Money: Our Elephant in the Room


Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 7:00pm


With Leon Berg and Andrew Taggart


“The love of money is the root of all evil.”

“Money makes the world go around.”

“Money can’t buy you love.”


We have inherited views of money that have become second nature to us, shaping our lives and influencing our actions. Yet the more we begin looking at what money is, the more puzzling it becomes.


Money is a burning mystery, attracting while repulsing us, beckoning us, beleaguering us, entangled as it is in most everything yet hiding in the shadows. Each day, we use it, allude to it, ask questions around it, but almost never directly approach it.


  • Why is the very thought of money often angst-producing?

  • Why are we so secretive, so private about what we have or lack, make or share?

  • And why is money attached so intimately to, enmeshed so thoroughly with just about everything we care about in human life?


During the evening, we will explore how we can come to understand, use, give, and receive money in the hope of freeing us from our money demons.


Fee: $30 (pay at the door, no registration required)

OR: Sliding scale according to your conscience

OR: Gift: Offer however much you can to meet some of our material needs (food, water, need for shelter, warmth, cold, etc.)


Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation and a Senior Facilitator and Trainer in the Way of Council, a communication process for cultivating active listening and authentic speech. Over the past 20 years he has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S., Israel and Europe.

Andrew Taggart is a Ph.D.-trained philosophical counselor who teaches individuals and organizations how to inquire into the things that matter most. In his philosophical practice, he speaks daily over Skype with Europeans, Canadians, and Americans about the nature of a good life. He lives in Ojai.