Welcome to The Ojai Foundation

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.

Happy New Day!

Responding to so many of you who voiced your concern and love of this land, we are delighted to announce that our precious parcel of land, which has brought so much joy and beauty to so many, has new leadership and a way forward!

The new Board composed of members of the founding generation, Leon Berg, Irasha Talifero and Jack Zimmerman will guide TOF into a new marriage of our vision and history, joining with a group of aligned organizations and individuals who are committed to continuing the spirit of TOF. 

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.

Stay tuned for more updates.


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

program inquiry

Teach on The Ridge

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.

Planning a visit?

visiting hours:
Wednesday through sunday
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.


Google Maps Address: 34.43661355333167, -119.17562450391293

Mailing Address: PO BOX 999 Ojai, CA 93024

Our hours

09:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday – Sunday

Contact us

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