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Everyday Zen Dialog: Conflict - as Opportunity and Wake-up Call

May 13th 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Everyday Zen Dialogs:  Zen Practice in Everyday Life

"’Conflict - as Opportunity and Wake-up Call"

A workshop with Chris Fortin and Catherine Conner Saturday,  May 13
10:00am - 4:30pm     $40
Deer Run Zendo, Corte Madera, CA (directions will be e-mailed to registrants)


Cost does not include a traditional donation (dana) to the teachers at the end of the day. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please bring a bag lunch.

Conflict is part of the human condition. Yet our society doesn’t deal very well with conflict and conflicting views. We have all had the experience of being triggered and upset by such conflicts.

In this day of active practice, meditation and reflection we will explore how to use conflict as an opportunity and a wake-up call to turn emotions we may have avoided into a source of deep empathy, connection and understanding.  Finding freedom to respond rather than react opens the way for us to bring our full humanity into conflict and to create new pathways forward.

CHRIS FORTIN is a Zen priest as well as an MA, MFT psychotherapist and spiritual counselor. She leads Dharma Heart Zen ( and is the guiding teacher for several Zen groups. She is a teacher with the Center for Understanding in Conflict. She co-founded Veteran’s PATH for returning veterans. She leads retreats and workshops throughout the country.

CATHERINE CONNER is a mediator and Collaborative Practice lawyer in Santa Rosa. ( She is a dispute resolution teacher with The Center for Understanding in Conflict. She has been a leader in Collaborative Practice for over 15 years and is a Past President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She helps parties in conflict find the best solution in difficult circumstances.