Event Details

Course: Council Training 1: Introduction to Council

(in person with COVID-19 precautions – details on the next registration page or by clicking below)

Price: $400**

This course is full. Email contact@ojaifoundation.org to be added to the waitlist. 

The Ojai Foundation is excited to announce its first public council training at The Ojai Foundation since the Thomas Fire.

See our COVID-19 Protocol & Safety Plan.

Since 1979, Council has been our primary practice supporting group interaction, conflict resolution, storytelling, decision-making and co-visioning. It provides a primary tool for building community and, along with mindfulness practice, forms the core of TOF’s form of governance. The roots of Council also can be found in many earth-cherishing cultures around the world.


Council Training 1: Introduction to Council, is a powerful and inspiring introduction to the practice of Council and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the roots of the practice as well as the unique lineage of The Ojai Foundation. The fundamentals and nuances of the forms and modalities in Council are explored in some depth and a good deal of background is offered on the intentions and languaging used in the practice. In addition to a grounding in the basic forms and tools of Council, the broader applications to a variety of personal and professional settings are explored. It is a rich and dynamic opportunity to immerse oneself in and explore the foundational practice of Council and its application to the participants’ lives and work.


Arrival Time: 9:00 am, Saturday, April 24, 2021

Start Time: 9:30 am, Saturday, April 24, 2021.

End Time: 4:00 pm, Sunday, April 25, 2021

Departure Time: By 5:00 pm, Sunday, April 25, 2021


For those who wish to camp on the land, there is an additional $50 flat-rate camping fee. Participants may camp for up to two evenings (Friday and Saturday) on the land. Participants must provide all their own gear. TOF has drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, and level campsites available. For those wishing to camp on the evening of Friday April 23, please plan to arrive between 3-8 pm.

For those who wish to make other arrangements, there are numerous hotels in Ojai that are within 10-15 minutes from The Ojai Foundation by car.


The price for the course includes the course fee, as well as dinner for Saturday night ONLY, catered by a local restaurant (gluten free and vegan friendly options). It also includes coffee, tea, and simple snacks for both days. Participants are expected to bring a bag lunch for Saturday and Sunday, and provide their own food for breakfasts as well. Note: There is no kitchen available for use and personal camp stoves are prohibited.


The Ojai Foundation is committed to making the work accessible, particularly for those who have traditionally faced barriers in accessing such courses. As one part of this, we have a limited amount of needs-based financial aid available for people who identify as black, indigenous, latinx, asian, or other historically marginalized and/or racialized identities. Please reach out to contact@ojaifoundation.org with inquiries.


Participants are responsible for getting to and from the course. Driving directions will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the course. Parking is available onsite.

Fragrance-Free event

Please refrain from using any products containing artificial fragrances (perfume, cologne, hair products, deodorant, etc.). This allows people with chemical sensitivities to have equitable access to the event. If you have questions or need support, please write to contact@ojaifoundation.org

This course is full. Email contact@ojaifoundation.org to be added to the waitlist. 

COVID-19 Protocol & Safety Plan

Cancellations due to COVID-19

We recognize that planning is difficult for many during a pandemic. We ask that all participants read and sign the TOF COVID-19 policy. If anyone tests positive for, exhibits any of the signs and symptoms of, or has had significant exposure to COVID-19 within 14 days of the course, you will be asked to NOT attend the course, and will be given a full refund of your money. If there are other comparable circumstances where a refund is needed, please reach out, and we will work to accommodate the need as best we can.

Common Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the following common signs and symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

If you are experiencing any of the above signs and symptoms within 14 days of the course, please reach out to contact@ojaifoundation.org immediately.

COVID-19 Safety Plan

  • All participants will be asked to have their temperature taken with a digital, non-contact thermometer on arrival. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be asked to leave and offered a full refund.
  • The course will take place entirely outside, with the exception of individual use of the bathrooms. Outdoor seating will be provided.
  • Face coverings are required for the duration of the course, especially during group time.
  • Social distance practices, including 6-feet of distance between participants will be in effect, including in council circles.
  • All camping arrangements are limited to individuals or individual households.
  • Individual water bottles are required, and there are spigots with filtered water for refills.
  • Frequent hand washing and hand-sanitizing are encouraged, and soap and hand sanitizer will be provided. Individuals are encouraged to bring a personal hand sanitizer dispenser if desired.
  • The total course capacity has been reduced to support social distancing.
  • The Ojai Foundation reserves the right to enforce the COVID Safety Plan with registered participants onsite, or refuse the right to participation for anyone unwilling to comply with the measures deemed necessary by The Ojai Foundation, in accordance with CDC guidelines and Ventura County protocol and approved worksite plan.

This course is full. Email contact@ojaifoundation.org to be added to the waitlist.