World Cultural Leaders and Regional Youth to Convene at The Land Sanctuary

Thu, 05/09/2013

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.

About The Ojai Foundation

The Ojai Foundation (TOF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to fostering practices that awaken connection to self, others and the natural world.  Council, the practice of listening and speaking from the heart, is TOF’s core offering.   Council practice draws from cultures around the world and throughout time, employing a range of communicative contexts and forms.  In addition to Council, TOF promotes sustainable community through intercultural exchange, seasonal celebrations, and permaculture education and land management practices.

For more information about The Ojai Foundation’s work in Southern California and around the world, please contact:

Adam Rumack
Marketing & Outreach Director
Phone:(805) 646-8343 x145