OJAI, CA, MAY 9, 2013: From June 14-16, 8 major spiritual & cultural leaders from indigenous traditions around the world will converge at The Ojai Foundation’s Land Sanctuary in Ojai, CA. This second annual “Gathering of the Ages” will mark the 2013 Summer Solstice and bring together keepers of various wisdom traditions, youth, elders, and people of all ages to share brilliant ideas, heartfelt dialogue, and cultural ceremony.
The program begins at 4 PM on June 14, 2013 with a tour of the Land Sanctuary, a light dinner, and an opening/welcoming ceremony. The program continues through Sunday, with multiple concurrent indigenous teaching sessions, group Councils, Qi Qong/Yoga sessions, music, shared meals, a presentation by Generation Waking Up, and more. Youth sponsorships are available and being offered to regional youth in need.
Featured guests include Uqualla, Havasupai Tribal Member (people of the blue-green waters, of the Grand Canyon), Medical Intuitive, Sacred Orator, and Storyteller; Sobonfu Some from the Dagara traditions of Burkina Faso, West Afrika, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Matriarch, History and Tradition Keeper of the Chumash people of the Awhai (Ojai) Valley; Tat Ome Aka Ehekatl Erick Gonzalez and Nan Heddi Neale, Mayan Ajq'ij (Daykeepers/Timekeepers), Founder/President of Tinamit Junan Uleu- Earth Peoples United; Ladamira, Slavic Siberian Shaman; Art Cisneros, Sacred Firekeeper and Elder of the Chumash Nation and Storyteller; and Venessa Kay, Bayesmana Kewanyama (Hopi Water Girl from the High Mountain), Sacred Plant Ethnobotanist, Puebloan Native, indigenous trader, and advocate for rainforest sustainability.