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MEDITATION MOUNTAIN

Weekly Wednesday Evening Conversation
Meditation Mount
January 19, 2011 7:00pm-8:30pm

MEDITATION MOUNT PRESENTS

A Weekly Conversation For The Common Good:
Inspired Response To A World At Risk

EVERY WEDNESDAY at 7:00PM RESUMING JANUARY 19, 2011

Please join our Learning Community for an evening of group exploration,
inspiration, and inner reflection. Teachings and presentations from multiple sources and perspectives will address the critical challenges facing our world
community.

How do we cultivate a rich inner life that is centered and powerful amidst a world in rapid change and transformation?

Conversations will focus on visionary leadership, group work and collaborative learning models, navigating new economic realities, self-care and healthy living, including meditation as a path to access inner resources of wisdom and courage, and development of new sensitivities of cooperation with Spirit and non-physical domains of life.

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest @ Ojai Theatre this sunday only!!!

OMG Loved this book read all 3 in a month!!!
On Sunday Dec. 12 at 4:30 pm the Ojai Film Society will screen the film, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. This film marks the closing chapter of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. With her brilliant computer skills and iron will, character Lisbeth Salander brings a thrilling end to the story that has captivated millions around the world. This film is a fundraiser for OFS. All tickets are $10 at the door. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave. For more information call 805-646-8946 or visit our website at www.ojaifilmsociety.org

 

Art Show at new Galleria Dec 12 1-5

OK this shall be a new fun adventure in art & ojai beauty . A brand new Galleria in Ojai is opening with a bang.. Well know artist Bobbi Bennett & about 5 more very electric artists will be having a holiday daytime art grove. Even better comp Wine & apps& LIVE MUSIC… this sounds like the place to see & be … 404 Willow St. Ojai “RESONATE

 

THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE A PICNIC IN OJAI & DRINK GREAT WINE AHHH!!!

THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE A PICNIC IN OJAI & DRINK GREAT WINE AHHH!!!

Old Creek Ranch Winery a little history

The Old Creek Ranch Winery is owned and managed by John and Carmel Whitman. Carmel is the daughter of Mike and Carmel Maitland, the original founders of the winery in 1981.During the 29 years of the Winery’s operation there have been many award winning wines produced. The Winery has been a contributor to the economy and as a visitor site of the Ojai Valley since 1981.The greatest attention to quality and detail are forefront to our winemaking process. The winery focus now are wines of Southern France, Spain, and Italy.

The Winery is open Daily from 11am to 5pm.

The Winery is located on the Old Creek Ranch. The Ranch is part of a Spanish 22,000 acre land grant awarded to Don Fernando Tico, dating back to the early history of California. In the late 1800′s Antonio Riva of northern Italy purchased the ranch. He was a chef in Paris, London and later in San Francisco. He built a winery on the ranch at that time.Today the original winery still stands and has been depicted as the logo and on the label of previous wines. At that time, wines were made without electricity and utilized gravity as a means to move the wine in the processing. Riva produced wine until about 1942, including the prohibition years. Wine purchasers would leave an order and money on the clothesline and would return later to pickup a jug of red wine left at the base of an oak tree. On one occasion he was warned the FBI was coming to raid the winery. All wine beyond what was legal for one family to produce was dumped prior to their arrival.

In 1976 the Maitland’s purchased the property with the intention of revitalizing the old ranch. A couple of years later they were approached to start a new winery on the property. In 1981 the first vintage was introduced. Many award-winning wines were to follow.As of 2007, Michael Meagher has been in charge of the winemaking. He has been making his own wines at the ranch since 2004 under his label, Vino V Wines.A vineyard of 20 acres was planted during the 1980′s. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc were produced. Sadly, the vineyard fell prey to the bacterium that causes Pierce’s Disease. Plans are now being developed for a new vineyard at the top of the Ranch that will distance the grapes from the insects that transmit the disease.The Winery now out sources grapes. We now lease portions of premier vineyards, Branham Obsidian Vineyard (Napa), and from Santa Barbara County, Stolpman Vineyards, Sanford Benedict Vineyard, White Hawk Vineyard, Vogelzang Vineyard, and Estelle Vineyard.

In the meantime, today the ranch is an 850-acre cattle ranch with a winery, and fruit orchards. We have planted at the entrance to the ranch an orchard of five varieties of cherry trees, and are extending the orchard with a variety of Japanese plums. A small blackberry patch also has been established.

 

A Great Review for Rolling Thunder !!! YEY

So idyllic, its almost like being on a movie set!!”
Rolling Thunder Ranch

5 of 5 stars*****
My husband & I are always looking for new and unique experiences and accommodations when we travel. We usually spend a great deal of time & money to find them. That is why we were shocked when we discovered this magnificent paradise less than a two hour drive from home!!!! The Rolling Thunder Ranch is so idyllic, its almost like like being on a movie set! You’ll think you died and went to heaven! It is so peaceful and serene that one can’t help but instantly fall under its spell, and completely relax. For us, it will always hold a special place in our hearts because it is the last place we took our precious 14-year old Lab before he passed away. He had an absolute blast running around freely and exploring the entire property. It was a truly magical vacation for us all. Jerry & Lisa have worked to create the most spectacular vacation rentals I’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to return!!
Rolling Thunder Ranch

 

Halloween In Ojai Secret Rates BOO!!

Mention this add and get 20% OFF during HALLOWEEN weekend or get 3rd nite FREE!!!!!!

PUMPKIN INCLUDED!!!!!!!

 

Tarot Tuesday

Tarot Tuesday – A Class in the Basics of Tarot – with Diana Castellanos: Learn to clear and activate your tarot cards.Set your sacred space, and learn different placement patterns. Discover how to intuitively read your cards as well as how to open, connect, and activate your intuition and much more. Come and learn and have fun!
Tuesday, October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Fee: $15.00
Contact Info:
Soul Centered 311 N. Montgomery Ojai, Ca 93023 805-640-0026
Email: www.soulcentered.com
 

OJAI RISING

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. 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 in part because of its unusual East/West transverse range, which stretches from the Santa Monica Mountains through the Santa Ynez Range. 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 “pink moment”.

 

“The World’s Greatest Outdoor Bookstore”

Their website saysccand perhaps it is. There aren’t too many outdoor bookstores on the Planet Earth. I certainly recommend checking it out if you are in the neighborhood of Ojai, California. Very cool indeed. You may even spy a “celebrity” or two while there. They have a huge supply of books ranging from the 35 cent  honor system books that line the bookshelves out on the sidewalk to rare out-of-print first editions.

Bart’s Books, nestled under the 420 year old coastal live oaktree at the corner of Matilija and Canada streets in Ojai, CA, is the home to the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A.

In 1964 Bart’s Books was little more than a sparkle in the eye of Richard Bartinsdale whose collection of books had gotten so overwhelming that he constructed a series of book cases along the sidewalk so that passersby could peruse the titles.

In lieu of a cash register, “Bart” left coffee cans atop the book cases. People would select a title or two and leave payment in the cans, giving birth to Bart’s world famous tradition of selling books via the honor system.

Since that time Bart’s Books has become host to nearly one million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials which line the outside walls and are still for sale on the honor system, to rare, out of print first editions, and art books (like Dali’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland) valued in the thousands of dollars.

Currently Dave Ray is Bart’s Books bookseller extraordinaire. With his unique blend of expertise, vim, and pure passion for the art of the written word, he brings new life to what The Times calls “an intellectual haven.”

Nearly half a century after its inception, Bart’s Books continues to mystify patrons, journalists, and book lovers with a character and charm that beggars description and a selection of books that is beyond compare.

 

Ojai Art Colony

 Art is a huge focus in Ojai. The are many famous artists that grace are beautiful mountains. There are certain towns in this country that attract artists, certain places that artists seem to go where it is open to their expression.  ”Ojai is a wonderful mix of a variety of people who are fortunate to live in a community surrounded by mountains, streams, where people are open and friendly.”

Like a true art colony, there is always something happening in the arts in this town. Art studios line Bryant Street and if you drop in on Thursday evenings at the bookstore you might catch a poetry reading. Grab another cup of café mocha and chill. The annual Artist Tour is amazing you actually get to go into the homes & studios of these amazing creative types and ask them lots of questions. 

As the night sky descends on the quietude and beauty of the Ojai Valley, it is a sure bet you will return to Ojai, the real difficulty is leaving.