Welcome to The Ojai Foundation

In transition to become Topa Institute

The Ojai Foundation is a 36-acre educational nonprofit located in the Upper Ojai Valley. For over 40 years, our land and programs have been a beacon for youth and adults seeking ways to deepen relationship with self, each other, and the natural world. Council, the practice of listening and speaking from the heart, is our foundational offering and core to all we do.

Our Own Rite of Passage

The Ojai Foundation is in transition to become Topa Institute.

United behind a common mission and devoted to the practice of council, youth rites of passage, and many more projects in the arts and education, we are forming a new organization called the Topa Institute. Topa will nourish the legacy of the Ojai Foundation, the roots of council, and the creation of intercultural connections that have thrived on the ridge for so many years. 

The transition to Topa Institute will unfold within the next 6 months, and we invite our community to join us in co-creating the new future! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for programming or stewarding the land.

Visit the new Topa Institute’s website, CLICK HERE.


Since 1979, Council has been our primary practice supporting group interaction, conflict resolution, storytelling, decision-making and co-visioning.

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Land Rental

Run your own retreat, workshop, event at TOF’s sacred land. Located in the heart of the Ojai Valley with views of Topa-Topa mountains, and surrounded by natural beauty. Inspiring community and creativity.

Workshops & Events

We offer programs that create profound connections between people and the spaces we inhabit. Join us in a transformational experience.

Planning a visit?

visiting hours:
Tuesday through saturday
9am - 2PM

Please sign-in at reception upon arrival
No pets allowed. No exceptions.


Council & Social Equity

The Ojai Foundation is committed to a deep examination of the practice of council toward increased access, equity and relational healing across class, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social positions. The Council & Social Equity Project exists to do just that.

News & Stories

News & Stories

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The Buddha Amitabha

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Google Maps Address: 34.43661355333167, -119.17562450391293

Mailing Address: PO BOX 999 Ojai, CA 93024

Our hours

09:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tuesday – Saturday

Contact us

Phone: (805)646-8343
Email: contact@ojaifoundation.org