Ripley Wolf moved to Redding from Arizona in 2010. She has experienced life in 25 countries. Her career included jobs in publishing and public relations. She has a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. in global management. She practices 12-Step Nichiren Buddhism.
Ripley was born severely asthmatic to loving, middle class parents. They did not know that a trusted relative abused her before she was three. She began having uncontrollable Post Traumatic Stress Disorder flashbacks to terror and shame in second grade and would continue to have them for fifty-seven years. Ripley began using alcohol to feel better when she was a child and was often suicidal. Two violent marriages kept her mentally ill. She entered 12-step recovery in 1986 and began documenting her journey. Bipolar depression ended her successful career.
For years Ripley struggled to survive, even living among the homeless here in Shasta County. She found a good therapist for her in Redding and broke free of PTSD in 2013. By practicing 12-Step Buddhism and telling her story, Ripley has become an important contributor to the community. She plans to make a documentary about recovery from shame.
Depending on the audience, Ripley’s talks can highlight the following topics.