Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual "midwife," and retreat and conference speaker. She has led retreats throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Joyce has a B.A. in English, a M.R.E. in religious education, and a M.A. in transpersonal psychology. She is a member of the Servites (Servants of Mary) community and a volunteer for Hospice. She currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa.