||Osha graduated from Smith College in 1965 with a major in eastern
religions. After teaching school in Charlottesville, Virginia, for
three years, she moved to California and studied yoga, mind-clearing,
nutrition and vitamin therapy for two years at the Institute of
Ability in Lucerne Valley, where she was also trained to lead Enlightenment Intensives, a meditation/communication process that
provides an opportunity to directly experience the truth of oneself,
life, others and love.
In 1970, she bought 52 acres of land in the Sierra Mountains north of
Lake Tahoe and founded Origin, a California non-profit organization
dedicated to helping people optimize their physical, mental and
Osha has been a lifelong student of nutrition and natural medicine. She received certification in therapeutic
massage from the Parkside School in San Francisco in 1977 and joined
the Western Massage Society. In 1981, she received a degree in herbal
medicine from Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, Canada, and achieved
certification as a Trager Practitioner and as an Emergency Medical Technician.
From 1976 to 1983, she studied corrective
massage and bodywork with Lauren Berry, R.P.T., and received certification
in the Lauren Berry Method of Corrective Massage in 1987.
In 1986-87, she studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a form of
counseling psychology, and received certification as an NLP
Practitoner from the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and as a
Master Programmer from the Center for Advanced Studies in San
Francisco. In 1989, she became certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist
with the Institute for Advanced Hypnosis in Mill Valley.
Osha has been a student and practitioner of zen, vipassana and transcendental
meditation since the early 60's. In 1989-90, she was invited to lead
an Enlightenment Intensive at the Axelson Institute in Stockholm, Sweden,
which took place in October, 1992. She led Intensives near Reykjavik,
Iceland, in 1997,1998 and in 2005.
Osha continues to create, lead and organize retreats. Her books include Vegetarian Cooking for Health and Pleasure (1991), Decadently Delicious, Recipes to Live for (2019), and Inspirations: Collected Poems and Quotations for the Mind and Heart (2021).