9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed


Buzz & Ginger Glasky


Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director


Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

Story Blog

Anecdotes, activities and stories about Meher Mount - past, present and future.

Encounters of the Animal Kind - The Owl

Laurent Weichberger

A BARN OWL is among a number of owls seen in the Ojai Valley area. (Liz Noffsinger/

By Laurent Weichberger, Manager Caretaker (2005-2006)

When my wife Lilly was pregnant with our son Cyprus and near the end of our stay as Manager/Caretakers in 2006, we would frequently hear owls at Meher Mount.

One morning, around 5:00 a.m., I woke up and made my coffee and heard an owl hoot-hooting. I quietly opened the door to the porch which looked out towards Baba's Tree. There on a power line I saw in perfect silhouette a giant owl, against the dawn.

I walked as close as I could without startling him away, and saw with incredible clarity that each time he hooted he would put his whole body into the act, literally pushing his chest and head up and forward, so that the hoot would be projected outwards.

It was an amazing gift, and we have long associated our son Cyprus with owls since then.