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Mountains and Rivers Buddhist Women's Retreat

In this three-day retreat, as women together, we will ground ourselves in silent meditation, share in wholehearted conversation, walk the path in the living landscape, and cool ourselves in the creek. We will read Dogen’s Mountains and Waters Sutra, bringing its poetry into our bodies and hearts while being held by the Galiuro Mountains and soothed by Aravaipa Creek.

The retreat will be led by two experienced women teachers in the Zen tradition, skilled in supporting individuals and groups in the exploration of innermost concerns, through the teachings of the dharma.

Susan Moon is a writer and lay teacher in the Everyday Zen Community and co-leads the annual women’s retreat (San Francisco Bay area). She also leads creative writing and meditation workshops around the country. Her most recent book is “This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging”. Her next book, co-edited with Florence Caplow, is The Hidden Lamp, Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, to be published in Fall 2013.

Chris Fortin is a long time practitioner of Zen, has received Dharma Transmission, and is a recognized teacher with the Everyday Zen community ( She has offered psychotherapy and spiritual counseling in private practices in the Bay Area for over 25 years ( Chris leads a Zen meditation group for women as well as retreats for women throughout the bay area and beyond.

Retreat cost of $300 includes meals and accommodations (basic small dormitory rooms).

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For application and more information
This retreat is limited to 18 participants and is open to women of all traditions. 
If you wish to attend and are unfamiliar with Buddhist practice, please contact Mary Koopman at 520 400-8928.  

21 CEU credits are available for MFT's and LCSW's