Guatemala Retreat / Dr. Betsy Brandi Rippentrop
January 7 - 14, 2023
Join Dr. Betsy Rippentrop for a sacred pilgrimage to a magical, Mayan retreat center on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, where you’ll be soothed by the tranquility of the water, held by the strength of the volcano, enticed by the sweetness of the flowers, and awakened by the wildness of the jungle.
On the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, we will spend a week in this powerful vortex working with energy medicine and the chakra system. Each day, we will spend time exploring a chakra, its psychological and spiritual properties, and the practices that support balancing and healing it. You will walk away from this week with deep insights about your unique energy make-up and the tools you most need to find balance.
Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America (formed 85,000 years ago, is called the Belly Button of the Earth. Here, you can step back from the routines of life and retreat into the care of mother nature. Connecting with the healing power of earth, water, fire, and air, we’ll open to the nourishing practices of yoga, meditation, rest, and play, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.
Betsy Brandi Rippentrop, PhD
Dr. Rippentrop’s work is one of integration—the blending of science, yoga, psychology, spirituality, and esoteric healing traditions. Doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa provided Dr. Rippentrop a strong foundational understanding of mental health, research methodology, and the practice of psychotherapy. She has specialty training in pain management, sleep disorders, psychosocial oncology, and mind/body interventions for both physical and mental health. She completed her clinical internship at Rush Medical Center in Chicago and has worked in various departments within academic medical centers. She has been in private practice for the past 17 years.
During her graduate studies, Dr. Rippentrop turned to yoga as a much needed respite from the stress of her work. Her interest in yoga and its healing properties took root, leading to additional in-depth study of energy medicine, meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis, breath work, the chakra system, and mystical teachings. She completed teacher training in the Anusara yoga method in 2008, and has completed over 500 hours of training in yoga with various teachers from different lineages including John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Angela Farmer. Read more about Betsy.