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Chris is the founding teacher of Dharma Heart Zen and leads two meditation groups: The Women's Lotus Sangha in Sebastopol CA, and Dharma Heart Zen in Cotati, CA. She is the guiding teacher at Sky Island Zen in Tucson, Arizona. She is one of the leaders and teachers in the Everyday community, and is the co- founder of Veteran's PATH (formerly Honoring the Path of the Warrior), offering retreats and meditation and mindfulness practices for returning veterans. Please Contact Chris for more information about any of these programs or events.

Dharma Heart LogoDharma Heart Zen Meditation

Thursdays 10-11:30am at Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati CA. (10 min. from Sebastopol/Santa Rosa/Petaluma), with easy access from the north and south off of Hwy 101). Drop in.

Quarterly Saturday/Sunday sittings 9:00am - 1:00 pm. July 18 and Oct. 4, 2015. Please let us know you're coming: email or call Patti Garrett - 707-887-0848.

Beginners and seasoned meditators are welcome. Chairs are available; please bring your own sitting cushion if you use one. Suggested donation is $10. Thursday morning and quarterly sittings include sitting and walking meditation, dharma talk and discussion, with relaxed forms.

Half-day sitting schedule:

9:00 Zazen ( meditation ) and orientation
9:30 Kinhin (walking meditation)
9:40 Zazen
10:10 Kinhin
10:20 Zazen
10:50 Outside walking meditation (weather permitting)
11:15 Zazen
11:45 Kinhin
11:55 Dharma talk and discussion
12:35 Service
12:45 Tea and treats

Lotus Sangha

A weekly meditation group for women that includes zazen, teachings, and discussion.

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol, CA (enter through the door at the back of the building).

A committed and warm group of women practicing together and making the teachings relevant in everyday life. All levels of meditation experience are welcomed. Chairs are available, but please bring your own sitting cushion. Suggested donation $10 or whatever you are able to afford, with a donation to the teacher. Drop in.

Precepts Study Class, Ongoing 6:45 pm - 8:00 second Tuesday of every month.

Quarterly Saturday/Sunday sittings 9:00am - 1:00 pm with Dharma Heart Zen. See the calendar for more information.

Jukai Lay Initiation Ceremony at Lotus SanghaJukai Lay Initiation Ceremony at Lotus Sangha, August 2014

Everyday Zen

Chris has practiced with Everyday Zen since its beginning, and is one of the leaders and teachers there. Everyday Zen is dedicated to sharing the Zen attitude, spirit and practice with the world, and is guided by the teachings of Zoketsu Norman Fischer. Please see the Everyday Zen website for much more information and many resources, including teachings.

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Ordination June 2014. Preceptors and ordainees

Veteran's PATH

Tools for returning veterans in the transition home. Retreats and community where veterans can support each other in ways which promote growth and healing through the cultivation of understanding and kindness in service to others. To send an e-mail for more information about the program, click here.

This program was featured in the New York Times, June 18, 2014, and the February 2015 issue of Mindfulness magazine. Click here for the story.

Click here to read San Francisco Zen Center's article on Veteran's PATH, January 2017, "Taking Practice Into the World."

Veternan's PATH at Muir Beach, 2017


Zen Practice Retreat Days "Bodhisattvas Are Us!"

Retreat days exploring our ‘bodhisattva-ness’ and the intention to live with and for all beings. By not turning away from or being bound in the suffering world, we are free to be compassionate, creative, and joyful in this samsaric world of suffering.

Zen Practice Retreat Days "Coming Down to Earth"

Experiencing our lives and practice through zazen, the community of other women and in creative expression.

Everyday Zen Dialogs

Conversations about practicing in the world and cultivating compassion and wisdom in our everyday lives Please visit the Everyday Zen website for more information (click on "Programs" tab and then on "Everyday Zen Dialogs.") Sign up here to receive e-mail announcements of upcoming Dharma Dialogs.


Jizo Ceremony for Those Who Have Died

A ceremony of remembrance and letting go, with the intention of nurturing and tending both the beings who have died and the beings who continue to live. There are two offerings of the ceremony: one for children who have died and one for all those who have died.


Meditation Retreats

Traditional extended Zen retreats of zazen with dharma lectures. An opportunity to return to silence and to awaken the truth of our hearts.


SCPI, "Self Reflection for Conflict Professionals"


To study the self is to know the self.
To know the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be intimate with all things.
Dogen Zenji, Genjokoan

Dokusan / Practice Discussion

Dokusan is an integral part of Zen practice. It is sometimes called “meeting yourself”: we study, know and become intimate with ourselves and the whole world through relationship.

Dokusan is an opportunity to meet and establish a relationship with the guiding teacher. It provides a time to discuss and share what is happening in your practice and to bring questions and life concerns. 

Donations are gratefully acepted. If you are able to make a larger donation it will help others with fewer resources. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All donations are tax-deductible.

You can sign up at the meditation groups or contact Chris.

Dana - The Practice of Generosity