Mysteries of the Heart: An Ojai Foundation Experience


Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:00pm to Sun, 09/11/2016 - 1:00pm
The Ojai Foundation is delighted to collaborate with Professor Lisa Miller and Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute to offer an extraordinary 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, 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  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.