• greater goods

    145 w. el roblar dr. ojai, ca

    greater goods is a non-profit based in ojai, ca that hopes to serve its community by providing an interactive space for art, education, heritage, outreach and togetherness.

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pencil drawing

Drawing & Watercolor with Sue Blackshear

Beginner to Advanced
Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm, May – October
Begins Saturday, May 20

$15-$30 per class, sliding scale

Space is limited, please RSVP below.

Saturday Film Screening!

One Winter Story

Saturday, May 20

Doors 7:30pm , Film 8pm

“One Winter Story” is an unprecedented glimpse into the male-dominated world of big-wave surfing from an unusual and seldom seen perspective – a woman’s. This hour-long film explores the nature of fear and faith through the experience big-wave surf pioneer, Sarah Gerhardt. “One Winter Story” is a personal documentary that follows Sarah as she surfs Maverick’s, a monstrous wave that breaks in the freezing, shark-infested waters off Half Moon Bay in Northern California.

Greater Goods is thrilled to be hosting this event with Elizabeth Pepin Silva, award-winning filmmaker, photographer, researcher, writer, and surfer born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now living in Ojai. More about Elizabeth and her work can be found at


$5-$10 suggested donation

Community Craft – Ojo de Dios

Sunday, May 21, 12-3pm

The weaving of an Ojo de Dios is an ancient contemplative and spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas, people of all ages are welcome to come weave a gods eye. $10 suggested donation, materials included and we are hoping you might feel inspired to weave a second gods eye to hang in our window as a community art piece.

drop in any time between 12-3pm on Sunday.

$10 suggested donation

OHMME & Alina Bea


West Coast tour with Alina Bea

Monday, May 15 at 7pm

Excited to welcome OHMME, an experiment in voice and sound by Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. Inspired by the Chicago improvisational music scene, Cunningham and Stewart joined forces in 2014. Their combined vocal and musical talents yield a dichotomy of harmony and chaos leaving the audience wanting more. Ohmme has been compared to PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Tortoise, but their inane chemistry creates something uniquely satisfying and wholly different from their predecessors.


$10-20 suggested donation

Rehmannia Dean Thomas w/ Craig Eastman

Friday May 12th. 7:30-10pm

Renowned herbalist & underground kentucky bluegrasser Rhemannia Dean Thomas returns with his old friend & fiddle maestro, Craig Eastman, for a night musical delight.

As John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band says

“if you are lucky enough to catch Craig Eastman you will not forget you’ve seen one of the best.”

Figures to be true when you see some of the folks he’s played & recorded with:
Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, Randy Travis, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, Linda Ronstadt, Chris Hillman, Albert Lee, Adrian Belew, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, John McEuen, Dr. John, Iris Dement, Daniel Lanois, Van Dyke Parks, & many more.

$10-$20 Suggested Donation

watercolor workshop

Kids Watercolor Workshop

Ages 5-10
Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30pm
May 12th – June 16th

This will be an exploratory class with beautiful provocations and materials. We will work with  different brush types and a variety of mediums such as salt, pen and watercolor, tape resistance, wood, canvas and paper.

To reserves a spot in this class please rsvp using the form below.
Payment is due at first class.
 Kids Watercolor workshop is full, stay posted for other kids craft/art workshop this summer!

$150 or $130 for members
*materials included


Sue Blackshear

Oil Painting with Sue Blackshear

Beginner to Advanced
irst Saturdays, 1:30-4:00pm, June-November
Begins Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

$45-$55 per class, sliding scale
$40 per class if one signs up for all six classes

Drop-ins welcome on Saturday, June 3rd!
$15 oil demonstration, Q & A (45 minutes)

Space is limited, please RSVP below.

Folk Steady

Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 2-8pm

Due to the wonderful blessing of a little more rain, greater goods is subbing in for the ojai rancho inn this sunday, not as a place to sleep, but as the host site for the may round of folk steady.  take her easy like the wooden mountains & listen to a variety of local songbirds join the rain in ringing out across the checkered valley.

  • Aaron Embry
  • The Chills
  • Michael Doran & The West
  • Maya & Shawn

$10 suggested donation (just adults, kids free)


awake film

Film Screening!
AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 7:30pm

satuday night we’ll be screening the powerful new film awake: a dream from standing rock, that recently premiered at the tribeca film festival.  some of us were lucky enough to hear the youth runners & chief arvol looking horse & his family when they came through town last fall, & the importance of their story & the legacy of standing rock remains deep & wide.

$5 suggested donation


Fundraiser Art Sale Gathering #2!

Friday, May 5, 2017, 6-10pm

a second helping of what was so sweet & savory last friday: the art party & fun raiser in support of heather mattoon’s trip to israel.  this friday is most likely to include the amazing pablo krohn on guitar, as well as others.

Sage Stoneman & Ella Anderson

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7-10pm

Original music. Good friends old and new.

$10 Suggested donation


Fundraiser Art Sale Gathering

Friday, April 28, 2017, 6-10pm

Original art by Heather Mattoon. live music by Bernie Larsen & Cassidy Linder, Todd Hannigan, Ted Lennon, Vaughn Montgomery & more….


Film Screening!


A documentary experimental film directed by Ron Fricke, first released in 1992

Sunday April 23rd 7:30pm

We are excited to invite you to our first film screening, this Sunday at 7:30pm at greater goods:  Ron Fricke’s wordless wonder, Baraka.  Named after a sufi word meaning “breath of life” or “blessing,” the film is both, and remains a powerful reminder of the importance of our relationships to our earthly home, our fellow creatures, & our fellow humans.  Shot on 70 mm film in 24 countries around the world, it blends religious rituals, the awesomeness of nature, and man’s industrialization into a beautiful & chilling mosaic.

Kids are welcome, though some of the content is a bit intense.

$5-10 Suggested Donation



Tim Rutili, Tara Jane Oneil, & Rachel Blumberg

Saturday April 22st 6:00pm

Welcoming three dynamic musicians & visual artists to greater goods: tim rutili of califone, tara jane o’neil, & rachel blumberg of the decemberists.

asking for a healthy donation to support these three amazing acts.  they will perform individually & together.  check the samplers below if you’re not familiar with their music.

$15-20 Suggested Donation


Tour dates & destinations

wallet making workshop

Wallet Making Workshop

With Jeff Otterbein

Friday April 21st 4:00-5:30pm

Make a one-of-a-kind leather wallet with one-of-a-kind local leatherman Jeff Otterbein.

All Materials Included

$30 Suggested Donation

knitting class

Beginners Knitting Class by Josie Mitchell

Friday April 14th 3-4pm

Tea will be served

Yarn and needles will be available but you are also welcome to bring your own.

$5-$15 Suggested Donation at Door

Dean Thomas

Rehmannia Dean Thomas w/ Craig Eastman

Thursday April 13th. 7-10pm

Rehmannia Dean Thomas doesn’t often show his musical side, but greater goods seems to have inspired the Kentucky native to come out for a special show of traditional bluegrass and country music. Joining him will be fiddle maestro Craig Eastman.

As John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band says

“if you are lucky enough to catch Craig Eastman you will not forget you’ve seen one of the best.”

Figures to be true when you see some of the folks he’s played & recorded with:
Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Rickie Lee Jones, T Bone Burnett, Beck, Taj Mahal, Lucinda Williams, Randy Travis, Brian Setzer, Keb Mo, Linda Ronstadt, Chris Hillman, Albert Lee, Adrian Belew, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, John McEuen, Dr. John, Iris Dement, Daniel Lanois, Van Dyke Parks, & many more.

$10-$20 Suggested Donation at Door

How to Soak Up Rain,
End Drought, & Cool the Earth

A conversation with hydrologist & author Michal Kravcik

Saturday, April 8, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Join us for a talk and discussion about managing water cycles to bring life back to drought-stricken land and cool the biopsphere using techniques that capture rainwater, store it, and release the surplus. Michal Kravcik is an innovative hydrolgist and author on tour with Voices of Water for Climate. Sponsored by Sierra Club, Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology, Eco Action Cooperative

$10-$20 Suggested Donation at Door

Contact: Jan Dietrick 805-746-5365 email hidden; JavaScript is required

rise up singing songbook

Rise Up Singing

All Ages, Group Singing
Friday, April 7, 7:00 – 9:00pm-ish

Live group singing with piano & guitar accompaniment. Bring your rise up singing songbook, a banjo, a mandolin, a hand drum, a friend, family, or just your voice & ears! if there’s a couple songs you’d like to include mention them here in the discussion section & we’ll try to make some copies of them.

drawing circle

Weekly Drawing Circle

Fridays, 11am-1pm

All are welcome. Whether you call yourself an “artist” or not. Whether you draw often, or never. Just come on by. Pen or nor pen.

$5 Suggested Donation

Finders Keepers, Pop Up Shop

Finders Keepers

Pop Up Shop

Friday, March 31st 1pm-6pm
Saturday, April 1st, 24th 10am-7pm

Greater Goods presents “Finders Keepers” Pop Up Shop. Find and keep repurposed vintage goods, kid’s clothes, shoes, ceramics, art, records, hand made items, unusual finds, and more. Enjoy music, art, friends old and new.

group art show

Group Art Show

Two Fridays: March 17th & 24th at 6:30pm

tHe nAtuRaL fReE hUmaN bEinGs, Heather Mattoon, Jaymie Arquilevich, Brigette Lopez, Roxanne Olivia Abell, Scott Willing, Ryan Lang, Vaughn Montgomery, Kourtney Morgan, Grace Malloy, Scott Chatenever, Jeff Otterbein, Teddy Macker, John Wilson, & probably more ! Also the sounds of the greater goods band!

Steve Sprinkel Spoken Song

Saturday, March 11th, 3pm

Steve Sprinkel – Spoken Song

Farmer Steve Sprinkle, the owner and entrepreneur behind the Farmer and the Cook restaurant and food store in the Meiners Oaks section of Ojai will read his poems alongside an improvisational ensemble of local musicians Aaron Embry, Todd Hannigan, Eric Soulliven, Josh Moreau, & Soren Mitchell.

$10 suggested donation at the door.

Little Wings

Friday, March 10th, 7pm

Little Wings

Kyle Field with Vaughn & Travers
In the late 1990s in San Luis Obispo, California, Field formed the band Little Wings, of which he is the only permanent member. In the past, the band has had members Adam Selzer on drums, Rob Kieswetter (aka Bobby Birdman) on keyboards, Mark Leece as bassist and various others. As Little Wings, Field has released over a dozen albums, under the Walking and independent K Records labels. Field also has played with Grandaddy, Lee Baggett, André Herman Dune, local funnyman Peaches and Devendra Banhart throughout the 2000s. www.littlewingsnow.com

$10 suggested donation at the door.

Self Directed Education

Sunday, March 5th, 2pm

The Biological Foundations of Self-Directed Education

Peter Gray, Ph.D. & Rock Tree Sky

Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 7th edition).  He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.

Rock Tree Sky hosts a program for homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 4 to 18 that gives children the freedom and responsibility to direct their own education, govern their learning community, and gain mentorship and academic guidance from caring and skilled adults. http://www.rocktreesky.org

All interested parents, educators and child advocates are welcome! No one turned away for lack of funds.

$15 suggested donation at the door. $10 each for groups of two or more.

Tom Brosseau

Thursday, March 2nd, 7pm

Tom Brosseau & Garret Pierce

Tom Brosseau, live and in-person! With California songwriter and Crossbill Records label mate, Garrett Pierce. Tom will be playing tracks from his latest release, North Dakota Impressions, and some traditional favorites from the great American folksong book.

$10 -$20 suggested donation at the door.