Dear Friends, Supporters, and Allies of The Ojai Foundation:
I’m writing to update you on the outcome of The Ojai Foundation visioning retreat that happened in late April on the Land in Ojai.
It was an abundantly beautiful and productive weekend, with a group of over 25 visionaries that included staff, board members, elders and our newly revived Council of Advisors. We explored the shadow and light of our work and community at The Ojai Foundation, dreaming of new possibilities for living and modeling conscious business, connected community, generative land-stewardship, and culture-shifting programming.
We assessed and acknowledged the current state of our organization as one of tremendous productivity, albeit limited by outdated staffing and business structures that have not grown to meet the demands of years of growth. We witnessed the need for a new organizational framework that can sustain and promote our deeply needed educational offerings in new and increasingly powerful ways.
Additionally, the Foundation has initiated an Inclusivity and Diversity Working Group to spearhead our work of acknowledging and transforming organizational blocks to these two crucial qualities. We also heard the call for long-form educational program offerings and strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations around the world, and we are working to realize this dream.
In light of the growth and transformation at hand, The Ojai Foundation has hired TOF Board Member Miriam Tassone to serve as “transition steward” for a three-month period. She will be working under the direction of myself as well as The Ojai Foundation Board to realign staff and work-flows in the short term, and to develop strategic 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year plan for the long term, in order to support generative growth and alignment.
We will keep you up-to-date as plans emerge and new opportunities for your partnership become clear. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at our June 9th event in Santa Monica (click here for more information). Our friends from 1% for the Planet will be joining us, as well as our sponsors: Thrive Market, Califia Farms, Ventura Spirits, Kevita, Casa Barranca Winery, and Lark Ellen Farms.
A vision as great the one we carry, one of connection, community and care, can only be achieved with great cooperation and collaboration. Your support matters, and I hope you will join us.