A Vist to Japan - 2018: Members on the trip


Bettina Proctor


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Contact information

Home phone: 303-399-1999

Mobile phone: 720-201-8982

Email: tinapro33@gmail.com

Street Address:

1100 Jersey St
Denver, CO 80220

Trip-related background
  • Previous visits to Japan:
    • None


  • Japanese language ability:
    • Conversation: None
    • Reading and writing: None



  • Other connections to Japan:
    • During the 1980's and 90's we mentored 4 Japanese boys who were attending Teikyo University in Denver. We got to know them well and have kept in touch. We look forward to seeing them and their families (both their parents who we met and their children who we have not yet met).



What I hope to get from this adventure:

Traveling with a group that doesn't require us to got to every event and tour together. I like the idea of doing what we want and yet getting tour guidance when we need it and getting to know the other people traveling with us. I look forward to learning more about Takayama.


Things about me I'd like to share (work, family, personal history, hobbies, interests):


I worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a biologist before I retired in 2008. I was a partnerships coordinator and taught federal employees how to work with local, state, federal agencies and nonprofits to create natural resource projects. The last 7 years, I was the western aquatic invasive species coordinator. Other jobs include public affairs director for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and public affairs director for Colorado Audubon Council.


My husband, Dennis Grogan, is retired and will be going on the trip with me. Daughter Kelley is married and lives in Durham, NC. Son Tyler lives in Denver. Son Dylan is married and has two young daughters, ages 5 and 2. He also lives in Denver.


Before I retired I received a MA degree in Women's Spirituality from New College in California. I am interested in goddess mythology especially. I wrote a book called "Ophelia's Oracle," published in 2009, which received 15 national and international awards. It is about a 12 year old girl who hears goddess stories from her Japanese grandmother and other important women in her life. I love the stories of Amaterasu, Shinto sun goddess, who is the ancestor of the current emperor of Japan. I also am a Reiki Master which is an energy healing system based on discoveries by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese teacher whose work has spread across the US. Dennis and I are labyrinth facilitators and lead people on labyrinth walks in the Denver area.