Biography

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Elisabeth was born 1958 in Switzerland. She grew up in a family with four children. She clearly remembers an incident in her early childhood which became symbolic for her future career. Her doll had broken its arm and she needed to fix it, to “heal” it. As teenager she became determined to be a nurse.

Her passion for nature, the outdoors and the mountains in particular has been instilled in her from an early age on by her parents. The family spent all their summer holidays in the high mountains of the Swiss Alps – in rugged and wild terrain. Elisabeth developed a deep love, respect and trust in nature.

After a nursing career it became evident that nursing had not much to do with healing people. Elisabeth continued her studies in the fields of Psychology (C.G. Jung), Alternative Medicine, Dance Therapy, Gestalt & Feldenkrais & Spiritual Psychology Psychosynthesis (Assagoli).

After 2 years intensive studies at Tamalpa Institute she become a Halprin Life/Art Practitioner and Movement Ritual Teacher. 1990 she graduated with a MA in Healing Arts and Psychology at Summit University with the Thesis: “The Healing Power of the I-Thou Relationship”.

Back in Switzerland she started to build up her private practice as one of the first Expressive Art Therapists in Europe. For over 10 years Elisabeth held a very successful practice where she helped many so called “therapy resistant” clients. Parallel to her private practice she started the organization IG -Tibetan Medicine for her friend & Tibetan medical Doctor Dr. Lobsang Shrestha. She served as an organizer, translator and trainee for 5 years and became a Tibetan Massage Therapist.

In the year 2000 she closed her practice in Switzerland in order to move to Canada and live with her husband Dieter Bay. This has been a decision with far reaching consequences. Their move from the city to a rural environment gives Elisabeth and Dieter finally the possibility to bring their vision “Dimutara” into reality. Elisabeth is a registered professional member of BC Art Therapy Association BCATA

 

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Dieter was born 1954 in Germany. He grew up in a tiny village in the Black Forest with farmers all around, a lively forest full with “gnomes, dwarfs and fairies” and a big garden at home.

He started his career with a three year training in horticulture and landscaping in Germany and worked for one year in England as a private park gardener. Dieter immigrated to Canada 1986 and has since created and been engaged in various successful businesses. He developed a large orchard (1200 fruit trees) with organic and bio-dynamic methods at the Anderson Lake, which was one of the milestone in his career. From 1991 to 2001 he operated a successful landscaping business in Salmon Arm, combining Horticulture, Landscape consultation, Assessments, Design and Installation.

1994 he started dowsing as he realized that he needed to understand more deeply the energetic dimensions and phenomena in gardens and landscapes. His search for more and deeper answers led him to Geomancy. He went back to Germany and took a 2 1/2 year intensive training in Geomancy at Hagia Chora. This school had the best teachers available at that time. It was an incredible experience with master teachers specialized in the field of dowsing, water energy, electromagnetic field detection, Geomancy of the house, city and the landscape, as well as Feng Shui and more. He is a current member of the international organization LifeNet /Lebensnetz.

Back in Canada he has been integrating these experiences and applied his knowledge in designs and assessments of the house, garden or larger landscapes. He has been given workshops in Geomancy in various communities in BC. Since 2008 he is living in Grand Forks where he has been engaged in the exploration of community living. With his wife Elisabeth he is in the process of developing gently their rural acreage in order to live their common vision Dimutara and create a small intentional community.