Courageous Women, Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer with Jeremy Geffen MD, Acharya Judith Lief, Tulku Thondup, Linda Sparrowe & Special Guests

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Judith Lief and Linda Sparrowe

August 18–23, 2006

Tuition $225 + 5 nights

Grappling with cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. However, when gently and skillfully embraced, it can also be a pathway to profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The question is, how do we navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous, heartbreaking terrain in the most enlightened and empowering way?

Courageous Women, Fearless Living will provide you with the roadmap, guides and companions you need to assist you on this journey. Join your fellow sisters in this unique five-day retreat based on Dr. Jeremy Geffen’s highly acclaimed book, The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person.

In concert with an extraordinary team of experts, Dr. Geffen will furnish a map to whole-person healing and transformation, touching on the seven essential domains of inquiry and exploration encountered by everyone on the journey through cancer. He will provide clear, cutting-edge information about cancer and conventional as well as complementary and alternative treatment options, and the entire team will also address the equally important mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the healing process.

As Tibetan meditation master Tulku Thondup points out in his book Boundless Healing, we live in a golden age of science and medicine, and we also have access to ancient golden teachings. Why not enjoy the benefits of both?

Tulku Thondup will share esoteric Tibetan Buddhist healing visualizations, an extremely potent aspect of this ancient wisdom tradition. Tulku will teach meditation techniques that awaken healing energies in the body and mind. Using Buddhist principles as a basis, Tulku has created a univeral guide that anyone can use.

Providing instruction in basic meditation practice, Shambhala senior teacher Judith Lief will show us how to meet and hold all of our experience—our pain, fear, sorrow, anger, joy, gratitude—moment by moment and breath by breath.

Yoga instructor Linda Sparrowe, who is committed to women’s health and well-being, will lead gentle, transformative yoga sessions throughout the retreat.

The program will also include a life assessment process, a sacred dance performance by Sofia Diaz, small group discussions, ritual and community building.

For a sample daily schedule, see below.


Jeremy Geffen is a board-certified medical oncologist, a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology, and author of The Journey Through Cancer. He has traveled extensively and has more than 30 years of experience exploring the great spiritual and healing traditions of the world, including Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, yoga, meditation and other approaches to health and self-awareness.

Tulku Thondup was born in Tibet and trained at the Dodrupchen Monastery. He fled to India in 1958 and came to the United States in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. His many books on Tibetan Buddhism include Boundless Healing; The Healing Power of Mind; and Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook. Tulku Thondup has dedicated his life to helping beings discover their own innate capacity and deep-seated longing for a mind and heart at peace.

Acharya Judith Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer 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.

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 Alternative Medicine magazine, she is also the author of several books, including A 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 at both Prasad (the yoga studio based on her work) in Boulder, Colorado, and throughout the United States.


DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE

The schedule may vary slightly from day to day. We invite you to participate in as many activities as you like.

7:00am – 8:00am
YOGA
with Linda Sparrowe

7:30am – 8:30am
BREAKFAST

9:00am – 11:00am
THE JOURNEY THROUGH
CANCER & THE SEVEN
LEVELS OF HEALING

with Jeremy Geffen, MD

11:00am – 11:15am
BREAK

11:15am – 12:30pm
MEDITATION INSTRUCTION,
PRACTICE & TALK

with Judith Lief

12:30pm – 1:30pm
LUNCH

1:30pm – 3:00pm
BREAK

3:00pm – 5:00pm
HEALING VISUALIZATION
with Tulku Thondup

5:00pm – 5:15pm
BREAK

5:15pm – 6:30pm
GROUP DISCUSSION
with all of the presenters

6:30pm – 7:30pm
DINNER

7:30pm – 9:00pm
SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAMS,
SESSIONS & RITUALS

All women are welcome, but they must be ambulatory and able to comfortably participate in the program, particularly at the altitude of the center (7,500 feet).

We want to thank the generous support from Whole Foods (Boulder store) and White Wave Foods for their yummy organic food donations.

Grappling with cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges. However, when gently and skillfully embraced, it can also be a pathway to profound healing and awakening—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The question is, how do we navigate this potentially confusing, treacherous, heartbreaking terrain in the most enlightened and empowering way?

Courageous Women, Fearless Living will provide you with the roadmap, guides and companions you need to assist you on this journey. Join your fellow sisters in this unique five-day retreat based on Dr. Jeremy Geffen’s highly acclaimed book, The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person.

In concert with an extraordinary team of experts, Dr. Geffen will furnish a map to whole-person healing and transformation, touching on the seven essential domains of inquiry and exploration encountered by everyone on the journey through cancer. He will provide clear, cutting-edge information about cancer and conventional as well as complementary and alternative treatment options, and the entire team will also address the equally important mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the healing process.

As Tibetan meditation master Tulku Thondup points out in his book Boundless Healing, we live in a golden age of science and medicine, and we also have access to ancient golden teachings. Why not enjoy the benefits of both?

Tulku Thondup will share esoteric Tibetan Buddhist healing visualizations, an extremely potent aspect of this ancient wisdom tradition. Tulku will teach meditation techniques that awaken healing energies in the body and mind. Using Buddhist principles as a basis, Tulku has created a univeral guide that anyone can use.

Providing instruction in basic meditation practice, Shambhala senior teacher Judith Lief will show us how to meet and hold all of our experience—our pain, fear, sorrow, anger, joy, gratitude—moment by moment and breath by breath.

Yoga instructor Linda Sparrowe, who is committed to women’s health and well-being, will lead gentle, transformative yoga sessions throughout the retreat.

The program will also include a life assessment process, a sacred dance performance by Sofia Diaz, small group discussions, ritual and community building.

For a sample daily schedule, see below.


Jeremy Geffen is a board-certified medical oncologist, a pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology, and author of The Journey Through Cancer. He has traveled extensively and has more than 30 years of experience exploring the great spiritual and healing traditions of the world, including Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, yoga, meditation and other approaches to health and self-awareness.

Tulku Thondup was born in Tibet and trained at the Dodrupchen Monastery. He fled to India in 1958 and came to the United States in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. His many books on Tibetan Buddhism include Boundless Healing; The Healing Power of Mind; and Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook. Tulku Thondup has dedicated his life to helping beings discover their own innate capacity and deep-seated longing for a mind and heart at peace.

Acharya Judith Lief is a contemplative hospice pioneer 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.

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 Alternative Medicine magazine, she is also the author of several books, including A 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 at both Prasad (the yoga studio based on her work) in Boulder, Colorado, and throughout the United States.


DAILY RETREAT SCHEDULE

The schedule may vary slightly from day to day. We invite you to participate in as many activities as you like.

7:00am – 8:00am
YOGA
with Linda Sparrowe

7:30am – 8:30am
BREAKFAST

9:00am – 11:00am
THE JOURNEY THROUGH
CANCER & THE SEVEN
LEVELS OF HEALING

with Jeremy Geffen, MD

11:00am – 11:15am
BREAK

11:15am – 12:30pm
MEDITATION INSTRUCTION,
PRACTICE & TALK

with Judith Lief

12:30pm – 1:30pm
LUNCH

1:30pm – 3:00pm
BREAK

3:00pm – 5:00pm
HEALING VISUALIZATION
with Tulku Thondup

5:00pm – 5:15pm
BREAK

5:15pm – 6:30pm
GROUP DISCUSSION
with all of the presenters

6:30pm – 7:30pm
DINNER

7:30pm – 9:00pm
SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAMS,
SESSIONS & RITUALS

All women are welcome, but they must be ambulatory and able to comfortably participate in the program, particularly at the altitude of the center (7,500 feet).

We want to thank the generous support from Whole Foods (Boulder store) and White Wave Foods for their yummy organic food donations.

Judith Lief

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.

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.     

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.