While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire, and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike—one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian—everyone called them gemelas: twins.
Over the three years following Andrea’s death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time—with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world—Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that’s beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go?
When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.
Swedish native and New York Times bestselling author Rachel Brathen is a world-renowned yoga instructor who teaches workshops and leads yoga retreats around the globe. Find her on Instagram: @yoga_girl and at www.yogagirl.com.
Kate McGetrick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Rise Therapy and Wellness, LLC located in Madison, CT. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to running a growing practice, Kate also currently serves as an adjunct professor at SCSU and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidate. Kate has served on the board of the CTMFT and is passionate about mental health and personal and relationship growth and healing.
Kate approaches her therapeutic practice through a systemic lens. She remains curious about the client's relationship to self/other; family, community, work, sexuality, and spirituality, among others. Kate is committed to her work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Balancing support and challenge, she works in collaboration with her clients to create lasting change. She is currently completing her certification in neurofeedback and will be adding that to her group practice. Outside of work, Kate loves spending time outdoors, volunteering, and competing at racquet sports. Kate lives with her husband, three children, and their dog Lucky.
Rise Therapy and Wellness was founded on the principal that life is filled with obstacles and adversity, and no matter the challenge, there always exists the Rise. It is our intention and purpose to guide our clients on their personal Rise journey. We value the mind, body, spirit connection and the incredible abilities humans have to naturally heal mental and physical pain. Rise offers talk therapy for individuals, couples, families and groups, neurofeedback, yoga, qigong, meditation, and other alternative methods of healing. For more information, visit our website at www.risetherapyandwellness.com