Betsy Blankenbaker Murphy

Indiana, California, and Worldwide!

Betsy Blankenbaker Murphy is writer and storyteller who leads Qoya and writing retreats around the world. Betsy first took the Qoya teachers training in Costa Rica in 2010. Since then, she's taught Qoya in the U.S. and in Australia, Bali, Ireland, England, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Betsy’s annual Qoya Service & Safari Retreats in Zimbabwe have brought over fifty women, men and children to Zimbabwe in six years. Proceeds from the retreats have funded school fees for under-privileged kids and provided hundreds of new uniforms and schools supplies. The groups have purchased bicycles so children walking up to 40km roundtrip a day could have transport to school, contributed towards building a solar-powered library and community center and for a mother’s shelter at the local clinic, and donated emergency funds for formula for an abandoned baby elephant and anti-poaching programs in the area, protecting the endangered rhinos and elephants. Click here to find out more about the annual Zimbabwe retreats.

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When did you take your first Qoya class? Costa Rica 2010

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Every Qoya class is a chance to connect deeper to my spirit and life purpose. I love the gift of taking women with me on the pilgrimage to their soul.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? I love shaking to the song New Harmonium from Irish musician Liam O'Connor's album. He is in the Guiness Book of World Record for Worlds Fastest Fingers (playing accordian) so I encourage my students to beat his record with their shaking.

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? The one that I'm writing!

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Trust that if you hear of Qoya and are in a place where it's offered, it's a sign you should take the class. It's hard to describe Qoya, so follow your curiosity and take a class.