About Us

The 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:

  • Council, the practice of listening and speaking from the heart, is at the core of all our offerings. 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.
  • The Land Sanctuary is our 40-acre ridge in Ojai that continues to inspire, transform and nurture all who visit, hosting over 3,500 students and adults each year for transformation and nourishment whether it's through a rites of passage program or an organized retreat.
  • The Ojai Foundation's Council in Schools initiative serves over thousands of students throughout greater Los Angeles in traditional and charter public schools, as well as secular and parochial private schools.

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.