Friday, June 24, 2011

The Ojai Foundation ... a beautiful walk

With the end of the semester (I got two "A"s!!!) and now with teaching summer art workshops, I haven't been making up to see my family in Ojai quite as often. Not too long ago though, I was able to enjoy a spring walk through the land of The Ojai Foundation. I went with my Dad, my sister Penny and my nephew Benjamin.

from the website:
The mission of The Ojai Foundation is to strengthen individuals, families schools and communities by teaching ways to listen and speak from the heart, to honor life's passages and to appreciate our connection with nature- supporting the emergence of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceful world.

Cool, huh?

There are numerous places to sit and contemplate, meditate, and enjoy the beauty of Southern California. I can't believe I had never been there! Here is just a little preview ...


Come forth into the light of things.
Let nature be your teacher.

~William Wordsworth















The invariable mark of wisdom
is to see the miraculous in the common.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson













To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

~Jose Ortega Y Gasset
















After a day's walk
everything has twice its value.

~George Macauley Trevelyan


That reminds me, I should go for a walk! Have a beautiful weekend, my friends!


p.s. Just went on my sister Penny's blog and she posted photos from here too! She also posted some other BEAUTIFUL Ojai photos in her previous post, Casitas Vista.
Check out her blog HERE!



26 comments:

melissa n. said...

beautiful pictures Lu ... looks like a magical special place!

mermaid gallery said...

one of the special spots ....good to slow down and wonder for awhile....lovely....

BB said...

Really cool photos Cobalt.It seems like a very peaceful place.
I wish you a grand weekend filled with peace,love and wonders!

PK Studios said...

NIce memories. We have to go back and to Meher Mount! Shelley wants to go to. Let us know!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Stunning!!

Craftsman of light said...

Lucinda,
Its always a pleasure to read you....
i tried catching up with your posts, and 'listening' to your wonderful stories as with a friend.
You've dedication to your dad for the Father's day is very moving.

Bravo! for the A's....
Though your pictures and words i've had a great promenade at Ojai foundations too....

i used to be greatly inspired by
J Krishnamurti during my adolesence.
J Krishnamurti spoke a lot at Ojai....making me think of it as a quite contemplative environment.

i love your quotes too!

Many blessing to you.

Cobalt Violet said...

Melissa- thanks! Yes it is! Good energy!

Mermaid- yes it is special! I want to go back soon!

BB- Thanks BB, yes it was quite peaceful! An amazing weekend to you too!

PK- Yes, we do ... and to the other tree!!! I still have to post my tree photos!

Linda- Thank you! :)

Craftsman- as always, thank you for your beautiful comments and taking the time to meander through the blog!

Don said...

I am refreshed!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhh....Nature, YES. Nature teaches us, IF WE STOP LONG ENOUGH, that there is something greater than us. AND THANK YOU DEAREST for coming to visit me. I love Provence as well, and you had a great idea: WINE, PROVENCE and simply pondering on what is beautiful. Merci for the inspiration!!! Anita

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, what a beautiful spot! So magical and you can feel the positive energy! Nature is such a gift! I really loved this post! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous pictures! And, thanks for coming by my blog ;o) Stacy

Dual said...

Nice Photo
Gio'
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le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Sounds beautiful (like your photos)... and peaceful. Thanks for the discovery.

Cobalt Violet said...

Don- Happy you are refreshed, my friend! :)

Anita- always great to visit you and your beautiful world of images, thanks for the return visit!

Dual- Thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

Otli- You're welcome, and merci!

Tammie said...

so wonderful to see this beautiful place through your eyes, lens and heart. I think I was there once, so long ago. it was a dry season. wonderful quotes too, thank you.

Desert Dreaming said...

Thank you for stopping by and the sweet comments about my anniversary and photos! I'm glad you comments as it gave me the opportunity to find your page, your art work is stunning, and I've enjoyed exploring all your posts.

Have a wonderful week ahead...

Joni

Joop Zand said...

A wonderful blog, it's a pleasure too see this nice work.

warm greetings, Joop

thanks for your comment by the fox.

Leovi said...

Beautiful series of photos of The Ojai Foundation interesting

Kerry O'Gorman said...

People and places like this are an inspiration that the world is indeed a beautiful place and people are full of love and hope! Thanks for the walk...

vicki archer said...

This looks like the most beautiful place to walk....xv

JM said...

Great set of photos! The Ojai sign shot is lovely.
Congratulations on the two 'A's!

Enrique G.A. said...

Hi Lucinda, a pleasure reading your posts and your photos ....
A wonderful entry.
Greetings .-

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow Lu!!...such a magnificently beautiful post...I would feel quite at home in these beautiful settings and sceneries you ahve shared...feels so BLISSFUL!!!...shine on..and thankyou for always sharing your special magic and beauty through all that you do..through your words..imagery and wisdom!
Happy Summer to you...wishing you many sparkles along te way and new advntures!
Victoria
PS: such FAB photos..highly meditative...thankyou!!

Style, She Wrote said...

Gorgeous gorgeous flowers! Love the coral color. xo style, she wrote

Candy said...

The photos are beautiful. This is my kind of place. Jim and I will have to take a walk there one day.

Turid said...

Why am I drawn to this place?? When i saw that circle of rocks, I was pulled even closer. I make circles of rocks. I have a circle tattooed on my arm. I want to visit!

KathyA said...

Very, very cool!!! Love the photos -- especially the maze and the gallardia.