Meet Julie: Keeping The Spirit Alive

Chumash ~ JulieJulie Tumamait-Stenslie, pictured here, is the Chairperson for the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians. Julie, a generous and accomplished woman, proudly carries the traditions of her family by sharing Chumash culture, history, and songs with youth groups, schools, elder hostels, churches, and civic organizations. Julie’s lived in the Ojai area nearly her entire life, and currently owns a home in the Meiners Oaks neighborhood,very near the birthplace of her great-great-grandmother, Maria Ricarda Alulalmeque, who was raised in the Chumash village of Matilija.

Photo: Graham Dunn

Can We Ever Really Return Home?

O.C. Register Screenshot v3The Orange County Register ran a story about my return home to Costa Mesa.  To view the whole story read, Orange County Register Story 11-27-13

Midlife Renewal Class on Dec. 3 from 7 – 9 p.m.

12-3-13 Visions & Dreams Flyer - 11-10-13 v2Midlife Renewal Class – Dec. 3:

Many people confuse midlife renewal with a midlife crisis.  Here’s my definition of  both:

Midlife renewal is when you realize that you can change the direction of your life and reinvent yourself.   Midlife crisis is when you feel stuck, frustrated, and churn with emotional turmoil. 

Join like-minded people between the ages of 45 – 60 for my first-ever class on midlife renewal.  

When: December 3 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Visions and Dreams, 2482 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Please be sure to RSVP so I can know you are coming:


Palm Springs: Bird Song and Festival

Bird Dancer Image From Palm Springs

Photo credit: Courtesy Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. All Rights Reserved.

I’m in love with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  Their ancestral connection to Indian Canyon, one of my favorite places on Earth, inspires me.  Every year they host the Bird Song and Festival at Palm Springs High School.    If you want a dose of culture, come to this sweet event on January 25, 2014.  



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