Columbus Day 2019

Columbus Day 2019

Ojai Valley

Hollywood glitterati’s Shangri-la, 90 miles north of LA, this idyllic enclave’s natural beauty, winter warmth, storied resort, bygone-era ambience & famed harvests have long been believed to heighten the senses, magnify energy and exude serenity. 


Nestled within a rare coastal valley on 220-oak studded acres, the iconic AAA Five-Diamond Ojai Valley Inn has been honored as one of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's Top 100 Hotels in the World, and chosen by Travel + Leisure publication readers as one of the Best Hotels in the World. A luxurious retreat that has been one of California’s most revered destinations since opening in 1923, the Inn is situated near Ojai's bustling village of art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants and boutiques. Hiking, biking, surfing, golfing, wine-making, olive-oil sipping, beekeeping and sailing are just a few of the activities Ojai offers.


Renaissance Weekend is comprised of hundreds of programs and shared meals in which participants with in-depth knowledge reflect off-the-record on a wide variety of current issues.  (See Content)  Lively discussion by all participants is encouraged, and the tone is decidedly relaxed.

Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon is set aside for recreation and exploring the Ojai Valley & surrounding area. 


Participants' program assignments are based on information provided on the Participant Profiles page of their online registration, which should be completed as early as possible. Please email the Renaissance Weekend team if changes have been made to your Participant Profile after your registration is confirmed and before we distribute the Tentative Program. 

In late-September, the Tentative Program and other materials will be sent to each registered party's lead participant, who is asked to share them with other members of his/her party.

Registration opens on Thursday, October 10 at 4:00 P.M. at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, where participants pick up their materials and the Final Program, and check in separately with their hotel. Proctors and Moderators briefings meet between 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. The first program begins at 6:00 P.M. that evening at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Early arrivals are invited to help with Registration and to notify the Renaissance Weekend staff of their availability. 

The program ends by 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 14.


Conversation over meals is an important part of the Weekend, and all guests are expected to participate in the Common Meals. Only children under three are not charged for Common Meals. Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for late arrivals, early departures or absences from meals.

Saturday's dinner and Sunday's lunch will be on-your-own to explore the area with new friends.

Sports & Recreational Activities

Afternoons are set aside (Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.; Saturday from 3:00 P.M. through the evening, including dinner on your own; and Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., including lunch on your own) for participants' personal and family recreation, but participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel. Be sure to take time to enjoy the many wonderful local attractions including: bike tours, beekeeping & honey tasting, sound energy therapy, surf lessons, food tours, olive oil tasting, deep sea fishing, helicopter tours, Sailing, Santa Ynez wine region & winery tours, golf, tennis, jeep tours, island excursions,  whale watching, rock climbing, trolley rides, art galleries, farmer's market, equestrian & equine experiences, hiking, and so much more. 

Unwind at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa with spa services at Spa Ojai  (805-640-3584) or at the hotel's fitness center. Spa Ojai recommends that you reserve spa appointments in advance to ensure availability.

To explore the Ojai Valley, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa will sell out early so we advise you to confirm your reservations as soon as possible.

Getting There

Participants arriving after 7:00 P.M. on Thursday or departing before 9:00 A.M. on Monday are requested to advise Renaissance Weekend staff. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa concierge can assist with any transportation needs.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa is located 80 miles North of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 50 miles east of Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), 70 miles away from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank (BUR). 

Rental cars are encouraged to explore the surrounding area. Valet parking, with in-and-out privileges, is included in the $10/day resort fee. 

To explore the Ojai Valley, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel, but it is recommended that you book early to confirm availability.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Nestled in the bohemian enclave of Ojai, California is the historic AAA Five Diamond Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, a luxurious retreat that has been one of California’s most revered destinations since opening in 1923. 

To explore the Ojai Valley, participants may arrive early or extend their stay, and Renaissance Weekend room rates may be available upon request of the hotel. The Ojai Valley Inn will is expected to be fully booked by July 4th, 2019.  We recommend you secure your lodging early to ensure availability.  


Camp Renaissance, Teens & College Students

Camp Renaissance — an active program tailored for children ages 3-12 — typically includes presentations by fascinating adult participants, hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, and arts-&-crafts projects. These activities are supervised by the Camp Renaissance Counselors, with involvement from adult Renaissance participants whose experiences are of interest to young people. Camp Renaissance runs concurrently with the adult program and does not provide full-time child care.

Young people are welcome at all functions. Most teens and college students participate in the Weekend's scheduled program. In addition, they often have designated gathering places, assigned programs, and their own activities and discussions. Teens and college students are usually placed on panels related to their interests, as indicated on their Participant Profile.

College students integrate themselves into the scheduled program. Many form strong bonds and even lifetime friendships during evening social events and programs planned specifically for them.

Parents are expected to oversee their sons' and daughters’ comings and goings throughout the Weekend. Renaissance Institute and Renaissance Weekend, and its staff, assume no liability regarding children or teens.

There is no organized program or child care provided for children under the age of three. Younger children are welcome at Camp Renaissance programs when accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Participants should make arrangements for babysitters at least three weeks prior to arrival at the Weekend by phoning the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Concierge for assistance. To maximize their enjoyment of the program, families with very young children are encouraged to bring a baby-sitter or au pair. Although there is no Registration Fee for babysitters/au pairs, they must register for meals at the children's rate, attend solely for child care, and, if practical, may assist periodically with Camp Renaissance. Baby-sitters/au pairs are free to attend programs and panel discussions designed specifically for Camp Renaissance participants.

Camp & Teens Programs are organized at all New Year's and most of the other Weekends.  On the rare occasions when there are few registrants in these age groups at the smaller Weekends, no such specific programs may be organized; and such young people, as always, are welcome at all sessions. Confirmation of Camp and Teens Programs, available ten weeks before any Weekend, may be secured through

Weather & Dress

Ojai temperatures in early October can range from the 70's to the mid-80's. Check weather reports shortly in advance of the Weekend.

Dress is informal, resort casual, during the Weekend. Jeans are acceptable for day-time programs. 


All Registration and Meals & Meeting Services Fees will be refunded — less a $250/party processing fee — for cancellations received by Renaissance Weekend in writing via e-mail, fax, or mail, sixty days in advance of the first night of the Weekend. No refund is available for cancellations communicated less than fourteen days in advance. Cancellations received in the intervening period are eligible for 50% refunds. For a one-time transfer of fees, however, payments can be applied towards any of the three immediately following Renaissance Weekends, subject to a $100/party transfer fee, if space remains and such notice is received.  No refund is available after a payment has been transferred and applied to a new Weekend.

Meals & Meeting Services Fees may not be reduced for late arrivals, early departures or absences from meals.

Lodging cancellations are handled directly by your hotel subject to its specific policies. Be sure also to advise Renaissance Weekend of cancellation.


Registration Fee

Adults (23 and older) $1,100/person
Youths (ages 3 - 22) $325/person

(Youth Registration Fee applies only to children or guests, ages 3-22, of invited adults.)

Meeting Services, Meals & Special Events Fee

Adults (13 and older) $875/person
Youths (ages 3 - 12) $425/person


Exploring Ojai Valley

Ojai Valley Inn – Renewing style, spirit & warmth

The relaxed glamour of filmdom celebrities’ legendary retreat; Valley of the Moon, believed by ancient Indians to hold mystical powers; A 220-acre, Five Diamond resort, dotted with blossoming gardens & ancient olive trees, revered since 1923; Active adventures, a spiritual experience; Secluded, but easily accessible.

Pink Moment
Understood only by experiencing

Wander colorful meadows, hike gentle mountains; Explore paths of Frank Capra’s “Lost Horizon”; Marvel at views on the coastal bike trail; Play the favored course of Crosby, Hope, Palmer, Player & Will Smith; Sample artist cottage classes; Indulge with filmdom’s deeply renewing spa treatments; Soak up the California sun.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Amidst “the great thoughts,” breathe in little moments so often missed

The iconic coastal valley; Reputed to stimulate the senses and inspire untold energy; Its storied hideaway & haunts; The allure of yesteryear craftsmanship, Spanish hacienda design and a lush, oak-studded landscape; Bee-keeping lessons & honey tastings among such novel escapes from customary travel;
Master chefs of California cuisine. 

Especially worth noting

Nearby Santa Barbara, “America’s Riviera”; Local wineries, the fabled “Sideways” wine trail; Trolleys to quaint Ojai’s galleries, boutiques & farm-to-table eateries; A “US Top-50” tennis center; Customized spa therapies; Whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, sailing, Channel Island excursions.

OVIS tree lanterns
Ojai Trolley
Ojai Landscape
OVIS pool
pink moment
Ojai Museum
OVIS Spa Entrance
OVIS spa
OVIS Spa pool
OVIS Cabanas

Camp Renaissance

Children ages 3-12 years can immerse themselves in hands-on experiments, indoor and outdoor games, nature walks, musical performances, story-telling, arts-&-crafts projects, and presentations by fascinating adult participants who are major authorities in their fields.