Katalin Koda is a passionate explorer of earth stories, womyn’s mysteries, queer expression and the mythic view of our world. She is an intuitive, an author, visionary artist, ceremonialist, poet and mother. Katalin is the author of Fire of the Goddess: Nine Paths to Ignite the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Path of Reiki: Healing as a Spiritual Discipline, both published by Llewellyn Worldwide. She also authored Slade and the Seventh Nuance a visionary fiction for young adults, and has published several articles and stories. Her current work includes facilitating retreats on Big Island Hawaii, creating and leading ceremony, offering Tarot Card readings and intuitive Reiki healing sessions.
Katalin studied and earned all degrees of Reiki, Tarot and Wicca with her Reiki Master and High Priestess, Rowan Wilson. After learning Reiki One and Two in Spring of 1998, she spent the following year practicing earnestly on friends and family while finishing her B.A. in socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Maryland: College Park. She volunteered at the Free Reiki Clinic in downtown Baltimore, Maryland where she experienced the healing art of Reiki with a number of different practitioners of various lineages. A year later she earned her Reiki Master degree with Wilson. Katalin spent a year working with Wilson, learning and perfecting the crafting arts of Wicca, contemporary paganism. This includes the art of casting a sacred circle, drawing down the moon and Tarot arts.
From 2000 to 2008 Katalin traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other southeast Asian countries. She moved to Kerala in South India and co-managed Rubybleu guesthouse where Katalin gave birth to her second daughter, Yoko Mojave Lotus. For over seven years, Katalin was the president of Rubybleu Foundation founded to aid women and children in Nepal and India, inspired by the loss of her first daughter, Rubybleu Puja. Rubybleu Foundation assisted women and children in a variety of ways including: support for Devi Ma Kunja, the village run Ayurvedic hospital in Nepal, run by Dr. Sarita Shrestha; provided college level scholarships to young women; and initiated microloans and handicraft training for local women. Katalin worked directly with women’s groups of the developing villages of India which deepened her understanding of the importance of local sustainable efforts and women’s education and empowerment.
While living in India, Katalin received teachings from various teachers in the traditions of Hinduism, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. In 2003, she earned her certification as a Sivananda Yoga instructor from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, South India. Katalin was also fortunate to receive Buddhist teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche. In 2007, Katalin took refuge with H.H. Orgen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage committing to the path of Tibetan Buddhism.
At this time she also began studying with the Foundation of Shamanic Studies started by Michael Harner. She has since completed several of their workshops including the Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive with Alicia Gates. Katalin has also had the opportunity to study hula with Kumu Ehulany Stephany, who is recognized as Kahuna Ali’i, or master high priestess, on the Big Island of Hawaii. She is a current member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.
Katalin’s studies in Wicca, Tarot, Shamanism/Animism, Reiki, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism have fused over the years. These studies along with her visionary dreams and years of practice have been cultivated into a deep healing practice. She has been leading workshops with an integrated and multidimensional approach for almost two decades on Reiki, women’s wisdom and spirituality. Her healing work is inspired by indigenous wisdom, intuitive energy principles and Reiki healing. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon.