I live in a quiet setting in Ojai Valley, called Meiners Oaks, Walking distance (2.7 miles) from Ojai City Center which also hosts a Sunday farmer's market. Or catch the Ojai Trolley nearby. Also available onsite are yoga classes, gardens and hot tub.
Rooms are beautifully decorated and follow International themes such as the "China Room (double bed)", "Japan Room (queensize bed )" and "India Room - (kingsize bed-private bath)". I practice Feng Shui, and most will feel the peaceful and positive energy that comes with the proper choice of light, color and placement of furniture.
I am a certified traditional yoga teacher and offer classes on a daily basis in group or private formats, for a small additional fee.
Breakfast is included with your stay, and is comprised of healthy and organic fruits, vegetables and hot cereal, coffee, tea and toast with homemade preserves from the fruit trees!
Guests have access to their rooms, the living areas and the front and back gardens. Kitchen is available for food storage, and cold food preparation, however use of stove and oven is not included.
Interaction with Guests
I love meeting new people and I interact with my guests as much as they desire that contact. I am careful to respect guests privacy.
I love the small town feel of Meiners Oaks, os as we locals call it "Motown"! We are very close toand the Ojai City center. The neighborhood is safe and there are many beautiful areas to go for walks. Motown" boasts its own quaint "downtown" located on El Roblar, which is only one block away from my home. On El Roblar you will find several wonderful restaurants including Italian (Papa Lennon's) Organic Vegetarian (Farmer and the Cook) Mexican and the upscale restaurant "The Ranchhouse" (nearby). Also dowtoen you will find very cute and locally owned shops such as a music store, custom jeweler, massage school (very inexpensive massages), custom made baby clothing shop, small markets and more.
In addition, we are located walking distance from the Ojai Retreat which regularly offers spiritual workshops and World Music concerts.
Also a favorite for hikers, only 1block away is the "riverbottom", a very large and normally dry riverbed which offers interesting and invigorating hiking.
Information regarding places to go in Ojai and Ojai weekly events is provided in each room.
You can easily access Ojai Valley using the Ojai Trolley which stops nearby on El Roblar, or if you want to venture further you can take the Ventura county public bus to travel into other areas of Ventura County.
Other Things to Note
Also nearby are several wineries, offering daily wine tasting.
Guests are expected to be respectful of each other and their environment. This includes keeping things quiet and peaceful after 10 pm.
Chaareene's home is very comfy and beautiful. She accepted my request to stay on short notice and made me feel very welcome. She was also flexible for my arrival time.
Chaarenne's place is very comfortable and quiet. Even though I didn't get to meet her, Chaarenne made me feel very welcome. Will be back soon!
We had a great evening and morning staying in Ojai. There was surprisingly a lot going on in the small downtown area, i enjoyed the health food store, and there were lots of bar options. Chaarenne's home was very inviting, you could feel the good vibes she tried to set up for her guests. We stayed in the Japanese room which was decorated with awesome Japanese artwork and decor, we thought there were more beds but it was 1 bed each room. We sat in the backyard at night to stargaze a little. She has a small dog, and serves a small simple breakfast with tea and coffee. Just a good relaxing experience!
We had a great visit in Ojai! Chaarenne was a lovely host; communications were smooth and easy, she gave us some great neighborhood trips, and even made cookies!
We (four people) had a great time at Chaarenne's house. The rooms look even much nicer than the picture and they are very clean, warm beautiful. There is also a very cute puppy which is a big surprise for me ( I love dogs). Chaarenne also prepared breakfast for us, we really appreciate it and we felt it was like our home.
Our stay in Ojai was great. The room and bed were very comfortable. Chaarenne was extremely helpful in recommending places to see and experience in Oaji. She is also a generous hostess, making sure we were comfortable and offered coffee/tea and light breakfast in the morning.
Meeting Chaarenne was such a pleasure, what especial lady.
Make sure you mention the massage to every guest. That was such a treat.
Drew and Carla
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I am a "Renaissance Woman" meaning I enjoy various type of professions and hobbies, strongly tied into the "arts". I am a songer/songwriter of the pop-folk genre and my songs can be heard on "Women of Substance" internet radio, as well as found on ITunes, Amazon and CDBaby. I am also a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addictions specialist and operate a small private practice helping others with their emotional and relationship issues and struggles.
Though I am Catholic, I embrace all spiritual paths and follow the yoga philosophy that there is "One Truth but Many Paths". I am a licensed Integral Yoga teacher and a teacher of Insight Meditation. I owned and operated a small healing center in Ojai for the past 5 years, where I brought together all these loves and interests. At my center you might learn how to meditate, practice yoga, get counseling help or just purchase some fantastic healing and organic products. During this time I was also the fulltime caretaker for my disabled mother, who I cared for in my home.
Over this past year, my mother's condition declined and she now has had to be cared for in a nearby skilled nursing facility. Since my home is only occupied by myself now, I decided to open it up to others for their pleasure during their time in Ojai. I now teach yoga and meditation classes at home in my refurbished garage. Those are also available to guests, if they choose.
I am a peaceful person, with just a touch of mischief in my soul! Did I mention I teach "Laughing Yoga"? I have such a variety of interests and skills, that others find it amusing. I enjoy learning new things, whether it be a new art, a new profession or a new way of thinking.
Family is very important to me and I am the proud mother of 3 children, 3 grandchildren and soon to be, 2 great-grandchildren! People find this hard to believe when they meet me and they ask "how is that possible"? I tell them "you just have to grow up in Utah and get married at 18"!
I am primarily a vegan, but occassionally slip back into vegetarianism. However, steamed vegetables are not for me. I come from a long line of French cajun-gourmet cooking and even wrote a cookbook "Southwestern Cooking, Vegetarian Style (A Taste of Taos A Touch of The Bayou)". I am currently working on another cookbook "International Cooking, Vegetarian Style". My "thing" is to take traditional cooking from different cultures and make it taste the same without the meat! I love soups and you will often find a large pot of soup simmering on the stove!
I spent 6 years traveling around Japan and working as a professional singer/songwriter. I would love to return there as a tourist. However, there are many places I have not been and would love to go to, such as India, China, Australia, and Peru. I would love to visit all those "mysterious places" where they have unexplainable crop circles and structures and see them for myself. I have fantasies of working for the Peace Corps and have actually checked into that possibility and have begun the application process.
I have very eclectic tastes, and enjoy all types of music, many different art forms, and a variety of books, movies and TV programs. I have an investigative and curious mind and enjoy reading books by Grisham, Kellerman, Cook and Connelly. but I also enjoy Jodi Picoult, Thich Nhat Hahn and Dalai Lama. My favorite TV programs include House, NCIS, The Closer, Numbers, and Chelsea Lately.
As a hostess your comfort and privacy are important to me. Blame that on my southern upbringing (Beaumont, Texas). I will love to visit with you, if you like and will be as accessible as you would like for me to be.
When you enter my home, you will see a beautiful stained glass window that was taken from a church in Rhode Island built in1685. There is a scripture on the bottom which reads "Their Works Do Follow Them". This is my motto. I believe our actions speak louder than our words and I try to live my life in such a way as to have no regrets regarding my actions. In yoga, one of the 8 paths to enlightenment is "Karma Yoga". Karma Yoga is "Selfless Service". The swami's will tell you that if you practice perfect Karma Yoga, you will never have to do anything else - no meditation, no asanas, no vegetarianism, no spiritual reading. Practicing Karma Yoga is believed to be what we are here for. You may be familiar with this in a different form, such as the "Golden Rule" - do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Whether we donate our time or earn lots of money, as long as our actions are coming from the heart it is all good!
So welcome to my home - I hope your stay in our beautiful valley is a wonderful one!