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Courageous Women, Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer

Cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. In this retreat, we learn how to navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous, and heartbreaking terrain. Our extraordinary team of experts will share their wisdom in integrative medicine, Tibetan Buddhist healing, meditation, yoga, art, ritual, and community building, providing a multi-dimensional roadmap for a transformative journey. When gently and skillfully embraced, facing our mortality or that of someone we love can be a vehicle for profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Integrating body, mind, heart, and soul, we will discover ways to meet the totality of this experience directly and courageously. Whether you have a current or past diagnosis or are the caregiver or loved one of a woman on the cancer journey, join us September 6th and receive the tools you need to transform the way you relate to the challenges you face.

Early registration is encouraged.

For more information about this program please visit the Courageous Women Website.

Shambhala Mountain Center facilities
Shambhala Mountain Center facilities
Shambhala Mountain Center facilities
Shambhala Mountain Center facilities

Photos by Barb Colombo and Karen O’Hern.

Retreat Teachers

Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a respected Buddhist teacher who has taught for many years on the power of awareness, kindness, and openness to change the way we relate to sickness and death, both personally and as caregivers. Judy helped found and shape the CWFL retreat and has been on the faculty since the beginning. She is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality.

Victoria Maizes

Victoria Maizes, MD, is executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by Dr. Andrew Weil and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona. She is an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine.

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe, former editor-in-chief of Yoga International, has helped bring the ancient teachings of yoga to women facing modern day challenges. On the board of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, Linda leads workshops, writes about, and speaks nationally on the topic of yoga and women’s health. Her books include A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, Yoga At Home, and YogaMama.

Retreat Highlights:

  • Keynote talks and experiential workshops with Lama Tsultrim Allione, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Susan Skjei and Venerable Dr. Pannavati.
  • A White Tara lung with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
  • Mudra Space Awareness with Mitra Lee Worley
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Shastri Janet Solyntjes
  • Total lunar eclipse viewing and night sky meditation with Andrea Schweitzer
  • Ikebana with Alexandra Shenpen, Sensei
  • Yoga with Katharine Kaufman
  • Guided Meditations with Shastri Holly Gayley

Courageous Women Retreat Tuition

To support your participation in this retreat, Shambhala Mountain Center offers a 25% discount option on housing. Please review some of our popular lodging options below or click register to see a complete lodging menu.

Scholarships are available for this program on a first-come basis. Please see the Courageous Women website: for information and an application specific to this retreat.



Popular Lodging Options

Note: Price for Lodge Double is per person

Lodge Dorm

$117 Per Night

Includes 3 Meals Per Day

Lodge Double

$158 Per Night

Includes 3 Meals Per Day

Lodge Single

$219 Per Night

Includes 3 Meals Per Day

About Shambhala Mountain Center

Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies 2 hours north of Denver, Shambhala Mountain Center is a six-hundred-acre mountain valley retreat surrounded by native forests, gentle meadows and rocky peaks. Tamed by decades of use as a contemplative refuge, we provide a safe and supportive container for exploring paths of deepened awareness, personal wellbeing and societal transformation. For more than 40 years, extraordinary people have gathered here to experience Shambhala teachings and partake in over 100 year-round offerings featuring indigenous wisdom traditions, body awareness practices, contemplative arts, mindful living or other paths of personal transformation.

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Click here to review our retreat participant guide.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your reservation more than 14 days prior to arrival, you will receive a full refund less a credit card processing fee of 5% of payment. If you cancel between 2 to 14 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Mountain Center to be used within 2 years. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 48-hours prior to arrival. Click here to learn more about cancellations, rates, and payments.

Children Policy

Shambhala Mountain Center welcomes children of parents/guardians who are participating in our scheduled programs, or who are simply engaging in a personal retreat. However, we do not provide childcare. Parents are encouraged to also bring a caretaker for their children, so that the parents can fully participate in their program. Click here to learn more about bringing your child to SMC.

Arrival Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5:30 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations.  Further specifics regarding your program’s schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.