Journal ® method of Dr. Ira Progoff, I  have 40+ years of experience in effecting my own life transitions. In the process of transiting three separate vocational pursuits, I earned a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in theology, and three professional consulting certifications. But it has been through my engagement with the journal process that I discovered the “central narrative” of my life.  Lying dormant beneath many failed efforts to camouflage my fearful, griefing, and shamed self, I discovered creativity that continues to surprise, amaze and energize who I  am. It is an ongoing and life-enhancing experience. 

I now conduct a private, not-for-profit counseling and consulting service titled IMAGINE LIFE: Transitions in Victoria, British Columbia. See more details on the website of my sponsoring society in British Columbia at www.centreforearthandspirit.ca

In addition to my current certification as a Consultant / Facilitator for the Intensive Journal® program in British Columbia, I am an Honorary Life Member for the United Way of Greater Victoria.  I also volunteer with both the Restorative Justice Coalition of William Head Institution ( a minimum-security federal prison) and The NEW ROADS community (Our Place Society), a secure housing facility for men who are homeless, jobless, and recovering from addiction.  I also volunteer my I J facilitation program for FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF BC.

By means of an ongoing relationship with my own Intensive Journal work, I  now live in the marvelous and creative renewal of life-purpose, both inwardly and by means of engagement with family,  friends, and my community.

YOU CAN VIEW more detail of my work at the website of my British Columbia sponsor, The Earth and Spirit Society www.centreforearthandspirit.ca

YOU CAN VIEW more detail about the international INTENSIVE JOURNAL programs, schedules, cost and Facilitator/Consultants at www.intensivejournal.org

 

As the principal owner of the IMAGINE LIFE: Transition organization, Bill Israel respectfully, and with gratitude, acknowledges the Lekwungen speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations for their gracious hospitality while providing programs and services within their ancestral lands.

Intro to Intensive Journaling Process

Workshops & Events

Upcoming Workshops

LIFE CONTEXT 

THE INTRODUCTORY INTENSIVE JOURNAL® Workshop 

 

In- Person, 12 hour facilitated workshop

 

THE UMBRELLA SOCIETY

415 Dunedin Street #1, Victoria, BC

(Saturday all day and Sunday morning)

SATURDAY, December 2nd: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

SUNDAY, December 3rd: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

 

  • Street parking available on Dunedin St.
  • Refreshment breaks: food/drink provided both days.
  • A lunch meal on Saturday is not provided. Local restaurants available.
  • Registration fee $ 250.00 CDN 
  • No prerequisite.

 

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LIFE CONTEXT 

INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION

TO THE INTENSIVE JOURNAL® METHOD 

 

An online ZOOM IJ Orientation Workshop

 

SATURDAY, November 18:  9:00 am to 12 noon

A 3-hour Introduction, Orientation, and Sample Writing Prompts.

Brief introduction by Bill Israel, Certified Facilitator/Consultant of The I J Method of Ira Progoff, PhD (1921-1998).

 

  • Transiting this ongoing Age of Anxiety
  • Personal life history narrative (Dialogue & Feedback)
  • Private, safe non-analytic writing in small groups
  • No crosstalk in workshop sessions. 
  • Structured “out-loud reading” opportunities in “sacred space” of every workshop.
  • No special writing skill/experience necessary

$ 25.00 Registration Fee:  Applicable to your first full I J workshop.

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LIFE INTEGRATION

a 12 Hour facilitated in-person INTENSIVE JOURNAL® Workshop

The Umbrella Society

415 Dunedin St. #1, Victoria, BC

(All-day Saturday and Sunday Morning)

Saturday, February 24th 2024: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday, February 25th 2024: 9:00 am to 12 noon

 

  • Street parking available on Dunedin St.
  • Refreshment breaks: food/drink provided both days.
  • A lunch meal on Saturday is not provided. Local restaurants available.
  • Registration fee $ 210.00 CDN 
  • Prerequisite:  LIFE CONTEXT workshop.
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Ongoing Workshop

THE INTENSIVE JOURNAL® WRITING PROCESS via ZOOM and IN PERSON

FIVE ONGOING (PRIVATE AGENCY) PROGRAMS

An effective and well-proven writing process for relief from the experience of personal trauma.

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Media

Bill Israel | Background & Experience

Explore the IJ Experience and Its History

Intensive Journaling for Prisoners

Intensive Journaling for Family Caregivers

For Dialogue House

Entering the Cathedral |A Meditation Poem

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