Winter Solstice Celebration


Sun, 12/18/2016 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Save the date! Join us for this annual tradition with the community of Ojai, featuring a sunset ceremony with Julie Tumamait and live music from Tony Khalife. We will celebrate the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, with music, beauty, ceremony, and light!

For this special event, our main gathering space, the Council House, is transformed into a festive, sacred, and vibrant community hall. In the center is our spiral of lights, through which you are welcome to walk with intention, offerings, or prayers. When you're finished, head over to the kitchen for a big community potluck dinner. Stay warm by the fire in our deep kiva or sit outside under the stars. Boogie down in the Council House to live tunes from Tony Khalife to end your night in celebration!


4:00pm Gather at the Sunset Terrace
Bring soup and/or bread donations to the Program Kitchen.

4:15pm Fire and Sunset Ceremony with Julie Tumamait
We'll gather together with Chumash elder, Julie Tumamait, to honor the sun as it sets on the shortest day of the year and spark a flame as we transition into darkness.

4:46pm Sunset and Procession
Join us in a celebratory procession with the ceremonial flame through the land, ending at the Council House for the spiral of lights.

5pm Spiral of Lights
Each person will have an opportunity to walk through the spiral. Head over to the program kitchen for a potluck soup supper after that! 

6-9pm Live Music with Tony Khalife
We'll clear the floor so you can get your groove on in the Council House. During this time you're also welcome to hang out in our Deep Kiva or simply walk the grounds.

Offerings, Contributions, and Donations

This event is put together by the community of The Ojai Foundation, its staff, and its volunteers. We sincerely appreciate your humble donations and we simply hope to "break even" for the hours and hours of work this beautiful event entails. Offerings for this event are based on a sliding scale fee of $10-$100/per person. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We bring the soup, you bring the desserts! Finger foods encouraged (less dishes!).

If you would like to contribute a pot of soup for this event OR if you would like to volunteer your time, please contact Katie at or at 805-646-8343, ext. 136.