Book Recommendations


My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

Chinese Classics

I Ching, translated by Richard Wilhelm

The Illustrated I Ching, by R.L. Wing

Tao Te Ching, translated by Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English

Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell


Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking, by Jason Logan & Michael Ondaatje

Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual, by Day Schildkret

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

East Asian Medicine

Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine: Wang Ju-Yi’s Lectures on Channel Therapeutics, by Wang Ju-Yi & Jason Robertson

Between Heaven and Earth, by Harriet Beinfield & Efrem Korngold (great intro to East Asian medicine & Five Element theory)

Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies: Psychology, Energy and Chinese Medicine, by Leon Hammer

The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine, by Daniel Keown

The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner's Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment, by Alaine Duncan

The Web That Has No Weaver, by Ted Kaptchuk (great intro to TCM theory)


• Barack Obama, all books

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted, by Suleika Jaouad

Educated, by Tara Westover

Heavy: An American Memoir, by Kiese Laymon

Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, by Peter Heller

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

• Peter Heller, all books (adventure journalism at its finest)

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed


Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, by Ronald Epstein

Heal Thy Self, by Saki Santorelli

• Jack Kornfield, all books

• Joseph Goldstein, all books

• Pema Chodron, all books

• Tara Brach, all books

• Thích Nhất Hạnh, all books

Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki


Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Therapists and Movement Professionals, by Thomas Myers

• Gabrielle Roth, all books (founder of 5Rhythms dance)

This Very Moment: Teaching Thinking Dancing, by Barbara Dilley


• Bill Mollison, all books (permaculture)

• Joanna Macy, all books

Martín Prechtel, all books

Plants | Botany

Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification, by Thomas Elpel

How to Identify Plants, by H.D. Harrington

Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary, by James & Melinda Harris

Plants | Botanical Medicine

Herbal Healing for Women, by Rosemary Gladstar

Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine, by David Hoffman

Michael Moore, all books (especially for western USA bioregional herbalists)

• Rosalee de la Foret, all books (accessible with recipes; great place to start)

Rosemary Gladstar, all books

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide, by Thomas Easley & Steven Horne

Plants | Food as Medicine

• Pascal Bauder, all books

Sandor Katz, all books


• e.e. cummings

• Joy Harjo

• Mary Oliver

• Pablo Neruda

• Rainer Maria Rilke


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners, by David Coulter

• B. K. S. Iyengar, all books 

Embrace Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice, by Susanna Barkataki

The Scientific Keys Collection, by Ray Long

Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques, by Mark Stephens

Yoga of the Subtle Body, by Tias Little

Amazing books abound. This is not a complete list, nor will it ever be. Please contact Jiling if you have favorite books that should be included here, or that we should savor. Also enjoy Jiling’s events, articles, podcasts, blog, resource links, and local Ventura resources. Thank you!