Courageous Women Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Dealing with Cancer | Healing, Connection and Laughter – 2021 Virtual Retreat

Judy Lief, Linda Sparrowe, Chasse Bailey-Dorton, Jemi Steele, Ann Braden and Natalie Pascale Boisseau

September 10–11, 2021

  • Sliding Scale – $50.00 to $150.00
This virtual retreat brings together ancient wisdom practices and modern-day knowledge to create a healing environment that supports and empowers women who have been touched by cancer. Whether you have had a recent diagnosis or you are caring for someone who has, you will find tremendous benefit through connecting with others.

Cancer is one of life’s greatest challenges and we don’t want you to face this journey alone. Now, more than ever, we need to connect and reconnect with others facing the cancer journey. Our extraordinary team of experts are courageous cancer survivors who have direct experience with fearless living.

What to Expect in this Online Gathering:  Healing, Connection & Laughter

We’ll share wisdom in integrative medicine, yoga, mindfulness practice, and healing meditations. By integrating body, mind, and spirit, individually and collectively we aim to discover ways to meet the totality of our experience directly and courageously. Please join us on this transformative journey.

About Us

Since 2006, Courageous Women Fearless Living has been holding annual, five-day retreats at Shambhala Mountain Center. For more information about this program please visit the Courageous Women website.

This year, for the safety and protection of our attendees, we offer this virtual retreat. We look forward to connecting with you!


Schedule (Shown in Mountain Standard Time)

Friday, September 10:  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 11: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


About Your Guides

Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a senior teacher and board member for the Courageous Women retreat. She has supported and helped to develop the retreat since its founding.  Judy is the author of Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide for Encountering Mortality.  For more information, visit

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe is an author, mentor, and teacher with deep roots in both ancient and contemporary yoga, specializing in practices for physical, emotional, and spiritual health. She is a senior teacher, board member, and co-founder (along with Judy Lief) of the Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreats.

Chasse Bailey-Dorton

Chasse Bailey-Dorton, MD, MSPH completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has also completed training at the Benson-Henry Mind-Body Institute and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She is currently Chief of Integrative Oncology at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC. She is the mother of 3 nearly grown children, married to the best guy in the world and is herself a 16-year cancer survivor.

Jemi Steele

Jemi Steele began her meditation practice as a teenager in the 70’s; spent years doing solitary retreats and living in Nepal in the 80’s; and completed a traditional 3-year Buddhist retreat in the 90’s. Her overseas experience led her to get an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, which she taught in elementary schools for almost 20 years. She runs a small non-profit, Norbulingka Dog Hospice, to rescue and care for elderly/special needs dogs facing euthanasia in animal shelters. She is also a cancer survivor.

Ann Braden

Ann Braden, CYT, E-RYT500, holds certifications in yoga therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Yoga of the Heart and the yoga4cancer program. Her light-hearted teaching style combines breath, movement and an invitation to root down, rise up and grow love as you learn to relax deeply, move well and connect with your inner healing resources. A 5-year cancer survivor herself, Ann created Lovetree Essentials, an apothecary line of organic skincare that supports inner and outer self-care.

Natalie Pascale Boisseau

Natalie Pascale Boisseau is a writer, meditation teacher, and healer practicing acupuncture in the north of Seattle. She is currently writing a memoir on the suicide of her mother and the strangeness of healing. In addition to being an accomplished and published writer, Natalie is passionate about helping others heal and learn how to work with the challenges they encounter on their path. Natalie has spent time volunteering as an acupuncturist with Seattle Acupuncture for Veterans and various community events. She is a meditation instructor affiliated with the Shambhala Center and offers breathing and relaxing techniques to support the natural healing process. She is native of Montreal, Canada and writes both in French and English.

Program Details

This is an online program that will be conducted on Zoom. After registration, you will receive an email with simple instructions for downloading and using Zoom on your computer, laptop, or other device. At least 24 hours before the start time, a link to join the retreat will be sent to you via email.

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