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We are so excited to have this new & unique offering in our private gardens and very soon our Yoga and meditation pavilion! Wake up or set into the sun with a private or group Yoga session with Erin Dunphy, The Lavender Inn’s very special Yoga teacher and practitioner. Erin has been practicing Yoga for 5 years and has studied at the Yoga Works in Westlake, under Nona Chiang & Lainie Devina, along with many other guest Yogies and teachers. Trained in the various forms of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Prenatal and more, Erin’s focus is on Hatha Yoga, which is geared towards breath work, mental clarity & balance. Although this may be the focus, she is versed in many practices and is able to accommodate any personal pursuits.
Join us for this very special Father’s Day Class as Chef Dave demonstrates in detail Grill Cooking, Barbecue and other outdoor cooking techniques, including Grill care and preparation, utensils & Tools, Dry Rubs, Marinades, Seasonings, Cedar Plank & Wood chip Preparation and use, Low-n-Slow, classic BBQ, Steak Grilling, Hot & Fast and perfect grilled Vegetables. If you’re serious about outdoor cooking, then this is a class you won’t want to miss. This is the perfect Sunday after the Ojai Certified Organic Farmers’ Market for Dad!
The Menu Includes: Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze, Chipotle Grilled Tri Tip or Flank Steak with Avocado and Tomato, Cilantro Lime Chicken with Jicama Slaw, Grilled Vegetables, Salsas and Accompaniments
Bring your appetite! Everything else is provided!
This class is limited to 12 participants. $75 per person . Call The Lavender Inn for your spot! 805.646.6635
Join us at the Lavender Inn Sunday June 24th at 1:30 pm during the Ojai Lavender Festival weekend, as Diana Hall teaches you basics of Botanical Illustration. This class is geared towards beginner and intermediate level students and introduces drawing skills needed for accurately illustrating plants in graphite and color pencil. You will learn to render plant forms with conviction and clarity through drawing exercises and techniques focusing on close observation of the plant form. These exercises include contour and gesture rendering as well as linear perspective. The effects of light on basic shapes will be related back to natural forms and surfaces of plants.
Diana Hall is a graduate of the California College of Arts & Crafts and is a member of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. She has taught at the L.A. Arboretum and the Theodore Payne Foundation.
The class will take place at Ojai’s lovely Lavender Inn where students will spend time in the Inn’s lovely garden. Suggested materials to bring:
• Drawing tablet: 11″ x 14″ or 11: x 17; smooth-finish paper (not textured)
• 2 pencils HB & 2B (any maker– Berol, Faber, Derwent)
• Conté crayon for smooth glide in quick sketch and warming up exercises.
These supplies are available at Michael’s, Ojai Creates, and Ventura Creates.
Diana will provide any other supplies that may be needed.
Handouts and limited supplies, as well as water and a snack, will be provided; you are responsible for bringing materials listed on this supply list, as well as whatever you may need for the sunny outdoors: sunscreen, hat, etc.
To reserve a seat please contact The Lavender Inn 805.646.6635 or stop by at 210 east Matilija street, Ojai. Cost $40
The Lavender Inn is host to some of the most beautiful Memories. We are so exited that the season has begun!
We offer the perfect Destination Wedding. Whether you’re looking for an intimate Cottage Wedding for 10 of your closest friends and family or a Garden Wedding for up to 125 guests, we can accommodate all your special needs.
The Inn has 7 Rooms and a private Provence Cottage, perfect for the Bride. If you choose The Lavender Inn for your wedding, it can accommodate up to 18 guests with a two night minimum on weekends. Our rooms and prices vary and all can be viewed on our website www.Lavenderinn.com.
We have a local list of chefs, caterers, florists, and photographers and are happy to recommend some of our favorites! Please note that we only provide the space and accommodations, gardens & facilities for your venue and that rentals, florist, music & caterers are your selection. Should you like, The Lavender Inn Wedding Planner, Beth Keenen, is available at additional cost to make your day a seemless and beautiful day to remember!
For additional information please view one of our wedding sites www.YourOjaiWedding.com .
Tours of the Inn are always welcome. Please contact us to schedule an appointment, or if you’re in the neighborhood, just come on in.
Let The Lavender Inn create your unique Wedding Story.
Thank you for your interest in The Lavender Inn. We look forward to hearing from you.
Contact Beth Keenen, Innkeeper and Weddings & Events Coordinator 805.646.6635
In October of last year, we discovered a little kitten next to our front porch, keeping dry from the rain. We tried to grab it to bring it inside to keep warm, but he ran off. For the next several days, we kept food out to see if it would return, but didn’t. It was the next week when we saw a whole litter running towards the neighbors house, but we couldn’t see exactly where they went.
Beth decided to go to Noah’s Apothecary to buy some cat food and find out if there was any way to save them and find a safe home for them. While she was there, she ran into a good samaritan that, as a hobby, would gather stray kittens & cats, nurse them to health and find homes for them. Sure enough this good samaritan, found the kittens and their mom, took them to vet and cared for them until she found them all a home.
Several days after the kittens and mother were taken away for care, we noticed a mature black & white cat roaming around the area we found the kittens. He would return daily and when he’d see us would run to Inn’s garden. We were convinced that he was the father and felt terrible that we might have separated him from his family. We couldn’t tell for certain and by then it was too late. All of the kittens found a safe home.
One day in November, we finally saw where the cat was hiding. Underneath the outside staircase in our garden. We started to leave food out for him and made him a little bed, but we never saw him. Finally, Beth set out his food one morning and she sat next to it calling out for the cat. It took a while, but sure enough, the cat came out from underneath the building and slowly went to eat his food. Beth did this for days, until he gained enough trust and let her pet him. She couldn’t have been happier. At that point he was officially the “Lavender Inn Cat”.
Although he was no longer afraid to come out and eat, he never let us get too close. In January we had our annual INNCourage Retreat for Women with Cancer. One afternoon while all the ladies were lounging in the garden, the cat came out of nowhere, approached one of the Ladies and sat right on her lap. Her name was Hope. You can see the picture above with Hope. So Beth and Kathy finally gave him a name, Mr Hope.
It was at that moment that Mr Hope’s life was forever changed. Mr Hope greets all the guests in the garden, sits with them for breakfast & demands to be pet. There’s only one type of guest that he doesn’t like… the dogs.
We’re thrilled that he’s made his home at the Inn and we wanted to share his story.
The Lavender Inn has been getting a lot press in recent years and we’d like to share with you what people are saying. Visit our Press Page for some of the publications. Here’s a recent article by Sue Richter in Examiner.com . You might also enjoy seeing what our guests are saying by visiting our Trip advisor site.
Hope these inspire you to visit!
Our pets are part of our family. Going away for a day or two can add stress to your life and your little furry friend. No need to worry about them while you are away. Take a day (or two) trip to the Lavender Inn for much needed R & R and truly relax while you have your pride and joy right by your side. Bring your dog, your cat, or even your bird. Not only will they soak up the sun along with you, but will soak up the love and attention from the wonderful staff and guests. Check out more on our pet friendly policies on our website.