we are planning for 2023 sesshin February 14-19, led by chris Fortin

We are excited and hopeful to be returning to Araviapa Canyon Ranch for sesshin next year. Mark you calendars! The ranch is set in one of the few riparian settings in the Sonoran Desert, and a best kept secret. SIZ has the place to ourselves. The house is set along the creek, and we take daily walks up into the hills around the ranch under Brandenburg Mountain. It is a magical place to be with the mountains walking and the river running.

Contact skyislandzen@gmail for more information.

in person All Day sits are suspended

Please join us at Sky Island Zen for all or part of the day. This is a good opportunity to deepen our practice together. And for those who have not sat retreat before, this is a way to experience spending more time on the cushion.

You may enter the zendo when the bell rings at the end of a meditation period or after the clackers are hit to end walking meditation. It will be warm, so dress lightly in dull or muted colors if you can.

All are welcome. If you are new to practice, just let us know in advance. If you wish, we can give you an orientation beforehand. Please contact us at to arrange it.

What to bring:

If you are staying for the day, please bring a pot luck item for lunch. We will have a work practice period outside, so bring walking shoes. Drinks will be provided. If you have a favorite cushion or bench, bring it along, otherwise we have plenty. Chairs are available too.


Sue Moon, Mary Koopman, Chris Fortin at a women’s retreat


Women’s retreat
At this time there is n0 Women’s retreat scheduled. We will post at soon as we have a plan for the next one.

For three days we will ground ourselves in silent meditation and share in wholehearted conversation in the wonder of Aravaipa Canyon. While sitting under Brandenburg Mountain beside Aravaipa creek, as women together we will explore how the Buddhist teachings are relevant in our lives today.

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Chris is a Zen priest and senior teacher in the Everyday Zen community who received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She is also an MA MFT psychotherapist and spiritual counselor. She is founder of Dharma Heart Zen and guiding teacher for Sky Island Zen. Chris also is co-founder of Veteran’s Path, offering meditation and mindfulness retreats for veterans.

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Registration includes meals and accommodations (basic small dormitory rooms). Complete information about the ranch can be found at Contact for application. This retreat is limited to 16 participants. If you wish to attend and are unfamiliar with Zen Buddhist practice, please contact Mary Koopman at 520 400-8928.