Classes & Workshops

Classes, workshops and other educational events are offered as a one-time event or in a series.

Current & Upcoming:

Batik Class

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11am

All tools & materials are included but feel free to bring fabric of your own you’d like to batik on, as long as it’s cotton.

Needle Felted Owl Ornament / Medicine Necklace

Thursday, November 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

Borbala will be sharing the basics of needle felting, how to use the different kind of wools, how to attach feathers and create your own, unique Owl ornament/necklace with hemp cord and wooden beads.

Drawing Cartoon Class for Kids

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm

Beginner, hands on instruction with demonstration and show n’ tell.

Presented by Ojai’s second-most famous cartoonist Zavier Leslie Carbarga (drawer of Betty Boop, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Popeye).

Healthy Deliberations Series

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00pmJoin us for our second Healthy Deliberation – Yoga or CrossFit?
We’ll be sharing the perceived and true positive and negative potential aspects to our health when choosing what exercise is best for our body, mind and spirit.

Fairy Doll Workshop

Needle Felted Fall Fairy with Pumpkin

Tuesday, November 14, 5.30-7.30 PM

Borbala will be sharing the basics of needle felting, how to use the different kind of wools (wrap around wire, build a body, decorate) to create your own beautiful Fall fairy with a small pumpkin.

Little Footprints

Little Footprints Series

Last Sunday of Each Month, 1-8pm
Monthly gathering on the last sunday of each month focused on ways to more gently impact our environment: talks, docs, & group projects in collaboration with local environmental leaders around ideas such as permaculture, grey water, alternative energy, upcycling, bicycle advocacy, food awareness, and much more.

watercolor class

watercolor with sue blackshear

First Saturdays, 1:30-4:00pm, June-November
Begins Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Intimate instruction for all levels from internationally recognized artist Sue Blackshear

drawing classes

drawing with sue blackshear

Third Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm, May – October.
Begins Saturday, May 20.

instruction in drawing for beginner to advanced students from internationally recognized artist Sue Blackshear

Past Classes & Workshops:

Film & Discussion: I Am Not Your Negro

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7pm
We continue our exploration of racial equality with the powerful 2016 narrative documentary “i am not your negro,” based on the life & writing of james baldwin & directed by raoul peck. discussion to follow.

Healthy Delibertions

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6-9pm

Healthy Deliberations is a monthly gathering with an intention to develop a place and a protocol where disagreements are discussed in a friendly manner, with the goal of understanding and appreciating the perspective of others when we are in opposition.

Community Collage Workshop with Clinton Burger

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 4:30pm
last week’s dip into the calm & uplifting waters of local art spring clinton burger was a delight, & we look forward to some more 2D diving this week. old magazines & friends, un-strangers, snacks, groovy tunes & all materials included. all ages & kinds welcome! come early, like 3:45pm, if you’d like to participate in a short talk beforehand concerning sensitivity & creation.

Documentary Film: 13th

Tuesday, October 4, 2017, 7pm
We continue our exploration of racial inequality with this 2016 documentary by Ava Duvernay. It shines a powerful spotlight on one of the many rotten roots we need to reckon with if we ever hope to find true balance & justice for all here in America. check the trailer below.

community collage

Community Collage with Clinton Burger

Thursdays, September 28 & Thursday October 2017, 4:30-6:00pm
via the heartist himself, Clinton Burger: “hosting a lil collage jamboree on Thursday eve @ Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks, 4:30-6pm. Good ole fun, awesome folks, irie tunes… All magazines, books, scissors & paper provided.”

Screening and Discussion of Adam Curtis Documentaries

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 6-9pm
Big thanks to Johnny Misheff for curating this night: a peak into the wide & wild documentary work of Adam Curtis, which will surely stir up some nutritious dialogue.

bow drill friction fire making workshop

September 23, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
In this workshop you will learn the basics of the bow drill style of fire making and have the opportunity to make your own kit to take home. You will be shown the steps and positions necessary to master making your own coal and then how to turn your coal into flame.

Conversations on Racism

Two Tuesdays, Sept 19 & 26, 2017, 5-8pm
An informal conversation on Racism facilitated by Chiany Dri, as we aim to create a safe space where we can discuss a controversial topic and grow to have more understanding about how we can help others do better and do better ourselves.

Functional Medicine Talk with Kristopher Young

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:30-9:30pm
Maybe you have experienced dysfunctional medicine; come hear Dr. Young explain Functional Medicine based on his practice and training with the founders of FM over the last 25 years.

website workshop

Website Workshop

Wednesdays in September
Those who need to work on their existing wordpress (other platforms are welcome) websites, while enjoying technical assistance, consulation and design support. Workshops move through content building and organization, WordPress installs and updates, theme installs, plugin management, and page and post design. If you’ve been putting off updating your site or are stuck and not sure how to take the next step, this workshop’s for you.

The Girls Empowerment Workshop

Tuesdays in September
The MISSION of The Girls Empowerment Workshop is to EDUCATE, EMPOWER & INSPIRE teens by raising awareness, developing communication skills and cultivating self respect.

family creative workshop

The Family Creative Workshop

Fridays in September, 3:30-5pm, All Ages
Family creative workshop is a book series made in the 70’s. Each workshope will focus on a different craft from the series.

Basic Rhythm Workshop

thursdays, september 2nd & 9th, 11-1pm
a two part workshop exploring basic rhythm as a group, including listening, dancing, & playing various percussion instruments, in a relaxed & playful environment. all ages welcome!

Vocal Opening Workshop

Vocal Opening Class

Sunday, September 17, time TBA
most of us are taught to keep our authentic voice buttoned up.
if you’re longing to free it, here’s a great opportunity to do so with a masterful teacher! thank you Gwendolyn McClure for the work you do & for bringing it to greater goods!

Mobile Making Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017, 4-8pm
Bring your own found objects or use materials provided. Leave with your very own guy, girl, animal, or thing!

Discussion on Macrobiotics

Sunday, Aug 27, 2017, 10-noon
Besides being one of L.A.’s top ten thousand photographic models, Harvey Sid Fisher has been on a “macrobiotic vegan” diet for 40 years.

Vocal Sound Healing

Vocal Sound Healing Workshop

wednesday, july 26, 2017, 7-9:30pm
most of us are taught to keep our authentic voice buttoned up. if you’re longing to free it, here’s a great opportunity to do so with a masterful teacher! thank you Gwendolyn McClure for the work you do & for bringing it to greater goods!

needle felting workshop

Needle Felting Workshop

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 11am-1pm
we are excited to host ojai’s favorite felter, borbala arvai of boridolls creations, this saturday for a felting workshop.

sabbath economics

Sabbath Economics

five thursdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29 & July 6
6:30pm potluck, 7:15pm talk

A five week series of interactive workshops that look at the human impulse to work compulsively, to consume addictively, and to use and exploit resources and labor mercilessly.

godseye

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.

watercolor workshop

kids watercolor workshop

***workshop full***
an exploratory class, for kids ages 5-10, with beautiful provocations and materials, working with different brush types and a variety of mediums such as salt, pen and watercolor, tape resistance, wood, canvas and paper.

wallet making workshop

wallet making workshop

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

how to soak up rain, end drought, & cool the earth

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.

Self Directed Education

Self-Directed Education

Peter Gray, Ph.D., author and research professor at Boston College shares published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. Rock Tree Sky hosts a program in Ojai for homeschoolers and unschoolers ages 4 to 18.