Jane Oka Kaya Shin
For nearly a decade, Jane has been working with people from numerous walks of life to better understand their place in this vast sea of existence, that they may partake more consciously in their own evolutionary process, and become masters of their destiny.
Jane shares the teachings and practices of the Eastern Shamanic traditions, specializing in the facilitation of physical and spiritual cleansing processes, which include work with the Amazonian medicines of Kambo and entheogenic plant medicines. Jane also serves as a Certified Vedic Astrologer, spiritual guide & healer, and teacher of Yoga and Tai Chi with private and public class offerings, as well as workshops throughout the year.
Jane left the United States military in 2004, after finally realizing that her career path to becoming an Army officer was starkly in misalignment with her values, and here, disillusionment came down on her hard—deep depression laden with alcoholism, substance abuse, and a nihilistic view of life followed. Through this period, however, her study of Classical Western philosophy took a redemptive turn, and led her down the rabbit hole of Eastern metaphysics. This led her to the study and practice of Chinese Martial Arts, and ultimately to Yoga/Vedanta, Daoism, and Zen.
In 2012, she lived in India continuing her studies, and earned her ERYT 200 from the Sri Ramakrishna lineage. She remained serving as an instructor in the ashram, and had the privilege of studying Mantra with a teacher who carries on the authentic oral tradition of the Brahmins. Her extended study of Vedic Philosophy eventually led her to Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, leading her to study with respected Jyotishi, Sadasiva (Sam Geppi), with whom she earned her certification and has been practicing now for over 6 years.
While offering her services in the Southern California area, she found herself feeling that her practice was still somehow incomplete. This prompted her to search down alternative routes, ultimately bringing her to the study and practice of the shamanic medicine traditions from the Amazon. She especially resonated with Kambo for its ability to restore her beyond her previous levels of health and clarity—allowing her to continue on her journey with renewed vigor and joy. And inspired by the immense healing she experienced with Kambo, she began apprenticing under Master Practitioner, Simon Scott, and has now been facilitating the medicine for 5 years, supporting the processes of over one hundred people.
And it was here, in the world of amazonian medicine, and through the Shipibo lineage of Peru, that she was given the name, Oka Kaya, “Crow Spirit.” And through her own personal process, Jane has come to understand that we are always on our path, and through our unfolding, we can discover and cultivate the medicine we carry, and eventually, we cannot help but share it with the world.