What We Do
Topa Institute envisions a thriving, peaceful planet filled with creativity, connection, and care. We honor global traditions of perennial wisdom that create peace, healing, art, and learning.
For over 45 years, our founding organizations have developed innovative cultural, environmental, and community-building programs and practices, now offered through our three areas of focus.
Arts & Culture
The arts & culture department fosters a creative community hungry to uncover and reveal the alchemy of unsung and underrepresented cultures through a variety of artistic and scholarly pursuits. Through our concerts, performances, and site-specific exhibitions, as well as workshops, classes, and residential opportunities, we offer immersive experiences in arts and culture in a stunning location.
The 36-acre land sanctuary located in the Upper Ojai Valley, California — the historical home of Indigenous people devoted to creative practices in art, agriculture, and wisdom. At Topa Institute we honor and continue this work through our land-based offers such as permaculture, nature immersion, and Indigenous wisdom.
The holistic education department is our center for our unique combination of social-emotional and environmental education practices. Combining deep listening practices and nature-based activities, our program’s purpose is to forge genuine, trusting relationships between people and nature. Learn more about council trainings, rites of passage programs marking life transitions, and team-building workshops.
Songs of Sustenance
Together with our facilitators, Arnaé Batson and Maggie Wheeler, we will embark on a vocal journey to investigate the vibrational power of song, including pieces that have been sung through the ages during times of struggle, resistance, and triumph.
December 10, 2023
Welcome to the universe of Omnia — the nearly infinite playspace where light and shadow collide! Be your own character, take on the trials, and complete the training to partake in the live-action adventure that is Bright Knights. Join Arise & Shine Center and Topa Institute for Bright Knights — a multi-age hero’s journey class for kids ages 5 to 14. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up, or stay for tea/coffee and explore the ridge during the program.
JANUARY 13, 2024
Council Training for Educators
Join fellow educators at Topa Institute’s land sanctuary to experience the practice of “Council” and learn how you can bring the benefits of Council to your school.