Sara Avant Stover

Bestselling Author, Mentor
& Teacher of Feminine Spirituality

© 2020 Sara Avant Stover. 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, traveled and taught around the world, and studied with some of our time's spiritual luminaries.

The creator of the world’s first Women’s Yoga Teacher Training 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, A Course in Miracles, non-dualism, animism, and psychology– has uplifted the lives of tens of thousands of people 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 Pfinister

VIRTUAL RETREATS
-Women's House of Wisdom: Monthly retreats & community




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

PODCAST
-Apple Podcasts
-Google Podcasts
-Spotify

ABORTION SUPPORT
-Healing After Abortion (Free Resources)
-Pre & Post Abortion Counseling

PRIVATE SESSIONS
-Professional & Personal Mentoring
-Spiritual Counseling
-The Initiation Experience: A 3-Month Journey (Accepting applications soon)

"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

-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

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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

mentoring

THE INITIATION EXPERIENCE: A 3-MONTH MENTORING JOURNEY

There are times in life when the rug gets pulled out from underneath you.

Maybe it’s a health scare, financial challenge, betrayal, loss of a loved one, abortion/miscarriage, birth of a child, menopause, end of a relationship– or the fact that this is a challenging time on the planet!

Sometimes it’s several of these all at once.

Within these massive, life fissures, both outer and inner voices often tell you that you’re a failure. Yet, when you tune into your soul’s voice, you discover that such “falls from grace” are brilliantly orchestrated, divine initiations into a truer, freer expression of yourself.

When familiar markers that once defined you fall away, you’re left to discover who you really are.

Yes, initiations are opportunities (albeit often very painful and disorienting ones) to shed outdated defensive structures of your false personality (that came online to protect you when you were very young) and give birth to your authentic Self.

During such times– which can extend from a few months to several years– you need to sort through, resolve, and integrate a tremendous amount of previously undigested shadow material.

This is the hard work of not only becoming a conscious adult but also becoming the woman you were born to be. Throughout, it’s helpful to have the support of a wise mentor who has navigated this terrain before.

This mentor is not there to tell you “how” to do it, but, rather, to validate the sacredness of the process you’re in, help you understand key markers along the way, hold a safe container for you, encourage you to keep surrendering to your soul’s intelligence, and offer tools and perspectives that can be crucial to bringing more grace and efficacy to your process.

Such support systems were built into initiatory processes in ancient cultures but have since, for the most part, been erased– leaving us to navigate this treacherous inner terrain on our own.

No one is meant to navigate an initiation by themselves.

We all come to the classroom that is planet Earth to learn the same lessons: forgiveness, patience, humility, trust, love, and joy (to name a few). Yet, how we learn these lessons is unique for each of us.

If you’re currently undergoing a major life transition, know that this is an initiation into a new realm of being.

And, if you’d like support in this process– and you’re committed to doing the inner work required with sincerity– I’m here for you.

While our 6-sessions together are tailored to your unique needs, some of the tools we’ll draw on are:

-iCHING DIVINATION
Translated as “The Book of Changes,” the iChing is an ancient Chinese divination text. It’s said that famed, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung used the iChing at the start of each day to help predict and prepare for the coming day’s events. I use it whenever I have an important decision to make or want to know how to work skillfully with a situation.

A self-referencing divination process, the iChing bypasses the conceptual mind and reveals what you already know “deep in your bones,” but which may be occluded by shadowy, tangled mental chatter.

This opening divination will reveal a not-before-seen (but deeply intuited) context for your initiatory process, helping to bring you into alignment with the cosmic order.

-INTEGRITY AUDIT
When things fall apart, it’s a good time to take a close, honest look at the areas in your life where you’re being inauthentic. In these places, you’re leaking power. In order to come back into alignment with life, you’ll need to clean up these messes and restore integrity.

This could look like setting a boundary, speaking things you’ve been withholding, or taking actions you’ve been avoiding taking. I’ll help to hold you accountable while giving you tips and encouragement for this often uncomfortable process.

-WORKING WITH YOUR INNER FAMILY
Whenever we’re not resting in peaceful, inner clarity, we can know that one of our inner family members needs support. This could be your inner child, critic, perfectionist, planner, an addicted part– or any number of other inner characters.

By giving these activated parts of yourself a seat at the table and allowing them to be non-judgmentally seen and heard, you can be the loving, wise inner parent they most likely never had.

I’ve found this work to be the most potent of all therapeutic processes in resolving and integrating past traumas (large and small). Changing these inner family dynamics is the key to living a Self-led life and shifting painful outer dynamics in your life, as well.

-STUDY & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
In-between sessions, I ask that you continue to “work your process.” I may advise you to journal daily and do certain meditation, devotional, or yoga/movement practices. I may also share books, podcasts, study resources, nutritional, or other recommendations, as needed.

-DREAMWORK
Over-intellectualization stifles your intuition. Throughout our time together, I’ll ask you to stay connected to your dreams. Our subconscious– which holds the keys to our waking lives– speaks to us through symbols in our dreams. Learning to interpret these dreams and weave them into your life will continue to help you build your own spiritual authority and to navigate your life from your depths (rather than your egoic agendas).

-ANCESTRAL HEALING
We’ll also call in supportive ancestors and guides to help you on your journey. You are, after all, the face of your ancestors, and having their backing will be crucial in not only making it through your initiation intact but also to living a life in which you fulfill your destiny.

Healing intergenerational trauma and restoring ancestral connection often ripples out into the seen world through improved health, finances, relationships, and so much more.

-CLOSING RITUAL
Ritual is a potent way to bridge the seen and unseen worlds. To conclude our journey together, we’ll devise a ritual for you to perform that encapsulated all you’ve seen and learned– while helping to lay down a graceful path forward. We’ll also put a template together, for your next steps forward.


The Fine Print:
-All sessions are 60 minutes and take place over Zoom.
-You will receive mp3 & mp4 recordings via email after each session.
-You will have two sessions per month (approximately every other week).
-After your payment is submitted, you’ll receive information via email about how to schedule your sessions.
-The immersion ends four months after the receipt of your payment.
-All payments are non-refundable.
-Sessions must be scheduled, rescheduled, and canceled, at least 24 hours in advance (or on Friday if your session is on a Monday).

Your Investment:

To make this an accessible resource and honor different financial needs during the pandemic, I’m currently offering this immersion on a sliding scale.

$995- $1500

(If cost is still prohibitive, single sessions are also available. Reach out here.)

If you’re ready to move forward, please follow this 3-step application process:

1. Submit your application here.
2. Submit your payment here.
3. If your application is accepted and your payment has been received, we’ll email you to schedule your first session within 2 business days.

(If your application has been declined, we’ll refund your payment.)

WHAT WOMEN ARE SAYING:

“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 Burkett; 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 Khoury; 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 Meadows; 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 Herendeen; 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 Harries; 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 Cervero; 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 Fragiacomo; 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 McNear; Boulder, CO

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