Updates on our Special Projects

Tue, 03/07/2017

Here is the latest scoop on some of our special projects for 2017-2018, including opportunities for involvement.

The Living Archive Project

Preserving wisdom for future generations.

Purpose: The Ojai Foundation has possession of over 30 years of audiotapes, videos, and photographs from an illustrious history of spiritual teachers and luminaries who spent time on the Land. This project aims to preserve, catalogue and make available this precious resource and also to set in place state-of-the-art systems for preserving and disseminating digital records of TOF programs into the future.
 
Impact: The TOF Living Archive Project will not only serve as a vital resource for generations to come, but will also serve the long-term sustainability of The Ojai Foundation by expanding our visibility and reach in the global community and providing countless ways to market our programs and connect with a media-oriented world.
 
Timeline: September 2017 - September 2019
 
Amount to Raise:

$60,000 Phase I First Year
$40,000 Phase II Second Year
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$100,000 total

Show your support today by making a donation of any amount! We appreciate your contribution. Please include in "additional comments" that your offering is for the "Living Archive Project." Thank you!

Land and Water Regeneration

Restoring relations with water, land, and community.

Purpose: This project's goal is to educate, engage and mobilize the community of Ojai around the issue of drought and water retention with the long-term goal of regeneration of streams, rivers, springs and aquifers through a county-wide responsible water management plan. Sitting on a ridge at the top of two watersheds, The Ojai Foundation is uniquely situated to teach, model and inspire around the issues of land and water regeneration.

Impact: Through time-tested principles of rain water harvesting and retention, earthworks and soil regeneration, much of the rain that falls in drought-ridden Southern California could be captured for land hydration rather than rolling downhill into storm drains and out to the sea. Beginning in our own backyard, The Ojai Foundation has already begun to see the impact of our berms, swales, and retention basins. Through a series of community hands-on workshops, educational symposia and gatherings, TOF will lead Ojai in restoring our relations with water and rethinking water management for a sustainable future.
 
Timeline: January 2017 - June 2018
 
Amount to Raise:  

 

PHASE I: January 2017-June 2017
$12,000 needed

 
Water Retention Earthworks Workshops. We will host two 4-day hands-on workshop on working with the earth to create swales, berms, dips and water retention basins to “slow it, spread it, and sink it in” for rainwater capture and land rehydration. 
 
“Living Sponge” Workshop. An all-day hands-on workshop for learning ways to regenerate, aerate, amend and plant to create a “living sponge” –  revitalized land that will absorb and hold water. (Serving 30 people)
 
Connor Jones Earthworks Consulting. Connor is a local expert in water retention landscaping and will be consulting with The Ojai Foundation on extensive earthworks throughout the rainy season.

 

PHASE II: January 2018-June 2018
$40,000 needed

In collaboration with the Ojai Green Coalition, Once Upon a Watershed, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and other area environmental & educational organizations.
 
Water Symposium 1. Held at The Ojai Foundation, this all-day event will gather the Ojai community around the issues of water with an emphasis on what other communities around the world have done, through water retention earthworks and community efforts, to restore rivers, springs and aquifers, transforming a degraded, drought-ridden region into a flourishing, water-rich landscape. (Serving 80-120 people)
 
Water Retention Earthworks Workshop. A all-day hands-on workshop on working with the earth to create swales, berms, dips and water retention basins to “slow it, spread it, and sink it in” for rainwater capture and land rehydration. (Serving 30 people)
 
“Living Sponge” Workshop. An all-day hands-on workshop for learning ways to regenerate, aerate, amend and plant to create a “living sponge” –  revitalized land that will absorb and hold water. (Serving 30 people)
 
Walking Water.  A Pilgrimage along the Ventura River Watershed. This all-day, community-wide event, in partnership with a variety of Ojai-based environmental organizations, aims to educate and to raise awareness around the issues of our drinking water and, through the practice of walking in awareness, restore our right relationship with water. (Serving 100-500 people)
 
Water Symposium 2. A follow-up gathering with Ojai stakeholders and non-profits with an emphasis on strategy, solutions and action for the Ojai community.
 
Show your support today by making a donation of any amount! We appreciate your contribution. Please include in "additional comments" that your offering is for the "Land and Water Regeneration Project." Thank you!
 
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