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Ojai

Ojai is one of the world's most special places. Internationally known as a sacred place of exceptional beauty and spiritual significance, Ojai is a unique valley wrapped in the arms of the Los Padres National Forrest about 80 miles north of Los Angeles and 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It's considered by many, a spiritual “hot spot" because it's one of the few places on earth where the mountains run in both directions, creating a geographical vortex, a gateway to the spirit world, much like Sedona, Az. and Katmandu. Perhaps the last intact Mediterranean ecosystem in Southern California, Ojai is often compared to Tuscany. The hills above town are covered with sage, chaparral, oaks and lavender.

The name Ojai (pronounced O-HIGH) is derived from the Chumash word “Awhai". The word is thought to mean “The Nest" or “The Moon" and Ojai is often called “The Valley of the Moon". It is thought the Chumash declared the Ojai Valley sacred .The surrounding mountains are capped by Topa Topa, the highest peak, which soars from near sea level to a height of 6,244 feet. At sunset, Topa Topa’s rocky westward face often catches a spectacular rosy glow creating the famous " Illuminating Pink Moment".

Ojai also has its share of world-class cultural events:
The Ojai International Music Festival, Ojai Poetry Festival, Storytellers Festival, Lavender Festival, World Class Tennis Tournaments, Artist Tours & International Film Festival.

Ojai is also famous for enchanting trails, secret hot spring, world class healers, organic food movement, relaxing spas, artist community, extensive Yoga studios, fabulous golf and gallery hopping...this and more awaits you when you open yourself to Ojai’s healing arms

Pretty Famous
 Ojai was used in the classic 1939 film Lost Horizon to represent the fictional paradise Shangri-La Movie location for “Easy A"  2010

Home to
Reese Witherspoon, Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony Hopkins, Larry Hagman, Beatrice Wood, Bill Paxton, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mary Steenburgen and many more who use it as a refuge of Peace & beauty!!

Ojai Rivers

 Population 8,598

Distance from the Pacific Ocean: 13 miles Ventura Ca.
Distance from Santa Barbara 35 miles
Distance from Los Angeles 70 miles

 

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