There is a huge selection of websites, books, and podcasts about psychology, healing, and personal & spiritual growth. These are some I recommend as particularly astute and insightful.

Ecopsychology Resources


Animas Valley Institute – founded in 1980 by clinical psychologist Bill Plotkin, Animas “...offers a rich assortment of journeys into the mysteries of nature and psyche, including Soulcraft™ intensives, contemporary vision fasts, and training programs for nature-based soul guides.” Signup available on their website for free newsletter with lots of inspiring information. They have a generous scholarship program available, especially for people from historically marginalized communities, folks under 35 years old, and those involved in creating cultural change. 


Ecology of Awakening  “ dedicated to supporting the sustained and embodied shift necessary to create resilient and thriving communities for future generations [with] programs that employ a unique framework weaving together cosmology, deep ecology, somatic resiliency work and other time-tested processes that usher us towards dissolving our borders and discovering our deepest belonging—to ourselves, to each other, to the Earth and to the greater mystery.” 


School of Lost Borders – “...offers vision fasts and rites of passage training which cultivate self-trust, responsibility, and understanding about ones' unique place within society and the natural world. Its programs provide guided opportunities, perspectives, teachings, and much needed self-reflection time in a non-judgmental yet challenging environment.” 


Mindfulness, Meditation, & Spiritual Growth 


Spiritrock – Buddhist meditation center in Marin County with frequent evening programs, workshops, and retreats on Insight Meditation (also known as vipassana or mindfulness). 


East Bay Meditation Center – “ an independent center located in downtown Oakland, offering meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, with attention to social action, multiculturalism, and the diverse populations of the East Bay and beyond.  Programs include meditation classes, daylong retreats, sitting groups, workshops, and classes.” 


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – free online version of the widely used and evidence-based 8-week MBSR course 

Living Myth Podcast – mythologist Michael Meade sharing timeless wisdom inspired by myths from around the world


Psychology & Healing Resources


Rick Hanson – neuroscience research on happiness, confidence, resilience with videos, audiobooks, podcast, and more. 


Nonviolent Communication (NVC)  helps people rethink and restructure the way in which they express themselves and listen to others, and is based in helping us identify what our needs are and be able to communicate those clearly. This form of communication can promote greater self-awareness and personal growth, and foster deeper interpersonal relationships. 

Great Books for Wholeness & Transformation

Relationships & Attachment 


Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships: Healing the Wound of the Heart John Welwood


Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and and Build a Secure Relationship  Stan Tatkin


Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love  Sue Johnson


When the Past is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage Our Relationships – David Richo


The Science of Trust: Emotional Attunement for Couples – John Gottman


Trauma Recovery

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and BodiesResmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW


Transforming Trauma: EMDR: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Freeing the Mind, Clearing the Body, and Opening the Heart – Dr. Laurel Parnell


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma  Bessel van der Kolk


Recovery from Trauma, Addiction, or Both: Strategies for Finding Your Best Self – Lisa Najavits

Anxiety & Depression


The Depression Book: Depression as an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth – Cheri Huber


The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness – Williams, Teasdale, Segal & Kabat-Zinn


Lost Connections: Why You're Depressed and How to Find Hope – Johann Hari


The Anxiety & Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution – Clark & Beck


The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook  Davis & Eshelman


Shame & Self-Esteem

The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love - Sonya Renee Taylor


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach


Healing the Core Wound of Unworthiness: The Gift of Redemptive Love – Adyashanti (audiobook only)


The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are  Brene Brown


Soul without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within – Byron Brown


Healing the Shame that Binds You  John Bradshaw


Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself  Kristin Neff

Mindfulness, Buddhist Psychology, & Neuroscience


Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life – John Kabat-Zinn


The Wise Heart – A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology – Jack Kornfield


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm & Confidence – Rick Hanson 


Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Change Your Life – Rick Hanson (Audiobook only)

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness Mark Epstein

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workbook – Stahl & Goldstein



Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy - Joanna Macy


Soulcraft: Crossing in the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche – Bill Plotkin


Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche  Bill Plotkin


Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World  Bill Plotkin


Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind  Roszak, Gomes & Kanner


Depth Psychology


Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World  Michael Meade


The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology & Sacred Psychology  Jean Houston


The Soul's Code: In Search of Character & Calling James Hillman


Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths & Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Clarissa Pinkola Estes


Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth & Sacredness in Everyday Life – Thomas Moore





Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life – Emily Nagoski


Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the 21st Century – Barbara Carrellas


Women's Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Treasure – Sheri Winston



The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love – Janet Hardy & Dossie Easton


Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships – Tristan Taormino


Psycho-Spiritual Inquiry


The Most Important Thing: Discovering Truth at the Heart of Life – Adyashanti

Loving What is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life – Byron Katie


When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times  Pema Chodron


Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life – Jack Kornfield

Psychedelic Integration


Consciousness Medicine: Indigenous Wisdom, Entheogens, and Expanded States of Consciousness for Healing and Growth – Francoise Bourzat


The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys – James Fadiman

Other Recommendations

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up - James Hollis


Tapping In: A Step by Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation – Dr. Laurel Parnell


Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life – Marshall Rosenberg


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert


A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life: Self-Expression and Spiritual Practice for Those Who Have Time for Neither – Nina Wise