3 DAY PACKAGES 2017: MAY 26-29, JULY 14-17, JULY 28-31, SEPT 1-4, SEPT 22-25, DEC 8-11, DEC 22-25
5 DAY PACKAGES 2017: APRIL 23-28, MAY 14-19, JUNE 18-23, OCT 15-20, NOV 26-Dec 1
As the season changes, Hiking Packages with Carol are a delightful and vigorous way to re-vitalize the inner beauty within us. The hikes are designed to connect us back with nature and with our deeper peaceful and more humorous self. Challenge and pace will respect the terrain and move with the rhythms of the group. Participants should be comfortable with distances of ten miles.
Unlike any other hikes offered at The Oaks, this special and inclusive experience is offered only to qualified people. The group is small and intimate so that you are assured full attention and fun! The additional fee for the hike week is $800 and for the weekend, $500. Please check the proposed itinerary below and review Carol’s extensive credentials – we think you’ll see why this is a hiking enthusiast’s dream getaway!
With a group of three or more, Carol will create a customized hiking adventure package. This means the distance, type of terrain and dates are customized for your group.
Food is always included with these hikes, either served at The Oaks or carried with us. Depending on weather and the group, the hikes described may be subject to change. Please note: Poison Oak is a plant very common to the California trails. Though we plan on educating you and avoiding this plant, if you know you are sensitive, please wear long pants for extra protection.
Below is a list of possible hikes that may be part of the Wellness Hiking Week. Food is included with these hikes. We bring breakfast and lunch on applicable days. Every morning we meet at 6 a.m. for chakra energy exercises followed by a vegan shake at 6:30 am with an aim to be on the trails by 7:15. Fabulous saltwater foot baths at the end of each hike day followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. (Our 5 Day Packages include a free spa treatment credit and a second treatment at 1/2 price!)
Schedule, routes & destinations are subject to change.
Check-in is at 3PM. Feel free to arrive earlier to explore the property. We will have a meet and greet in the Lobby at 3:30 PM. After checking packs and dietary requests for the kitchen, we will drive to the base of Meditation Mountain and do a mini hike, meditation and simple yoga session to get to know each other as we watch the sun set. Dinner is at 6PM each evening.
Day One: Monday
9 to 10 mile hike. This is an Easy to Moderate trail to get us acquainted with moving as a group. We will move along rolling hills with lower elevation gains as a start up for the week.
Day Two: Tuesday
10-12 miles. A challenge hike. This is a long day with challenges in balance and endurance. Expect spectacular views and challenging terrain. Good shoes a must for balance in wetter conditions along the river and have something comfortable if you plan to swim. A fun filled adventurous day!
Day Three: Wednesday
8 to 10 miles. A wonderful hike of diverse terrain. This is a half-day hike. We will return to The Oaks for lunch and meet again at 1PM for an Olive and Art Tour in Ojai. Back in time for 4PM yoga.
Day Four: Thursday
13 to 15 miles. Climb to the top of Ojai Valley! Expect elevation gains of 3800 to 4200 feet. An all day hike with wonderful views.
Day Five: Friday
5 to 10 miles Surprise Hike! We’ll return to The Oaks by 11:30 am for those who need to check out at noon. After vacating your room at noon, you are welcome to stay for the afternoon and enjoy the classes or relax.
Below is a list of possible hikes that may be part of the Wellness Hiking Weekend. Food is included with these hikes. We bring breakfast and lunch on applicable days. Every morning we meet at 6 a.m. for chakra energy exercises followed by a vegan shake at 6:30 am with an aim to be on the trails by 7:15. Fabulous saltwater foot baths at the end of each hike day followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.
Check-in and meet and greet between 3:30 and 4pm. Warm-up short hike, meditation and sunset.
9 to 10 miles. Easy to moderate trail to get acquainted with moving as a group. Great views in the wilderness.
A Challenge hike. 10 – 15 miles. Depending on the season this hike may include elevation gains of 3000-4000 feet.
5 to 9 miles. Half day easy hikes with great views. Back by 11:30 a.m. for those checking out of The Oaks at noon.
Note: During warmer weather, trail start times will change to beat the heat!
Carol Janelle, WFR RYT CCH
Carol is a Wilderness First Responder, who has received many years of training in outdoor leadership. Her love of combining wilderness adventures with yoga, breath work, and contemplation opens heart awareness and fosters new energy in the mind, body and soul. Carol is a Registered Yoga Therapist and A Certified Classical Homeopath who believes being in Nature is one way to draw us back to our authentic self. Carol holds degrees in natural health and Biochemistry with special interest in diet and behavior, specializing in super foods for optimal health. Her secret in making these hikes magical: HUMOR, compassion, adventure, spirit and fun with a healthy respect for the individual while acknowledging our connection with each other. Carol is the mother of two and a new grandmother!
Feel free to contact Carol at Cjanelle818@gmail.com or 805-302-1794.
How long is the program?
Five nights and six days or 3 nights and 4 days. For the 5 night, you arrive on Sunday by 3Pm and check out by Noon on Friday. The weekend program begins on Friday after check-in.
Is the hiking package free with my room or is there an additional charge?
In addition to your room charge which will vary with your choice, the five day hiking package charge is $800 and the three day is $500. This covers transportation as well as your hiking and outdoors expert.
Is food included?
Absolutely. The Oaks is a refined sugar and salt free healthy food establishment. We serve poultry, fish and vegetarian cuisine, but no red meat. We are happy to work with your dietary needs and requirements. And we are not the food police! If you would like to bring your dietary favorites for your backpack, please feel free!
What should I bring?
Plan on good trail shoes, sun hat, sun screen, poles if you prefer and a backpack that works for you. We recommend a 3 liter water bag such as a Camel pack. Read here for more details.
What if I don’t want to do every hike?
We respect your judgment. We will encourage you to go to your limits and beyond but at any time you feel the need to rest, you have that option. However package fees are not prorated should you do this.
What if I have to cancel my visit to Ojai?
No less than 2 weeks notice is required to have your Hiking Package AND room deposit refunded.
Can I bring my cell phone?
The Oaks at Ojai is a Cell Free Zone in public areas. We do offer limited FREE Wi-Fi. Some of the areas we hike will be out of range of regular cell service.
The Oaks offers rooms for single or double occupancy. Rates vary depending on size. Our 5-Night Package includes 1 complimentary spa service and a 2nd one at 50% off. Ready to book? Give us a call 805.646.5573