Ojai Retreat & Inn Events


September 8, 7pm: Ottmar Liebert concert at Libbey Bowl

September 21-22: Mountainfilm On Tour

September 22, 4pm: Bowlful of Blues at Libbey Bowl



September 9, 11am-2pm: Monthly Devotional with Rev. Karen Wylie ‘Tapping into the Eternal You!’ Come share insights, inner reflection, meditation, quiet walks, sacred songs and visions for peace and love on the planet. For details contact Rev. Karen Wylie at 310-968-8928. Love offering: $20 suggested. Organized by Rev. Karen Wylie. 

September 12, 7pm: Simon Lewis, TED TALK SPEAKER, film and television producer and author, will be giving a special presentation on ‘Where Science meets Spirit’. Simon survived a catastrophic car accident and near death experience, and wrote a memoir called Rise & Shine using his personal story to illustrate deep and universal insights about consciousness. Born in London, Simon earned a law degree from Christ’s College Cambridge and Boalt Hall, Berkeley, when he moved to Los Angeles. His Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors and stars, as well as producing Look Who’s Talking, critically acclaimed films such as The Chocolate War, the Emmy-winning international co-production for HBO and ITV Central A Month of Sundays (Age Old Friends), and variety specials starring Howie Mandel. This is a fundraising event to benefit The Ojai Retreat’s cultural programs and Simon Lewis’s writings. Suggested donation $15-$25. Simon Lewis will be available for personal meetings the following day (September 13).

September 17, 7pm: One of the greatest artists of our times, Kamran Khavarani, the father of Abstract Romanticism will present his paintings and give a talk on “What Is Art and What Is The Opposite Of Art?” At 8pm Professor M. Mozayeni, Professor at State University of New York, New Paltz will then give a talk on “Three Empirical Studies Of Meditative Effect Of Khavarani’s Painting Style: An Application In Healthcare” followed by a Q&A–Paintings by Kamran Khavarani will be available for sale. Kamran will be available for personal discussion the following day–This is a fundraising event for The Ojai Retreat’s cultural programs. Suggested donation $15-$50.

September 30, 7pm: Talk by Sirena Pellarolo, PhD, on Early Tango Women. Multimedia presentation which will discuss gender ambiguity in early tango culture and the creation of the modern feminine in Argentina. This talk is organized by Pellarolo in cooperation with The Ojai Retreat Cultural Center.

Unless otherwise stated these events are organized by The Ojai Retreat and Education Center, a non-profit, public organization (501,c,3).

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.