Welcome to Krotona

An international center inspired by a vision of the Oneness of all life,
and dedicated to the spiritual awakening of the human family.

Upcoming ProgramsWho we are

All public activities of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy have been cancelled until further notice. This includes the Winter Solstice get together scheduled for Saturday Dec 16th, and the activities of the Ojai Valley Lodge (at Krotona Institute). The Krotona Book Shop and the Krotona Theosophical Library will also be closed until further notice. 

Letter from Guru Prasad, Resident Head of Krotona:

We are grateful to have received several emails written to offer very kind words of love, concern, thoughts, and prayers. I would like to take a few moments to inform you about the current situation in and around Ojai. There are several fires around Southern California. The fire closest to us is called the “Thomas Fire” and it has burned more than 132,000 acres and increasing hourly. More than 2,500 fire fighters are involved in containing it along with support personnel. The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. Current status of the fire may be accessed by readyventuracounty.org. At present the Krotona campus is under voluntary evacuation directive. The residents are doing well and so far there has been no damage to the structures and grounds. Most of the residents have evacuated to the coastal areas near Santa Barbara. Many of us expect to return by the weekend if the wind conditions improve and the fire is not spreading to the Ojai area. We are keeping in touch with each other and all of us are safe. Mandatory evacuation orders have been given to areas very close to Krotona. The direction and speed of the winds in the next few days will determine how the fire will move and its intensity.
Thank you all for the care and consideration.
–Guru Prasad

A guide on the Path

The Krotona Institute is a residential community of Theosophical Society members dedicated to service in a center where the Ageless Wisdom is studied and lived.

Krotona provides educational programs and resources through its School, Quest Bookshop, and Library. These programs serve a wide community of spiritual seekers and aspirants from the USA and around the world.

A Theosophical Center in Ojai Since 1924

About Us

Situated in the beautiful Ojai Valley, the Institute includes the Krotona Library and Research Center, Quest Bookshop and School of Theosophy along with spacious gardens, meadows and woodlands. Krotona welcomes spiritual inquirers of all traditions from around the world.

What we offer

School of Theosophy

The School emphasizes education for spiritual renewal so students may orient themselves to eternal truths in a changing world.


The Krotona library emphasizes the ageless wisdom tradition, or Theosophy, and spiritual traditions of East and West.

Quest Bookshop

The Bookshop carries theosophical books, traditional and current works in consciousness studies, philosophy, religion, healing, psychology, vegetarian cooking, and related fields.

Activities and Services

In addition to the classes at the School of Theosophy, Krotona offers other activities and services that include study groups, meditation meetings, a healing network and more.

Our Grounds

Enjoy the beauty and serenity of this spiritual center. We ask that you respect the sacredness of the land and be sensitive to the needs of visitors and residents.

Sanctuary of Connections

Krotona Institute’s Sanctuary of Connections provides a quiet place where those of diverse or no faith can walk the links connecting each tradition.

The Theosophical Society

The Theosophical Society is nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nondogmatic. Its three declared objects are:

  • To form a nucleus of the universal brotherhood of humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste, or color.
  • To encourage the comparative study of religion, philosophy, and science.
  • To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in humanity.

We’d love to hear from you

Don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions about our programs, library, bookshop, or any other questions.