Fall Escape: Top Five Spots in Ojai
Just an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, the town of Ojai is an ideal Fall getaway. It’s also a mecca for yoga retreats, of which we at Seek Retreat are quite fond.
Known for its natural beauty, spiritual vibes, organic produce, and artistic community, Ojai is a fertile valley nestled in Los Padres National Forest. Whether you’re on a yoga retreat or vacationing solo, be sure to stop by some of our favorite local spots.
- Meditation Mount: This outdoor meditation center is our first stop of the day while in Ojai. The views are stunning. The zen garden is out of this world beautiful. Seriously, this place radiates the spiritual vibes that make Ojai magical.
Yoga and Meditationclasses take place on Thursday and Friday mornings. They also host special full moon meditations for the astrologically inclined.
The Farmer and the Cook: This locale boasts all organic produce straight from their farm and a delectable daily smoothie and café menu. Favorites include the homemade veggie burger, sauerkraut, and birdfeeder cookie. On the weekends, the café transforms into a full-service, sit-down restaurant. Snag a reservation and enjoy live music on the patio. Pro-tip: the gluten-free wood-fired pizzas are worth every calorie!
Lulu Bandha’s: This no-frills boutique yoga studio creates community for the yogis of Ojai. An herb and flower garden marks the path to Lulu Bandha’s, which is housed in a quaint blue and white cottage. Teachers emphasize a natural, free-flowing style of hatha and vinyasa yoga that focuses on individual alignment and listening to your body. We’re partial to Kira Ryder’s Wednesday night yin class.
The Krishnamurti Foundation: The former home of famous Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishamurti is now open to the public. Visitors can stroll through the well-maintained gardens, meditate in Krishnamurti’s old office in Pine Cottage, or stop by the adjacent Pepper Tree Retreat Center, located in the old guest cottage. Grab a philosophy book and spend a few hours in the majestic, newly renovated library.
Bart’s Books: This outdoor bookstore carries new and used books from every wok of life. From gardening to philosophy; memoirs to fiction, we could spend an entire day here.