Enter the matrix of the Taormina community, and meet the exceptional individuals who have been responsible for Taormina’s evolution and continuation. Find out about the extraordinary artists, scientists, musicians, writers, poets, environmentalists, and spiritual leaders who have lived there. You will discover how the community was formed and why. From the specially chosen architectural style to the legal proceedings that changed the course of its destiny, nothing is left unexamined and unconnected.
“What will the future hold for this self-selected community—the realization of collective and private dreams? What are the unintended consequences of the action of the founders, the contentious groups, or of just the lane dwellers on their daily walks? We shall see!” It is certain though that the dynamic and creative residents of Taormina Lane in the Ojai Valley, who from the founding of the lane in 1967 were in many ways the outliers of the world and have unintentionally contributed to making the world a better place for us all. --R.E. Mark Lee quotes Catherine Dees in the book's Introduction, to illustrate the lane dweller's love for their community.
"Helene Vachet presents an intriguing story of a small section of the Ojai Valley. While most writers concentrate on the charm and beauty of our valley, few think to preserve the historical aspects. In this book you will learn about the fascinating history of Ojai’s Taormina Community and its connections to Ojai and the world beyond." --David Mason, past chairman of the County of Ventura Cultural Heritage Board, the City of Ojai’s Historic Preservation Commission.