About Ojai, California

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.

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Ojai Retreat – Who We Are

Ojai Retreat is located in the heart of the Ojai Valley – one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The facilities of this Ojai inn include a Main House and four cottages containing a total of twelve guest rooms. There is also a spacious Living/Conference room with panoramic views and a Quiet Room for studying and reading.

Ojai Retreat is a five acre secluded/wooded hilltop property with a variety of lawns and patios, walkways and spectacular views of the Ojai Valley on all sides. We welcome individuals, couples and groups.

Ojai Retreat occasionally offers cultural events in the areas of spirituality, the environment, the arts, health and education. For more information, please visit: http://www.ojairetreateducationcenter.org/

Meet the people behind the scenes that make Ojai Retreat a magical and memorable place to be:

Board of Directors
Tom Ash, President
Carl Olmstead, Vice President
Alan Harr, Treasurer
Ulrich Brugger, Secretary
Jeff Goodman, Board Member

Advisory Board Members
Claude Bobillier
Lisa Aronson
Catherine Ann Jones
Earl Bates
Joan Roberts
Rick Streitfeld
Donna Strong

Honorary Board Members
Paula Spellman
Elaine Needham
Doriane McCord
Elizabeth Suti
Rebecca Howes
Nick Frangakis
Michael Critelli
Dr. J. Hiranandani
Sajo Camara
Reza Faraz
Fran Faraz

Staff
Ulrich Brugger, Executive Director
Clare Hollenbeck, Office Manager
Melody Haller, Office Manager
Prakash Mongia, Accountant
Bruce Schrader, Maintenance
Marco Lopez, Gardener
Marta Lopez, Housekeeper
Juanita Lopez, Housekeeper
Selena Duran, Housekeeper
Amelia Toledo, Housekeeper
Ria Sawyer, Breakfast Caterer
Caridad Reyes, Breakfast Caterer
Tess Morgan, Breakfast Caterer