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Courageous Women, Fearless Living

A Rallying Cry

Courageous Women, Fearless Living is a 5-day retreat supporting women touched by cancer.

Courageous Women, Fearless Living, run by Adana Barbieri with support from the Shambhala Mountain Center, helps women with cancer discover the courage to be fearless in the midst of their cancer journey. Through the 5-days of the retreat, discussion, and group activities, an intimate journey unfolds that helps each participant uncover their inherent strength and wisdom. It empowers women to face their fears and gives them effective ways to work with their mind, their emotions and their physical challenges. Barbieri and CWFL's trained instructors provide attending women and their loved ones and caregivers the community support, knowledge, and contemplative training to help them better care for themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Participants learn tools like mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga, traditional healing practices, integrative medicine and natural health, art therapy, movement and ritual. 

Cover photo by Barbara Columbo.


The Shambhala Mountain Center proudly supports Courageous Women, Fearless Living.


Barbara Colombo and 11:11 Productions have proudly provided photography services to Courageous Women, Fearless Living.



The Courage to be Present With Cancer

Adana Barbieri uses the power of human connection to help women with cancer connect with their innate strength

A cancer diagnosis can be the most devastating moment in any woman’s life and can lead to a whirlpool of fear and groundlessness. It catapults her into a world of seemingly endless rounds of doctor visits, medical tests, and conflicting advice, with continual pressure to gather information and make important decisions. Coming face-to-face with cancer challenges her self-image, confidence and worthiness.

Adana Barbieri knows this first-hand because she went through her own bout with cancer back in 2005. What’s extraordinary is that in the face of those challenges, Adana not only persevered, but resolved to use her training as a meditation teacher and her business savvy to help create a program that puts women back in charge of their lives. The Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreat, offers women touched by cancer a way to genuinely make friends with themselves again, to discover their inherent health in the midst of sickness, and to find inner strength and courage in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

Hope and Community

Serving as the program’s Director of Community Health and Well Being, Adana believes that no woman should navigate this potentially confusing and often heart-breaking terrain alone. So the Courageous Women five-day retreats provide the participants with the guidance and companionship they need to assist them on their journey. She gives women with cancer hope, a community, and empowerment. She and her team are guides, providing a lighthouse that illuminates a path to reclaim their lives.

Most importantly, Adana strives to show every woman who participates in Courageous Women, Fearless Living that they hold within them the power, courage and love to meet the totality of a cancer diagnosis directly and courageously. Adana knows the fear cancer brings to women’s lives and believes that every woman has what is needed to navigate this potentially confusing and treacherous journey in the most enlightened way. And that facing our mortality or that of someone we love can be a vehicle for profound healing and awakening.