Ojai Foundation elder Lola Rae Long reminisces about the early days on the land and of living “close to the earth” and feeling a “part of everything.” As we re-imagine The Ojai Foundation post-Thomas Fire, and prepare for re-opening, there will be a return to this ethic and approach. 

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Like so many across the region, The Ojai Foundation has had a challenging year. It has been one year since the Thomas Fire of December 2017, and while much has been cleaned up and accomplished, there is still much to be done and we remain closed to the public. Help us bridge the gap to our future re-opening by making a donation today. 

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Since the Thomas Fire of December 2017, The Ojai Foundation has been in a phase of extensive cleanup and recovery. Thanks to countless volunteers and gifts from all corners, much has been accomplished. See it all in 90 seconds! Support the recovery!

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Under the Teaching Tree at The Ojai Foundation. On July 8, 2018, for the first time since the Thomas Fire, The Ojai Foundation’s council community gathered under the Teaching Tree for the Annual Gathering of Council Carriers and the new council trainer confirmation ceremony. This was a special event for the trainer community. The land remains closed to the public for reasons of safety and continued recovery and renewal.

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The Ojai Foundation was hit hard in the Thomas Fire December 6, 2017. Meet our new Co-Executive Directors Brendan Clarke and Shay Sloane, as they talk about the recovery so far. Help us recover and reimagine as we rise from the ashes by making a contribution today. 

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The Ojai Foundation was hit hard in the Thomas Fire December 6, 2017. From the eagle’s eye view, witness the devastation and also what was miraculously spared by the fire. Help us recover and reimagine as we rise from the ashes by making a contribution today.

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