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


A Year in Practice, by Jacqueline Suskin

Make Ink, by J. Logan & M. Ondaatje

Morning Altars, by Day Schildkret (& all books)

Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon (& all books)

Syllabus, by Lynda Barry (& all books)

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

The Organic Artist, by Nick Neddo

The Shape of Ideas, by Grant Snider


1000 Words, by Jami Attenberg

Before and After the Book Deal, by Courtney Maum

Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Every Day Is a Poem, by Jacqueline Suskin

Never Say You Can't Survive, by Charlie Anders

Novelist as a Vocation, by Haruki Murakami

On Writing, by Stephen King

Scratch, edited by Manjula Martin

Several Short Sentences about Writing, by Verlyn Klinkenborg

The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard

The Business of Being a Writer, by Jane Friedman

What It Is, by Lynda Barry (& all books)

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg (& all books)

Write It All Down, by Cathy Rentzenbrink

Write for Life, by Julia Cameron

East Asian Medicine

Applied Channel Theory, by Wang Ju-Yi & J. Robertson

Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies, by Leon Hammer

The Spark in the Machine, by Daniel Keown

The Web That Has No Weaver, by Ted Kaptchuk

Five Elements

Archetypal Acupuncture, by Gary Dolowich

Between Heaven and Earth, by H. Beinfield & E. Korngold

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, by J.R. Worsley

Five Element Constitutional Acupuncture, by A. Hicks, J. Hicks, P. Mole

In the House of the Moon, by J. Elias & K. Ketcham

Kigo, by Lori Dechar (& all books)

Power of the Five Elements, by Charles Moss

The Five Element Solution, by Jean Haner

The Way of the Five Elements, by John Kirkwood

The Tao of Trauma, by Alaine Duncan

Diversity - Equity - Inclusion

How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram Kendi

Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad

My Grandmother’s Hands, by Resmaa Menakem

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race, by R. Eddo-Lodge


Lady Tan's Circle of Women, by Lisa See

The Overstory, by Richard Powers


Alone on the Wall, by Alex Honnold

Barbarian Days, by William Finnegan

Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Between Two Kingdoms, by Suleika Jaouad

Crying in H Mart, by Michelle Zauner

Educated, by Tara Westover

Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

Kook, by Peter Heller ( & all books)

Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain

Know My Name, by Chanel Miller

Minor Feelings, by Cathy Park Hong

Mixed Plate, by Jo Koy

My First Summer in the Sierra, by John Muir

Slow Noodles, by Chantha Nguon

Soil, by Camille Dungy

Somebody’s Daughter, by Ashley Ford

Surf Is Where You Find It, by Gerry Lopez

The Art of Adventure, by Galen Rowell

The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama

The Beauty in Breaking, by Michele Harper

The High Sierra, by Kim S. Robinson

Two Trees Make a Forest, by Jessica Lee

The Great Failure, by Natalie Goldberg (& all books)

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

What Bravery Looks Like, by Laurel Braitman

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed


A Year to Live, by Stephen Levine

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

Heal Thy Self, by Saki Santorelli

How to Breathe, by Ashley Neese

• Jack Kornfield, all books

• Joseph Goldstein, all books

• Pema Chodron, all books

Standing at the Edge, by Joan Halifax

• Tara Brach, all books

10% Happier, by Dan Harris

The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker

• Thích Nhất Hạnh, all books

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron

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

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki


Anatomy Trains, by Thomas Myers

Maps to Ecstasy, by Gabrielle Roth (& all books)

The Expressive Body in Life, Art, and Therapy, by Daria Halprin

This Very Moment: Teaching Thinking Dancing, by Barbara Dilley


• Bill Mollison, all books (permaculture)

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer (& all books)

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

• Joanna Macy, all books

Soulcraft, by Bill Plotkin

The Field Guide to Nature Meditation, by Mark Coleman

The Smell Of Rain On Dust, by Martín Prechtel (& all books)

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

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

Aphrodisiac, by Kimberly Gallagher

Aromatherapy, by K. Keville & M. Green

Asian American Herbalism, by Erin Wilkins

Body into Balance, by Maria Groves (& all books)

Earth Medicines, by Felicia Ruiz

Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, by J. Stansbury (series 1-5)

Holistic Cancer Care, by Chanchal Cabrera

Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffman

Michael Moore, all books (western USA bioregional herbalism)

• Rosalee de la Foret, all books

The Green Pharmacy, by James Duke

The Healing Garden, by Juliet Blankespoor

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, by T. Easley & S. Horne

Plants | East Asian Herbalism

• Dan Bensky, all books (reference)

• Eric Brand, all books

• Thomas Avery Garran, all books

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm, by Peg Schafer

Plants | Food as Medicine

• Pascal Bauder, all books

Sandor Katz, all books

The Korean Vegan, Joanne Lee Molinaro


• e.e. cummings

• Gary Snyder

• Joy Harjo

• Mary Oliver

• Pablo Neruda

Poetry of Presence, compiled by P. Cole-Dai & R. Wilson

• Rainer Maria Rilke

• Rumi


How to Change your Mind, by Michael Pollan (& all books)

No Bad Parts, by Richard Schwartz

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk

Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed

Trauma and Memory, by Peter Levine

Waking the Tiger, by Peter Levine

Women's Health

Botanical Medicine for Women's Health, by Aviva Romm

Hagitude, by Sharon Blackie (& all books)

Herbal Healing for Women, by Rosemary Gladstar

The Wild Woman's Way, by Michaela Boehm

Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, by David Coulter

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, by Swami S. Saraswati

• B.K.S. Iyengar, all books 

Embrace Yoga's Roots, by Susanna Barkataki

Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Yoga, by J. Kilgore

The Scientific Keys Collection, by Ray Long

Yoga Adjustments, by Mark Stephens

Yoga of the Subtle Body, by Tias Little

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