Sky Island Zen Sesshin with Chris Fortin

February 14-19


Registration is now open. If you wish to attend, send email to let us know and you will be put on the list. Send application, covid vaccination card copy and $450 check made out to Sky Island Zen. PLEASE NOTE- check and applications must be sent to me at the address below, not the Tucson address. 

Mary Koopman   934 Seashore Av, Peaks Av. ME 04108

You will receive an information email once your registration is complete.


Nestled at the foot of Brandenburg Mountain, Aravaipa Canyon Ranch sits amongst secluded, ever-changing terrain in the midst of natural, pristine beauty, alongside the singing waters of Aravaipa Creek, one of Arizona’s  perennial streams. This wilderness is a place of great beauty and silence, where we will sit and practice together.

We will do our best to connect folks coming in from out of town for carpooling.  We will send you information about this once we know who all are coming. 

Contact us at for any questions.

We are excited to be returning to Aravaipa Canyon Ranch for sesshin early next year.   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 and application.


in person All Day sits are suspended


Sue Moon, Mary Koopman, Chris Fortin

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.