Ojai FoundationThe mission of The Ojai Foundation is to foster practices that awaken connection with self, others, and the natural world.
Inspired by the timeless wisdom of multiple world traditions and cultures, The Ojai Foundation is bringing practices of connection and wholeness to our contemporary world.
Fostered at the Land Sanctuary in Ojai, the practice of Council is changing communities around the world -- from social justice non-profits and public schools in Southern California, to prison yards in Central California, to Israeli and Palestinian groups in the Middle East.
Our work falls under three main program areas:
The Land Sanctuary
Our 40-acre sanctuary in Ojai continues to inspire, transform and nurture all who visit, hosting over 1,200 students each year for our rites of passage and ropes-course programs along with hundreds of adults. (Read more about the Land Sanctuary here)
Council in Schools (CIS)
The Ojai Foundation's Council in Schools initiative serves over 10,000 students throughout greater Los Angeles in traditional and charter public schools, as well as secular and parochial private schools. (Read more about CIS here)
Center for Council (fomerly Center for Council Practice)
Center for Council is our outreach arm, bringing our cutting edge work to an ever-widening and diverse audience around the world, providing Council trainings and programs in a diversity of settings including businesses, prisons, hospitals, social service agencies, and more (Read more about Center for Council here.
The Ojai Foundation operates as a 501(c)3 with a lean professional staff of administrators and facilitators, a broad base of volunteers, and a dedicated Board of Directors. See more events in this venue
Please join us for our third annual Gathering of the Ages! We are delighted to bring new and returning wisdom keepers back to The Ojai Foundation along with youth visionaries and people of all ages in dialogue, sharing, and learning.
Click here to donate to our Wisdom Keeper Fund, or to Sponsor A Youth for $150! Thank you for your support.
This year's Wisdom Keepers and their workshops (look below for links on bios and workshop descriptions):
Julie Tumamait, Chumash
Crossing Over The Rainbow Bridge: Exploring the Mysteries of Death
Leilani Birely, Hawai’ian
Sacred Prayer in Motion & Chant: Hula, the Language of Body & Soul
Ashe-Aloha! Priestessing the Primal Life Village (with Luisah Teish)
Luisah Teish, West African Ifa / Orisha
The Ancestor Journey: practical Ancestor Reverence
Ashe-Aloha! Priestessing the Primal Life Village (with Leilani Birely)
Anne-Marie Sayers, Ohlone
Honoring the Past to Shape the Future
Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Coyote Woman, Ohlone / Chumash
Finding Balance with Coyote Trickster Medicine
Talking Stick Art Project
Uqualla, Havasupai of the Grand Canyon
Healers, Sentinels, Healers, Alchemists (Which One Are You?)
Tribal Dance & Chants
Our Firekeepers will be:
Tautahcho Muhuawit Castaneda and
Art Cisneros, Earthman with a Good Heart
SCHEDULE (Subject to change ... please check back for more details)
Friday, September 19
Morning WAKE UP! with I Am Life
Afternoon dialogue sessions for youth and Wisdom Keepers
(These two sessions above are by invitation)
7:00 pm Opening Ceremonies & Welcome
Introduction to Wisdom Keepers and their Teachings
Saturday, September 20
Three breakout sessions with Wisdom Keepers, 1-1/2 hours each
Afternoon Wisdom Keeper / Youth Council (all ages welcome to witness)
Evening Equinox Ritual with Leilani Birely and Luisah Teish ... Open to the Public
Click here for more information on Evening Equinox Celebration
Sunday, September 21
6:30 am Sunrise Silent Walk of Peace for UN International Peace Day ... Open to the public, arrival at 6:15 am
Click here for more information on Walk of Peace
Closing Council & Ceremony
PRE & POST EVENTS
Thursday, September 18
Music & Arts Fair!
with I Am Life Tea Lounge
Music, Art Fair, Poetry, and more
Arts & Crafts will be for sale
By Donation at the door ... Suggested Minimum $10
Monday, September 22 (Fall Equinox Day)
Visit to Chumash Sacred Sites with Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
10:00 am til 4 or 5 pm
(Wheeler Gorge and Casitas Lake site)
Lunch at Farmer & The Cook (not included in your fee)
Car pooling to sites
Click here to register.
We give thanks for our partnership with I.Am.Life for this Gathering!
$150 for youth ages 32 and under, or for seniors 62 and over
$185 for all others
Fees include four meals, and all events during the weekend
Make sure to pick your accommodations as well as to register.
One Day (Saturday only) registration available for $125, includes evening Equinox Celebration and two meals
Does not include overnight accommodations, which may be available. Please contact us.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 32, and need sponsorship in order to participate, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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