Below you will find an evolving list of reading materials and other resources - including teachers, people and organizations that have inspired me along the way.




Cultural Survival QuarterlyThis is the magazine of Cultural Survival, an organization that for more than 40 years has partnered with indigenous peoples from around the world to protect their lands, languages and cultures. An indispensable resource for those concerned with the rights of traditional people.

Davis, Wade. The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, House of Anansi Press, 2009. Anthropologist and explorer Wade Davis makes an impassioned plea for the preservation of the remaining indigenous cultures in the world. He shares that the rate of extinction is vaster and more rapid than the loss of any animal or plant species.

Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World,  Pantheon Books, 1996

Glendinning, Chellis. My Name Is Chellis & I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization, Shambhala Publications, 1994

Jensen, Derrick. A Language Older Than Words, Context Books, 2000. A Culture of Make Believe. 

Prechtel, Martín. Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Tarcher, 1998. All of Martin’s books speak eloquently for the indigenous soul.

Shepard, Paul. Traces of an Omnivore, Island Press, 1996

Somé, Malidoma. Of Water and the Spirit, Tarcher, 1994. 

Williams, Terry Tempest. Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Vintage, 2009. Her new book is poignant and painful. A work of courage. When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice, Terry, once again, offers a lyrical tale of reclaiming her voice following the death of her mother. It is of great value in these times when all our voices are needed to address the wrongs being done in our world.

Mate, Gabor. When the Body Says No. Simply brilliant. 

Andrew Harvey. The Hope.

Alice Walker. Everything We Love Can be Saved.

Tara Broch. Radical Acceptance.

Luis Rodriguez. Always Running.

Francis La Flesche. The Middle Five.

Rupert Ross. Return to the Teachings.

Barry Brailsford. 

Eckhart Tolle. A New Earth.

Francis Weller. The Wild Edge of Sorrow. 

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Barking at the Choir. Beautiful heart wrenching stories of heart, compassion and healing from his 30 years working with gang members through Homeboy Industries. 


Martin Prechtel

Joanna Macy

Sobonfu Some

Deena Metzger

Stephen Jenkinson

Michael Meade


The Ojai Foundation

Amala Foundation

Quail Springs Permaculture

School of Lost Borders

Beyond Boundaries

Weaving Earth

Ways of Council

The Mana Project


This is an incomplete list... I am sure I have forgotten many important teachers, writers, books, communities and organizations. If you have a suggestion or reminder, please help me remember. 

“It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.”
— Desmond Tutu