1975 Happy Valley School Meeting


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

My Story From The Ridge by Kevin Meehan


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 […]

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


  News   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 […]

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 […]