Sara Avant Stover

Bestselling Author, Coach
& Teacher of Feminine Spirituality

© 2006- 2021 Sara Avant Stover LLC. All rights reserved.

About

"Sara has managed to strike the perfect balance between hip, modern practicality and ancient, wise woman wisdom." – Kate Northrup, author of Do Less

Sara Avant Stover (she/her) takes a yin and feminine approach to spirituality. In a container of unconditional love, she weaves ancient wisdom with modern living to heal the wounds and reveal the gifts of the Feminine– first through living her own experience fully and then through supporting others on their unique, embodied, and heart-centered journeys to psychospiritual wholeness.

A pioneering teacher of feminine spirituality for the past two decades, Sara's the best-selling author of The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life and The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Columbia University’s all-women’s Barnard College. After a cancer scare in her early twenties, Sara moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand for a decade, from where she traveled and taught around the world. Starting at that time, Sara began studying with some of our time's luminaries in yoga, Buddhism (Theravada, Vajrayana, and Zen), and non-duality.

The creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga Teacher Training, Internal Family Systems (IFS) practitioner, yoga and meditation teacher trainer, and an abortion support educator, Sara leads retreats internationally and has taught at Omega, Kripalu, 1440 Multiversity, and Shambhala Mountain Center. Her work– devoted to the remembrance of the Divine Feminine and integrating Buddhism, yoga, trauma healing, non-dualism, animism, and psychology– has uplifted the lives of tens of thousands of women worldwide and has been featured in Yoga Journal, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Natural Health, and on ABC, NBC, and CBS. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, the original homeland of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute peoples.

"What I appreciate about Sara is how giving and erudite she is. She is a generous, smart thinker and writer about women's health and I love giving her books to women of all ages." – Jennifer Louden, author of The Women's Comfort Book

Offerings

"Sara is truly a gifted teacher and provides us with amazing sisterhood. It's wonderful to have a place to go with women who are on a similar path. It feels supportive, loving, and nurturing and provides rich ground for continuing on one's process of individuation and soul embodiment." – Julie Pfnister

PRIVATE SESSIONS
-Personal & Professional Coaching and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy

ONLINE PROGRAMS
-her SELF: An IFS-Informed Therapy Group for Women (8 weeks; Dec. 2021-Feb. 2022)
-Welcoming the Solstice Retreat: December 18, 10:30 am - 1 pm MT
-Guided Meditations on Insight Timer (free)

IN-PERSON EVENTS:
-Coming Home to Yourself: A Women's Yoga, Meditation & Nature Retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center (Red Feather Lakes, CO; May 20-22, 2022)
-Women's Insight Retreat 2022: Dordogne, France; August 29-September 4, 2022 (Moulin de Chaves Retreat Center)
-Filling Your Well: A Women's Yoga, Meditation & Nature Retreat at Shambhala Mountain Center (Red Feather Lakes, CO; October 22-24, 2022)

BOOKS
-The Way of the Happy Woman
-The Book of SHE

PODCAST
-Apple Podcasts
-Google Podcasts
-Spotify

ABORTION SUPPORT
-Healing After Abortion (Free Resources)

"This is not an immediate fix for anyone’s issues, but is instead a deep and profound journey that Sara helps guide you on. Drawing on a lot of feminine wisdom, her mentoring sessions will shine a light on all that is a woman’s essence and really help you look inside to find your own answers. You cannot come out of this experience unchanged.”
– Rana Khoury

Speaking

"Sara Avant Stover is a speaker who practices what she preaches and delivers what she promises. She will take you on a journey to your own light, well-being, and healing with her profound capacity to lead you to a new possibility, show you what that looks and feels like in your life, and inspire you to act on your own behalf. She is truly an inspirational speaker." - Gail Larsen, founder & author of Transformational Speaking

SAMPLE OF VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON SPEAKING EVENTS

-Multiversity TV; 1440 Multiversity
-Truthteller Tour; Boulder, CO
-The Boulder Bookstore; Boulder, CO
-Emerging Women Power Party; Denver, CO
-Midas Camp Live; Vancouver, Canada
-The Wealthy Thought Leader Conference; Vancouver, Canada
-Banyen Books; Vancouver, Canada
-East West Bookstore; Seatle, WA
-The New Canaan Bookstore; New Canaan, CT

Media

“The retreat last month was exceptional. I found myself crying listening to your words at the beginning of the retreat. I now know that I need to put my self nurturing as a priority before being selfless in my relationships to…well, every area of my life!” – Sue Bach

TV
-Connecticut Style (ABC)
-Colorado & CO (NBC)
-Glimpse TV with Kate Northrup
-KRON 4 San Francisco, CA
-KATU Portland, OR
-Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer; Vancouver, BC
-Rush TV; Vancouver, BC

RADIO & PODCASTS

-Grief as a Catalyst for Change with Rev. Jenn Cormier
-Satiate with Sue Van Raes
-Women Today with Emma Teitel
-Higher State of Being with Teddi Rachlin
-Soul Crush with Adriana Rizzolo
-Let it Out with Kate Dalebout
-The Period Party with Nicole Jardim
-The Kate & Mike Show with Kate Northrup and Mike Watts
-Sistership Circle
-The Radiance Project with Heidi Rose Robbins
-Extraordinary Women Radio with Kami Guildner
-Wake Up: The Sound of Transformation with Michael Bernard Beckwith
-Unity FM
-Get Gutsy by Jenny Fenig
-Tranquility du Jour with Kimberly Wilson
-The Emerging Women Podcast with Chantal Pierrat
-The Crave Cast with Alexandra Jamieson

SAMPLE OF PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Yoga Journal
The Huffington Post

"This is THE place for kick-ass feminine spirituality!" – Trine Hedegaard

Contact

PO Box 4351
Boulder, CO
80306

Thank you!

I look forward to connecting with you.

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THE BOOK OF SHE audios

Certified Teachers

All of the women here have completed a multi-year certification process and are endorsed to lead The Way of the Happy Woman retreats and method.

-Deb Dawson-Dunn: Winnpeg, Canada

-Laura Fragiacomo: Uganda, Africa

-Marisa Marolda: Lausanne, Switzerland

-Brenda McChesney: Erie, Colorado

-Lyndi Rivers: Tucson, Arizona

-Katy Taylor: Port Townsend, Washington

coaching & IFS therapy

PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND IFS THERAPY WITH SARA

Life can be challenging, and we could all use some extra support along the way.

My overarching intention is to facilitate a deeper connection with and acceptance of yourself– and the application of that varies depending upon the context of your current life curriculum. I want to support you in trusting your experience, your path, your Self.

While I work with all genders, I specialize in working with women and teen girls.

Maybe you're deciding whether or not to leave a relationship (and then want support in the actual leaving of it); navigating a health crisis, loss, or other hardship; healing grief and heartbreak; building a new business endeavor; wanting to overcome internal or external blocks in your career; or have some old traumas or feelings of self-doubt and unworthiness that you're ready to heal.

I also support women who've experienced (or are experiencing) addiction, betrayal, eating disorders, sexual abuse, narcissistic/emotional/physical abuse, abortion, baby loss, and/or fertility treatments. If you're in crisis, this is a safe place to land and find a new path forward.

Professionally, I've coached MDs, lawyers, neuroscientists, psychotherapists, non-profit and for-profit executives, fashion designers, coaches, yoga teachers, acupuncturists, authors, and entrepreneurs into new levels of success. In our work together, I help you clarify a vision for your work and then create the structures and strategies to implement in the world– while also doing the work to remove any inner obstacles, like self-doubt and criticism.

My approach centers on Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, an evidence-based psycho-spiritual model that helps us access the various "parts" that live within us. Some of these parts take on burdens when we're young and can then assume extreme roles as we get older.

This can look like having a strong inner critic, an addiction, co-dependency, eating disorders, as well as a myriad of other things.

The IFS model allows us to go into your system and re-parent these extreme parts, giving them the love and validation they didn't receive when we were young.

The result is that you feel deeply clear, at peace, and centered in yourself. Your system feels harmonized and in balance.

This approach, while it requires a therapist to work with new parts at first, gradually empowers you to navigate your own internal system going forward. You and your parts are the guides, as they know best what and how you need to heal.

To this modality, I also bring 20-years of experience working with people, both 1-1 and in groups. I weave in suggestions for a feminine approach to yoga, meditation, self-care, nutrition, boundaries, business, creativity, relationships, and various other life wisdom/skills as they apply to each client's needs.

I look forward to supporting you, wherever you are on your journey.

SCHEDULING

My practice is full and I am not currently accepting new clients.

If you would like to add your name to my waitlist please email me at hello@saraavantstover.com and tell me a little bit about yourself.

I will contact you when my practice re-opens.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"Working with Sara using IFS has been healing and enlightening. Sara holds a safe space to work with the past and address underlying issues. She is compassionate, intelligent, and mindful. I have been able to untangle a lot of my early childhood trauma and have found more peace and resolve. I have gone farther with my healing using IFS with Sara, than a decade with talking therapy. I highly recommend working with Sara and am so grateful she has chosen to IFS to help others!" - Heather Parsons

“I was suffering from PTSD from an emotionally abusive relationship I left after 19 years with a narcissist. Old patterns surfaced as a result of childhood trauma that were causing me great pain and confusion. I was feeling helpless and was desperate for change. I am most grateful for discovering Sara and her IFS therapy. The intense collaboration with Sara, through her wisdom, gentle guidance and skill at holding space, are qualities I value and appreciate so much. Through digging deep, reflecting, discovering truths, and the hardest work I’ve ever done, I was inspired and found the light again. Through all the tears, I found joy and hope in every single session. Reuniting me with my intuition is the greatest gift that came out of my sessions along with gaining a sense of wholeness and self- compassion. In returning to myself, I became stronger and now know how to set and hold boundaries. Practice is key. Throughout my life, I have experienced different healing modalities to heal trauma. IFS has been most profound for me.” – Anonymous

"I reached out to Sara for mentoring and have really benefited from my work with her. In my sessions, she is able to clearly see when I am in a "part" and to engage with that part compassionately. Often, I will show up with what I think might be a logistical question and she has skillfully supported me in noticing the deeper process at play. With her guidance, I can connect with the vulnerable parts of me and offer healing, which then opens up more access to my true nature and innate wisdom. Doing this work has helped me to feel more centered, clear, and connected to myself. As a result, I have been moving forward with increased confidence and ease. Sara is a skillful, compassionate, and gentle guide. If you want to get out of your own way-work with Sara! The combination of IFS therapy and Sara's presence is powerful medicine." –Carrie Haynes, LPC, EMDR Trained

"I just wanted to send you a giant hug and a THANK YOU! Four years ago, you catalyzed a journey that has changed my life. The work you helped me create with Neuroscience Yoga has morphed into an online course that helps people with migraines using the tools of holistic neurology, which includes nutrition, supplements, yoga, and meditation, among other things. I have helped dozens of people all across the country, and I love my work. " – A. B., MD

“Before applying for mentorship with Sara I was feeling apprehensive about the investment. But the decision became so clear after settling into myself and my heart: Here is a woman who has done the deep, deep work that I had been called forth to do and has lived to tell the tale. All women need a wise woman in their lives that can guide them, hold the long view for them, and call them into womanhood in a powerful and loving way. I knew that Sara would be this woman for me.

My work with Sara began in the midst of a health crisis that left me disoriented and fearful. This crisis was pointing to parts of myself that had been buried for many years that were screaming for attention. Sara helped normalize and guide me through the painful process of integrating these lost parts of myself.

One of the biggest changes I underwent during my time with Sara was an increase in and faith in my own emotional endurance - my ability to stay with and navigate the soulful expressions and fluctuations of my inner world as a woman.

Mentoring will call you into all areas of your life more deeply. Yes, you will celebrate AND you will also be called into the darker places in your psyche, the places you may want to avoid. It is good work, work worth doing, and a big, bold move toward your own self-sovereignty.”

Laura; Michigan, USA

“Last year, I found myself feeling very unhappy and unsettled in general, with work, health, relationship, and desperately trying to figure out my truth and my true calling.

On the surface everything was fine, but inside there was so much turbulence, and couldn’t for the life of me figure it all out, not with all the yoga and meditation in the world. That’s where Sara came in.

She held up a mirror to me and made me look at myself and see for real what I was doing and how I was perpetuating some toxic patterns and thoughts. Sara put me face to face with myself, so I found that I could no longer hide behind what was ‘easy’ or ‘convenient’.

She forced me to ‘get real’ and stop lying to myself. As a consequence, I have since resigned from a job that was draining my heart and soul on every level, and making the firm decision that whatever I do moving forward needs to be driven from a true and authentic place. In effect, I’ve not been this happy and relaxed and aligned in years.

This is not an immediate fix for anyone’s issues, but is instead a deep and profound journey, that she helps guide you on. Drawing on a lot of feminine wisdom, Sara’s mentoring sessions will shine a light on all that is a woman’s essence and really help you look inside to find your own answers. You cannot come out of this experience unchanged.”

Rana; Dubai, UAE

“My session with Sara was very effective and powerful. I was obviously ready for the mentoring and the main outcome has been that it is much easier for me to be in dialogue with my inner child since then. The practice hasn't always been easier, but I am so much more confident that what I am doing in the dialogue is both effective and worth persisting with. I rate my session a '5,' assuming this is the highest!”

Christine; United Kingdom

“Transformative, empowering, grounding…Thanks to mentoring with Sara, I am now able to tap into that quiet voice inside and let her guide and calm me. Today, I have a deep sense of peace and joy that I’ve never had before.

I trust that voice, instead of quickly dismissing it as I did before. My life now feels so much more expansive and exciting, and the possibilities feel endless…

I feel deeply OK with not knowing how things will work out and just know that so long as I’m making decisions that feel good inside of myself, then I’m exactly where I need to be and am doing what I need to do.

Consider this mentoring as the beginning of something big and beautiful that will become an established part of your life and who you are.”

Elizabeth; Montana, USA

“Mentoring with Sara allowed me to step into some really difficult scenarios and it helped me find my voice, honesty, authenticity.
It’s great to know you have this dedicated time with a mentor on a monthly basis.

Also to know that Sara has lived through so much that she is really mentoring you for a body-centered place and not through a coaching strategy (quick fix). It was a really safe and held space to be heard and seen. I would definitely recommend mentoring with Sara if you are in a specific transition or perhaps stepping into a new project.“

Jenny; United Kingdom

“Having Sara’s intuitive guidance, her heartfelt and artful approach to mentoring, on top of having her resourceful book, made for an incredible mentoring recipe that I feel blessed to have experienced.

Working with her provided me with a powerful new lens through which to view myself and my life by seeing how I was resisting and denying aspects of my femininity that were needing to come out and play.

Looking through the ‘big SHE’ lens, I was able to end some patterns that were holding me back with ease and understanding. I see that shift in all parts of my life – I look at challenges and opportunities through big SHE eyes and I feel that I come from a place of power, centering, honoring, and simply being my greatest self.”

Nancy

“Investing in this kind of support for this particular kind of work is the most valuable gift you could give to yourself and your loved ones.

Wow! Through my work with Sara, I created real and meaningful change in such a short time. I felt held and supported by Sara. I now feel like I have a role model for what strength in the divine feminine looks like.

Having such intimate support to do deep inner work allowed me to take my spiritual practices to the next level. I am more centered, more grounded, and I have much more faith and trust in my own inner wisdom.

At the end of our 6 months of mentoring, I feel so much more full, energetic, and connected to myself on a deep level. I ended a very serious relationship, one that I really never thought I would be able to end. I have much less noise and inner criticism taking up space in my mind. I’ve found new ways to do and to offer all that I want to, from a much more peaceful, soft, grounded, easy place. Getting this kind of support is the best thing you could do for yourself, your family, your students, and your business."

Francesca; Washington, D.C.

“If your instinct tells you to sign up, even if other, more superficial voices tell you not to, SIGN UP! It’s well worth the investment.

Empowering, supportive, profound, soulful, ‘tough love’…..

At the beginning of our sessions, I knew how to change my life in order to fulfill my deepest desires. However, the individual attention I got from Sara helped pushed me step-by-step to take concrete actions to change my life.

Through our sessions, I learned how to acknowledge my fear and use it as my medicine, to walk alongside it, while still taking action.

I found the courage to request a year’s special leave from my job, I went for IVF treatment and got pregnant (expecting a girl in a few weeks), I moved to Italy where I’ve also found a new love, and where I hope to build a more permanent community of like-minded women – all are visions coming true that were sparked or supported through my mentoring with Sara.“

Laura; Uganda, Africa

“…I feel safe to feel into my connection to the Divine Feminine.
I realized that every woman needs a mentor. Sara is the woman you want to know. She has a lot to offer. Not only are her teachings extremely valuable but her presence is healing to the feminine.

During our time together, I learned to start valuing my needs and wants. I had a hard time connecting to the Divine Feminine inside or outside of me before and now I feel safe to feel into my connection to the Divine Feminine.”

Kristyn; Boulder, CO

Terms & Conditions

200-Hour Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training: Online

To register, you must be willing to commit to participating live in the U.S. Mountain (Denver) time zone.

This is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance training and live attendance in the entire program is required, along with writing an essay, completing assignments, and submitting a practice teaching video to be eligible for the certificate.

Your payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. There are no exceptions to this.

Free Abortion Meditation

Interested in mentoring with Sara?

"THE BOOK OF SHE CLUB" WAITLIST

The Book of SHE Club

The Book of SHE Club: A 13-Week Community Initiation
February 3- May 5, 2021

Women face many challenging transitions on the pilgrimage from girlhood to womanhood: menses, love and heartbreak, motherhood, childlessness (by choice or not), menopause, illness, loss, and financial devastation (to name a few).

Devoid of a central narrative, these rites of passage too often happen in shame, isolation, and secrecy, leaving women doubting their personal power, self-worth, and, at times, sanity.

Yet these very thresholds– or initiations– are what’s required to expand our personalities and nervous systems to better hold the largeness of our souls.

Modern society, however, doesn’t recognize the necessity– and severity– of initiations as the means through which we shed false layers of ourselves, fulfill our destinies, and better contribute to society. As a result, we do not have the containers we need to hold us through these confusing cycles of being dismantled and reconfigured.

Our ancestors once knew how to honor initiations, providing safe holding environments, wise context, and helpful meaning-making for individuals to do the deep work of unbecoming that these opportunities (disguised as crises) demand.

Just as a caterpillar needs a cocoon in order to become a butterfly, you, too, need a container to become the next, more evolved, aligned version of yourself. Without such a cocoon in place, you risk an initiation going in the wrong direction, taking far longer than it needs to, or perhaps never coming to fruition at all.

Since we’re in a rare historical moment of a global initiation, within which we’re each undergoing our own, unique individual initiations, let’s gather together in a safe container to do this deep, important, inner work in community.

This is a different kind of book club.

In this 13-week group initiation experience, you’ll be held as you move through disorientation, exhilaration, exhaustion, rage, grief, self-loathing, loneliness, doubt, and everything else that arises. All of this is healthy and encouraged.

I’ll share crucial context and meaning-making for what you’re experiencing, helping you to orient yourself in the murky, yet still very real, trajectory of your process. You’ll be empowered to trust your experience and to try on new perspectives you haven’t seen before.

Using the archetypal map of the heroine’s journey laid out in my second book, The Book of SHE, I’ll guide you through each of the 13 phases of the Heroine’s Journey (the blueprint to every woman’s mythological initiation). I encourage you to read along as we go. We’ll traverse one chapter a week.

When we meet for our weekly, 75-minute call (via Zoom), I’ll share a dharma talk, or wisdom teachings, on that week’s/chapter’s theme, which includes fresh insights I’ve discovered about the initiation process in the five years since writing this book. I’ll also lead you through a practice to embody that week’s teaching and open up time for Q & A and group sharing.

If you can’t attend live, you’ll receive a recording after the class.

While an initiation is a very personalized experience, no one is meant to go through this process alone. As the Patriarchy crumbles, let’s come together to re-value the ancient means through which we’re rebirthed into our rightful, feminine glory.

I look forward to sharing sacred space with you during your initiation while traversing this next season of the pandemic and global-becoming together. Please invite your friends, daughters, mothers, and sisters to join us!

WHEN:
-Wednesdays 1-2:15 pm Mountain Time
-February 3- May 5, 2021 (with no class on March 31)

WHERE: Zoom (live video or via recording)

YOUR INVESTMENT:

As I know many are stretched financially, this offering is priced low, with a sliding scale.

Subsidized: $99
Standard: $149
Supporter: $199

-All payments are non-refundable.
-Please pay the highest amount you're able to at this time.
-If the prices listed here aren't sustainable for you, please reach out.

REGISTER:
1. Submit your payment here or send it via venmo to @SaraAvantStover (choosing from the sliding scale above).
2. We'll send you an email (to the email you submitted your payment through) with the Zoom link for our first session within 1-2 business days of receiving your payment.
3. If you have any questions about your order, please email hello@saraavantstover.com.

OUR SYLLABUS:

PART I: Preparing for the Journey
Week 1: Leaving Your “Normal” Life
Week 2: Entering Your Inner House
Week 3: Healing the Mother Wound
Week 4: Crafting a SHE-Centered Life

PART II: The Descent
Week 5: Dancing with the Dark Goddess
Week 6: Ending the War Within
Week 7: Unlocking the Magic of Your SHE Cycles
Week 8: Meditating on Your Mortality

PART III: The Initiation
Week 9: Unveiling the Sacred Heart of the Real Feminine Power

PART IV: The Ascent
Week 10: Turning on Your Brights
Week 11: Marrying the Divine Masculine
Week 12: Birthing Your Beautiful Life

PART V: The Homecoming

Week 13: Becoming a Whole and Holy Heroine

Questions? Email us here.

“Women’s bodies and minds are different from men’s, and the best way toward a healthy, satisfying life is to embrace that difference. Provocative and thorough, The Book of SHE explores the mystery and alchemy of what it means to be a woman. Sara Avant Stover will guide you toward reclaiming the power and beauty of your own amazing body in this groundbreaking book.” - Sara Gottfried, MD, author of The Hormone Cure

“Sara Avant Stover knows that to give form to your dreams, you must recover your feminine field. Instead of tracking linear pathways for success, The Book of SHE calls for embodying your sacredness. Stover has created a priceless map for how to live from the beauty you contain.” – Tami Lynn Kent, author of Wild Feminine

“Sara Avant Stover has created the ultimate emotional journey road map for a woman to reclaim what is sacred about her. This book weaves together stories from our feminine spiritual heritage with practical strategies to facilitate healing your feminine spirit. It’s an inner journey that ultimately allows you to live a soul-centered and passionate life!” – Alisa Vitti, author of WomanCode

YOUR INVESTMENT:
Subsidized: $99
Standard: $149
Supporter: $199

-All payments are non-refundable.
-Please pay the highest amount you're able to at this time.
-If the prices listed here aren't sustainable for you, please reach out.

REGISTER:
1. Submit your payment here or send it via venmo to @SaraAvantStover (choosing from the sliding scale above).
2. We'll send you an email (to the email you submitted your payment through) with the Zoom link for our first session within 1-2 business days of receiving your payment.
3. If you have any questions about your order, please email hello@saraavantstover.com.

Questions? Email us here.

Thailand retreat early notification:
feb 2023

France retreat notification:
Aug. 29-Sep. 4, 2022

Women's Yoga & Meditation Teacher Training:

early notification

Women's Wisdom Sangha

Women's wisdom sangha:
A 6-Month Community for Deepening into Feminine Meditation & Dharma

May - November 2021

Do you long to create more space for your meditation practice…

And to more fully live your deep truth –or dharma –in your daily life…

...in a distinctly feminine way?

Women often ask how to create the lasting changes they desire in their lives, and the answer is always the same. Practice. Consistent practice. For the rest of your life.

Transformation isn’t possible without steady practice. There are no shortcuts.

When we come to the realization that we need to make our spiritual lives the foundation for our entire lives, the way we embody that (practically speaking) is by committing to a daily practice.

A daily practice is something you do come hell or high water. It’s a time to meditate, pray, and to reflect on what you’re facing in your life (inwardly and outwardly) and how your practice, along with ancient wisdom teachings, can best prepare you for that.

Different seasons of our lives will require our daily practice to look different ways. This is welcomed and to be expected on a woman’s spiritual journey. The point is that you show up every day for your two most important relationships (with yourself and the Divine), first and foremost. Everything else stems from this.

As we do this, we can at times feel stuck, isolated, uninspired, or like we’ve plateaued. This is why it’s helpful to do your practice, along with spiritual friends.

WHY A SANGHA?
For many years, I’ve longed to create a space for dedicated practitioners to support one another in doing just this. In Sanskrit, this type of spiritual community is known as a sangha.

With the shared intentions to deepen insight into one’s true being, and then to more fully live those insights in one’s day-to-day life, a sangha meets over an extended period of time.

Members support one another with both the practice, and the living of the practice.

WHAT IS THE WOMEN'S WISDOM SANGHA?
This is an ongoing, committed group (for women with at least two years of meditation experience) with Sara. It’s designed for those who are sincere in their spiritual and psychological growth, through the path of feminine spirituality, and Sara’s always-evolving teachings.

A much-needed alternative to more patriarchal spiritual paths, this is a yin approach to Awakening. Here, we weave together psychological work, inquiry, traditional meditation teachings (from the Buddhist tradition), and long-forgotten practices from the Sacred Feminine.

We'll flow according to seasonal rhythms while weaving together mind-training with listening to and living from your heart. You'll work with your life as your teacher (through interpreting both waking events and your dreams) and learn to use your contemplation practice to heal your wounded instincts. You'll cultivate greater and greater levels of spiritual authority to live a braver, kinder, and more truthful existence. You'll learn how your meditation practice can help keep you aligned on your path to fulfilling your soul's purpose in this lifetime.

Throughout, you’re encouraged to drop down and into your body, hold everything you’re experiencing within a container of unconditional love, and to continually open, soften, and allow what is (rather than trying to fix, force, or manipulate).

HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The Sangha meets with Sara once or twice a month, for two hours at a time. The format for each gathering is experiential and a space where Sara cultivates and brings forth new teachings.

The approximate structure includes:

-Guided meditation
-Wisdom teaching/dharma talk on a specific subject
-Inquiry practice in dyads
-Group mentoring & reflections
-Dedication of merit/closing

(Recordings are available after each session.)

WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED?
-Since the purpose of this sangha is to support you in integrating your practice into the ups and downs of your life, there’s a private Facebook group to interact with other sangha members in-between sessions.

-You’ll also be assigned to a new “practice partner” every 3 months for support with accountability and to do dyad work in -between our bi-monthly group sessions.

-Last, you’ll receive “Wisdom Practices” to do in-between sessions. These may include things like inquiry/reflection questions or continuing with a certain meditation technique.

ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS?
-It’s suggested that you have at least two years of meditation experience to apply. (Some exceptions may be possible. If you’re not sure, go ahead and fill out an application below.)

-Attendance at the first session is mandatory, to set the container for the entire Sangha.

-While a missed session may be acceptable (or unavoidable in the case of timezone differences), we encourage you to participate in as many sessions as possible. When you need to miss a session, please let us know ahead of time, then listen to the recordings and do the inquiry exercise with your practice partner or another sangha member before the next session.

-Attendance in at least one retreat annually with Sara is encouraged. Her retreats can be found here.

WHAT ARE THE DATES/TIMES OF SESSIONS?
Sessions times will be determined once the group forms and we can see what everyone's needs are. We will meet during the following weeks, on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, between late morning and late afternoon (Denver Mountain Time)

May 19
June 2
June 16
June 30
July 14
July 28
August 11
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 20
November 3
November 17

WHAT'S THE INVESTMENT?

To make this an accessible resource and honor different financial needs during the pandemic, this Sangha is offered on a sliding scale.

Please pay at the highest amount that you're capable of right now. (Women who pay more help make it possible for women who pay less to participate.)

$650- $1250

-All payments are non-refundable.
-A limited number of partial, need-based scholarships are available. Email us here to apply.
-If you have a question about payments, please contact us here.

HOW DO I APPLY?

If you’re ready to move forward, please follow this 4-step application process by May 12, 2021 (we encourage you to apply early):

1. Submit your application here.
2. Submit a $200 deposit here or via Venmo to @saraavantstover (be sure to include your email with your payment if you use Venmo).

3. If your application is accepted and your deposit has been received, we’ll send you a welcome email within a few business days.

4. At that point, the remainder of your payment is due at least one week before the start of the program (or, if needed, you may pay the balance through a mutually agreed upon payment plan, plus a 5% administrative surcharge.)

(If your application has been declined, we’ll refund your $200 deposit within a few business days.)

QUESTIONS? Email us here.

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING ABOUT SARA'S TEACHINGS:

“I just wanted to extend a quick thank you for creating this space for us women. It has been the medicine I need in my life right now. Your way of bringing us into meditation resonates with me in a way that I haven't experienced in the past decade of exploring and practicing meditation. Thank you.” - Heather Parsons

“I have been grateful for this platform to have as a monthly touchpoint to connect and return back home to myself amidst the chaos of these past several months. Sara intuitively taps into the collective energy and tailors each month's gathering to what is going on at a micro and macro level. These monthly retreats have felt like a balm to my soul. I am grateful for this community during these times of feeling isolation and challenge.” - Mallory Griffiths

"Sara’s teachings anchor me. They have me see and touch the world inside and outside in new ways. The meditation or yoga practice helps digest those teachings. The teachings bring me deeper into myself. Anchored. Grounded. Empowered. I feel more enlivened and nourished by being in this space. I’m thankful to be a part of this circle." – Anonymous

"I have been following Sara’s teaching in yoga, meditation, and self-reflection for many years. Her teachings and dharma talks resonate with me and are invaluable and current, even after years from their recording. That is why I was excited to sign up for a new, online offering in such a troubled and turbulent time (both personal and collective). What surprised me, even more, was the power of the community and my ability to share and be simply present for other women. I hope this is the beginning of some new form of women’s community: one that is present, listens, is non-judgmental, and prompts change from the inner to the outer world." – Aurora Zoff

“Being a part of this community provides a rare respite in today's often over-stimulated and anxious world, to come together in a community in an effort to reclaim our sovereignty in our own body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift to be with like-minded womxn globally, share space and time, create a pause to reflect and recenter, and then go back out into the world in contribution." – Zina Mercil

(Painting of White Tara by Leslie Nguyen Temple)

CHANGING WITH GRACE

Changing with grace:
A WOMEN'S PATH THROUGH LIFE'S TRANSITIONS

6-Week Online SUMMER Series


JUNE 23- AUGUST 4, 2021

We've all heard it: Change is the only constant in life. And, while change is inevitable, growth is a choice.

Globally, we're in a period of great change. What was no longer exists, and what's to be is not yet here.

Given this level of uncertainty, which will likely be present for the rest of our lives, how do we navigate the unknown while anchoring into our centers? How do we still feel pleasure, vitality, celebration, and joy in the face of so much change?

Plus, as women, we're intimately linked with change– from our fluxing hormones and everchanging bodies to aging, relationships, our work, family, and identities.

All of this change can bring up fear, doubt, nostalgia, anger, anxiety, confusion, disorientation, frustration, as well as excitement. Yes, even positive change can be challenging to integrate.

Since change isn't going anywhere, how can we learn to be with it in a more graceful way? How can we accept it, move with it (rather than against it), and partner with it (even when it's unwelcome) to still create a life that feels real, true, and fulfilling?

Over these six weeks, we'll come together as a community to support, challenge, and witness one another in the exploration of all of these questions and more. Doing this within a conscious community is far easier than doing it on our own.

By applying ancient wisdom teachings and practical, embodied psychological tools to our modern-day changing inner and outer landscape, we'll fill ourselves with more reserves and strength to weather life's changes with grace.

We'll honor how uncomfortable our human selves feel with change, as well as how our divine selves are always deeply rooted in that which never changes. Together, we'll learn how to better dance with this sweet paradox of being alive.

The more that we're able to face uncertainty in a rooted, fluid, and graceful way, the more we'll be available to support others to do the same.

Each weekly session will include a dharma/wisdom talk, guided meditation, optional dyad practices and homework, as well as time for community sharing and Q & A.

(If you can't attend sessions live, recordings will be available within 24 hours.)

I look forward to sharing sacred space with you.

WHEN:
-Wednesdays 1 - 2:30 pm Mountain Time
-June 23- August 4, 2021 (No class on July 7)

WHERE:
Zoom (live video or via recording)

SYLLABUS:
I teach in an organic, intuitive way– rather than mapping out the content of each week in advance.

YOUR INVESTMENT:
As I know many are stretched financially, this offering is priced low, with a sliding scale.

Scholarship: $99
Subsidized: $149
Standard: $199
Supporter: $249

-All payments are non-refundable.
-Please pay the highest amount you're able to at this time. Those who pay more make it possible for those who pay less to participate.
-If the prices listed here aren't sustainable for you, or if you need a payment plan, please reach out to share a bit about your situation and what you're needing.

REGISTER:
1. Submit your payment via Paypal here or send it via Venmo to @SaraAvantStover, choosing from the sliding scale above. (If you send your payment through Venmo, please include your email address in a note along with your payment.)
2. We'll send you an email (to the email you submitted your payment through) with the Zoom link for our first session within 1-2 business days of receiving your payment.
3. If you have any questions about your order, please email hello@saraavantstover.com.

QUESTIONS? Email us here.

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING ABOUT SARA'S TEACHINGS:

"I think there is something in your course for every woman and those identifying as female. I was impressed by the variety of topics within topics that were mentioned. I learned new words and ideas every session that I have continued to pursue. It is a course of hope, a journey to remember, to relive and live, to relook at ourselves to see who is really hiding inside our personal armor. This course is emotionally difficult but in the end, I felt lighter, brighter, more confident with who I am at this stage in my life. I finally accepted that I am not my college-self anymore and I feel my self-esteem climbing daily due to our course discussions and continuing practice." – H.W.

"I can not possibly fully express my overwhelming gratitude for your book, your class, your teaching style, and you. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your worldview from personal experience. I am not sure where I would be now had I not signed up for the 13-week Heroine's Journey with this group of women. I am so appreciative to everyone in the group and the wise, wise words spoken from deep in our hearts. Some weeks I was so choked up I simply could not speak. One week I just wanted to scream "I am here" and then cry, but I couldn't move--the topic resonated so profoundly. So much has happened and continues to happen in my life. This course of study helped ground and free me, helped me work through several past sad and traumatic experiences, and has offered me a plan to approach tribulations ahead." – Heather

"I can’t thank you enough for not only writing The Book of SHE, but also for providing The Book of SHE Club: A 13-Week Community Initiation.

I have been deeply touched by ALL that you’ve shared with us. I’ve noticed that each week you do a brief overview of the chapter, but mostly you offer us new related material. You’ve been exceptionally generous in this regard.

I’m at a time in my life where I’ve lived through much of the Heroine’s Journey. Being in The Book of She Club has given me the opportunity to reflect back over my 75 years of life & living with yet more appreciation for ALL that’s transpired. " – D.S.

"It’s been such a transformative experience! I want to extend so much gratitude to you for this container of deep healing you’ve created through your calm, wise, and compassionate teaching. I feel like I’m on a raft navigating the current rough waters in life rather than flailing around trying to keep my head above the water! It’s true that sometimes the pain and the storm can be beautiful and staying with it rather than running from it can be cathartic (although, this usually comes with hindsight!). Each day I’m working to be with what is, and your work has helped immensely with this process. Thank you again for the work you do in the world, it’s inspiring and always deeply healing." -Shannon Moodie

“I just wanted to extend a quick thank you for creating this space for us women. It has been the medicine I need in my life right now. Your way of bringing us into meditation resonates with me in a way that I haven't experienced in the past decade of exploring and practicing meditation. Thank you.” - Heather Parsons

“I have been grateful for this platform to have as a monthly touchpoint to connect and return back home to myself amidst the chaos of these past several months. Sara intuitively taps into the collective energy and tailors each month's gathering to what is going on at a micro and macro level. These monthly retreats have felt like a balm to my soul. I am grateful for this community during these times of feeling isolation and challenge.” - Mallory Griffiths

"Sara’s teachings anchor me. They have me see and touch the world inside and outside in new ways. The meditation or yoga practice helps digest those teachings. The teachings bring me deeper into myself. Anchored. Grounded. Empowered. I feel more enlivened and nourished by being in this space. I’m thankful to be a part of this circle." – Anonymous

"I have been following Sara’s teaching in yoga, meditation, and self-reflection for many years. Her teachings and dharma talks resonate with me and are invaluable and current, even after years from their recording. That is why I was excited to sign up for a new, online offering in such a troubled and turbulent time (both personal and collective). What surprised me, even more, was the power of the community and my ability to share and be simply present for other women. I hope this is the beginning of some new form of women’s community: one that is present, listens, is non-judgmental, and prompts change from the inner to the outer world." – Aurora Zoff

“Being a part of this community provides a rare respite in today's often over-stimulated and anxious world, to come together in a community in an effort to reclaim our sovereignty in our own body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift to be with like-minded womxn globally, share space and time, create a pause to reflect and recenter, and then go back out into the world in contribution." – Zina Mercil

(Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash)

Community Retreats

Mid-Summer Celebration:
A Women's yoga, meditation & nature Retreat

10 am - 5 pm Mountain Time
Saturday, July 17; 2021

(in Boulder, CO & via Livestream)

Summer is the season of celebration and fullness. And, given all the upset in the world over this past year, it's important that we also allow ourselves the time and space to expand into more pleasure and goodness.

Please join me for an in-person retreat in Boulder, CO (with an option to attend via Zoom). Let's celebrate the opportunity to practice together as a community again.

Plus, this spring marked the 10-year anniversary of the publication of my first book, The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life.

In celebration of this anniversary, and the opportunity to be together in person again, let's gather as a community to draw strength, sweetness, and sustenance both from one another and from the height of this summer season.

We'll do this together through dharma/wisdom talks, journaling, women's circle sharing, silence, time in nature, meditation, as well as yin and slow yoga– tailored for a woman's body, heart, mind, and life.

This is an opportunity to step away from the stressors and distractions of your life and to drop into your heartful, deep center. There, you'll receive the wisdom and nourishment you need to truly flourish.

All who identify as women are warmly welcome– either in person or via Zoom.

(If you attend virtually, a recording will be available for 7 days.)

I look forward to filling our inner wells by sharing sacred space together again!

WHEN:
Saturday, July 17, 2021
10 am - 5 pm Mountain

WHERE:
-In-person: We'll meet at a private residence in Sunshine Canyon, about 30 minutes outside of Boulder (address provided upon registration). We'll do some practice indoors, with the windows open, as well as have time out in nature.

In-person attendance is limited, so please secure your space early.

-Virtual: You can also attend via Zoom (live video or via recording). When we do walking meditations outdoors, you can do those in your yard, around your neighborhood, or inside your home.

YOUR SUPPLIES:
-If attending in person, please bring layers of clothing for varying temperatures, a sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a journal and something to write with, a yoga mat, and any other yoga props you need (meditation cushions and blankets are available on-site). Please also bring enough drinking water for the day, snacks, and a bagged lunch.

YOUR INVESTMENT:

$99

-All payments are non-refundable.

REGISTER:
1. Submit your payment here or send it via Venmo to @SaraAvantStover, choosing from the sliding scale above. (If you send your payment through Venmo, please include your email address in a note along with your payment.)
2. Please also indicate whether you are attending in-person or via Zoom in a note with your payment.
2. You'll receive an email (sent to the email address you submitted your payment through) with all the information you need for the retreat within 1-2 business days of receiving your payment.
3. If you have any questions about your order, please email hello@saraavantstover.com.

QUESTIONS? Email Sara here.

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING ABOUT SARA'S TEACHINGS:

“I just wanted to extend a quick thank you for creating this space for us women. It has been the medicine I need in my life right now. Your way of bringing us into meditation resonates with me in a way that I haven't experienced in the past decade of exploring and practicing meditation. Thank you.” - Heather Parsons

“I have been grateful for this platform to have as a monthly touchpoint to connect and return back home to myself amidst the chaos of these past several months. Sara intuitively taps into the collective energy and tailors each month's gathering to what is going on at a micro and macro level. These monthly retreats have felt like a balm to my soul. I am grateful for this community during these times of feeling isolation and challenge.” - Mallory Griffiths

"Sara’s teachings anchor me. They have me see and touch the world inside and outside in new ways. The meditation or yoga practice helps digest those teachings. The teachings bring me deeper into myself. Anchored. Grounded. Empowered. I feel more enlivened and nourished by being in this space. I’m thankful to be a part of this circle." – Anonymous

"I have been following Sara’s teaching in yoga, meditation, and self-reflection for many years. Her teachings and dharma talks resonate with me and are invaluable and current, even after years from their recording. That is why I was excited to sign up for a new, online offering in such a troubled and turbulent time (both personal and collective). What surprised me, even more, was the power of the community and my ability to share and be simply present for other women. I hope this is the beginning of some new form of women’s community: one that is present, listens, is non-judgmental, and prompts change from the inner to the outer world." – Aurora Zoff

“Being a part of this community provides a rare respite in today's often over-stimulated and anxious world, to come together in a community in an effort to reclaim our sovereignty in our own body, mind, and spirit. It is a gift to be with like-minded womxn globally, share space and time, create a pause to reflect and recenter, and then go back out into the world in contribution." – Zina Mercil