Brooks Caddell Barton

Date of Birth

December 10, 1944

Date of Death

December 11, 2013

City of Death


Brooks Caddell Barton, of Ojai, died peacefully on December 11, 2013, one day after his 69th birthday.

He was born in Boston, MA on December 10, 1944 to Richard Barton and Patricia Caddell McComb. He received a bachelor’s degree from American University with an emphasis in International Relations. At 24 he was commissioned in the US Army as a Military Intelligence Officer. He held several command, collection and analysis positions as well as liaison post with the Turkish General Staff.

In 1970, he received a Masters in Business Administration from USC. By age 25, he was the Managing Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter, and by age 29, Vice President of Home Savings of America. He married Francoise Park in 1974. At age 35, Brooks became First Vice President of Coldwell Banker International Real Estate.

In the 1980’s Brooks radically changed his life and left the corporate world to become a shaman and spiritual teacher. He taught throughout the United States and the world. He purchased Matilija Hot Springs Park in Ojai, CA and converted it to a spiritual retreat center. Over the course of his stewardship of Matilija, he transformed this sacred site back to its original purity. A group of Chumash elders visited him and performed a sacred ceremony honoring him for healing the land. He married Alison Greene-Barton in 1996.

After 9/11, Brooks saw the need for society to change rapidly in alignment with the Earth and her evolution. He started a school called Art of God that integrated his business, shamanic and spiritual orientations. Brooks helped to influence and change the lives of many people.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Alison Greene-Barton; his siblings, Hilary Pease; Anthony Barton; and Travis Kranz; his children, Riven Barton and Rohan Greene-Barton; his stepdaughters, Hilary Doubleday; Leslie Lundgren; and Ashleigh Johnston-Barton; his grandson, Druien Mattoon; and his chocolate lab, Coco Chanel.

A memorial and reception will be held at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Rd. in Ojai, CA at 1 pm on Saturday, February 1st

Overflow parking and shuttle will be available at Boccali’s restaurant 3277 E Ojai Ave.

Please rsvp to or 805-646-1864

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