The Ojai Foundation has helped to launch and incubate many projects and organizations over the past four decades. Examples include Council in Schools, which later evolved to Circle Ways, and Center for Council, which grew out of The Ojai Foundation Center for Council Practice/Center for Council Training.

As programs or organizations have grown out of The Ojai Foundation, they have evolved into their own entities with unique missions, visions, and goals. We honor our shared history and the gifts they are now bringing into the world.

Currently, The Ojai Foundation is providing management support to the projects below. While we have mission alignment, these are independent projects, with their own governance, management and program development goals. We share common purpose with these projects, and their scope of activities furthers the mission of The Ojai Foundation. 


Trainer’s Mentoring Circle

The Trainers Mentoring Circle is an independent, fiscally sponsored project of The Ojai Foundation. Coordinated by volunteer senior trainers, who typically serve for two-year terms, the TMC stewards the paths to certification as a council trainer or facilitator in The Ojai Foundation way of council lineage. The TMC is dedicated to making facilitator and trainer certification accessible and relevant through changing times, to maintaining an independent certification body, to promoting the practice of council, and to fostering ongoing communication and collaboration between and among practitioners. 

 


The aim of the Ways of Council project, or WOC, is to cultivate, promote and bear witness to circle-based practices, including but not exclusive to the Way of Council. WOC objectives include bearing witness to the continuation and re-emergence of circles, convening practitioners to evolve practices and increasing visibility of and access to circle practices through a website and educational materials. To date, WOC has developed a website featuring council and many circle-based practices, translated The Way of Council into Arabic, and convened a gathering of international council practitioners. Through these and other efforts, WOC strives to have more and more people know the gift of listening, learning, working, thinking and living as a circle.

 

2021-2022 Annual Report Here

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Blk Crcl

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.

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A Bigger Story

A Bigger Story: encounter of North/South  

Following a spiritual inner calling and deep connection to his ancestors, Machi Florencio, a tribal leader and medicine man of the Mapuche people of Chile, is traveling north to the Syilx territory (British Columbia, Canada) in search of knowledge, partnerships, and liaisons with his First Nation brothers and sisters. Machi Florencio has been guided to make this 7,000 mile-journey at this particular time to  work united, north and south to share their care for the planet with the rest of the world. 
 
This important journey is informed by an increasingly known indigenous prophecy— the Eagle and the Condor— which warns of humankind splitting into two people. The people of the Condor would live in harmony with the earth, their path guided by feeling and intuition. The people of the Eagle would be conquerors. They would dominate the land and everything on it. They would be strong, powerful, and intelligent. Then, after 500 years, humankind would find themselves at a crossroads — a time of potential transformation of the planet. If humankind learned to tie the strength and power of the Eagle to the peace and compassion of the Condor, humankind could live with intention, intelligence, and wisdom. Some believe that we are currently at this crossroads, that now is the time to fulfill the prophecy, to awaken our consciousness — listening, learning, working with the Earth in order to live.
 
Machi Florencio will be accompanied on this journey to Kamloops, British Columbia by Mimi Fuenzalida (photographer/filmmaker) and Andre Christou (producer). Both bilingual they will provide translation, coordinate activities and document the encounter. In doing so we intend to offer inspiration to other individuals and communities around the world. This journey, and the ensuing footage, will be an invitation for others to connect more deeply with indigenous people, to learn and join in necessary ways of living and caring for the planet.

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