Her Experience – March 8, 2019


Her Experience event with 20 powerful women at the Iowa Writer’s House on March 8.

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Her Experience proudly hosted and created by Kate Moreland, Betsy Rippentrop, Katy Brown, and Andrea Wilson, with Samantha Ferm and Becky Popelka

Her Experience is a gathering of strong women from diverse backgrounds who come together to replenish mind, body, and spirit in a day of reflection, procurement of joy, and outstanding personal and professional opportunities.  It’s an opportunity to refresh, renew, and replenish your soul as we enter spring, and a blank page waiting to be filled with the magic you hold within.

Her Experience workshop leaders have diverse backgrounds in therapy, yoga, entrepreneurship, personal and career development. This group of women designed a custom, day-long retreat to give you time and space to breathe, begin to heal your body, inspire your heart, replenish your spirit, and connect with other creative and authentic women. You can savor a slower, nurturing pace while recharging yourself. You will be introduced to techniques and insight to help you step back into the world stronger, braver, and more connected to the essence of your spirit. You can be you.

Her Experience is held at the The Iowa Writer’s House in Iowa City on Friday, March 8 from 8am-4pm.

Her Experience integrates 4 components: Tuning into the connection between your mind & body, self-care and self-love, creating your personal manifesto, and gaining clarity on your personal brand and what you project to the world.  We start by turning inward to reconnect to our inner genius and wisdom, and then bravely envision how to take this out into the world.  Massage and creative projects are bonus additions to this magical day.

Her Experience believes in nourishment and good food.  Breakfast (granola, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, coffee, tea), lunch (catered by Oasis), and afternoon snacks (including Betsy’s homemade chai with local honey) are provided.  The menu will have gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options.

Space is limited to 20 powerful women.  Personal Investment In Yourself: $249.
Cost for day includes all food and all materials.

Kate Moreland

Kate Moreland
With a degree in Psychology – and a Juris Doctorate – Kate is an experienced community leader who understands the struggles of career decision, job search, and finding the right cultural fit. After a decade practicing law, Kate recognized that she needed to make a change. For the past 12 years, Kate has been coaching others as they explore interests, uncover strengths, and consider career moves. She has worked with people from a variety of backgrounds, including creative professionals, entrepreneurs, those transitioning careers, or re-entering the workforce. Additionally, Kate is currently getting a certificate in the Science of Well Being from Yale Unive

Betsy Rippentrop
Betsy Rippentrop, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and certified yoga and meditation instructor who uniquely blends science, psychology, mysticism, and spirituality into her classes. She courageously guides people into deeper awareness of their body and mind, and is especially adept at translating complex concepts into practical tools that can efficiently shift people. She owns Heartland Yoga, maintains a psychology practice focused on integrating yoga into treatment, has authored numerous academic papers on the mind-body connection and is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Chakras. Her second book on improving emotional health through yoga is due out in 2020.

Katy Brown
Katy Brown is CEO and founder of Katy Brown Marketing, LLC. Throughout her long and winding career, Katy has been responsible for creation, execution, and maintenance of marketing strategies for political campaigns, local businesses, and national brands; including Hershey’s, Steve Case (founder of AOL and a venture capitalist), Allsteel, Jonsteen Tree Company, Team Iowa Physical Therapy, BluPrairie Technologies, and Urban Acres Real Estate. Katy is deeply involved in the community, serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, the Board of Directors for the Iowa City Public Library – Friends Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night, and a as “Big Sister” through th Johnson County Big Brother Big Sister program.

Andrea Wilson
A visual artist, writer, and storyteller, Andrea believes that creativity and expression define the beauty of the human experience. In early 2014, she moved back to the UNESCO City of Literature to passionately pursue writing, only to feel disconnected from the very literary community that brought her home. The Iowa Writers’ House started as an altruistic dream to create a springboard for all of those involved in using art and literature to connect themselves with the world. Today the organization reaches over 3,000 writers, offers workshops and programs in both Iowa City and Des Moines, and has created strategic relationships connecting Iowa with festivals in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other Cities of Literature across the globe.

Samantha Ferm
Fascinated by the various approaches to healing inspired by her own journey with an of Autoimmune condition, Samantha is the Owner and Operator of Full Circle Wellness which embraces various massage styles, Reiki, and Tibetan Singing Bowls  Originally from the Phoenix area with a B.A. in English, Samantha has lived in Washington D.C., northern California, and now loves calling Iowa her home. Samantha has also spent the last several years supporting the small business community in Eastern Iowa as a business counselor, loves exploring the Midwest with her dog,  and getting outside as much as possible.

Becky Popelka

Becky Popelka, MFA,  is the owner and director of Big Picture Gallery & Studio in North Liberty, IA. Ms. Popelka realized she was passionate about the visual arts as an undergraduate student at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After obtaining a degree in visual art and art education, she taught for one-year abroad in Cairo, Egypt followed by two-years of teaching k-8th grade art and coordinating the 5th- 8th grade Talented & Gifted program at Clayton Ridge School District in NE Iowa. From 2008-2011 Ms. Popelka studied graphic design at Iowa State University, earning her MFA and teaching college level design technology courses. Ms. Popelka settled in Iowa City in 2011 and spent the last six years teaching art at Regina Catholic Education Center as well as teaching art education courses at the University of Iowa.