1975 Happy Valley School Meeting

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Happy Valley School Discusses on Annie Besant’s Vision – 1975

Video recording created by the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documenting the Happy Valley School in Ojai, California; and Krotona/Ojai, California. Date recorded: 06/06/1975 In this video Austin Bee, Director of Happy Valley School; Luke Gatto; Liam O’Gallagher; Rosalind Rajagopal; Mr and Mrs Williams discuss Anne Besant’s vision for the land in Ojai which includes the study of a new consciousness, the sharing of knowledge and land stewardship.

The Teaching Tree

 

Greetings from Ojai!

Whether from the barrage of the daily news, the grief and hardship of these last years of pandemic and isolation, or the overwhelming alarm at the state of our planet, it is easy to get caught up in despair these days! But what a relief can be found when we turn to learn from the earth. 

As many of you who have spent time on this precious ridge in the Upper Ojai know well, the land has unfathomable ways of teaching. And now that we are setting out with renewed optimism to reestablish profound connections between people and the natural world, we are ceaselessly humbled by all that this land has witnessed. This earth and these tenacious trees continue to pass their lessons of resilience on to us at TOF, the new Topa Institute of which we are a part, and all who join us here.

 

 

Teaching Tree Educational Center

For so many years, this ridge has offered young people and adults opportunities to deepen their relationship with others and with nature. In honor of the magnificent live oak you may have sat under here, we are inaugurating the programs that gather communities in the practice of listening and speaking from the heart with a new name, the Teaching Tree Educational Center, under the joint leadership of O’Kawai Kin and Anita Samaha. As the respective directors of Educational Programs and Outreach and Partnerships, O’Kawai and Ani are working to bring back our youth programs as well as creating and designing new council, team-building, and nature-based programs filled with joy and exhilaration. If you are interested in bringing young people through a school or organization to the ridge, please get in touch with O’Kawai. Or connect with Ani, if you might like to bring a group of any age together to increase communication, leadership, and collaborative skills.

 


 

Volunteer Opportunities
in Eco Art and Hospitality

Eco Art

As part of our commitment to a deeper engagement with the earth and its inherent intelligence, we are so pleased to welcome Skip Schuckmann back as our artist-in-residence. Skip is a longtime friend of The Ojai Foundation. Both of the kivas you can see on the ridge are his creations. We are so grateful he is returning to lead new art projects on our Dragon Ridge Land Sanctuary. Skip will need some extra helping hands (and hearts), if you are interested in volunteering, click here.

 

Hospitality

We invite you to come spend a beautiful day at the ridge, while sharing your gifts and being of service and stewardship to this magical place.

As a greeter and docent, you will help to create and facilitate the conditions for deep listening, connection, and magic to occur; welcoming guests upon arrival, being present in the office; sharing some of TOF’s history, stories, and mission; guiding visitors through the pathways; and inviting them to discover for themselves the sacred beauty and secrets of the land. The hospitality role is available on Saturdays or Sundays, 9am–2pm.

I’m Interested in Volunteering!

 


New Fiscal Sponsorship

A Bigger Story

A Bigger Story is a project led by Mimi Fuenzalida, Machi Florencio, and Andre Christou, whose aim is to facilitate an encounter between the First Nation people of Canada and the Mapuche people of South America to share knowledge, create partnerships among both nations, and address the Earth’s present threat of global warming.

This encounter of north and south, and the captured footage, will provide an expansive opportunity for many worldwide to connect deeply with Indigenous people and support necessary actions of living and caring for the planet at this critical time.

Follow A Bigger Story on Instagram @a.bigger story

 

The Buddha Amitabha

The Buddha Amitabha

The Buddha was created by Chkdud Tulki Rinpoche, during a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat in 1983, with many teachings, chanting and ceremony within a rhythm of life.  He taught in the Dharma Yurt, a 30-foot round structure at the bottom of the meadow.  There were about 30 people participating.


There was a wooden shed that had been a camper shell sitting near the well, our tool shed at the time.  The Rinpoche worked inside the shed making the head, hands and feet, while the community built the base and the lotus seat.

The wind came up while we were pressing the lotus petal form into the sand to make a mold for the rest of the petals, but the sand blew away.  We got clay from the pottery and pressed the form into deep slabs of clay to form the petals.  The wind increased and blew 65 miles an hour.  Two yurts blew down and one tipi.  Pottery rolled down the hill from the pottery shed that was under the Teaching Tree at the time.  Plan for the community blew away, and Rinpoche said, “Don’t think, work.”


One night the Dharma Yurt was shaking so hard that people, including the Rinpoche, stood around the inside holding the top down through the night.  The next morning I brought ropes from Santa Paula to tie it down.

The ceremony continued as we gathered jewels, gold and silver jewelry, precious stones and an iridescent pot made by Beatrice Wood to put treasures in.  This pot is buried in the lotus seat.  We continued  building the body of the Buddha, adding saffron soaked spine – the Rinpoche sculpting the body,  adding the feet, hands and head.  When the cement structure was complete, there was a double rainbow from behind the Topas across the valley to Sulphur Mountain. We were sitting on the deck that had been a yurt, and the Rinpoche said, “Now everything is new.”



The Buddha was painted bright red for the energy of life and the eyes were opened and the crystal placed on the top of the knot.  We performed many circumambulations while singing songs about the pure land and how this world could become that.  We could live in this beautiful world with our eyes opened to see the pathways bejeweled and the people could live as interconnected beings with no separation.

Later the Buddha was painted dark tan by a woman named Chitra, who built the Aura behind the Buddha.  Then it was painted pure white, and then painted again by Lucia Vinograd, as it is now.

Contribution by Lola Rae Long from the booklet Human Creations at The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary.

June 2022: Happy New Day!

Greetings from Ojai!
 

A new day is dawning at the Ojai Foundation. 

As you may have read in our last newsletter, the Ojai Foundation is going through a major rite of passage inspired by the many-decade history on the ridge in Ojai’s Upper Valley. It was more than 45 years ago that the seeds of the Foundation were planted on part of the Happy Valley Foundation’s land, established by visionary Annie Besant. 

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!

We wish to acknowledge Shay Sloan and Brendan Clarke, who were co-directors of the Foundation for the past five years. We thank them along with all those who have led the Foundation over these many years. Last month, TOF’s directors completed their oversight of the Foundation and invited members of the founding generation — Leon Berg, Irasha Talifero, and Jack Zimmerman — to form a new board to steward the transformation that is now taking place. 

Like the manzanita, whose seeds come to life after fire scorches the ground, we are looking forward to a new blossoming of community, connection, and creativity on our beloved ridge.

Our board 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. 

With the founding of Topa and its new lease of the land, we will be able to continue our commitment to steward the ridge. The Council House will continue to be the “tent of meaning” that it has been for all these years at a time when the commitment to sacred communication and the essence of relationship is so important in the evolution of the human species. 

We are excited to see new programs and people making the pilgrimage to this site of exquisite beauty that honors ancient wisdom and to share more about Topa next time. We invite you to join us on our new journey! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for programming or stewarding the land.

The Ojai Foundation Team

Announcing our Resignation

Greetings from Ojai,

 

Earlier this month, we sent a newsletter canceling the June ‘Clopening’ ceremony—a ceremony to mark the moment when The Ojai Foundation (TOF) would complete stewardship of the Land Sanctuary and lean into its future. And, as promised, we offer now more of the context of why.

The primary reason for this cancellation is that TOF is undergoing a complete change of leadership. Effective June 1, the Board of Directors and Executive Co-Directors will all offer their resignations, and a new board—composed of Leon Berg, Irasha Talifero, and Jack Zimmerman—will assume responsibility for TOF. While it is for the incoming board to share their vision, one element is clear: they do not intend to complete stewardship of the ridge in June. Thus, the June ‘Clopening Ceremony’ was canceled.

While a full recounting of all the factors that combined to bring about this change in leadership for TOF is beyond the scope of a newsletter, a few things can be shared succinctly. First, yes, it has not all been easy. There are different views, priorities, understandings of what next steps most serve, and potentially even different visions. This time has reminded us that in the practice of council we welcome divergent and contradictory points of view. Second, this change was initiated by the Executive Stewardship Circle, having recognized that the differences, especially between the current leadership and some of the founding generation, risked creating a lasting rift in the broader community. Rather than tug further in different directions, we offered to let go, inviting those most vocal in their vision for a different way forward to take up leadership if that is what they needed to do. This offer was accepted.

Therefore, alongside the announcement canceling the ceremony, comes the announcement of our resignation. Our work with The Ojai Foundation completes on May 31. As we step out of our roles, we step into the next wave of change—change that ripples in our personal lives, the life and future of TOF, and into the broader communities with which we are connected. Like the fire, these changes will likely close certain paths and possibilities, and simultaneously open new pathways, and make possible some of what otherwise could not have been. 

As we reflect on our time with TOF, one thing that remains clear is that we are deeply changed by our experience of living with, and through, the Thomas Fire, and our time in leadership with TOF. As we close this chapter of our lives, we will carry forward, to the best of our ability, the work that is ours to carry forward.

In this, our last public letter in our roles as Executive Co-Directors and the Chair of the TOF Board of Directors, we wish to end on a note of profound gratitude. In our witness: The primary gesture that has made it possible for TOF to continue to exist since the fire is generosity. The generosity comes from the fire itself; the thousand-plus volunteers who supported hands-on recovery; the local, state, and federal governments, including cleanup and debris removal programs and two years of full-time partnership and work with the federally funded CET work crew; Indigenous allies and advisors, especially the Chumash, who have hosted TOF for these many decades, and offered guidance in this period of acute change; the donors who contributed to the largest fundraiser in the history of the organization; the staff, board, and guardians, who weathered stormy seas over years; the partners and facilitators who helped to adapt TOF’s offerings to meet the moment anew; the teachers who offered what they could; the broader local community, including Ojai Retreat, Greater Goods, Somatic Sanctuary, Twin Creek Ranch, Quail Springs, and all of the local partners and places that hosted us while we did not have a land base to share; our neighbors, who have supported us in countless ways; the Happy Valley Foundation; our global community, and all the other young ones, partners, and participants in our offerings. 

In short, to all who have shown up with heart, mind, hands, body, funds, and a deep decision to give, we thank you. To the plants, trees, animals, fossils, waters, fires, and the place itself, to the ancestors—past and future—and to the practices that have sustained us, challenged us, and grown us, we thank you. And to all those, seen and unseen, named and unnamed in this brief list, we thank you.

May the best possible futures—for all—flow forward from this time.

 

With gratitude and humility,
 

Brendan, Shay & David

The Executive Stewardship Circle

The Council & Social Equity Report is Here!

 

Council Practice and Social Equity 

In the wake of the 2017 Thomas Fire, The Ojai Foundation (TOF) entered a time of tremendous change. One key element of this change was fire recovery; another was reimagining the work, practices, and ways of TOF—instigating changes to move ever deeper into alignment with our mission, our values, and our changing world. With the changes and the deep commitment to inquiry came a desire for continuity and for honoring of the best of what was. 

In 2020, after the murder of George Floyd inspired an international wave of social uprisings in support of justice, we announced our commitment to justice, equity and diversity. In it, we articulated actions in line with our commitment as an organization. Some were already ongoing; others were newly undertaken. These have included switching banks from Chase Bank to Beneficial State Bank, which invests in local communities and communities of color, is incorporated as a social benefit B Corp corporation, and does not invest in ways that contradict our values. 

Other changes have included closing the sweatlodge—with great gratitude for the many gifts received and shared—and engaging long-term partners in a process called Reimagining Rites of Passage, acknowledging that sweatlodge is not our ceremony to offer in this way, for a variety of reasons, including deepened understanding around cultural appropriation. (Last year, our reimagined rites of passage programs began on the land and have continued, deepening and growing as restrictions from COVID-19 have lessened.) 

Other changes have included increasing funding for scholarships and access to the land for people and communities that have not traditionally had access, including through The FIRE Fellowship. They have included diversifying who the decision-makers were at The Ojai Foundation, on the Board of Directors, and on staff. And, as part of this path, we have also been in 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 was born for this purpose.

The primary aim of the Council & Social Equity Project is to engage an inquiry process at the intersection of council practice and social equity, and to explore pathways toward the continued evolution of the practice. A working group of six council trainers and practitioners hosted this process of inquiry, engaging with the general public, focus groups, council trainers, the co-creators of the TOF council lineage, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) consultants, and many others. When we started this process, we did not know how it would unfold; we only knew that it needed to be done. Thankfully, there has been much to take in. With so much input, we have listened deeply for what to share back with this widening community.

As Phase I of this inquiry has come to a close, we have created a report, outlining some of our findings, some of the many open questions, and some recommended next steps. We offer our sincere gratitude to every person who has contributed to this process, to the lands that have informed our learning and being, and to the many teachers and carriers of circle ways, worldwide. Thank you also to all those who have stepped in to help us navigate the pathway toward greater justice and equity, offering guidance and support along the way.

 

The Council and Social Equity Project Phase I Report

The Council and Social Equity Project Phase I Report is the culmination of Phase I of the project, which took place over roughly one year. The photo-rich, 200-page report covers the methodology of the overall inquiry process, the findings from a survey of 184 council participants and trainers from 16 different nations, council trainer focus groups, intergenerational conversations, and more. We hope that this work supports practitioners and council practice(s), and offers a foundation upon which to deepen and continue the inquiry and the growth.

Click below to download the Council & Social Equity Report and/or join us for a presentation on the process and findings.

DOWNLOAD THE COUNCIL & SOCIAL EQUITY REPORT HERE

 


Upcoming Events

The Council and Social Equity Project Phase I Report Presentation Sessions

Saturday, May 21, 10-11am (Pacific Time) – In person at the Land Sanctuary.* 

*Note: This session is part of the weekend-long event hosted by the Trainer’s Mentoring Circle. To register, follow the link below.

Monday, May 23, 6:30–8pm (Pacific Time) – Zoom

Thursday, May 26, 10–11:30am (Pacific Time) – Zoom

REGISTER HERE


Council Carriers Gathering & TMC Graduation Ceremony

Please join us at The Ojai Foundation on May 21–22 to celebrate our newest council trainers and recognize our newest path walkers. The weekend will offer time on the land, a special “visual conversation,” a presentation on the Council and Social Equity Project, council, music, and more. These days are BYO food and drink. Saturday, May 21, 9am–7pm & Sunday 9am–noon. Graduation is Saturday at 3:30pm. This event is offered on donation basis. Suggested minimum donation is $100.00. All contributions help make this event possible. Donations are not required to participate, all are welcome!

May 2022: Events on the Land Sanctuary

 

Greetings from Ojai,
 

We hope this letter finds you well and in the full bloom of spring wherever you are. We are writing to share an important announcement, and to welcome you to some events this May:

The June 25–26 Clopening Ceremony—marking completion of our tenure on the ridge—is canceled. This ceremony was intended as a marking for a multi-year process that we have been in, with you and many others. And, in recent weeks, this process and timeline have changed. In the coming weeks, we will offer a fuller story—to the best of our ability—of how and why, and what lies ahead. In the meantime, given how soon the ceremony was to be, we wanted to make this announcement as quickly as possible. We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

And, there is plenty still afoot… Please see the events listed in this newsletter, including: Blk Crcl, the Council Trainer Confirmation Ceremony, and a new collaboration with the Be Here Now Network. And, keep an eye out for the Council and Social Equity Report, coming very soon in a separate newsletter.

With gratitude and humility,

Brendan, Shay & David
The Executive Stewardship Circle


Events

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Blk Crcl

May 15, 2022 | noon-3pm
Blk Crcl Community Council: Blk Crcl is a Black-led initiative aiming to facilitate the generational healing of Black people and Black communities impacted by historical and current systems of racial and social oppression. You are invited to a community council for Black folks who are called to this work. 
This event is offered on donation basis. Suggested minimum donation is $30.00. All contributions help make this event possible. Donations are not required to participate. All are welcome to join.

Council Carriers Gathering & TMC Graduation

May 21 – 22, 2022
Please join us at The Ojai Foundation on May 21–22 to celebrate our newest council trainers and recognize our newest path walkers. The weekend will offer time on the land, a special “visual conversation,” a presentation on the Council and Social Equity Project, council, music, and more. These days are BYO food and drink. Saturday, May 21, 9am–7pm & Sunday 9am–noon. Graduation is Saturday at 3:30pm.
This event is offered on donation basis. Suggested minimum donation is $100.00. All contributions help make this event possible. Donations are not required to participate. All are welcome to join.

News

Drumroll Please… Podcast Coming Soon

We have been invited to curate a guest podcast by the Be Here Now Network, a network of mindfulness and spirituality podcasts inspired by Ram Dass’ teachings. Our podcast, The Ojai Foundation: Under the Teaching Tree, will feature wisdom teachers who have shared their teachings with the land and community of The Ojai Foundation, including  Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh and Joan Halifax. This podcast is one way for us to continue to pay forward the gifts that we have received, to express our gratitude to the many teachers who have gifted us with their timeless wisdom, and practices and guidance for our times. Stay tuned for the first episodes, scheduled for release later this year.


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Council & Social Equity Project

We are putting the finishing touches on the CSE report… Fingers crossed it will be out next week.


Visiting Hours

Wednesday through Sunday 9am–2pm

Phone: (805)646-8343
Address: 9739 Ojai Santa Paula Rd, Ojai, CA 93023

My Story From The Ridge by Kevin Meehan

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My Story From The Ridge

by Kevin Meehan

The Ojai Foundation’s note of departing the ridge compelled me to give my own experience of this land;

In 1975,I had the honor of being introduced to the founder of Human Dimensions Institute West (HDIW) Lucio Gatto and upon visiting him at the original HDIW headquarters (located approximately one quarter of a mile East of the current Ojai Foundation location) he would walk me to the area where the Ojai Foundation is currently located. There was only an erected teepee and his vision which occupied the land at that time. Luke would demonstrate the vision of an institution which would capture the imagination of many, still in it’s infancy at that time. I was captivated by the wealth of dimensional philosophies and ideas which he would attract to the institute; from Darryl Langham to Stanley Krippner. The board of HDIW included the well know potter Beatrice Wood and Liam O’Gallager, to name a few.

The generosity of Luke was demonstrated in his giving to the community of both his work and financial assets. It is with extreme pleasure to see his vision carried on and to entrust his work to others to continue the legacy. I recall several trips made to Big Sir in search of a successor (eventually to be Joan Halifax) of both his vision and work and to carry on the truth of the HDIW lineage (now renamed the Ojai Foundation).

A strong building depends upon a strong foundation to support it. I’m unsure if many know of the actual history of HDIW and I felt compelled to relinquish this, particularly after Luke’s death a few years ago. The integrity of the current Ojai Foundation rests firmly on Lucio’s vision and dedication and it is a pleasure to see the beauty and fruition of his vision continue through the efforts of those who continue to carry the torch.

I feel honored to have witnessed the raw land back in the 70’s from where the Ojai Foundation would eventually root it’s structure’s foundations and to have known the man who began it’s vision and brought it to reality; Lucio Gatto.

Kevin Meehan

March 2022: Upcoming Events on the Ridge. Join us!

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Blk Crcl

Donate to support Blk Crcl

The Ojai Foundation is excited to welcome Blk Crcl as a fiscally sponsored project. Blk Crcl is a Black-led initiative aiming to facilitate the generational healing of Black people and Black communities impacted by historical and current systems of racial and social oppression. Through our partnership, we prioritize equity and access to healing, nature-connection, and transformative education.

We have received a $1,500 match grant for Blk Crcl. Donations will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $1,500. Please donate to support their essential efforts and help us match the grant.

DONATE HERE


 

Events

 

This spring, we would like to hear Your Story from The Ridge. Truly, every person who has come to the Land Sanctuary has a story (or stories) of lessons learned, relationships built. We would like to hear your stories: What have you learned? What do you celebrate? What gifts have you given; what have you received?

Join us for an online community council or submit your story online.

The online community council will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 11am – 1:30pm PST, and hosted by Yamin Chehin.

 

SIGN UP FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL

SHARE YOUR STORY

 


Honoring heart centered engagement around release, rebirth, growth, ideas, and dreaming. With Dr. Elena Esparza, DC (Barrio Healer, Earth Mother Medicine, Manual Medicine) and Elena Ríos (Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Interdisciplinary Artist, Ceremonial Practitioner).

Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy together in the beautiful outdoors after the closing circle.

$150 per person. 15 person limit. Limited scholarships available. Please inquire.

Sunday, March 20, 8am-1pm PST.

 

SIGN UP FOR RETREAT


 

The Trainers’ Mentoring Circle shepherds Council-Trainers-to-be through their learning journey. New Council Trainers will be confirmed under the Teaching Tree at the Land Sanctuary.

Join us in celebration of the newly graduated Council Trainers.

Save the Date: May 21 & 22, 2022

The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary, Upper Ojai, CA

 


 

This June, The Ojai Foundation will complete our time as stewards of the Land Sanctuary. You are invited to mark the moment with us, in ceremony. For those unable to come in person, we will have a remote/Zoom portion of the weekend. Please save the date.  

*Clopening is a merging of two words: closing and opening. With this, we honor that when one chapter closes, another opens. For us, we are closing a chapter of stewardship and honoring the continuity of the stewardship that will follow.

(For more information about the changes for TOF and the Land, see this FAQs page.)

Save the Date: June 25 & 26, 2022

The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary, Upper Ojai, CA


Visiting Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 9am-2pm.
*During March 2022, The Ojai Foundation will be CLOSED for public visiting. We will resume normal hours on April 1, 2022.

February 2022: Your Story From The Ridge, News and Events

Greetings from Ojai.
 

It is mid-February. The Land Sanctuary is carpeted with green, and the promise of spring has already been fulfilled. We are grateful for the rains that have come, to see and feel the Ventura River flowing again after more than a year of being completely dry. The water nourishes us deeply in this arid land, and especially now as we feel the moisture return to soften the dry, thirsty earth.

Moments such as this, when we remember the seasons, the turn from one phase to another, are rich with possibility and memory. The Ridge, as we affectionately call the Land Sanctuary, has been host to countless moments of learning and growth over the years. Here we have learned, and done our best to model, what it means to be stewards of place, of this place, of the places where we live, travel, leave and love. This spring, we would like to hear Your Story from The Ridge, to re-member, with you, gifts given and gifts received.

Read on to learn how to share Your Story, and for some important news and program announcements.

May the abundance of the season continue to spring forth, for all of us.

— Executive Stewardship Council



News

Council & Social Equity

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Council & Social Equity survey. We received 185 responses—over 150 pages of rich, helpful feedback and insights. Our working group is beavering away, sense-making and synthesizing what came in. We aim to share a report this spring.

 


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Blk Crcl

Donate to support Blk Crcl

The Ojai Foundation is excited to welcome Blk Crcl as a fiscally sponsored project. Blk Crcl is a Black-led initiative aiming to facilitate the generational healing of Black people and Black communities impacted by historical and current systems of racial and social oppression. Through our partnership, we prioritize equity and access to healing, nature-connection, and transformative education.

We have received a $1,500 match grant for Blk Crcl. Donations will be doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $1,500. Please donate to support their essential efforts and help us match the grant.

 


Re-Calling Our Ancestors

Our inaugural course launched this month with a full cohort, and we are deep into our ancestral healing journey. Thank you to everyone who has inquired about future Re-Calling Our Ancestors courses. We will announce dates as soon as we have them. For now, we want to introduce our personal and organizational Accountability Partners who are supporting ROA behind the scenes. They are an essential part of the ecology of white, anti-racist engagement in ancestral healing work. Meet: brontë velez, Dorcus Odera, mx. j. nyla “ink” mcneill, Sobey Wing. Also, a special shout out to J. Nyla, who recently co-authored an important published work entitled The trans youth justice project: a political education and leadership development programIn their own words: “The curriculum is a result of a wealth of energetic investment in transformative justice in the social sciences toward liberation and providing affirming space for trans youth.” J. Nyla is a graduate of the FIRE Fellowship program and an emerging thought leader. Check out their patreon for more.

 


 

This spring, we would like to hear Your Story from The Ridge. Truly, every person who has come to the Land Sanctuary has a story (or stories) of lessons learned, relationships built. We would like to hear your stories: What have you learned? What do you celebrate? What gifts have you given; what have you received?

Join us for an online community council or submit your story online.

The online community council will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 11am – 1:30pm PST, and hosted by Yamin Chehin.

 

SIGN UP FOR COMMUNITY COUNCIL

SHARE YOUR STORY

 


Honoring heart centered engagement around release, rebirth, growth, ideas, and dreaming. With Dr. Elena Esparza, DC (Barrio Healer, Earth Mother Medicine, Manual Medicine) and Elena Ríos (Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Interdisciplinary Artist, Ceremonial Practitioner).

Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy together in the beautiful outdoors after the closing circle.

$150 per person. 15 person limit. Limited scholarships available. Please inquire.

Sunday, March 20, 8am-1pm PST.

 

SIGN UP FOR RETREAT


 

The Trainers’ Mentoring Circle shepherds Council-Trainers-to-be through their learning journey. New Council Trainers will be confirmed under the Teaching Tree at the Land Sanctuary.

Join us in celebration of the newly graduated Council Trainers.

Save the Date: May 21 & 22, 2022

The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary, Upper Ojai, CA

 


 

This June, The Ojai Foundation will complete our time as stewards of the Land Sanctuary. You are invited to mark the moment with us, in ceremony. For those unable to come in person, we will have a remote/Zoom portion of the weekend. Please save the date.  

*Clopening is a merging of two words: closing and opening. With this, we honor that when one chapter closes, another opens. For us, we are closing a chapter of stewardship and honoring the continuity of the stewardship that will follow.

(For more information about the changes for TOF and the Land, see this FAQs page.)

Save the Date: June 25 & 26, 2022

The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary, Upper Ojai, CA


Visiting Hours

Wednesday – Sunday 9am-2pm.
*During March 2022, The Ojai Foundation will be CLOSED for public visiting. We will resume normal hours on April 1, 2022.