"The Rites of Spring:" Spring equinox celebrations at The Ojai Foundation

Sat, 03/22/2014
Ventura County Star, March 22, 2014. Article by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

"Spring received an exuberant welcome in Ojai.

About 40 people gathered at the Ojai Foundation’s Land Sanctuary — a remote educational retreat focused on sustainable living — to celebrate the vernal equinox with a bonfire ceremony and dancing Thursday evening.

The revelers, who ranged from children to seniors, gathered around a fire pit, chanting, shaking rattles and banging on drums as the smell of incense filled the air. Led by foundation program director and ritualist Judy Piazza, they turned and raised their hands in each of the four directions, then to the earth and to the sky, as a symbolic gesture to summon in the new season."

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2014/mar/21/spring-equinox-welcomed-in-ojai/#ixzz2wtvQ7S3g