Fifth Annual Courageous Women, Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer with Acharya Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes, M.D. & Linda Sparrowe

Judith Lief, Victoria Maizes and Linda Sparrowe

August 23–28, 2011

Tuition $375 + 5 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 or 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. 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 most fully?

Courageous Women, Fearless Living will provide you with the guidance and companionship you need to assist you on your journey. Integrating body, mind, and heart, we will discover ways to meet all of our experiences 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 healthcare and nutrition tips, small group discussions, art therapy, ritual, sacred dance, and community building.

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., will lead an evening of movement, The Dance of Body and Breath. Melissa is a social artist dedicated to our collective renewal through the liberation of the creative spirit. Mapping the journey from trauma to dynamic well-being, her work utilizes the expressive arts to establish body and heart as resources for living. Her moving programs serve individuals and communities around the world navigating their way through major life thresholds.

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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. PLEASE NOTE: This is a standard Shambhala Mountain Center scholarship application. For this program, the income criterion does not apply, so please disregard this part of the application.

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

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.

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 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.