Did you know there’s an 8,000-year-old Chumash village in Malibu?
Wishtoyo Chumash Village sprawls across four acres at Nicholas Canyon Country beach, overlooking the ocean and facing outward to the Channel Islands. It is an amazing project built with great determination and love by husband and wife duo Mati Waiya and Luhiu Isha who began building the village over seven years ago to preserve the nearly forgotten Chumash history in Southern California. It is a true living and vibrant immersion in times past, present, and future. Visitors to the Wishtoyo Village learn traditional songs, witness cultural performances, and explore the village’s structures and natural landscape.
On Sunday, March 19th Wishtoyo Chumash Village will host this year’s Spring Equinox! Join them as they honor traditional Chumash beliefs, practices, songs, stories and ceremony to celebrate our sacred ties to the natural environment.
In the afternoon, there will be re-planting in the Organic Garden and around the Village for the spring. In the evening, everyone will come together to celebrate the new season and the abundance that recent rains will bring! Dress comfortably and bring a sack lunch, hat, water, gardening gloves, sunscreen, and camp chair, and also feel free to bring an offering as a sign of respect to the Native Elder hosts. Pets and alcohol are not allowed as it is a sacred event.
There is free parking on PCH (Wishtoyo Chumash Village is through the yellow gates across from Malibu Riding Club), or you can pay $8.00 to park at Nicholas Canyon County Beach and follow the road for a short walk to the entrance of Wishtoyo Chumash Village.
Enjoy an amazing, inspiring and beautiful experience!
For those interested in visiting, go to www.wishtoyo.org to find out more information about this exciting event.