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Bill Israel

Imagine Life | Transitions

I facilitate individuals and groups to privately and safely revitalize meaning and purpose in their life. 

  • Reconcile your holistic past thru an empathic self-inquiry.

  • Recognize where your life is yearning to go.

  • Clarify your spiritual foundations and life mission.

  • Embrace your open-ended future and creative self.


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, uncomfortable, 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


a 12 Hour in Person INTENSIVE JOURNAL® Workshop

The Church of Truth and Conscious Living

111 Superior St. in James Bay, Victoria, BC

(Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday)

FRIDAY, June 9th: 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

SATURDAY, June 10th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

$ 210.00 per person (Bursaries available)

No Pre-requisite

Register by June 6th, 2023



a 12 Hour In-Person INTENSIVE JOURNAL® Workshop

Shoal Centre

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, BC 

(All-day Saturday and Sunday Morning)

Saturday, June 24th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 25th: 9:00 am to 12 noon

$ 190.00 per person (Bursaries available)

Pre-requisite: Completion of LIFE CONTEXT Workshop

Register by June 16, 2023


Ongoing Workshop



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



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