“SPA-tacular Writing”

Choose from either a Full Day or Five Days  … of Writing and Spa-Hopping in the majestic Ojai Valley! 

  • 1-Day Retreat: Monday, Tuesday or Thursday – $199

  • 5-Day Retreat: Monday-Friday – $599

Imagine relaxing and lounging … up to five days … writing … in your spa robe or swim suit at a luxurious spa  … visiting magical mountaintops with breath-taking vistas …  unwinding … and unleashing your creativity and stories. 

This could be more than a fantasy on your next visit to Ojai, California.

Join founder of Ojai Writers Conference & Workshops, Sequoia Hamilton {bio here} for a day or week of relaxation and writing at rejuvenating spas, enchanting artisan enclaves, inspiring spiritual retreats, organic farms and secret Ojai hideaways.

Learn why NBC calls this soaking and scribing workshop ‘worth the drive’: (Click here)

WRITING in OJAI

Ojai’s unique east-west mountain orientation and deep valley attracted the Chumash Indians, the original inhabitants of this area who revered the land as a healing “nest” and therefore sacred. Frequently they would take those needing “re-energizing” to the sacred sulfur springs for soaking.

Ancient and contemporary spiritual seekers ascribe mystical powers to this valley calling it a “vortex” and claim its energy has the ability to “awaken” people on many levels. Writers from around the world have come here to start, work on or finish their writings. Join us for SPA-tacular Writing and do both!

Find inspiration for your writing projects in Ojai’s serene beauty. There are no big box retailers or “chain” stores – and with its citrus, lavender fields and olive oil groves, well, it feels a bit like a European vacation.

You’ll feel right at home … and yet a million miles away.xoox108

YOUR “PAMPERED” SCHEDULE BY DAY:

Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. –  Downtown Ojai & the Ojai Retreat, a haven of beauty and tranquility nestled on a five-acre hilltop offering a panoramic view of the Ojai Valley.

  • Morning at your Leisure

  • 11am – Welcome and Group Lunch at Ojai restaurant (TBA).

  • 2pm – The Ojai Retreat for afternoon of writing instruction & writing

  • 6pm – Evening at leisure to dine, write, explore Ojai and enjoy spa treatments

Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. – The Oaks, the original spa of Ojai  – includes three meals, classes, and day use fee

The Oaks at Ojai, is an award-winning health and wellness spa housed in a Spanish mission-inspired building right in the heart of downtown Ojai. Established in the 1970’s by fitness guru Sheila Cluff, with the distinction of being the first “destination spa” in the U.S. and the Most Affordable Spa in the World.

A Family-run spa, The Oaks has received multiple industry and consumer awards including SpaFinder Reader’s Choice Award, Travel + Leisure’s Top Ten Destination Spa, and Spa Magazine’s Annual Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Award. 

Enjoy a full day of fun with a selection of 16 fitness classes, full use of the facility including  pool, weights and aerobic equipment plus the spa sanctuary with  eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool, sauna, locker room and three healthy spa cuisine meals.

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast at The Oaks (included)

  • 8:45 – Noon – “Reading for Writers” Workshop – Spend time reading and relaxing till Lunch

  • 10 a.m. – Art Stroll through Ojai, or Zumba Dance, optional

  • 11 a.m. – Tone (Ball & Bands) or AquaCardio in Swimming Pool, optional

  • Lunch at The Oaks (included)

  • 1 – 6 p.m.: Relax at The Oaks & Enjoy classes & spa treatments all afternoon + 3 – 6 p.m. Writing Instruction & Writing

  • 6 p.m. – Dinner at The Oaks (included)

  • Evening at leisure to dine, write, explore Ojai and enjoy spa treatments

Wednesday – Morning Excursions to Lavender Fields and Olive Groves, Afternoon at Meditation Mount & Bart’s Books

9 a.m. – Meet at Boccalli’s and carpool to Upper Ojai. We’ll take a Lavender farm  tour to cut fresh sprigs and enjoy freshly baked lavender scones, jams and teas along with organic teas. Sitting on 24 acres with over 5,000 lavender plants, 1,400 olive trees, 24 walnut trees and several pixie tangerine trees.

11 a.m.: We head back down the hill to the wonderful area called the East End. Our next stop is to a 130 year old olive grove, still in use today and expanded to a working ranch, where some of the best extra virgin oils in the world are being produced by Ojai Olive Oil, Inc. Seven olive varieties are grown on the Asquith Ranch and recognized as among the best extra virgin olive oils in the world by Germany’s leading gourmet magazine, Der Feinschmecher. Visiting the working ranch in a Mediterranean setting will feel like a slice of Tuscan sunshine. You’ll see the nursery and how the olives are picked by hand and cold-pressed within hours of harvest. There’s a tasting room and, of course, a retail area to purchase products including flavored olive oils, soaps and face creams. (We recommend the pure Olive Oil face cream and the flavored vinegars, especially Blackberry Ginger!)

Noon –  Optional, Group Lunch at Boccalli’s, East End (dutch)

2 p.m. — Visit Meditation Mount, a sacred site on 32 acres of land at the east end of the Ojai Valley. The Mount is a remarkable place of peace and beauty. It is part of a growing global network of groups and individuals who practice meditation as a service to humanity and the world – and who honor the natural world by providing a sanctuary for visitors to connect to the sacred quality of all life. We’ll be visiting the International Garden of Peace for a bit of quiet reflection.

The following poem was written by a 12-year old girl who captured so beautifully the spirit of The Mount.

Meditation Mount
The sun is a dandelion, and
the day is bright, and
I am holding sunbeams in my palms.
The mountains are stony,
and a green of emerald flourishes
while a cool breeze sweeps
through the bushes and trees,
making the flowers and the leaves
pirouette in the wind.
The sky is a blue sea, and the
clouds are white waves
streaking across the sky
like strokes of white paint.
And the mountains’ stony
gazes watch over me while I
sleep.

– Sophie age 12

3-6pm – Afternoon at Bart’s Books

This is the largest independently owned and operated outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A.! Since 1964,it has housed nearly one million books ranging from the thirty-five cent specials (which line the outside walls and are for sale on the honor system), to rare, out of print first editions, and art books valued in the thousands of dollars. Meander, explore, read, chill.

Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a Five Diamond Resort – includes day use fee

Spa Ojai is one of the top 10 spas in America and was part of an overall $90 million resort renovation culminating in 2006. Sprawling across 200+ acres, this resort is a premium attraction in Ojai, complete with a top ranked golf course, tennis courts, a spa “village,” four pools, restaurants, meeting rooms and wedding facilities. This AAA Five Diamond resort (for six years running) is a landmark of California’s Central Coast and a favorite escape for luminaries and locals alike.

  • 9:30 a.m. – Meet at Spa Village in courtyard and check into Spa as a group. Visit to the three-acre Herb Garden.

  • 10:30 a.m. – Workshop: “Journaling, Sketching & Doodling to Overcome Writers’ Block and Stimulate Stories.” Recline poolside with Sketchbooks.

    Morning and afternoon at your Leisure to work on your writings, enjoy spa treatments and/or meander through the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa resort. (Spa Treatments are optional with an additional fee and must be scheduled in advance. View Full Spa Menu here.)

    Suggested reservations in advance: Kuyam. This is the only treatment of this type in the United States! Kuyam (Koo-Yahm) is a Chumash Native American Indian word which means “a place to rest together” and combines the therapeutic effects of self-applied cleansing desert clays infused with essential oils, dry heat, inhalation therapy and accompanied by a traditional Chumash narrative for deep relaxation. Diffused low lighting, rich colors and Moroccan-styled tile chaises enhance this unique offering.

  • 1 pm: Group lunch poolside with menu from Café Verde (optional, additional cost) – and yes, stay in your spa robe!

  • Afternoon at leisure.

    7 p.m. – Optional Group Dinner, end of day, and/or optional Arts Event downtown Ojai

Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. –  The Ojai Retreat, a haven of beauty and tranquility nestled on a five-acre hilltop offering a panoramic view of the Ojai Valley.

  • Morning at your Leisure (Suggested: Morning Hike and Visit to Soul Centered Dome)

  • Noon – 4 p.m. – Meet at The Ojai Retreat for final afternoon of writing instruction & writing (lunch provided)

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RECOMMENDATIONS – Places to Write, Activities, Dining, etc:

Krotona Library founded in 1926 is part of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy. The library emphasizes the Ageless Wisdom tradition, Theosophy, and spiritual traditions of East and West. There are over 10,000 books with new titles added each year. In addition to books, the library collection contains a wide range of materials such as study guides, magazines, audio and video cassettes. {More Info Here}

Activities:

Stroll along the historic downtown Arcade, wander through the quaint Ojai Library or horseback ride, hike or a book a jeep tour.

Rent a bicycle from the Mob Shop or visit an Alpaca Ranch.  The options are varied and many.

Visit the Ojai Visitors Bureau for more ideas or pick up one of Ojai’s local magazines (Ojai Quarterly or Ojai Valley Visitors Guide.)

Look for events posted at numerous coffee shops, online at Ojai Post or Marilyn Salas’s community events calendar.