Summer Solstice Celebration


Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sun, 06/19/2016 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us for all or part of our day-long Solstice celebration! 

Honor the sun while creatively expressing yourself through art, yoga, and dance. This family-friendly event coincides with Fathers' Day--bring your loved ones, pack a lunch, and make this a meaningful day for the whole family!

Schedule of Events

1-4 Pottery Studio Open House with Joann Webb
Join us for the official grand re-opening of the newly restored pottery studio and art barn at The Ojai Foundation. Come get your hands in some clay with basic guidance and demonstrations from Joann Webb, a long time member of the TOF family, on the kick wheel or a simple pinch pot or clay mask. Try your hand at hammock weaving, make a simple leather crafting project, or go on a silent Land walk to gather sage for a smudge wand.

We will also offer a special dedication ceremony to the ancestor shrine in honor of the recently departed Jim Danish who gave years of his masterful skills to the original pottery studio. He was very influential in bringing Joann to the world of the Ojai Foundation as her ceramic arts teacher and mentor. 

4:30-6pm Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation with Ria Nochera
A major component of our practice will be Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) in order to honor the sun's power and warmth. This series of 12 asanas (poses) is practiced in a single, fluid flow. Every movement corresponds to an inhale or an exhale, resulting in a strengthening and stretching of all major muscle groups. All levels welcome.

6-7pm Community Potluck--bring a yummy dish to share!
This community meal will be held at our beautiful dining area, which overlooks the entire Ojai valley. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. Enjoy the view from our Sunset Terrace.

7-9pm Ecstatic Dance with DJ Marcelino 
Ecstatic Dance in its most basic definition is free-form movement inspired by music, allowing our bodies to move freely without judgement or concern. This is the dance you dance when nobody is watching, an inner and outer journey of moving meditation to release stuck patterns in your mind, body and soul. In being present to your own energy, you will develop a direct body-spirit connection, allowing your body and inner guidance to be your teacher.


Pottery Studio Open House: Donations welcomed and encouraged to cover the cost of materials, tea, and cookies! $20-$35 suggested.

Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation: $15 suggested donation.

Ecstatic Dance: A sliding scale fee of $15-$25. Kids dance for free!

RSVP's are greatly appreciated. Please call 805-646-8343, ext. 123 or email to reserve your spot or pay in advance.

This event is an early celebration--the actual Solstice occurs on Monday, June 20. If you'd like to spend the night, please contact our office at 805-646-8343, ext.123.


Joann Webb became involved with The Ojai Foundation in 1982. Originally from Ventura, she lived in Sonoma county on the Russian River for 5 years where she apprenticed with a master moccasin maker and traveled for 10 years with the Renaissance Faire and Harvest Festivals selling unique, high-end, custom-made moccasins. She also studied pottery at Santa Rosa College and continued to advance her studies in ceramics at Ventura College under the guidance of professor Jim Danish and lab assistant Lola Rae Long, both of whom lived at The Ojai Foundation at the time. 

Over the next 10 years that followed Joann traveled seasonally between California and Hawaii. While living in Hawaii on a remote side of an active volcano, she was inspired by the island lifestyle and decided to learn the art of Hawaiian hammock making... However, she came to find out that the Hawaiians never made hammocks! Through an inspired vision she taught herself the craft and created a hammock design using the ancient "Sprang" weaving technique, which dates back to 3500 B.C. She gained recognition with the Pacific Handcrafters Guild in Hawaii and was featured in several art galleries in Hawaii and in California. Joann also owned a small gallery for a year in Ventura featuring all three of her crafting skills (leather moccasins, pottery and hammock making) as well as other locals artists.

She has stay connected to The Ojai Foundation throughout the years by completing the Council Training program and facilitating many youth retreats and adult council circles. She carries with her the necessary skills and experience as well as the desire to share her teachings with other inspired people that want to explore the creative journey together.

Ria Nochera is a resident of the Land Sanctuary at The Ojai Foundation and employed as the Program Logistics Coordinator. She has practiced various styles of yoga for over 6 years, most currently with a focus in Ashtanga Yoga. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Ashtanga and Hatha Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India at The Association for Yoga and Meditation in March 2015. With a B.S. in Psychology and a background in wilderness therapy, Ria is experienced in teaching yoga to practitioners of all ages and abilities, including those suffering from addiction, injury, and emotional instability.

In addition to teaching at Changing Tides Treatment Center in Ventura, you can find her on the schedule regularly at Arrow Heart Yoga in Meiners Oaks. Her classes emphasize alignment, steady breath, and the integrity of the pose as it fits the individual. Highlights include personal adjustments and a sense of humor.

DJ Marcelino is the most popular conscious dance DJ in the Central Coast. He is a regular favorite with Santa Barbara Dance Tribe and Ecstatic Dance San Luis Obispo, hosts a weekly ecstatic dance at Yoga Soup, and also plays in Cambria, Ojai and Los Angeles.  Another energetic, epic, fiery, heart-opening, and fantastic trance dance awaits those who arrive to journey with DJ Marcelino. About his sets, DJ Marcelino says:

"Funky, shamanic, devotional, deep, upbeat, with appropriately big chaos: I take you on an epic-beats excursion to return you to your essential awakened self. I play "international liberation music" drawn from a very wide range of genres and regions of the world. I incorporate it all to transport dancers to many beautiful places in one vast interconnected dance journey.

I travel the globe - past, present, and future - divining in emotionally rich, energetic, and spiritually expansive dance music that will invoke, uplift, and move your body to spiritual peaks and through deep transformative valleys.

It is my honor to be the musical conductor providing you the medicine to dance into awakening & embodiment. Come with me and see what it is like on the other side."