Zen Practice with Hoka Chris Fortin


Dharma Heart Zen Sangha meets Tuesday evenings, 5-6:30pm PT and Thursday mornings 10-11:30am PT in hybrid format, in person and on zoom. 

To sit in person, you will find us in the chapel at the Community Church of Sebastopol , 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol.

To be on our email list, and to receive our newsletter and notification of events, send your name and email address to Ellen Sherron.

Vaccinations and boosters required for in-person attendance. 


"Racial and Social Justice Dharma Group" continues online. Led by Chris Fortin and Doralee Grindler Katonah, we meet via Zoom once a month on Thursday evenings, 6-8 pm. Click here for general information and readings. Contact Chris for Zoom login information.


How do we live with clarity and compassion in this beautiful and suffering world?

Zen is the everyday practice of wholehearted living.

Turning and being turned in our living, awakening the heart of
practice, meeting ourselves and all beings with compassion
and kindness, we become true human beings.

We "shine one corner of the world." (Shunryu Suzuki Roshi,
from the Lotus Sutra)

Below left: Araivapa Canyon Women's Retreat, October 2014. Right:Buddha statue at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii

Chris at araivapa canyon retreat







"Chris Fortin is one of the remarkable ones. A person for whom caregiving and teaching are a natural expression of her life. She has a wealth of professional skills as a seasoned therapist, years of  study and dedicated practice as a Zen priest and the all important common sense that arrives with maturity. Chris has a bright and cultivated mind but she transmits her wisdom through an ever expanding, open heart."

Frank Ostaseski
Founder, Metta Institue 
Co-Founder, Zen Hospice Projec

Chris Fortin

Chris Fortin
Hoka Soko

Zen Teacher

Sitting in the center of our lives, giving ourselves to body and breath, letting go beyond knowledge or knowing, we find a quiet confidence to not turn away from the one heart of the world. There is freedom and love here—for ourselves and all beings.

My life and practice is dedicated to this wholehearted way of living. It is impossible to do this alone. Warm heart to warm heart we awaken along with everything.

Chris's bio




ETHICAL GUIDELINES. Please click here to read the Everyday Zen document on guidelines for ethical conduct. We abide by these same guidelines at Dharma Heart Zen.

13th Annual Women's Retreat, Commonweal, Pt. Reyes Seashore, February 2018



Jukai (Lay Initiation) Ceremony, November 7, 2021. First in two years.
Aravaipa Canyon

Aravaipa Canyon. Chris leads Zen retreats here. See the calendar for more information.