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Relationships as Spiritual Practice: Using the Joys and Difficulties of Relationship to Awaken

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Soko Chris Fortin, MFT
Bruce Fortin, MFT
with Hoka Chris Englehorn Fortin
and Kanzan Bruce Fortin

June 15-17 (Fri-Sun)

$170 ($145/member)

9 CEU credits available for MFTs.

A retreat for couples.

Use the joys and difficulties of important relationships to awaken and mature the tender places of our hearts.


We choose relationships that can bring experiences of joy and intimacy, and, paradoxically, can elicit our anger, fear, and anxieties. This crucible of delight and fear provides an opportunity to awaken to conditioned patterns that block an open heart. We will explore practices that allow us to join with another in difficult and tender places, as well as how to cultivate happiness, compassion, and well-being in relationship.

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Soko Chris Fortin, MFT

Chris Fortin is a Zen teacher and practices and teaches with the Everyday Zen Community. She recently received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer. She leads a meditation group in Sebastopol, Ca. as well as retreats throughout the Bay Area and beyond. She has been a practicing MFT psychotherapist and Spiritual Counseler (dharmaheartzen.com) for many years.


Bruce Fortin, MFT

Bruce Fortin is a MFT psychotherapist and mediator in private practice in Santa Rosa, with a specialty in couples counseling. Bruce leads the Occidental Laguna Sangha in Sebastopol, and received dharma transmission from Zoketsu Norman Fischer.