The Inner Journeys Wholeness Resource Guide
Everything that has helped us on our Journeys and more.
By Charlotte Nicholson
OVERVIEW OF SECTIONS
- Leading Research Institutions
- Integration therapists
Meditation, Mindfulness, Breathwork & Yoga
- Organisations & Institutions
- Yoga Travel & Retreats
- Websites and Streaming Platforms
Self-Development, Wellbeing & Spirituality
- Coaching & Guidance
Leading Research Institutions
Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London, UK
‘Our revolutionary Centre focuses on the action and clinical use of psychedelics, with a particular focus on researching the treatment of depression.’
Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, US
“Johns Hopkins is deeply committed to exploring innovative treatments for our patients. Our scientists have shown that psychedelics have real potential as medicine, and this new center will help us explore that potential.”
– Paul B. Rothman, M.D., Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
University of Basel, Dept. of Psychopharmacology, Switzerland
‘Our research focus is on the pharmacology of psychoactive substances in vitro and in humans. We characterize novel substances (designer drugs) in vitro and also investigate the pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics of MDMA, LSD, and amphetamines in humans including psychological tests, pharmacogenetics, and functional brain imaging. This work is linked to studies on the acute clinical problems associated with the recreational drug use.’
University of Zurich, Dept. of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Switzerland
‘Our goal is to investigate the therapeutic potential of psychedelic compounds to reverse maladaptive neurobehavioral patterns in stress-related mood disorders and to enhance psychotherapeutic learning capabilities.’
‘Founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.’
MIND Foundation, Germany
‘The MIND Foundation is a European non-profit science and education organisation that promotes psychedelic research and therapy. Our work builds on the neurobiological and psychological potential of psychedelics to improve mental health and well-being in a clinical setting; for which the scientific base is firmly growing.’
Also home of The MIND Academy — ‘our educational platform. We build and provide high-quality training for professionals, education for the general public, self-development for individuals from any circuit of life, and we organize scientific conferences. Some of this content is for free, some formats are exchanged for money, all are built with care, compassion, and added.’ value.
Beckley Foundation, UK
‘Since its creation by Amanda Feilding in 1998, the Beckley Foundation has been at the forefront of global drug policy reform and scientific research into psychoactive substances. We collaborate with leading scientific and political institutions worldwide, from Brazil and Spain to the UK, the US and The Netherlands, to design and develop ground-breaking research and global policy initiatives.’
‘The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service (ICEERS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming society’s relationship with psychoactive plants. We do this by engaging with some of the fundamental issues resulting from the globalization of ayahuasca, iboga, and other ethnobotanicals.’
The Boston Psychedelic Research Group, US
‘A Massachusetts nonprofit corporation committed to the promotion, dissemination, and advancement of psychedelic research. We are a hub for education about the powerful benefits psychedelic-assisted therapy can have in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health issues. We do this primarily by holding bimonthly meetings where attendees can gather and converse, hear a prominent speaker share his or her work, and participate in a Q&A session.’
The Heffer Research Institute, US
‘The Heffter Research Institute was incorporated in New Mexico in 1993 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) scientific organization. Since its inception, Heffter has been helping to design, review, and fund the leading studies on psilocybin at prominent research institutions in the US and Europe. Our research has explored psilocybin for the treatment of cancer-related distress and addiction, for understanding the relationship between the psychedelic experience and spirituality, and for basic science research into the physiology of brain activity, cognition, and behavior. The Heffter Institute believes that psychedelics have great, unexplored potential that requires independently funded scientific research to find their best uses in medical treatment.’
Usona Institute, US
‘Usona Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research organization dedicated to supporting and conducting pre-clinical and clinical research to further the understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines. Our focus is on alleviating depression in people for whom current medical treatments fall short in offering relief and a better quality of life.
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Usona was founded in 2014 by Bill Linton, CEO and Founder of the international life sciences company Promega Corporation, and Malynn Utzinger, M.D., Director of Integrative Practices at Promega Corporation. The Institute was founded shortly after Bill was inspired by the meaningful impact that a psilocybin study at Johns Hopkins University had on a friend suffering from cancer.’
- How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
‘When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people? Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forwardas a guinea-pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinatedby the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness.’
- The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide by James Fadiman
‘Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience — from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals.’
- Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth by Francoise Bourzat and Kristina Hunter
‘Psychedelic medicines, also known as entheogens, are entering the mainstream. But how do we ensure that we’re approaching them effectively? Françoise Bourzat — a counselor and experienced guide with sanctioned training in the Mazatec and other indigenous traditions — and healer Kristina Hunter introduce a holistic model focusing on the threefold process of preparation, journey, and integration. Drawing from more than 30 years of experience, Bourzat’s skillful and heartfelt approach presents the therapeutic application of expanded states, without divorcing them from their traditional contexts. ‘Consciousness Medicine’ delivers a coherent map for navigating non-ordinary states of consciousness, offering an invaluable contribution to the field of healing and transformation.’
- The Way of the Psychonaut by Stanislav Grof
‘The Way of the Psychonaut is one of the most important books ever written about the human psyche and the spiritual quest. The new understandings were made possible thanks to Albert Hofmann’s discovery of LSD — the microscope and telescope of the human psyche — as well as other psychedelic substances. This comprehensive work is a tour de force through the worlds of psychology and psychotherapy, Holotropic Breathwork, maps of the psyche, birth, sex, and death, psychospiritual rebirth, the roots of trauma, spiritual emergency and transpersonal experiences, karma and reincarnation, higher creativity, great art, and archetypes.
Written in his late eighties, at the height of his magnificent career, The Way of the Psychonaut is possibly Grof’s greatest contribution. The commanding breadth and depth of his knowledge is astounding, the tone of his writing easy and accessible, and his narratives brightened with amusing anecdotes, intriguing personal accounts, and brilliant case studies. Grof reviews the history of depth psychotherapy, the important revisions that are needed to make it more effective, and why the inner quest is such an essential pursuit.’
- The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert
‘The Psychedelic Experience, created by the prophetic shaman-professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzer and Richard Alpert, is a foundational text that serves as a model and a guide for all subsequent mind-expanding inquiries. In this wholly unique book, the authors provide an interpretation of an ancient sacred manuscript, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, from a psychedelic perspective. The Psychedelic Experience describes their discoveries in broadening spiritual consciousness through a combination of Tibetan meditation techniques and psychotropic substances.’
- LSD My Problem Child: Reflections on Sacred Drugs, Mysticism and Science by Albert Hofmann
‘This is the story of LSD told by a concerned yet hopeful father, organic chemist Albert Hofmann. He traces LSD’s path from a promising psychiatric research medicine to a recreational drug sparking hysteria and prohibition.
We follow Dr. Hofmann’s trek across Mexico to discover sacred plants related to LSD, and listen in as he corresponds with other notable figures about his remarkable discovery.
Underlying it all is Dr. Hofmann’s powerful conclusion that mystical experience may be our planet’s best hope for survival. Whether induced by LSD, meditation, or arising spontaneously, such experiences help us to comprehend “the wonder, the mystery of the divinein the microcosm of the atom, in the macrocosm of the spiral nebula, in the seeds of plants, in the body and soul of people.”’
***YouTube: Full book reading by 25 luminaries from around the world, recorded on April 19, 2020, in honor of Dr. Albert Hofmann’s discovery of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in 1943.
‘Aldous Huxley explores the mind’s remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. These two astounding essays are among the most profound studies of the effects of mind-expanding drugs written in this century. Contains the complete texts of The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell , both of which became essential for the counterculture during the 1960s and influenced a generation’s perception of life.’
- Journeys with Alexander Faubel
German and English language podcast. ‘In this podcast, I bring you an inspiring person or story every week to help you grow out of your comfort zone and realise your own potential. We talk about psychedelics as a new emerging mental health tool and also other methods for personal growth with the goal of living a fulfilled life.’
- Aubrey Marcus podcast
‘Founder of Onnit and modern philosopher, Aubrey Marcus asks the important questions: How do we find our purpose, wake up to who we truly are, have a few more laughs, and human being a little better?’
- Making Sense with Sam Harris
‘Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores some of the most pressing and controversial questions of our time. Making Sense was selected by Apple as one of the “iTunes Best” and has won a Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.’’
‘The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is a long form conversation hosted by comedian Joe Rogan with friends and guests that have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA fighters, authors, artists, and beyond.’
‘Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more. Past guests include Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Elizabeth Gilbert, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kevin Hart, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jon Favreau, Whitney Cummings, Matthew McConaughey, and 400+ more.’
‘Over the years, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has amassed an incredible treasure trove of audio archives sourced from the amazing talks, presentations and panels that have taken place at past Psychedelic Science conferences and other unique events. By selecting some of that content and then bringing it to you in a podcast we hope to create a centralized location for the greater MAPS community. If you’re a researcher, scientist, medical professional or just a curiosity seeker we hope that you’ll find this content a valuable resource tool.’
‘Our podcast takes you inside the ongoing evolution of the global psychedelic renaissance, presenting insightful dialogue with cutting edge scientists, entrepreneurs, therapists, authors, philosophers. We shine a light on how everyone — from game-changing business icons to single mothers to college students — can harness the transformational power of psychedelics in their personal and professional lives.’
- Psychedelics Today podcast
‘Journalism, activism and education. We work to advance legality, discourse and discussion in the psychedelic field.’
‘Since 2005, Lorenzo Hagerty has been podcasting interviews and talks concerning the use and benefits of psychoactive plants and chemicals, both in their natural settings and in medical research institutions. Past speakers include Sasha Shulgin, Annie Oak, Rick Doblin, Daniel Pinchbeck, Shonagh Home, Bruce Damer, Aldous Huxley and others. And there have been over 200 programs featuring talks by Terence McKenna. Also interviews with several of the now long gone elders, such as Gary Fisher, Myron Stolaroff, and Al Hubbard have also been featured.’
DMT The Spirit Molecule — (YouTube)
Ayahuasca — Aubrey Marcus and Mitch Schultz (YouTube)
The Last Shaman — (Netflix)
The Mind Explained (Netflix — episode on psychedelics)
These retreats are all located in countries where one or more plant medicines are legal. We have been to some of these retreats ourselves (we have indicated which ones, feel free to get in touch and ask about them) or know people who have recommended them. Beyond that, these are recommendations based on reputation and positive reviews and we would always encourage you to do your own research. This is not an exhaustive list of options.
These two websites are great places to start, acting like Trip Advisors for plant medicine retreats:
Aya Advisors — ‘Helping to keep you safe by providing an independent place for thousands of Ayahuasca retreat reviews.’
Retreat Guru — ‘Find authentic psychedelic & plant medicine retreats.’
- Essentia (Europe)
Our own retreats. https://psychedelische-retreats.com
- Planet Kambo (weekly UK ceremonies & upcoming Europe retreats)
‘Enhance your immune system, cognitive function & mental focus with the natural healing power of Kambo frog medicine. Planet Kambo is a holistic detox service, running weekly group cleansing ceremonies in a relaxed & serene environment. Using a balance of alternative healing exercises & indigenous tribal medicines, Planet Kambo offer a truly unique, uplifting & enlightening experience.’ They also run trainings in how to become a Kambo practitioner, during which you can learn how to apply the medicine safely and effectively to yourself and others.
We’ve been here — ask us.
- Alalaho (retreats held in The Netherlands)
‘Formerly the pioneering European psilocybin retreat programme by The Psychedelic Society UK, Alalaho offers a holistic psycho-spiritual approach to personal and societal development which integrates the safe and legal use of psychedelics and other peak states. We place equal emphasis on preparation, peak experiences and integration, but more than that we seek to share a way of life, the weaving of the insights and wisdom gained from inner work into an attitude with which to meet the many facets of this human journey.’
Central & South America
- The Temple of the Way of Light (Iquitos, Peru)
‘Founded in 2007, The Temple of the Way of Light is a pioneering traditional plant-medicine shamanic healing center located in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest that offers intensive ayahuasca retreats with female and male Shipibo healers. We are dedicated to providing our guests with the opportunity to benefit from the ancient healing wisdom of the Shipibo people, and to helping this unique culture preserve its knowledge and identity in the 21st Century.’
We’ve been here — ask us.
- Arkana (two retreat centres in Peru; new retreats running in Yucatan, Mexico)
‘We believe in Authentic Healing and we offer many different ancestral healing Medicines besides Ayahuasca, such as Sapo (Bufo Alvarius), San Pedro, Peyote, Psilocybe Mushrooms and others. We have high quality, well trained shamans & healers so that you can have the most diverse & safest & most healing experience possible. We are here for you, every step of the way and will help you integrate your healing with love and care.’
Profile and review on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/arkana-spiritual-center/
- Nihue Rao Centro Espirito (Iquitos, Peru)
‘An ayahuasca healing center in the Amazon rainforest to heal your soul. We offer healing retreats with master plants, traditional Shipibo diets, and ayahuasca ceremonies. We are specialists in shamanic treatment under the guidance of master healer and ayahuasquero Ricardo Amaringo. We are an integrative healing center also providing training in Amazonian shamanism and opportunities for visionary art.’
Profile and review on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/nihue-rao-centro-espiritual/
- Pachamama Temple, Rao Niwe Nete (Pucallpa, Peru)
‘Pachamama Temple is a Traditional Ayahuasca Healing Center located in Pucallpa, Peru. We offer 7 and 12 day Ayahuasca Retreats led by experienced Shipibo shamans who work together with carefully selected and skilled western facilitators. We provide a genuine, caring and safe environment for guests who want to work with this sacred medicine. The Temple also offers longer stays for those who are interested in a more in-depth study of the medicine and Shipibo culture.’
Profile and review on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/pachamama-temple-rao-niwe-nete/
- Hummingbird Healing Centre (Iquitos, Peru)
‘Running retreats since 2010, The Hummingbird Healing Center provides a beautiful safe, and supportive environment for your personal journey with ayahuasca. Located near Iquitos, Peru, we offer retreats of different lengths to meet your personal needs: 9 Days, 12 Days, or 2–4 weeks. All of our retreats include at least one San Pedro ceremony, the visionary cactus of the Andes that is an effective complement with ayahuasca. Our longer stays include a master plant dieta with a plant selected by our shaman depending on what you are looking to heal, address or learn.
Our ayahuasca ceremonies are led by a maestro with over 43 years of experience, and include teachings on mindfulness and shifting our thought patterns. Located on 42 acres of beautiful and tranquil rainforest, the center provides an idyllic environment for healing and personal transformation.’
Profile and reviews on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/hummingbird-healing-center/
- Spirit Vine Retreats (near Salvador, Brazil)
‘We are a non-profit and trans-denominational interfaith ayahuasca retreat center in Brazil dedicated to people who feel the call to connect with their essence at a deeper level. Our program is designed to guide each participant to find balance within themselves. Every detail of the retreat is carefully planned to re-establish the connection with your higher self.
In order to provide a proper set and setting we continuously maintain a clean and harmonious environment, that’s why our center is an alcohol-tobacco-drug-free zone. Safety is our main priority and being completely clean is the safest way to go deeper with ayahuasca.
Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the lush Atlantic forest, our retreats include ayahuasca ceremonies, spiritual workshops, yoga classes, comfortable accommodation with modern amenities, and a healthy vegan and vegetarian diet.’
Profile and reviews on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/spirit-vine-ayahuasca-retreat-center/
- Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Magic Mushrooms & Kambo Retreat Center (Cuenca, Ecuador)
‘Ecuador was picked because of its low expenses, safety, ease of entry for visitors (no shots or visas required, only your passport), and also for its gorgeous, magical, and natural settings. It is a perfect place for ayahuasca retreats, mosquito free too! Ecuadorian people are very friendly and helpful, “muy tranquilo!”
Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center is nestled in a small community called Llayzhatan (Yay-zat-an) in the Andes Mountains, very close to Jadan (Ha-dan) which means “Close to Heaven.” What a perfect place for exploring ayahuasca retreats and San Pedro retreats with authentic Ecuadorian shamans! Ecuador is quickly becoming a new destination for ayahuasca retreats in South America.
Spirituality at Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat Center is varied and we honor all paths. You are not required to adhere to any specific religious or spiritual beliefs to visit Gaia Sagrada Ayahuasca Retreat center. You are able to be yourself! Ayahuasca retreats are open to all religions.’
Profile and reviews on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/gaia-sagrada-ayahuasca-san-pedro-retreat-center/
- Eagle Condor Alliance (Medellín, Colombia)
‘We fulfill the ancient prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor by uniting humanity around one fire with the sacred medicines. Together we create a new consciousness based on self-knowledge, love, and the ancestral memory that resides in each of us. Our mission is to liberate at risk land in the Amazon rainforest where our elders, traditions, and medicines come from. We dedicate revenue to land conservation to our elders in need.
We offer all of the sacred plants of the Americas in one powerful and rejuvenating 10 day retreat. Ayahuasca, San Pedro Cactus, and Sweat Lodge ceremonies each have their own unique spirit, tradition, and way of reconnecting us with ourselves. We believe that using these plants together in guided contexts creates the most profound and curative spiritual experience.’
Profile and reviews on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/eagle-condor-alliance-colombia/
- Rythmia (Costa Rica)
‘Awaken to your highest potential through the Rythmia Way program. Ayahuasca ceremonies, yoga, metaphysics classes, hydrocolonic cleanses, transformational breathwork, massage and farm-to-table organic food in a luxurious all-inclusive resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.’
Profile and reviews on Aya Advisors: https://ayaadvisors.org/listings/rythmia-life-advancement-center/
- Soltara (Costa Rica)
‘With a belief in the need to encompass the emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects of healing, our mission is to empower each guest to bridge the gap between mind, body, and spirit and become more fully embodied, integrated, and connected versions of themselves. Working with the Amazonian plant medicine ayahuasca under the guidance of indigenous Peruvian Shipibo healers, we collaborate with clinical psychologists who have extensive plant medicine experience to support a uniquely integrative approach to healing.’
Profile and reviews on Retreat Guru: https://retreat.guru/centers/363-1/soltara-healing-center
- The MAPS Psychedelic Integration List (global, including US, UK, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Australia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine & France-based)
‘A resource of individuals and organizations in the mental health field who help people integrate past psychedelic experiences.’ (Many indicate they offer remote counselling).
- Institute of Psychedelic Therapy Integration List (UK-based)
‘A database of UK based counsellors and psychotherapists that offer one to one and group support for integrating psychedelic experiences. None of the listed practitioners offer psychedelic psychotherapy.’ (Most indicate they offer remote counselling).
- Psychedelic.support (US & Canada-based)
‘Our network consists of leaders in clinical trials of psychedelic-assisted therapies and board certified therapists and medical doctors. They are ready, willing, and able to help you now. Please be respectful of these professionals, do not ask for illegal substances (LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, etc.) or referrals to underground practitioners.’
Christian Leip (Germany-based and online)
Bio-dynamic body psychotherapy, bio-release massage, men’s circles & psychedelic integration. German and English speaking. ‘My range of methods of therapeutic and healing work is diverse. In my individual sessions as well as in groups and seminars, I am a sensitive, professional companion. I experience my work as a profession in the sense of a calling. It fills me with deep satisfaction and love when I can help a soul, a person or a relationship to become healed again.’
MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS, BREATHWORK & YOGA
Organisations & Institutions
- The Minded Institute, London (UK & online)
‘The Minded Institute is a world-leader in providing yoga therapy education to yoga and health professionals to work with mental and physical health conditions. The Institute is known for working at the interface between yoga therapy, mindfulness, neurophysiology, psychotherapy principles, and evidence based practice.’
Their founder, Heather Mason, frequently offers free online videos and tutorials on managing anxiety through breathwork and they offer simple online courses for anyone interested in using yoga and breathwork to manage anxiety and depression.
We’ve studied here — ask us.
- The London Buddhist Centre (UK & online)
‘At the London Buddhist Centre we teach meditation and Buddhism in a way that is relevant to contemporary life.’
They offer free daily meditation classes — including online — as well as a whole range of courses and workshops, largely subsidised by donations. There offer free education videos to help anyone new to meditation take their first steps towards developing a practice.
YouTube channel (which includes free guided meditations): https://www.youtube.com/c/londonbuddhistcentre/featured
- Kripalu (US & online)
‘The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is a non-profit organization that operates a health and yoga retreat in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. ‘For five decades, Kripalu has been a national leader in yoga- and mindfulness-based education. As an educational nonprofit, Kripalu teaches skills for optimal living through experiential education for the whole person; body, mind, and spirit. Our purpose? To ignite personal and societal transformation.’ Offers residential retreats and trainings as well as online offerings covering everything from yoga, meditation and Qi Gong to Ayurvedic cooking, creative expression and inspiring talks by speakers such as Elizabeth Gilbert.
- The Yoga Nidra Network (UK & online)
‘Yoga nidra is a great treasure, a potent meditative resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. It’s a state of consciousness in which we are invited to re-encounter the essential truth of who we really are. Yoga nidra provides us with the opportunity to experience deep freedom. It welcomes us all home to ourselves.’
Yoga nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as “yogic sleep” or “effortless relaxation”. It’s usually practiced lying down with a teacher guiding the session. The Yoga Nidra Network’s events and workshops — online as well as in person — are open to everyone, irrespective of previous experience of yoga or yoga nidra. Its website is also packed with free resources, including free guide yoga nidra sessions you can stream, with uploads in more than 20 languages.
We’ve studied here — ask us.
- Himalayan Institute (India, US and Cameroon, Africa & online)
‘A world leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, the Himalayan Institute is a non-profit international organization dedicated to serving humanity through educational, spiritual, and humanitarian programs. The Himalayan Institute exemplifies the spiritual heritage of mankind that unites East and West, spirituality and science, ancient wisdom, and modern technology.’ Offering retreats, trainings and online courses.
We’ve studied in this yoga lineage — ask us.
- International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres (global, including India, US & Europe & online)
‘The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres organisation with locations around the world is dedicated to the teaching of classical yoga and vedanta to promote physical, mental and spiritual health. The Organisation is recognised internationally as one of the most important and authentic yoga institutions in the world. A global network of Ashrams and City Centres offer teachings on all aspects of yoga and meditation-including our world-renowned teacher training courses-yogic studies including raja yoga and vedanta and sacred culture programmes.’
We’ve been here — ask us.
Yoga Travel & Retreats
There are a host of great websites that act as directories and review sites for searching for your ideal yoga retreat anywhere in the world. Here are some examples:
https://queenofretreats.com/yoga-retreats-2022/ (guide to best yoga retreats for solo travellers)
- Bringing Yoga to Life, by Donna Farhi
Internationally renowned and bestselling author Donna Farhi moves yoga practice beyond the mat into our everyday lives, restoring the tradition’s intended function as a complete, practical philosophy for daily living. Expanding upon the teachings of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the core text of the yoga tradition, Donna Farhi describes yoga’s transforming power as a complete life practice, far beyond its common reduction to mere exercise routine or stress management. This is the philosophy of yoga as a path to a deeper awareness of self. Drawing upon her years of teaching with students, Farhi guides readers through all the pitfalls and promises of navigating a spiritual practice.
- The Science of Yoga, by William J Broad
A lead science writer for The New York Times — and lifelong yoga practitioner — examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex, weight loss, healing, and creativity. He reveals what is real and what is illusory, in the process exposing moves that can harm or even kill. A New York Times bestseller.
- The Bhagavad Gita, translation and commentary by Eknath Easwaran
A Hindu scripture and one of the key ancient yoga texts, its teachings having plenty of relevance today. Easwaran’s best-selling translation is reliable, readable, and profound. His 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, presents key concepts, and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings.
- Yoga As Medicine by Dr Timothy McCall
The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from the medical editor of the country’s premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician. Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it (virtually everyone!); and provides lavishly illustrated and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice geared to your fitness level and your health status.
- The Healing Power of the Breath by Dr Richard Brown and Dr Patricia Gerbarg
Millions suffer from mood problems and stress-related issues like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. Far too many of them are taking medications that have troublesome side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and disappointing success rates. In The Healing Power of the Breath, Dr. Richard P. Brown and Dr. Patricia L. Gerbarg — who have worked with survivors of 9/11 and the Asian tsunami — provide a different way to treat stress: breathing. Drawn from yoga, Buddhist meditation, the Chinese practice of qigong, and other sources, their science-backed methods activate communication pathways between the mind and body to positively impact the brain and calm the stress response. Complete with an audio download, this book gives you the coping tools you need to lead a calmer, more stress–free life.
- The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof
‘Wim Hof has a message for each of us: “You can literally do the impossible. You can overcome disease, improve your mental health and physical performance, and even control your physiology so you can thrive in freezing temperatures.” With The Wim Hof Method, this trailblazer of human potential shares a method that anyone can use — not just extreme athletes or spiritual masters — to supercharge your capacity for strength, health, and happiness.
n his gripping and passionate style, Hof shares the story of how he developed his method, along with testimonials and new insights from the university research studies on its amazing results. With guidance suited for any reader — young or old, sick or healthy — you’ll learn how to harness three key elements of Cold, Breathing, and Mindset to take charge of your own mind and metabolism.’
‘Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.’
- Making Sense with Sam Harris
‘Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores some of the most pressing and controversial questions of our time. Making Sense was selected by Apple as one of the “iTunes Best” and has won a Webby Award for best podcast in the Science & Education category.’’
‘Andrea Ferretti spent more than a decade as an editor at Yoga Journal interviewing inspiring yoga teachers, creative thinkers, and wellness experts. Now, on Yogaland, Andrea talks to insightful people about all things related to yoga and the path of self-awareness. From how yoga is being used in schools, to how it rewires our brains, to nitty gritty anatomy advice, to the simple ways it helps us navigate emotions. Yogaland is a dose of weekly inspiration that focuses on creating a happy, healthy, meaningful life.’
‘Get happy. Stress less. Sleep soundly. Headspace is your guide to mindfulness for your everyday life. Learn meditation and mindfulness skills from world-class experts like Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, and choose from hundreds of guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, focus, and mind-body health. Build your practice your way with meditations for every experience level and lifestyle — including short, 3-minute sessions that fit seamlessly into a busy schedule.’
Subscription-based service: https://www.headspace.com/
- Waking Up by Sam Harris
‘Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. He has also practiced meditation for more than 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad. Sam has created the Waking Up App for anyone who wants to learn to meditate in a modern, scientific context.’
Calm is one of the most popular apps for sleep, anxiety reduction and meditation. There is some free content, and you can unlock more with a subscription.
- Insight Timer
‘With 80,000 free guided meditations you can meditate on Insight Timer for as long as you want without ever paying a cent. Most meditation apps say they’re free but the reality is quite different; once the starter pack finishes they quickly lock you out. We offer the largest free library of guided meditations on earth and the world’s most loved meditation Timer, for free.’
- Wim Hof Method
Intuitive, developed with user feedback, and jam-packed with features, the WHM app is the ultimate companion to your practice. Get the free base version, or subscribe to unlock a wealth of premium features.
View instructional videos for breathing, cold shower, and several yoga exercises; time your exercises with the stopwatch; log your results with the interactive calendar; view your progress with an intuitive visual graph; earn badges for unlocking achievements.
Websites & Streaming Platforms
- Tara Brach
Psychologist and Buddhist teacher Tara Brach offers a large number of guided meditations on her website: https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/
Her guide to working with difficult emotions: https://www.tarabrach.com/articles-interviews/rain-workingwithdifficulties/
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) offers a non-spiritual approach to meditation.
Mindfulness: An Introduction — video: https://youtu.be/xeCXhXDkzpw
Guided CDs: http://www.mindfulnesscds.com/
This subscription service offers content covering everything from yoga to meditation, transformational workshops and documentaries on healing more broadly, covering everything from psychedelics to Ayurveda .‘Answer life’s deeper questions and go beyond the mainstream narrative with Gaia — a member-supported media network of truth seekers and believers empowering an evolution of consciousness. Explore over 8,000 ad-free, streaming titles that challenge modern paradigms and allow you to manifest the reality that defines your being.’
SELF-DEVELOPMENT, WELLBEING & SPIRITUALITY
Healing / Trauma
- When the Body Says No by Dr Gabor Maté
‘Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author’s decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases.’
- In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Dr Gabor Maté
‘Dr Gabor Maté is one of the world’s most revered thinkers on the psychology of addiction, takes a holistic and compassionate approach to addiction, whether to alcohol, drugs, sex, money or anything self-destructive. He presents it not as a discrete phenomenon confined to a weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs through (and even underpins) our society; not as a medical ‘condition’, but rather the result of a complex interplay of personal history, emotional development and brain chemistry. Blending personal stories and science with positive solutions, will change how you see yourself, others and the world.’
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
‘The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. One of the world’s experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.’
- It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle by Mark Wolynn
‘Depression. Anxiety. Chronic Pain. Phobias. Obsessive thoughts. The evidence is compelling: the roots of these difficulties may not reside in our immediate life experience or in chemical imbalances in our brains but in the lives of our parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. The latest scientific research, now making headlines, supports what many have long intuited that traumatic experience can be passed down through generations. It Didn’t Start With You is a transformative approach to resolving longstanding difficulties that in many cases, traditional therapy, drugs, or other interventions have not had the capacity to touch.’
‘You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher and chiropractor Dr Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology and genetics to show you what is truly possible.’
- You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Dr Joe Dispenza
‘In You Are the Placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza explores the history, the science and the practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. The many amazing cases studies will empower you to personally use ‘the expectation of a particular outcome’ to alter your internal states — as well as external reality — solely through the action of your mind. This book offers the necessary understandings to change old beliefs and perceptions into new , and teaches a model of personal transformation that correlates with the placebo effect, without the need for any external influences.’
- Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them by Louise L. Hay
‘World-renowned teacher, Louise L. Hay has helped to heal and inspire millions of people worldwide. She was diagnosed with cancer more than 20 years ago and used the methods she describes in Heal Your Body to cure herself. Hay simply explains how our attitude to life and the language we use cause our ailments. Using her simple and practical techniques, you will be surprised to discover patterns in your own ailments that reveal a lot about yourself. Just look up your illness or health challenge, and then find the right affirmation to break the pattern.’
- Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh
‘If you’re tired of just managing your anxiety and want a powerful natural solution, then apply the ‘Dare’ technique as explained in Barry McDonagh’s latest book. Based on hard science and over 10 years helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh shares his most effective technique. The DARE technique can be used by everyone, regardless of age or background, to live a life free from anxiety or panic attacks.’
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine
‘Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed. Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them.’
- Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It by Kamal Ravikant
‘The bestselling self-published phenomenon addressing our urgent need for self-love in the world today. Kamal Ravikant knows misery well. In 2011, the company Kamal had spent the last ten years of his life nurturing and growing, suddenly and embarrassingly went under. He experienced a profound depression, the kind that made him physically ill and bedridden. The only source of light in this darkest moment was a meditation, a chant that came to him and provided the only source of comfort he could muster: I love myself.
Kamal began his transformational journey by repeating this over and over to himself. I love myself. I love myself. I love myself. Even when he didn’t believe it (especially when he didn’t believe it).This meditation grew in the form of a system of tools for keeping him positive, balanced, and moving forward. Kamal’s spiritual healing changed his physical and emotional states, and his entire person shifted for the better. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It is the powerful story of Kamal’s radical self-growth journey and his specific practice for readers.’
Women’s Health & Wellbeing
- Wild Power by Alexandra Pope and Sjane Hugo Wurlitzer
‘The menstrual cycle is a vital and vitalizing system in the female body, yet our understanding of and respect for this process is both limited and distorted. Few women really know about the physiology of their cycle, and many do not see it as an integral part of their health and wellbeing, let alone as a potential guide to emotional and spiritual empowerment. Written with humour, tenderness and practicality, and packed with women’s stories and quotes throughout, Wild Power will restore women to wholeness and reinstate the full majesty and grace of the Feminine.’
- Burning Woman by Lucy Pearce
‘Burning Woman is a breath-taking and controversial woman’s journey through history — personal and cultural — on a quest to find and free her own power from Amazon bestselling author Lucy H. Pearce. Uncompromising and all-encompassing, Pearce uncovers the archetype of the Burning Women of days gone by — Joan of Arc and the witch trials, through to the way women are burned today in cyber bullying, acid attacks, shaming and burnout, fearlessly examining the roots of Feminine power — what it is, how it has been controlled, and why it needs to be unleashed on the world during our modern Burning Times.’
- Medicine Woman: Reclaiming the Soul of Healing by Lucy Pearce
‘Medicine Woman is the sister book to Burning Woman and Creatrix from Amazon bestselling author, Lucy H. Pearce. This audacious questioning of the current medical system’s ability to deal with the modern epidemic of chronic illness, combines a raw personal memoir of sickness and healing, woven through with voices of dozens of other long-term sick women of the world and a feminine cultural critique that digs deep into the roots of patriarchal medicine. Pearce takes us from its ancient Greek roots, through the influences of the Enlightenment and Christianity, the wholesale destruction of the wise woman tradition and Western colonial destruction of native medicines to the current technocratic, capitalist model of medicine. Packed with dozens of healing arts exercises and hundreds of medicine questions to help integrate body and mind in the healing process.’
- Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski PhD
‘Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist — but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all.
The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others’ experiences. Because women vary, and that’s normal.’
- Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
‘One of the world’s most respected voices on erotic intelligence, Esther Perel offers a bold, provocative new take on intimacy and sex. Mating in Captivity invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist, Perel examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Through case studies and lively discussion, Perel demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships.’
- The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
‘In The Mastery of Love, don Miguel illuminates the fear-based beliefs and assumptions that undermine love and lead to suffering and drama in our relationships. Using insightful stories to bring his message to life, he shows us how to heal our emotional wounds, recover the freedom and joy that are our birthright, and restore the spirit of playfulness that is vital to loving relationships.’
- The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
‘What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you’re a man reading this, you’ve undoubtedly asked yourself these questions — but you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now. In The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida explores the most important issues in men’s lives — from career and family to women and intimacy to love and spirituality and relationships — to offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.’
- Intimate Communion: Awakening Your Sexual Essence by David Deida
‘David Deida, internationally known for his work in personal growth and intimate relationships, shares the deep understandings and effective techniques that he has refined through his 20 years of consultation, research and spiritual practice. Learn how to keep your relationships growing — beyond the sexually neutralized roles so typical of today — and create a relationship that is spiritually erotic, sexually deep and passionately committed to love.’
- Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá
‘Since Darwin’s day, we’ve been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science — as well as religious and cultural institutions — has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man’s possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman’s fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing. Fewer and fewer couples are getting married, and divorce rates keep climbing as adultery and flagging libido drag down even seemingly solid marriages.
How can reality be reconciled with the accepted narrative? It can’t be, according to renegade thinkers Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá. While debunking almost everything we “know” about sex, they offer a bold alternative explanation in this provocative and brilliant book.’
- Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Dr Gabor Maté
‘Children take their lead from their friends: being ‘cool’ matters more than anything else. Shaping values, identity and codes of behaviour, peer groups are often far more influential than parents. But this situation is far from natural, and it can be dangerous — it undermines family cohesion, interferes with healthy development, and fosters a hostile and sexualized youth culture. Children end up becoming conformist, anxious and alienated.In Hold on to Your Kids, acclaimed physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté joins forces with Gordon Neufeld, a psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting. Together they pinpoint the causes of this breakdown and offer practical advice on how to ‘reattach’ to sons and daughters, establish the hierarchy at home, make children feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love. This updated edition also addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media.’
- The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller
‘Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents’ expectations and win their “love.” Alice Miller writes, “When I used the word ‘gifted’ in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb…. Without this ‘gift’ offered us by nature, we would not have survived.” But merely surviving is not enough. The Drama of the Gifted Child helps us to reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.’
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
‘The Four Agreements was published in 1997 and has sold around 10 million copies. It has been on the New York Times Bestselling list for almost a decade. Everything we do is based on agreements we have made — agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves. In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.’
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Since its first publication, The Artist’s Way has inspired the genius of Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferriss, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and millions of readers to embark on a creative journey and find a deeper connection to process and purpose. Julia Cameron guides readers in uncovering problems and pressure points that may be restricting their creative flow and offers techniques to open up opportunities for growth and self-discovery. A revolutionary programme for personal renewal, The Artist’s Way will help get you back on track, rediscover your passions, and take the steps you need to change your life.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
‘Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container — more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.’
- Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl
‘Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful.’
- Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet by Meggan Watterson
‘The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we’ve come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary’s gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains.
A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse-and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Mary’s gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a “true human being”- that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul. And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what’s more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within.’
- Becoming Supernatural by Dr Joe Dispenza
‘What would it mean to become supernatural? What if you could tune in to frequencies beyond our material world… change your brain chemistry to access transcendent levels of awareness… create a new future… and
transform your very biology to enable profound healing? This is what Dr. Joe Dispenza offers in this revolutionary book: a body of knowledge and a set of tools that allow ordinary people-people just like you-to reach extraordinary states of being.’
‘“Believing that something is wrong with us is a deep and tenacious suffering,” says Tara Brach at the start of this illuminating book. This suffering emerges in crippling self-judgments and conflicts in our relationships, in addictions and perfectionism, in loneliness and overwork — all the forces that keep our lives constricted and unfulfilled. Radical Acceptance offers a path to freedom, including the day-to-day practical guidance developed over Dr. Brach’s twenty years of work with therapy clients and Buddhist students. Tara Brach brings her teachings alive through personal stories and case histories, fresh interpretations of Buddhist tales, and guided meditations. Step by step, she leads us to trust our innate goodness, showing how we can develop the balance of clear-sightedness and compassion that is the essence of Radical Acceptance.’
- The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
‘Alan Watts asks what is the cause of the illusion that the self is a separate ego, housed in a bag of skin, and which confronts a universe of physical objects that are alien to it. Rather a person’s identity (their ego) binds them to the physical universe, creating a relationship with their environment and other people. The separation of the self and the physical world leads to the misuse of technology and the attempt to violently subjugate man’s natural environment, leading to its destruction.
Explaining man’s role in the universe as a unique expression of the total universe, and interdependent on it, Alan Watts offers a new understanding of personal identity. It reveals the mystery of existence, presenting and alternative to the feelings of alienation that is prevalent in Western society, and a vision of how we can come to understand the cosmic self that is within every living thing.’
- A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson
‘Recently updated by the author — the bestselling spiritual guide in which Marianne Williamson shares her reflections on A Course in Miracles and her insights on the application of love in the search for inner peace. Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives. Whether psychic pain is in the area of relationships, career, or health, she shows us how love is a potent force, the key to inner peace, and how by practicing love we can make our own lives more fulfilling while creating a more peaceful and loving world for our children.’
- Power Vs Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour by Dr David R Hawkins
‘Building on the accumulated wisdom of applied kinesiology (diagnostic muscle-testing to determine the causes of allergies and ailments) and behavioral kinesiology (muscle-testing to determine emotional responses to stimuli), David R. Hawkins MD, PhD has taken muscle-testing to the next level, in an effort to determine what makes people and systems strong, healthy, effective and spiritually sound. Power vs. Force has become a spiritual classic and massively influential across the world. Now, Dr Hawkins reflects on his teachings and provides the definitive update on this timeless text. The whole book has been rewritten with the insights of decades of experience since original publication. This book is a must have for anyone who hasn’t discovered the power of Dr Hawkins’ work or for those who want to deepen their sense of his unique vision for health, happiness and healing.’
‘“Health has become overcomplicated. I aim to simplify it”
‘In this podcast, we hear stories from leading health experts and exciting personalities who offer easy health life-hacks, expert advice and debunk common health myths giving you the tools to revolutionise how you eat, sleep, move and relax. Hosted by Dr Chatterjee — one of the most influential GPs in the UK with nearly 20 years experience, star of BBC 1’s Doctor In the House, and author of international best-selling book ‘The 4 Pillar Plan’ — Feel Better, Live More aims to inspire, empower and transform the way we feel.’
Since its launch in January 2018, the ‘Feel Better, Live More’ podcast has grown rapidly to become the Number 1 health podcast in the UK & Europe. It regularly tops the Apple Podcast charts and over half a million people watch and listen each week.
- Esther Perel podcasts
Where Should We Begin — ‘Our original audio series takes you into the antechamber of intimate moments. Here we learn, explore, and experience alongside the couples who have been gracious enough to let us in.’
How’s Work? — The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives — both at home and at work. All the relational habits you built in life don’t immediately disappear the moment you walk in the office door. My new podcast brings new perspective to the invisible forces that shape workplace connections.’
Emotional Freedom Technique or ‘tapping’ as it’s also called is a holistic healing technique based on Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. It involves tapping with the fingertips on specific acupressure points of the body to calm the nervous system and restore the balance of energy. Nick Ortner is credited with bringing Tapping into the mainstream with his book The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living.
‘We share information designed to change your life. Whether you’re new to EFT Tapping, or an old hand, you’ll find simple, inspiring information to brighten your day, motivate you, and help you live your best life.’
‘Research professor Dr. Brené Brown’s podcast sees the expert in communication, connection and courage speak with famous faces from Dolly Parton to Barack Obama on topics like leadership, family and the importance of relationships.’
‘British TV presenter Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them. With two decades of TV interviewing under her belt, Fearne is an expert at extracting insights, reflections and actionable self-care tips from guests, including Paloma Faith, Tom Daley and Dawn French. If you only listen to one, make it the episode with Game Of Thrones actor Lena Headey, who talks with knowing clarity about living with depression.’
‘Since publishing his book by the same name, Dr Rupy Aujla has become one of the frontrunners in the ‘food as medicine’ movement. Already working as a doctor in the NHS, he’s now teaching a culinary medicine course to medical students at Bristol University. His podcast is packed with the same passion as his recipes. Covering a broad range of subjects such as nutritional medicine, mental wellbeing and mindset, you are sure to learn actionable tips and principles to lead your best life.’
‘Ever questioned the purpose of small talk? Or yearned to learn how to stop caring what people think of you? Jay Shetty’s purpose is to make wisdom go viral. On Purpose podcast features fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world (past guests include Jennifer Lopez, Wim Hoff, Dr Joe Dispenza, 50 Cent and Alicia Keys).’
Coaching & Guidance
Alexander Faubel (German & English, also offered remotely)
(New website coming soon)
Christian Leip (German and English speaking; Germany-based and online)
Bio-dynamic body psychotherapy, bio-release massage, men’s circles & psychedelic integration. ‘My range of methods of therapeutic and healing work is diverse. In my individual sessions as well as in groups and seminars, I am a sensitive, professional companion. I experience my work as a profession in the sense of a calling. It fills me with deep satisfaction and love when I can help a soul, a person or a relationship to become healed again.’
Human Design readings with Justus at Hypnodesign (English; online readings offered)
‘Human design is the amazing synthesis of age-old esoteric and modern scientific interpretations of the world, including the 3,000 year old Chinese divination system, the the I-Ching, the Ancient Vedic Chakra system from India, western Astrology, numerology, genetics and particle physics. With Human Design you discover what makes you different from everyone else. It offers profound insights into your psychology, along with strategies and techniques for making correct decisions and ultimately leading to a life of more ease and fulfillment.’
‘A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. He is currently writing his next book, The Myth of Normal: Illness and Health in an Insane Culture, out in late 2021. Gabor is also co-developer of a therapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by hundreds of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others internationally. Website includes his schedule of live events and workshops as well as details of trainings and courses.
‘Director of The Family Constellation Institute in San Francisco, Mark is a world leader in the field of Inherited Family Trauma. A bestselling author and sought-after lecturer, he teaches at hospitals, clinics, conferences, universities, and teaching centers around the world, including the University of Pittsburgh, JFK University, Western Psychiatric Institute, Kripalu, The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. His book IT DIDN’T START WITH YOU: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle (Viking/Penguin) is the winner of the 2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award in psychology, and has been translated into 19 languages. Mark provides education and training to trauma therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals, coaches, counselors, educators, physicians and other health practitioners. He specializes in working with depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, fears, panic disorders, self-injury, chronic pain and persistent symptoms and conditions.’ Website includes his schedule of live events as well details of how to book a private session.
‘Bessel van der Kolk MD spends his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults. He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns. His efforts resulted in the establishment of the Trauma Research Foundation, which specializes in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applied treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.’ Website includes his schedule of live events as well as free online resources.
‘Tapping is also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It is a powerful holistic healing technique that resolves a range of issues. It’s based on the combined principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. The basic Tapping technique requires you to focus on a negative emotion at hand. This can be a fear, a worry, a bad memory, or any unresolved problem. You do this while maintaining your mental focus on this issue. Then you use your fingertips to tap 5–7 times on 9 specific meridian points of the body. Tapping on these meridian endpoints, while addressing the root cause of distress, sends a calming signal to the brain. This allows you to feel relaxed and in control. After 540,000 plays of our “Releasing Anxiety” Tapping meditation the average reported reduction of anxiety was 41% in just 9 minutes.’ Website includes free resources and details of online and DVD trainings.
‘Dr Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a Doctor of Chiropractic. His post graduate training includes the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) measurements, epigenetics, mind-body medicine, and brain/heart coherence. As a researcher, lecturer, author, and corporate consultant, his interest lies in demystifying the mystical so that people have all the tools within their reach to make measurable changes in their lives.’ Website includes his schedule of live events and workshops as well as online resources.
‘“You are not your mind.”’ Eckhart Tolle is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring and visionary spiritual teachers in the world today. With his international bestsellers, The Power of Now and A New Earth — translated into 52 languages — he has introduced millions to the joy and freedom of living life in the present moment. The New York Times has described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”, and in 2011, Watkins Review named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world”. Eckhart’s profound, yet simple teachings have helped countless people around the globe experience a state of vibrantly alive inner peace in their daily lives. His teachings focus on the significance and power of Presence, the awakened state of consciousness, which transcends ego and discursive thinking. Eckhart sees this awakening as the essential next step in human evolution.’ Website includes his schedule of live events as well as free online resources.