We here at the Stronghold are sending love to those affected by this pandemic – which is pretty much everyone at this point. It is a stunning reminder of how connected we all truly are – from invisible disease transmission lines to the intricate (and often fragile) interdependencies of our economic structures. Please be good to yourselves, and try to offer kindness and generosity wherever you are able. Our very interdependence is what will help us get through this.
In order to honor our responsibility to help limit and slow the spread of the disease, the retreat center will not be accepting solo or group retreats, volunteers, or day visitors until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and will post updates regarding our operations as things change.
We are also exploring ways to support our community with virtual offerings. If you’re a teacher and would like to be involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
May all beings be free from suffering
May all beings be free from ill will
May all beings be filled with loving kindness
May all beings be truly happy
And may all the children be loved, loved, loved
– Salina Diiorio, Dharma Treasure Executive Director
About the Retreat Center
Dharma Treasure Retreat Center at Cochise Stronghold hosts meditation retreats for both individuals and small groups. Located in the Dragoon Mountains of southeast Arizona, this wilderness retreat has long been considered sacred — first by the Chiricahua Apaches and later by hundreds of meditators grateful to practice in this quiet canyon.
Today, the retreat center welcomes spiritual sojourners from all traditions, while providing support aimed at spiritual awakening, rooted in the teachings of the Buddha.
Cochise Stronghold is a magnificent natural wonder. Granite peaks rise to the east, south and west, spotted with chromatic, lichen-covered boulders, precariously balanced rocks, and charismatic formations that take on a life of their own. An evergreen juniper and oak forest grows in the valley, providing shelter for abundant wildlife including javelina, deer, and hundreds of species of birds. A seasonal stream flows from mountain top pools down through the canyon. Sharing a border with the Coronado National Forest, the retreat center is surrounded by hiking and horse trails that snake up into the mountains for miles.
The retreat center is located 90 minutes from the Tucson Airport, 45 minutes from Benson and Willcox, and 20 minutes from the small village of Sunsites. While remote, we are part of a close-knit rural community