PROFESSIONAL BIO

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BODY CONNECTED TO MIND. MIND CONNECTED TO SPIRIT. SPIRIT CONNECTED TO BODY.

Founder of Gentle Earth Sound Therapy and Holistic Wellness, Betty Gauthier is a Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner, Vipassana Meditation Teacher, Breathwork Teacher, Yoga Nidra Teacher, and Usui Reiki Master. The essence of her work is about helping those she meets to establish and maintain a lasting connection in body, mind, and spirit. As a practitioner, she is deeply passionate about Eastern philosophy and holistic pathways and she implements her experience as a Trauma-Informed facilitator in all aspects of client care and well-being. Betty's work radiates from the heart and her sincerest desire is to offer support and inspiration to all who are looking for ways to restore balance and harmony in life. She comes from a place of non-judgment and unconditional love, ready to meet all beings where they are on their own journey while holding space for limitless possibilities. With deep light and gratitude, she bows to all with whom she has the distinction of walking alongside.

 

Betty is certified, insured, and registered with the Vibrational Sound Association and with the Shimbumi International Reiki Association. In every aspect of her practice, she upholds the vision, mission, and philosophy of both professional associations and strictly adheres to their Codes of Conducts and Ethics. These memberships show that she operates at the highest of standards in all facets of client and community care. Betty's private work takes place both in her home studio and in her office in East Lansing. She is pleased to facilitate monthly sound offerings, workshops, and classes at Lotus Voice Integrative Therapies in East Lansing and People's Yoga in Lansing. Collaborative partnerships have provided her the wonderful opportunity to facilitate sound events all over Michigan and at a national level. Betty truly loves sharing the modalities of her practice at retreats, workshops, and special events for both intimate and large groups. With great honor, she is privileged to regularly bring therapeutic sound to Ele's Place Capital Region, The Firecracker Foundation, and Hospice of Lansing.

 

While community service resonates with her deeply, it is Betty's personal and spiritual practices that allow her to continue to show up for herself and others. Mindfulness has been an integral part of her life, exploring her own meditation practice rooted in Buddhism for over 20 years. Sparked by Thich Nhat Hanh's The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, in 2008, Betty decided to take the precepts and her refuge vow (a formal commitment to the Buddhist Path) in the Lieu Quan lineage. Her Dharma name is Collective Embrace of the Source. When not doing therapy work, you can find Betty hiking national parks with her best friend and husband of 34 years, running the trails with her canine companion Edison, enjoying sitting/walking meditation, practicing yoga, or playing one of many instruments in her Michigan home. Betty is also currently working toward her RYT® 200-hour certification under the thoughtful guidance of Misty Belous.   

 

CORE VALUES

Gentle Earth Sound Therapy operates under the foundational trauma-informed philosophy that embraces the core principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide you with a professional, safe, serene, and inclusive atmosphere to help encourage deep relaxation through sound focused therapy and mindfulness practices; helping you to remove barriers that limit your path to well-being and restore greater balance, harmony, and connection to body, mind, and spirit.

 

CREDENTIALS

  • Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner

  • Certified Vipassana Meditation Teacher

  • Certified Breathwork Teacher

  • Certified Yoga Nidra Teacher

  • Certified Usui Reiki Master

  • Certified Usui Reiki Animal Practitioner

  • Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition

 

As a life-long student, Betty has had the immense blessing and opportunity to study under the guidance of many remarkable teachers over the last twenty-one years for which she owes a debt of gratitude: Sharon Salzberg, BA; Joseph Goldstein, BA; Jack Kornfield, PhD; Tara Brach, PhD; Rod Stryker, E-RYT 500; Jack Lawler, BA; T. Colin Campbell, PhD; Lisa Powers, BA; Paul Jerard, PhD; M. Amos Clifford, MA; Scott Moore, E-RYT 500; Jens Zygar; Mike Tamburo; Beth Marano, BS; Mitch Nur, PhD; Thomas Orr Anderson, MA; Michaël Bijker, YTT 800; Misty Belous, BS, E-RYT 500; and finally, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn for whom her story began with and is deeply entwined. Betty endeavors to share what she has learned from each as she moves forward in love and heartfelt compassion.