Book Recommendations

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


Before and After the Book Deal, by Courtney Maum

Make Ink, by Jason Logan & Michael Ondaatje

Morning Altars, by Day Schildkret

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

East Asian Medicine

Applied Channel Theory, by Wang Ju-Yi & Jason Robertson

Between Heaven and Earth, by Harriet Beinfield & Efrem Korngold (intro)

Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies, by Leon Hammer

The Spark in the Machine, by Daniel Keown

The Tao of Trauma, by Alaine Duncan

The Web That Has No Weaver, by Ted Kaptchuk (intro)


My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo


• Barack Obama, all books

Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Between Two Kingdoms, by Suleika Jaouad

Educated, by Tara Westover

Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks ( & all books by O. Sacks)

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

Kook, by Peter Heller ( & all books by P. Heller)

Minor Feelings, by Cathy Park Hong

Mixed Plate, by Jo Koy

On Writing, by Stephen King

Surf Is Where You Find It, by Gerry Lopez

The Beauty in Breaking, by Michele Harper

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Wild, 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, by Thomas Myers

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

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk

The Wild Woman's Way, by Michaela Boehm

This Very Moment: Teaching Thinking Dancing, by Barbara Dilley

Trauma and Memory, by Peter Levine


• Bill Mollison, all books (permaculture)

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting to Nature, by J. Young, E. McGown, E. Haas

• Joanna Macy, all books

Martín Prechtel, all books

Plants | Botany

Botany in a Day, by Thomas Elpel

How to Identify Plants, by H.D. Harrington

Plant Identification Terminology, by James & Melinda Harris

Plants | Botanical Medicine

Herbal Healing for Women, by Rosemary Gladstar

Medical Herbalism, 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, 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, by David Coulter

• B. K. S. Iyengar, all books 

Embrace Yoga's Roots, by Susanna Barkataki

The Scientific Keys Collection, by Ray Long

Yoga Adjustments, 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!