The strength of the program lies in the people responsible for it: the mix of experienced and knowledgeable faculty members, who have been teaching in this program for many years, as well as the alumna, who return as staff members, offering up their own experience and enthusiasm.

Our faculty include:

JudyLeif-2014-smlJudith 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, MD, executive director Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, founded by the well known integrative physician Dr. Andrew Weil. She is an internationally recognized leader in integrative medicine and co-author of Integrative Women’s Health. Victoria offers the women the knowledge they need to ask questions, partner with their doctors, and understand integrative/complementary options in cancer treatment, including nutrition.

Linda SparroweLinda 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.