Fifth Annual Mother Daughter Council Retreat


Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:00pm to Sun, 05/14/2017 - 2:00pm

*POSTPONED* Kate and Phoebe are putting the Mother Daughter Council Retreat on hiatus for this year to regroup and recast the program. We’ll be back for Mothers Day Weekend in 2018. Please contact Kate ( to receive the first announcement in the New Year. Hug your momma! Hug your daughter!

Spend Mothers Day weekend this year enjoying new ways to bring ritual and meaning to a unique bond you share with the woman or women who mothered you or the daughter or daughters you mothered.

No other relationship comes close to this one. It has the potential to make or break us – often both at the same time. Generational differences separate us; familial similarities connect us. It’s a love that can be one of our greatest comforts, supporting us throughout our lives.

Guided by mother-daughter duo, Kate and Phoebe Lipkis, you'll enjoy time alone as well as with your beloved other and with all the women who gather. We’ll honor our female ancestors, trace our lineage, examine and revive our family traditions, celebrate the joys we share together, acknowledge the times when we crash and burn, and find new ways to bring compassion and understanding to this singular bond. Come enjoy good food, good fun, and good nature!

The weekend is open to women from puberty to elderhood. It welcomes those who found each other through fostering or adoption and celebrates multi-generational participants.


Kate discovered council in 1999 when it was a regular practice at Phoebe’s middle school. Kate is a certified council trainer, most recently leading trainings for the incarcerated in California’s state prisons and for the staff and volunteers of organizations working for social justice. She has worked in Bali and Australia and offers monthly circles at her home in Venice, CA. For more information on this retreat, email Kate at

Phoebe is a consultant living in Seattle.  She works with foundations and non-profits seeking collaborative, systemic change to move from intention to outcome. She loves to make space for the voices of diverse cultures, identities, and perspectives to hear each other’s stories--and to tell their own.
Pricing and Registration

$350 per person includes shared accommodations and five vegetarian meals.

For more information on this program, email Kate at For any questions regarding The Ojai Foundation, please call 805-646-8343, ext. 123 or email us at