At the Ojai Retreat Cultural Center, we believe in the transformative power of education, culture, and connection. Our mission is to create a space where individuals can engage in thought-provoking educational and cultural experiences that enrich the mind and elevate the spirit. With a profound commitment to fostering positive change in human consciousness and the world, we invite you to join us on a journey of exploration, enlightenment, and evolution.
Our vision is a world where knowledge transcends boundaries, culture bridges divides, and consciousness evolves to create a harmonious global community. We aspire to be a driving force in shaping this vision by providing a platform for transformative learning experiences that inspire individuals to become catalysts for positive change.
Bring about a change in human consciousness and the world.
Our mission is to offer a sanctuary for intellectual and spiritual growth. Through a diverse array of educational programs, workshops, artistic expressions, and cultural events, we aim to:
Enrich Minds: Our programs stimulate intellectual curiosity, encouraging individuals to expand their horizons and engage in meaningful dialogues that challenge their perspectives.
Elevate Spirits: We create an environment where the human spirit is uplifted through artistic expression, cultural exploration, and moments of introspection.
Inspire Change: By fostering a deep understanding of diverse cultures, worldviews, and ideas, we empower individuals to become agents of positive change in their communities and beyond.
Central to our approach is a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and holistic growth. We bring together thought leaders, artists, educators, and learners from various backgrounds to create a rich tapestry of experiences.
Through open discussions, immersive workshops, and engaging performances, we nurture an environment where ideas are exchanged, perspectives are broadened, and connections are forged.
The impact of our work extends beyond our physical space. We believe that each individual who participates in our programs carries the potential to create ripples of transformation in their own lives and the lives of others. By nurturing the human mind and spirit, we envision a world where compassion, understanding, and conscious action prevail.
Welcome to the Ojai Retreat Cultural Center, where education, culture, and connection converge to light the path towards a more enlightened future.
Ojai is situated in a small east-west valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. It is approximately 15 miles inland from the Pacific coast.
Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have a “Pink Moment” occur as the sun is setting, when the fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs at the east end of the Ojai Valley, over 6,000 feet above sea level. Nordhoff Ridge, the western extension of the Topatopa Mountains, towers over the north side of the town and valley at more than 5,000 feet. Sulphur Mountain creates the southern ranges bounding the Ojai Valley, a little under 3,000 feet in elevation.
The Ventura River flows through the Ventura River Valley, draining the mountains surrounding Ojai to the north and east and emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the city of Ventura.
The climate of Ojai is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters, with lows at night sometimes below freezing. As is typical for much of coastal southern California, most precipitation falls in the form of rain between the months of October and April, with intervening dry summers.
The town of Ojai and its surrounding area is home to many unique recreational activities. Los Padres National Forest borders the town on the north, and many backcountry areas within the forest are accessible from Highway 33, which is the major highway through town south to north. To the west, the Lake Casitas Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking, and hiking as well.
Our Team & Board of Directors
Meet the remarkable minds that steer the ship of the Ojai Retreat Cultural Center.
Our Board of Directors is a collective of visionaries united by their passion for education, culture, and positive global transformation. Each member brings a unique perspective and expertise, creating a dynamic force dedicated to nurturing intellectual growth, artistic expression, and conscious change.
With a commitment to inclusivity, innovation, and the betterment of our world, our Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in guiding the Ojai Retreat Cultural Center towards a future illuminated by enlightened minds and uplifted spirits. Their dedication is a testament to our mission of creating a haven for exploration, enlightenment, and evolution. Get to know the individuals who shape our journey and inspire the change we aspire to see in the world.