Oshobahia was born from Samadhi and Sasha’s dream of putting together their great love for nature and their master Osho.
The name Oshobahia is to pay tribute to the truly beautiful and abundant region of Bahia and to their beloved Osho.
Sasha and Samadhi first came to Piracanga to study permaculture and bio-construction in 2008. What they found was an ecovillage in its early stages, and when invited to remain and co create in this adventure, they saw the possibility of their dream to live in genuine harmony with nature come to fruition.
The first challenge was to build an eco-sustainable house, following the principles of permaculture, whilst providing the comfort and beauty of a home. The goal was to find a way to live together with the simplicity and abundance of nature, showing to the world that it is possible to combine sustainability with a harmonious, beautiful and comfortable life. That was a challenge: How to build something sustainable without being boring and rigid? This first project is now lovingly called Oshobahia Home Base.
The construction was carried out in partnership with the bio-constructor Ronaldo Rodrigues. The house was built with local natural resources, being as economical as possible with the precious resources available. It follows the guidelines of many environmentally friendly practices and technologies. The wood used was from recycled demolition wood. There are solar panels that provide a clean energy resource; water waste is filtered back into the land using banana plants, toilet waste is turned into compost and a range of other environmentally friendly practices are followed in order to live in harmony with the local and planetary eco-system. Today, Oshobahia is an organic, living house that undergoes ongoing transformation according to the needs of the moment. It is a model of inspiration for those who seek to live with more awareness and respect for our precious Mother Earth.
Oshobahia is a school dedicated to Osho Neo-Rebalancing, meditation, communal living, retreats, massage, detox programs and shamanic experiences. It is a healing and self-knowledge space that brings the seriousness needed to consciously awaken together with the joy of celebrating life as Osho teaches.
In the last years, the house has hosted many people seeking spiritual evolution. Oshobahia is a place open to welcome collaborations and co-creations since 2008.
“We begin with the principle that all therapists must first go inwards, to look at themselves, their own lives and issues and develop their inner space. From here, they can serve clients with integrity, avoid entanglements and maintain clear dynamics of relating. The more a therapist can access their true nature, the stronger they will be to facilitate the growth of others. It is our experience that the deeper one knows their own self, the truer and more skilful a therapist they will become.”
From his childhood in India, Osho made it clear that he would not follow the conventions of the world around him. He spent the first seven years of his life with his maternal grandparents, who allowed him to have a freedom to be himself, what rarely happens to children. He was a lonely child, who preferred spending long hours sitting quietly next to a lake, or exploring the surrounding areas alone. The death of his maternal grandfather, he said, had a profound effect on his inner life, making him to be determined to uncover the immortal life. After joining the growing family of his parents and getting into school, he was firmly grounded in the clarity and sense of himself, which gave him the courage to challenge all attempts by the elderly to shape his life.
He never ran away from facing a controversy. For Osho, the truth can’t make any concession because otherwise it would be no longer the truth. And the truth is not a belief but an experience. He never asked people to believe in what he said, but instead, he asked them to experience and realize for themselves if what he was saying was true or not. At the same time, he was relentless in finding ways and means to reveal exactly what beliefs are -mere consolations to soothe our anxieties when facing the unknown and the barriers to meeting a mysterious and unexplored reality.
After his enlightenment, when he turned twenty-one years old, Osho completed his academic studies and then spent several years teaching philosophy at the University of Jabalpur. Meanwhile, he travelled throughout India giving talks, challenging orthodox religious leaders in public debates and meeting people from all social positions. He read extensively all he could find to expand his understanding about the contemporary man belief systems and psychology.
At the end of the 60s, Osho began to develop his active meditation techniques. The modern human being, he said, is so burdened with the antiquated traditions of the past and with modern life anxieties that they need to go thorough a deep cleaning process before being able to discover the relaxed and no-thought state of meditation.
He began to conduct meditation camps throughout India, delivering speeches to the participants and personally guiding meditations developed by him self.
In the early 70s, the first Western people began to hearing about Osho, and they joined the growing number of Indians who were initiated by him in the neo-sannyas. In 1974, a commune was established around Osho, in Pune, India, and soon, slowly, a large number of Western visitors joined. Many of them were therapists who faced Western therapies limitations and sought an approach that could reach and transform the depths of human psyche. Osho encouraged them to contribute with their skills to the commune and worked closely with them to develop therapies within the context of meditation.
The problem with therapies developed in the West, he said, is that they are limited by attempting only to treat the mind, while the East has long ago understood that the mind itself, or rather, our identification with the mind, that is the problem. Therapies can be useful – as well as the cathartic stages during meditations developed by him – to help people to have a relief from their repressed emotions, fears and to be more clearly connected with themselves. However, unless we begin to let go of the mechanisms of the mind and its projections, desires and fears, we will get out from a hole to go straight into another one. Therapy, therefore, should go hand in hand with the process of de-identification and watchfulness, known as meditation.
In the late 70s, the Poona community hosted the largest center for therapy and inner growth in the world. Thousands of people came to take part in therapeutic and meditation groups, sitting to hear Osho’s daily speeches and to contribute to the commune life. Some of them returned to their countries and established meditation centers.
From 1981 to 1985, the commune experience happened in the United States, in a region larger than two hundred square kilometers in the high desert of Oregon. The main purpose of the commune life was to build the city of Rajeeshpuram, an “oasis in the desert”. In miraculously short period of time, the community built houses to five thousand people and started to reverse decades of damage – due to the land overuse- restoring streams, building ponds and reservoirs, developing a self-sufficient farming and planting thousands of trees.
In Rajneeshpuram, meditation and therapy programs took place in Rajneesh International Meditation University. The modern facilities built for the University and its welcoming environment made possible the depth and expansion of its programs which was not possible before. Long-term courses and training programs were developed and attracted a large number of participants, including many who were already professionals, but they wanted to expand their skills and understanding of themselves.
At the end of 1985, however, the opposition from the local and federal governments to Osho and the commune made impossible for the experience to continue. The commune was shut down and Osho headed for a world tour, giving interviews to the press and speeches to disciples in the Himalayas, Greece and Uruguay before returning to India in mid-1986.
In January 1987, Osho settled down in Poona, giving a speech two times a day. Within a few months, Poona community started offering programs full of activities and grew much more than before. The modern standards of comfort established in the United States was maintained and Osho made it clear that the new commune of Poona should be an oasis of the twenty-first century, even in the underdeveloped India. More and more people came from the East, particularly Japan, enriching the healing and martial arts programs with their experiences. Visual and performance arts also flourished together with the new Mystery School. The diversity and expansion was reflected in the name Multiversity, chosen by Osho, which included all programs.
The emphasis on meditation became even stronger – this was a theme constantly approached by Osho in his discourses, and he developed and introduced many new meditation groups, including No-Mind, Mystic Rose and Born Again.
About nine months before leaving his body, Osho dictated the inscription for his Samadhi, the marble and glass crypt that have his ashes. Osho – Never Born – Never Died – Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990.
The commune that grew around him is still flourishing in Poona, in India, known nowadays as Osho International Meditation Resort, where thousands of seekers get together throughout the year to participate in meditations and self growth programs.
“I am here to seduce you into a love of life; to help you to become a little more poetic; to help you die to the mundane and to be ordinary so that the extraordinary explodes in your life.”
“I’m not a logical, I am an existentialist. “I am not a logician. I am an existentialist. I believe in this meaningless, beautiful chaos of existence, and I am ready to go with it wherever it leads.I don’t have a goal, because existence has no goal. It simply is, flowering, blossoming, dancing – but don’t ask why. Just an overflow of energy, for no reason at all. I am with existence.”
“I’m not a logical, I am an existentialist.”
“I am not a messiah, and I am not a missionary. And I am not here to establish a church or to give a doctrine to the world, a new religion, no. My effort is totally different: a new consciousness not a new religion, a new consciousness not a new doctrine. Enough of doctrines and enough of religions! Man needs a new consciousness. And the only way to bring consciousness is to go on hammering from all the sides so that slowly, slowly chunks of your mind go on dropping. The statue of a buddha is hidden in you. Right now you are a rock. If I go on hammering, cutting chunks out of you, slowly, slowly the Buddha will emerge”.
“Osho is an enlightened master who is working with all possibilities to help humanity overcome a difficult phase in developing consciousness.”
“Osho is the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ… He’s obviously a very effective man, otherwise he wouldn’t be such a threat. He’s saying the same things that nobody else has the courage to say. A man who has all kinds of ideas, they’re not only inflammatory-they also have a resonance of truth that scares the pants off the control freaks.”
As a young man, Samadhi had lots of energy and doubts. As a seeker, he faced difficulties to find answers for his questions: Who am I? What am I doing here? What should I do now? Nothing that the conventional society gave as an answer calmed his rebellious heart.
It was through Osho that he found a new vision of life; to realize his self-healing potential and to pass that knowledge on to others. Samadhi became an Osho Sanyasan (disciple), at the young age of 23. He initially lived in the Osho Community in Pune, India and later travelled, studied and lived in various Osho Communities in Europe. During this time, he found unique and pioneering ways to apply interpersonal dynamics for individual growth. They were intense years of inner work and transformation. His inner search took him to different communities and Buddha-fields: UTA in Germany, Humaniversity in the Netherlands and Gautama in Italy.
In 1989 he came to Humaniversity, a Community and Therapist Training Center in the Netherlands. Here he met Vereesh, who became his mentor. This meeting and this school of living transformed Samadhi’s life, a heart connection that remains present in Samadhi’s life and work.
In 1995, he concluded a four year therapist graduation course in the Humaniversity, becoming a Humaniversity facilitator and began working with people. This is an ongoing personal and professional journey that deepens and evolves with each year. Samadhi also obtained a Diploma in Osho Rebalancing, a bodywork approach that includes deep tissue massage, myofascial release, postural alignment and meditation.
Some years later, he graduated as an Osho Rebalancer Trainer with Satyarthi Pelouquin. He is also a “Result Course” Instructor – Creative Consciousness Course – and leader of the HUMANIVERSITY AUM MEDITATION since 1992.
Samadhi now lives at Oshobahia, where he cocreated an Neo-Rebalancing training school that follows permaculture standards.
His work is the result of many years of inner search and studies with prominent humanistic psychology teachers. It is based on simplicity, direct experience, love and meditation.
20 years ago, Sasha found herself in a situation of emotional, mental and physical fragility. During a homeopathic treatment, she was advised to look for Osho’s work in Italy. That was how she began her experience of emotional cleansing and of becoming a therapist and healer. While healing herself, she learned and applied meditation, bodywork with bioenergetics, massage, shamanism and humanistic psychology (also known as the psychology of the Buddhas) techniques. Amid her own search, which took her on different journeys and to spend time with different Masters, she found her own mediumship and clairvoyance as well as her connection with Shamanism.
After arriving in Brazil, she connected with Yemanja, an entity who arouse new knowledge in Sasha. After a while, she was also introduced to the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon indigenous tribal knowledge of forest medicine. The Italian “cabocla”, full of life, gentleness and joy feels that her life is an eternal learning. Her journey and experience led her to be a teacher, healer and consciousness processes facilitator. Her humble heart says that it’s never time to stop learning.
Sasha is a cocreator of Oshobahia. She is passionate about Osho meditations, shamanism, bodywork, healing and transmission of energy techniques.
She is a “Via della Luna ®”(massage with shamanic ritual), “Structural Realignment” and “Osho Rebalancing” certified therapist. She is a “Healing and Massage” (massage for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing) instructor and Master of Reiki.
She leads rituals such as “Resgate da Alma” (Soul Retrieval), “Trance Dance”, “Busca do Animal de Poder” (Animal Power Search) and “Chakra Healing”. She is an “Neo-Rebalancing” and “The Mother Earth Call” (a shamanic experience) facilitator.