Don’t Miss the Cosmic Compass Festival
March 30 – April 2 in the Ojai Valley
It’s a Celebration of Community and the Human Spirit!
Dear Flourishing Friends,
It’s still early in 2023 and already we’ve been invited to collaborate with multiple community events! Following are a few that we enjoyed in January.
Our annual Martin Luther King Day celebration (organized by an intergenerational team of volunteers) was held at Matilija Auditorium. The Interfaith Council was so impressed that they are planning a follow-up recognition event in March for the youth as part of their “Love Thy Neighbor" campaign, in partnership with the Ojai Unified School District and Ojai City of Peace.
In January, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition hosted a couple of tours of the 8-acre City Hall property and are welcoming community members to respond with their input regarding best use of the property through a simple online survey and a series of 3 brain-storming events called World Cafes.
As a completion of their fall 2022 program, the Green Valley Project communication interns revealed their short film at the Patagonia Store on February 9 complimented by a musical performance by the band Soule Park.
And here are four more in the works this spring:
The Green Valley Project is starting their next round of programming this month, with opportunities for youth to apply now to join the Leadership Council and as Communications Interns. Please spread the word. Both youth groups will meet at the Flourish Ojai Center on weekends this spring. There are other creative programs and internships offered by their partners (Watershed Progressive, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, PAX Environmental, Once Upon a Watershed).
As a result of the idea-sharing during our collaboration gatherings last fall, we’re currently researching Asset Mapping approaches in partnership with the partners of the Green Valley Project and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. Together, we’re mentoring a few young adults to develop a demo map this spring to share with the community.
Flourish Ojai will serve as one of several hosts offering events during the March 30 - April 2 Cosmic Compass Festival, including Meditation Mount, the Topa Institute, and Lovina Designs. We are so thrilled to be part of this event and invite you to check out the schedule of activities register for one or more!
The OVATE (Ojai Valley Artists Theater Ensemble) conservatory for youth and young adults will take place at Flourish Ojai from June 19 - July 2. We’ll let you know when registration for this amazing youth mentorship program commences.
Continuing our partnership with the Ojai Film Festival, we are planning to host more film screenings of the amazing documentaries in their archives and looking to support youth projects in the process, including OVATE. Last year, we hosted 3 screenings in partnership with Mesa Farm and the Green Valley Project, including a film produced by local Becket Films called Seeds of Vandana Shiva.
Thank you for considering these opportunities and sharing them with your community.
We Flourish Together!
The Flourish Ojai Team
Diana, David, Suzie and Kevin