The first Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreat was held in 2006. Our vision for the retreat is to give women who are in any way touched by cancer the community, support, knowledge, and contemplative training they need to better care for themselves or for their loved ones physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The retreat is attended by women who have or have had cancer, family, friends, caregivers, counselors, and healthcare professionals.

Since 2006 over 400 women have attended and many attend multiple times. Shambhala Mountain Center provides generous support in many ways; through room and board discounts that make the retreat more affordable to women often facing financial challenges, by providing all organic foods especially for this retreat, and supporting much of our marketing efforts.

Most of our faculty has been with the retreat since inception, as have the workshop leaders, which provides a very strong container and continuity of experience. The retreat curriculum has been refined over the years so that it has both breadth and depth and at the same time is flexible and allows for relaxation.


To support and empower women touched by cancer by offering an annual retreat, grounded in contemplative practice, in a beautiful, natural setting. We introduce participants to the healing power of mindfulness and yoga as well as providing up-to-date information on integrative medicine, nutrition, and cancer treatment options. Together we create a safe and healing community, enabling women to forge heart connections, many of which continue well beyond the bounds of the retreat. We offer women the tools to transform their fear into courage and to face life with greater awareness, kindness, and openness.

Courageous Women, Fearless Living is an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to bring together ancient wisdom practices and modern-day knowledge to create a healing environment for women touched by cancer.