Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai

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Rest and Revive at The Oaks at Ojai
The Oaks at Ojai encourages the youthful tranquility within

The Oaks at Ojai

A quick jaunt away from the hectic pace of Los Angeles rests a wellness oasis called The Oaks at Ojai. Located in the heart of the quaint town of Ojai, The Oaks at Ojai is spa, fitness, and wholesome food, all in one. Founded in 1977 by the forward thinking health advocate, Sheila Cluff, The Oaks at Ojai has become one of the most well-respected and often visited destination healing spa and wellness resorts in America. Going beyond a respite for weight loss, The Oaks embodies total wellness.

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

SheilaCluff doing pushups at age 80

Cluff herself was not immune to weight gain having been a former champion ice skater. Upon retiring from professional skating, Cluff found her diet to be calorie high for the reduced exercise intensity. With a weight gain of 20+ pounds, Cluff decided to create a safe haven where women and men could experience healing rejuvenation, a restored sense of well-being and get on track with their health and fitness goals. “Whether it is to reboot healthy living practices or get started with a new regime,” shares Cluff, “It is my hope that guests take away a motivation and inspiration to make lifetime behavioral changes for healthy living.”

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking trails at The Oaks at Ojai

A pioneer in the healing health movement, Cluff was serving Potassium Broth for morning breaks from the get go, a tradition that continues to this day. “The fundamental values and core concepts of sound nutrition have always been a governing factor of The Oaks food philosophy,” Cluff explains. “Though there is nothing magical about our broth, it is a nutritionally dense snack to keep energy and satiety steady.”

Upon arrival, guests receive daily menus and an outline of fitness classes which begin each morning at six-thirty and continue until five each afternoon. Among the fitness activities are morning hikes into the Ojai mountains, aqua, dance, QiGong, yoga, and cardio sculpt classes. An on-site health director can provide a complimentary general wellness evaluation that includes weight, cholesterol check, and heart monitor and a personal journal is included to assist with goal setting, keeping track of spa appointments, fitness classes, and health and wellness lectures.

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

Pool at The Oaks at Ojai

If resting is the priority, relax poolside, read underneath a tree on the resort lawn and visit their award-winning on-site spa for a total body treatment. Featuring a complete spa menu, choose from signature treatments such as a variety of massage, scrubs, and facials including Skin Authority “Fit & Firm” selections like the Fit & Firm VitAD Fortified Lifting Facial with AHA. Skin Authority’s skincare coaches follow-up after treatment to assist with personal skin care needs – an added bonus.

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

Chinese Chicken Salad at The Oaks at Ojai

No wellness spa retreat would be complete without wholesome food. Executive Chef Christine Denney aims to help people “change their focal point” about food. “I strive to give a visual of what a healthy plate should look like and here, I serve the food in a way that guests don’t have to think about what or how much to eat,” shares Denney. Chef Denney enlists a “no added salt” attitude towards her menus, uses all-natural sugars in sparing quantities, and has expanded her selections to provide more options appealing to different groups including gluten-free, dairy-free, and adding items such as black bean noodles and quinoa. “It is appealing to be in a place where health and well-being is a priority,” says Chef Denney of her 10 years at The Oaks. “I, too, have lost over 50 pounds during my tenure just by creating a wellness focused practice daily.” Menu favorites among guests include Chef Denney’s famous Barley Burger, a vegetarian burger like no other, No-Cream Creamy Asparagus Soup with Lemon Pesto, Gluten-free Granola, and The Oaks Spa Bark – YUM!

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

Spa Bark at The Oaks at Ojai

An exclusive and affordable spa and wellness resort designed to promote a sense of youthful tranquility, The Oaks at Ojai features 46 rooms and suites available at private and shared rates. Special pricing packages and day spa programs also available. Visit the website at for details.

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai fig trees

The Oaks at Ojai
122 East Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5573

Wellness Weekends at The Oaks at Ojai

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The Oaks at Ojai

Hiking, Biking, Yoga, Aqua-Classes, and the First Gray Pride, and More will Surprise and Delight New and Returning Guests

The Oaks at Ojai destination spa has added nearly 20 theme weeks and weekends through the end of 2015. The best part is the extra classes, demonstrations, lectures and offerings are included in a guest’s stay, no hidden fees or extra charges! Rates start at $250 per person and include accommodations, fitness classes, meals, wifi, parking, tax and service.

Guests can take advantage of on site and destination events, from Ojai’s famous Yoga Crib, Cycle Ojai to Dance Week, Water Week, Healthful Holiday eating, Mother/Daughter Week and the new and very popular Into the Wild Hiking Week, and more.

“Keep moving” is The Oaks at Ojai Founder Sheila Cluff’s mantra that is embraced by every fitness instructor at the award-winning destination spa. And The Oaks makes it easier for guests to stay moving with year-round, value-added theme weeks and weekends that offer up to 3-4 additional classes a day but don’t cost a penny more.

Wellness Weekend at The Oaks at Ojai

Here’s the line up through March 2015:


2 – 9 YOGA, PILATES, TAI CHI AND QIGONG WEEK These four disciplines complement one another and benefit you in every way. Extra classes daily. Guest Iyengar teacher Jeff Perlman joins us August 4 & 5.

7 – 20 4th NIGHT FREE When you and a friend share a room for three consecutive nights, the fourth night is on us. Mention BOGO2015 when booking.

21 – SEPTEMBER 3 MOTHER DAUGHTER SUMMER SPECIAL 40% off for daughters sharing a room with their mom. Reconnect and recharge with our wide variety of workouts, activities and healthy meals. Please note, if the stay includes a Saturday, a 3 night minimum is required.

The Oaks at Ojai trails


Continuing into September, 3 MOTHER DAUGHTER SUMMER SPECIALS: 40% off for daughters sharing a room with their mom. Reconnect and recharge with our wide variety of workouts, activities and healthy meals. Please note, if the stay includes a Saturday, a 3 night minimum is required.

4 – 11 DANCE WEEK Enjoy at least two dance classes daily, fun for all levels of fitness! Latin! Jazz! World! Put on your dancing shoes and come! Guest teacher Carol Argo kicks off the week with Water & Yoga Dance along with NIA Dance and more.

7 LABOR DAY Wouldn’t this be a great holiday weekend to take a healthy break for wellness?

7 – 30 END OF SUMMER DEAL 15% discount on all accommodations when you stay a minimum of 3 nights.

24 – 27 GRAY PRIDE A first for The Oaks. Enjoy special talks and classes that celebrate graceful aging – “Amazing Grays!”


9 – 17 WATER WEEK Jump into one of our wet and wonderful water classes! Extra sessions daily!

10 – 12 OJAI STUDIO ARTISTS Great artists in a great town. View the new artists and new work on the self-guided tour of 50 studios. Info & Tickets at Ojai Studio Artists.

11 – 21 AUTUMN LEAVES CRUISE Join Sheila Cluff and Elizabeth Horton onboard the Caribbean Princess as we sail from NYC to Quebec, exploring all of the autumn leaves. East Coast heaven! You’ll earn a free 2 night stay for traveling with us!

23 – 25 LULU BANDHA’S OJAI YOGA CRIB International instructors meet in Ojai to teach classes throughout the peaceful Ojai Valley. Details, pricing, and how to participate at Lulu Banda’s.

24 – 25 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS Perfect for those longing for love relationships that are positive and strong, and want happy AND healthy relationships in their life. Dr. Terri Orbuch (“The Love Doctor”) and Debra Orbuch Grayson return to motivate to heart health!

26 – 30 YOGA WITH JOEY Joey Corona brings his unique technique to yoga classes this week, suitable for all levels.

30 – 31 HALLOWEEN BINGO WITH SHERRY She’s back and …with costumes – how about you?! Our most popular evening activity is more than fun and games….it’s a weekend to remember!


4 – 7 CYCLE OJAI Join Elisa Goody for daily rides for all levels. Fresh air and good fun and the best way to see what the Ojai Valley has to offer! Bring a bike or rent one in town.

19 – 21 HOLIDAY EATING Chef Christine Denney demos and discusses healthy and easy food prep. A great way to take The Oaks home with you! Christine has also written some motivational words of wisdom regarding healthy eating.

29 – DECEMBER 4 INTO THE WILD HIKING WEEK PACKAGE An exclusive hiking experience with our skillful guide Carol Janelle. Up to 50 miles in 5 days! An exclusive experience for just a few hike enthusiasts. (Mileage subject to change.)


11 – 12 A.N.A.T. Awakening New Awareness & Transformation talks with our Life Coach, Annat Provo. Review the past year and set intentions for the next after pondering what to leave behind and what to take forward. This event gets rave reviews!

18 – 20 MINDFUL MEDITATION The Oaks’ Maura Patrice and Lyn Kustal will guide you into stillness.

The Oaks Spa

About The Oaks at Ojai

The Oaks at Ojai is an affordable fitness destination spa that includes overnight accommodations, three delicious and calorie-conscious meals a day designed to promote weight loss, choice of 15 fitness classes per day and evening entertainment and seminars. The Oaks offers 46 guest rooms, including private rooms and courtyard suites, double lodge rooms and double cottage rooms. A charming 1920s hotel-turned-spa in the peaceful town of Ojai, The Oaks offers a variety of activities that allows guests to choose how to work out and take off excess pounds.

Activities range from hiking, art tours, and in-line skating, guided kayaking tours, belly dancing, yoga ropes, and qi gong, in addition to other fitness classes. A full menu of relaxing and therapeutic spa services is available as well as private consultations with a variety of health experts. The Oaks at Ojai is located at 122 East Ojai Avenue (Ojai’s main street).

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The Oaks
122 E. Ojai Avenue
Ojai, CA, USA 93023
Local: 805-646-5573


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