4th Annual Courageous Women, Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer with Acharya Judith Lief, Dr. Victoria Maizes, Linda Sparrowe & Sofia Diaz

Linda Sparrowe, Victoria Maizes, Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief and Sofia Diaz

August 26–30, 2009

Tuition $295 + 4 nights

Grappling with cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. We may become quite ill, lose our ability to function normally, or lack sufficient emotional or financial support. We may lose a breast, our uterus, and most certainly our hair—causing us to reflect on how we identify as women, mothers, lovers, or nurturers. However, when gently and skillfully embraced, facing our mortality and the fragility of life can be a vehicle for profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Whether it’s cervical, ovarian, or breast cancer that radically alters our lives, the question is, how can we navigate this potentially confusing and often heartbreaking terrain in the most empowering way? And how can we face our fears directly so that we may live our lives more fully?

Courageous Women, Fearless Living will provide you with the guidance and companionship you need to assist you on your way. Integrating body, mind, and heart, we will discover ways to meet all of our experience directly and courageously: our pain, fear, sorrow, anger, joy, and gratitude. Led by an extraordinary team of experts in the field, this program will include meditation instruction, healing visualization practice, yoga sessions, whole-being health care and nutrition tips, small group discussions, art therapy, ritual, sacred dance, and community building.

See photo gallery from a previous year, which will perhaps give you the best taste of this program and the diversity of women who attend.

Providing instruction in mindfulness meditation practice, Shambhala senior teacher Judith Lief will show us how to meet and hold all of our experience—moment by moment and breath by breath. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience in meditation and hospice work, Judith will demystify meditation and introduce us to the healing power of presence.

International leader in the field of integrative medicine, Victoria Maizes, MD, will present the latest information regarding nutrition, herbs, supplements, and mind-body interventions in the treatment of cancer. She will also share her expertise in managing the side effects of conventional treatments.

In her commitment to women’s health and well-being, yoga instructor Linda Sparrowe will lead gentle, transformative yoga sessions throughout the retreat. She will show us how to relate to ourselves on and off with mat with kindness, spaciousness, and grace.

Celebrating and appreciating the feminine spirit, Sofia Diaz, a long-time student of sacred movement, will offer South Indian temple dancing performance and will lead us in fully expressing our own feminine beauty and power.

Acharya Judith Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer, meditation instructor and former dean of Naropa University. A close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Judith is the author of Making Friends with Death, available from Shambhala Publications.

Victoria Maizes, MD, is executive director of of Dr. Andrew Weil’s University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and an associate professor of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and Public Health. Dr. Maizes lectures nationally on integrative medicine, women’s health, wellness, aging, communication skills, mind-body medicine, nutrition and herbal medicine.

Linda Sparrowe is a writer, yoga teacher, mentor and practitioner with deep roots in yoga, the Vedas, Sanskrit and women’s health. Editor-in-chief of Natural Solutions magazine (formerly Alternative Medicine), she is also the author of several books, including The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book.

Sofia Diaz offers a unique approach to Hatha Yoga, sacred movement and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her style of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian temple arts. She lectures at Naropa University and teaches throughout North America.

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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Since living with cancer often involves considerable medical expense, Shambhala Mountain Center would like to offer as many partial scholarships as possible to those in need who would like to attend this program. See below to access the application form.

If you would like to donate to the Courageous Women, Fearless Living Scholarship Fund, it would be greatly appreciated.

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is a writer and teacher with deep roots in the ancient practice of yoga and its connection to women’s health. She is the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and author of several books, including The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health and Yoga At Home.     

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.

Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief

Acharya Emeritus Judith 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. She is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality.

Sofia Diaz

Sofia Diaz offers a unique approach to Hatha Yoga, sacred movement and feminine spiritual practice, deriving her style of teaching and body philosophy from the South Indian temple arts. She lectures at Naropa University and teaches throughout North America.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.