Creating Community

The Topa Institute is a retreat center & land sanctuary set atop a tranquil, awe-inspiring ridge in the Upper Ojai Valley. We host creative workshops, classes, and gatherings facilitated by leading teachers, artists, and culture makers in their fields. 

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.

The Institute joins together three deeply interconnected areas of programming: Arts & Culture, Nature Connection, and Holistic Education. Each unit advances our collective mission, engaging timeless practices of community building and deep listening.

Our Work

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.

Creative Communities

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.

Nature Connection

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.

Cultivating Care

The cultivating care 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 community building events.

EVERY WEDNESDAY | 8:30 – 10am

True Meditation with Teja Anand

True meditation has only one objective: to realize you are not your mind. To break the deeply-learned identification with our mental activity and narrative, thinking that is “us,” and shift our perception to our true identity. We are the awareness that illuminates our mind, not the mind’s contents. Join Teja Anand in this profound practice.

Kiva

EVERY WEDNESDAY | 10 – 11;30am

Open Floor Conscious Dance Class with Chakra Earthsong

Come move your body, breathe, and be gently guided in a 90-minute conscious dance with certified Open Floor teacher, Chakra Earthsong. 

JUNE 29, 2024

Forest Bathing with Camille Dieterle

Forest bathing is the practice of slowing down, relaxing, and interacting with the more-than-human world. As a curative to our busy, digitally connected lives, this practice of drawing our attention to the natural environment around us is found across many cultures and times.