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Some might say the pandemic is over, but we are all continuing to feel the reverberations from the isolation, stress, anxiety, and pressures we all experienced during lockdown.
The long term mental health effects of the pandemic on women is not yet known. Research on trauma has established that the effects of a major event (like a pandemic) can linger on for years after the actual event.
What is clear is that women were impacted deeply at the level of their mind, heart, and body.
In these days of “recovery” from such a massive event, women are talking about burnout, exhaustion, and a desire to not slip back into pre-pandemic patterns or a marginal life.
Summer 2021, I was lucky enough to receive a grant to fund an online self-compassion program for women that I called TEND HER. My motivation for this grant came from the research I was reading about women’s mental well being during the pandemic and how they were twice as likely to suffer depression and anxiety than their male counterparts.
Additionally, I had spent the last year listening to the challenges of women in my private practice. And admittedly, I too had been suffering from overwhelm.
In the grant, I asked for funding for 500 women (which at the time felt like high hopes).
Within 5 hours of putting a message out on my personal FaceBook page about TEND HER, we had reached 500 participants!
I reached out to my grant funder to see if we could extend it to 1000 women, and within 5 days, 1000 women had registered for the class.
It was clear a chord had been struck!
While we worked with self-compassion during the first TEND HER, the 2.0 version will explore how women can return to themselves and reclaim their heart, body, and intuition.
Women are often primary caregivers, and extend a lot of energy toward others. This program will help women move inward to reclaim their instincts, rhythms, body and inner knowing.
Women are social beings. When stressed, our first inclination is to “tend and befriend”. Healthy, safe circles of women that encourage authenticity are some of the most powerful, healing forces known to humanity.
There are many cultural factors that weaken women, so banding together in a supportive space can do wonders for a woman’s outlook.
In the TEND HER PROGRAM, we give you the opportunity to learn the art of returning first to a deeper relationship to yourself, and then how to carry that into relationship to others.
Four 1-hour long online classes starting Monday, July 11 – August 1 from 7-8PM with Dr. Betsy. If you cannot make the class LIVE, it is recorded and can be watched on an online educational portal. In the 4 classes you will learn why women need to return home to themselves, as well as the importance of reconnecting to our hearts, bodies, and intuition which sets us up to better make connection to others and the world at large.
4 Bonus sessions starting Wednesday, July 13 – August 3 from 7-8PM with Betsy’s esteemed friends and colleagues. These sessions are designed to take the content learned in the Monday session and practice or embody it deeper. These sessions will include more conversations and exercises.
A private Facebook group for TEND HER members that allows for connection, community building, and a place to feel seen and heard. One of the principle characteristics of self-compassion is realizing you are not alone.
A small group of 10 women plus a group leader. Each group has autonomy and agency to meet or use the group however the group sees fit. We encourage all women to take advantage of the opportunity to go deeper.
Journaling and soul-work. You will receive in the mail a TEND HER journal to keep track of your thoughts, feelings, and new insights. Each Friday morning you will receive a video in your email from Andrea Wilson, a writer and narrative therapist, with writing exercises and journal prompts to help you go deeper with that week’s content.
A care package in the mail. You will receive a package of love including a journal, candle, and bracelet – all items designed to remind you of what you learned in the course. We will use the journal and candle each week in our work together, and wearing the bracelet links you with all in the program. This package not only provides tangible symbols of the work you did, but is also a way to “receive” care and encouragement. Plus, we are teaming with local women-run businesses to provide your swag.
*This program is FREE for the first 1000 women living in the state of Iowa who register thanks to this grant. We request that if you register for the program, that you truly engage in all of it, not only as a commitment to yourself, but to honor the space you have received. (If you are from out of state, no worries, we’d still love to have you join. Your payment covers the cost of materials sent your way.)
|4 Hour Live Online Classes with Dr. Betsy (July 11 – August 1, to be recorded)||$125 value FREE|
|4 LIVE Bonus Sessions with Professionals (July 13 – August 3, to be recorded)||$125 value FREE|
|Private Facebook Group||Priceless FREE|
|Tend Her Journal||$25 value FREE|
|Care Package||$50 value FREE|
Wednesday, July 20 from 7-8PM. Join Betsy as she leads a discussion on why women so often struggle with their relationship to their body and how to heal this. Engage in simple somatic exercises to reconnect to your physical self.
Wednesday, July 27 from 7-8pm CST. Join Monica as she guides you into relationship to your intuition via various exercises and perspectives.
Wednesday, August 3 from 7-8pm CST. Join Fannie in a discussion around connection and exercises on how to engage more authentically.
EVERY FRIDAY – Check your inbox every Friday morning for a video message from Andrea Wilson with writing prompts and inspiration to delve into the week’s content in a more personal way via journaling and narrative therapy.
Betsy Brandl Rippentrop, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, certified yoga and meditation teacher, and Reiki master who uniquely blends science, psychology, mysticism and spirituality into her yoga classes and private therapy work.
She guides people into courageous awareness of their body and mind, and is especially adept at translating complex concepts into practical tools that can efficiently shift our state of being.
Betsy also owns Heartland Yoga, maintains a psychology practice focused on integrating yoga into treatment, has written multiple academic papers on the mind-body connection and is author of Chakra Healing: Restore balance to your body, mind, and spirit through the seven energy centers.
Visit her at dryogamomma.com
Andrea Wilson combines writing and narrative therapy to create deep exploratory experiences for women and girls to connect with their true selves. Using methods of deconstructive empowerment, she helps people harness the psychological tools to create and live from new stories of personal power. She is the director of the Iowa Writers’ House and leads her own private therapy practice, A Write Mind. You can find more information on working with Andrea by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.awritemind.com
Monica Basile, Ph.D., is a Certified Professional Midwife, Reiki Master-Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist, and visual artist living in Iowa City. With over 25 years of experience as a healer, midwife, and educator, she is passionate about helping people experience beauty, enchantment, connection to the earth, and inner peace through honoring the seasonal and cyclical transformations of life. Drawing on her ongoing herbal studies and lifelong connection with plants, her art practice currently focuses on botanical illustrations as meditations on the spiritual-material interconnectedness between humans and ecosystems. Monica is a mother and a longtime yoga and meditation practitioner. She believes in the power of gentle compassion, the wisdom of the body, and the light within all beings.