Columbia University Spirituality Mind Body Institute West


Fri, 03/18/2016 - 3:00pm to Sun, 03/20/2016 - 1:00pm

The Ojai Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Columbia University Teachers College Spirituality Mind Body Institute to offer an incredible three-day retreat in our beautiful nature setting to learn about spiritual, heart-centered practices related to the land and seasons. Our site has been carefully selected by the Institute staff, and we are thrilled to welcome participants to our Land Sanctuary.  The students will engage with practices that nurture connection to self, others, and nature, as well as explore what it means to live sustainably and regeneratively.

This collaboration is based upon the unique offerings of The Ojai Foundation, a non-profit retreat center and Land Sanctuary dedicated to the intersection of spirituality and nature. This field trip course is being held across three days, surrounding the Spring Equinox (a period of equal hours of day and night), a time of natural and spiritual significance. The students will live on the land and sleep in yurts or domes, immersed in beauty and the deep silence and sounds of nature. Students will engage in council practices, nature-based ceremonies, and teachings from the rich history of The Ojai Foundation designed to introduce Teachers College, Columbia University students and interested others to practices that foster connection to self, others, and the natural world.

The primary Teachers College, Columbia University professor on-site will be Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology & Executive Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. There will be a series of student-led practices and talks by fellow contributors and adjunct faculty with visiting scholars chosen from The Ojai Foundation community: Joe Provisor (Founder, Council in Schools) and Judy Piazza (Program Director and Music Therapist). Following the retreat there will be an additional series of follow up sessions (and accompanying reading) for interested students offered online to integrate the experience into ongoing personal and professional life.
This field trip course welcomes people from many professions, with an emphasis on supporting people in careers of service. As a workshop-based class, interactive small group is a vital component of our retreat.

Prospective students / participants are required to follow the application process through Columbia University.  Click here to apply.


Two separate registrations are required.  Registration and matriculation through Columbia University is required before reserving your accommodations at the link below.

$438 includes shared accommodations and 6 vegetarian meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) at The Ojai Foundation. 

Option for private accommodation, as available, incurs an additional $80 fee per person.  Please call 805-646-8343 ext. 123 if you would like to request a private accommodation.

This retreat is intended to be a full immersion in the natural beauty of the Land.  If you are not able to stay onsite, please call our office at 805-646-8343, ext. 123.  Your fee will be reduced to $225.00, including 6 vegetarian meals.  No other reductions are possible.

TOF fees are non-refundable.  If there is a need to cancel for emergency reasons, and you do so before 4 weeks prior to the retreat, you may apply your monies towards another TOF offering less an administrative fee of $100 up through April 2017.


Fees for two credits through Columbia University.