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Human Permaculture

Principles for Ecological and Social Life Design
$29.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication Date: September, 2020
ISBN: 9780865719316
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Harness the power of permaculture to change yourself and become a regenerative force for the planet.

As climate change, ecological decline, and social breakdown start to bite, people expect that governments will solve our problems. Yet this belief has proven to be false. Rather than looking to others, changes must come from the inside out: transforming the "I" to "we," changing the world by changing ourselves, and re-establishing our deep connection to nature.

Human Permaculture is a powerful, forward-thinking guide that uses permaculture principles of ecological design rooted in people care, Earth care, and fair share for redesigning your life and community to align with the resources available on the planet.

Richly illustrated and inspiring, Human Permaculture offers specific actions and tools for adopting an ethical, regenerative way of life. Coverage includes:

  • Human permaculture principles
  • A nine-step ecological and social life design process
  • Discovering your personal niche
  • Stimulating the permaculture "edge effect" to work with others in efficient teams
  • Rediscovering our deep connections to water, soil, forests, and caring for nature.

This guide is for everyone who wants to find their own meaning in life, put their talents at the service of the environment, live ethically, and navigate the great transition we face in a future of climate change and energy decline.

Bernard Alonso is co-founder of the Collaborative International University of Transition and a human permaculture facilitator, speaker, coach, and project designer. He lives in Quebec, Canada. www.permacultureinternationale.org

Ccile Guiochon is a French journalist and holder of a Permaculture Design Certificate. She co-founded KerWatt, which develops citizen projects renewable energy in Brittany, France. www.e-ker.org

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Civilized to Death

The Price of Progress
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August, 2020
ISBN: 9781451659115
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Most of us have a sense that something’s not right—balmy December days, catastrophic fires and floods, a world at constant war, political systems in disarray, pandemic lockdown. Some misinformation is repeated so often it acquires the sheen of obvious truth: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.

Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these precivilized dangers really much worse than modern scourges, such as car accidents, social isolation, worsening natural disasters, and rising deaths by Covid, cancer, suicide, and cardiovascular disease?  The lives of our foraging forebears, it turns out, were far from nasty, brutish, and short—despite what we’ve been led to believe. On the contrary, today’s “enlightened” societies have much to learn from our “primitive” ancestors.

At a time when our health, our society, and our planet all feel increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species’ true nature is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization—and its costs.

“Why hasn't the brain’s remarkable intelligence produced happier, healthier people, even in 'civilized' countries?  Christopher Ryan provides the answer in this provocative book. It demonstrates how people are being civilized to death, both literally and metaphorically. It presents a stark picture of how the human experiment may be winding down if not winding up. But it also provides some solutions, brilliant roadmaps that you will find nowhere else, neither in politician's utopian scenarios or futurists' speculations."Stanley Krippner, co-author of Personal Mythology

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Art of Plant-Based Cheesemaking, Second Edition

How to Craft Real, Cultured, Non-Dairy Cheese
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New Society
Publication Date: August, 2020
ISBN: 9780865719385
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Making real, full-flavored and richly textured cheese without the use of dairy has long remained a mystery until now! With step-by-step guidance from acknowledged master plant-based cheesemaker Karen McAthy, anyone can learn to craft authentic, delicious vegan cheese.

Drawing deep from the well of traditional cheesemaking but extending and developing the methods into plant-based ingredients, this new edition of the award-winning The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking is a lavishly illustrated, practical guide packed with step-by-step recipes and straightforward processes from beginner to advanced. Coverage includes:

  • Equipment, sanitation, food safety
  • Non-cultured beginner recipes through to advanced cultured cheeses
  • How to grow your own plant-based cultures, including rejuvelac, sprouting, fermentation, kefir, and probiotic capsules
  • Using emulsifiers, starches, and binders
  • Flavors, aging, rind curing, and working with molds
  • Troubleshooting tips and tricks
  • Updated step-by-step guidance and a detailed breakdown of the culturing process.

The Art of Plant-based Cheesemaking, 2nd edition makes incredible homemade vegan cheese accessible for beginners, aspiring DIY non-dairy cheesemakers, and serious foodies alike. The texture, the sharpness, the taste; you will be proud to serve up your creations.

Simply everything you need to make delicious non-dairy cheese right at home.

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Bigger Sky

Awakening a Fierce Feminine Buddhism
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2020
ISBN: 9781623174750
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Like all true spiritual teachings, Buddhism offers a radical shift: from me to we, fracture to unity, and fear to love. But like most institutionalized religions, Buddhism developed under systems of hierarchy, patriarchy, and power that have become interwoven into its structure.

Written by the first layperson to receive full Dharma Transmission in the Suzuki Roshi Soto Zen lineage, A Bigger Sky explores what it means to fill the gaps of a Buddhism created by and for men, to navigate the seemingly contradictory domains of secular and spiritual life, and to walk a path through the heart of the world. Reorienting Buddhist practice through a wider, more inclusive feminine lens, Pamela Weiss's personal and spiritual journey speaks to the bits of brokenness in us all, shining a light on the different pathways we can walk to become whole.

Blending memoir, Buddhist practice, and cultural observation, Weiss explores the illness that led her to seek healing and brought her to Buddhism; life at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery; feelings of helplessness amidst the legacy of intergenerational trauma; her husband's near-fatal accident; her work translating mindfulness and Buddhist principles to a broad lay audience; and stories of Buddhist women, past and present.

Through beautifully crafted prose, Weiss shares what it means to be an ordinary Bodhisattva—describing how the Buddha's profound vision of freedom can be lived outside of institutions and rule-bound practice, and supporting us in deepening our connection—with ourselves, each other and the planet. A Bigger Sky illuminates how integrating a more feminine approach to Buddhist teachings can be applied in spiritual practice, in community, in relationships, and in day-to-day life.

“This is a wise, beautiful book. As I was reading, I felt myself soften to the original source so lucidly described in her writing. You will, too.” —Allison Post, coauthor of The Gut Wellness Guide

“A beautiful and courageous book for those new to the world of meditation and for those seeking a fuller expression of how the path can unfold." —Matty Weingast, author of The First Free Women

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Songs of the Sons and Daughters of Buddha

Enlightenment Poems from the Theragatha and Therigatha
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July, 2020
ISBN: 9781611808223
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More than two thousand years ago, the earliest disciples of the Buddha put into verse their experiences on the spiritual journey—from their daily struggles to their spiritual realizations. Over time the verses were collected to form the Theragatha and Therigatha, the "Verses of Elder Monks" and "Verses of Elder Nuns" respectively.

I hunted the house builder, life after life

scouring this world and others

Now I’ve discovered

the house is impermanent

“You will not build another structure

the rafters are broken

     the roof collapsed

This mind has been blown asunder”

                   Sivaka

In Songs of the Sons and Daughters of the Buddha, renowned poets Andrew Schelling and Anne Waldman have translated the most poignant poems in these collections, bringing forth the visceral, immediate qualities that are often lost in more scholarly renditions. These selections reveal the fears, loves, mishaps, expectations, and joys of the early monks and nuns, when, struck by wild insight, they cried out the anguish or solace they knew in their lives.

Abandoning his house

mind just drifting

rooting his snout through mud

like an impatient hog

here comes the fool

flickering through yet another

     womb.

“How is it these songs are getting better, stronger, more alive than ever, more necessary than ever... or is it because I just need to hear them more than ever?”—Red Pine

“These are earthy, courageous translations of the most ancient Buddhist poems. How honest the struggle of these practitioners with death and lust and self-doubt (just like us); how beautiful their moments of release.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

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Finding the Still Point

A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July, 2020
ISBN: 9781611808452
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Through Zen meditation it is possible to find stillness of mind even amidst our everyday activities--and this book reveals how. With easy-to-understand instructions, practical lessons, and short-but-sweet tid-bits of useful information, beloved Zen master John Daido Loori shares the way of Zen meditation in terms that even those starting from the very beginning can understand. Guided audio instructions--available for download online--supplement the teachings throughout the book, giving beginners the tools they need to take that first step into Zen practice and meditation.

He covers the basics of where to sit (on a cushion, bench, or chair), how to posture the body (complete with instructional photographs), and how to practice Zen meditation to discover the freedom of a peaceful mind.

Most of us spend our time preoccupied. We are constantly carrying on an internal dialogue. While we are involved in talking to ourselves, we miss the moment-to-moment awareness of our life… Zazen brings us back to each moment. The moment is where our life takes place. If we miss the moment we miss our life.

The online audio companion has 10- and 30-minute timed practice sessions, along with guided instructions from Daido Loori and an encouraging talk on the benefits of meditation.

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Awakening in the Dream

Contact with the Divine
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9781524742027
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A UFO researcher suddenly comes into telepathic contact with the very beings he has been so avidly studying? What happens when tapes of these "readings" begin predicting the future with astonishing precision—and speaking about an incredible upcoming event in which all life in our solar system will undergo a spontaneous transfiguration?

David Wilcock is a master at weaving together cutting-edge alternative science, esoteric insider information, and his own personal experiences to reveal stunning truths about humanity, extraterrestrials, and the universe we share. In Awakening in the Dream, David again combines his extensive research, the Law of One series, new insider revelations, and his own connection with the divine to bring humanity closer to full disclosure than ever before—as well as help you activate your full potential on the eve of ascension.

A TV personality, filmmaker, lecturer, and consciousness expert, David Wilcock is the perfect person to guide readers through the hidden realities of our world. With its myriad information, anecdotes, "Big Picture" comparative analysis, and trustworthy messages channeled directly from the highest-level angelic sources, Awakening in the Dream promises to be his most astounding book yet.

For those of us who “do the homework” and prepare ourselves for this fascinating global transformation, our everyday lives will become indistinguishable from a lucid dream… We may well find ourselves awakening within the dream we once were so convinced was reality.

“David Wilcock is a leading thinker who makes a magnificent case...that a Golden Age is indeed within our grasp and can be brought into manifestation if only we choose to make it so.”—Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods

Previous books by David Wilcock include The Source Field Investigations, The Synchronicity Key, and The Ascension Mysteries.

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Good Chemistry

The Science of Connection, from Soul to Psychedelics
$34.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9780062862884
In stock now: 1

 

We are suffering an epidemic of disconnection that antidepressants and social media can’t fix. This state of isolation puts us in fight or flight mode, deranging sleep, metabolism and libido. What’s worse, we’re paranoid of others. This kill-or-be-killed framework is not a way to live. But, when we feel safe and loved, we can rest, digest, and repair. We can heal. And it is only in this state of belonging that we can open up to connection with others.

In this powerful book, psychiatrist Julie Holland helps us to understand the science of connection as revealed in human experiences from the spiritual to the psychedelic. The key is oxytocin—a neurotransmitter and hormone produced in our bodies that allows us to trust and bond. It fosters attachment between mothers and infants, romantic partners, friends, and even with our pets. There are many ways to reach this state of mental and physical wellbeing that modern medicine has overlooked. The implications for our happiness and health are profound.

We are looking for connection in all the wrong places and in the process, we’re losing our connection to ourselves, to one another, and to our communities. The epidemic of loneliness is causing a mental health crisis, driving up rates of addiction and suicide. Opioids, pharmaceuticals and technology all trick our brains into feeling connected though our bodies are not. Good Chemistry shows how to restore real connection to heal us, body and soul.

We can find oneness in meditation, in community, or in awe at the beauty around us. Another option: psychedelic medicines that can catalyze a connection with the self, with nature, or the cosmos. Good Chemistry points us on the right path to forging true and deeper attachments with our own souls, to one another, and even to our planet, helping us heal ourselves and our world.

Julie Holland is the editor of The Pot Book and Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. She is the medical monitor for several clinical research studies on treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, one using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and another examining the effects of various strains of cannabis.

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Healing Self

A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9780451495549
In stock now: 1

 

Deepak Chopra, a leader in the field of integrative medicine; and Rudolph Tanzi, the pioneering neuroscientist and discoverer of genes that cause Alzheimer's Disease… After their collaborations on the successful Super Brain and Super Genes books, they now present a groundbreaking work on the importance of our immune system in relation to our lifelong health.

In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics, pandemics, superbugs, and the accelerated aging process, the significance of achieving optimum health has never been more crucial—and the burden to achieve it now rests on individuals making the right lifestyle choices every day.

That means you. You—not doctors, not pharmaceutical companies—are ultimately responsible for your own health.

In The Healing Self they not only push the boundaries of the intellect to bring readers the newest research and insights on the mind-body, mind-gene, and mind-immunity connections, but they offer a cutting-edge, seven-day action plan, which outlines the key tools everyone needs to develop their own effective and personalized path to self-healing.

In addition, The Healing Self closely examines how we can best manage chronic stress and inflammation, which are immerging as the primary detriments of well-being. Moreover, Chopra and Tanzi turn their attention to a host of chronic disorders such as hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease, known to take years and sometimes decades to develop before the first symptoms appear. Contemporary medical systems aren't set to attend to prolonged low-grade chronic inflammation or the everyday infections and stresses that take their toll on the body and can lead to disease, aging, and death. Thus, learning the secrets of self-healing is not only urgent but mandatory for optimum health. The Healing Self then is a call to action, a proven, strategic program that will arm readers with the information they need to protect themselves and achieve lifelong wellness.

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Primer for Forgetting

Getting Past the Past
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: June, 2020
ISBN: 9781250619532
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Lewis Hyde, author of The Gift and Trickster Makes This World, offers a playful and inspiring defense of forgetfulness by exploring the healing effect it can have on the human psyche.

We live in a culture that prizes memory—how much we can store, the quality of what’s preserved, how we might better document and retain the moments of our life while fighting off the nightmare of losing all that we have experienced. But what if forgetfulness were seen not as something to fear—be it in the form of illness or simple absentmindedness—but rather as a blessing, a balm, a path to peace and rebirth?

A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism. It forges a new vision of forgetfulness by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a creative and political force. It also turns inward, using the authors own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.

What a relief to make a book whose free associations are happily foregrounded, a book that does not so much argue its point of departure as more simply sketch the territory I have been exploring, a book that I hope will both invite and provoke a reader’s own free reflections.

Drawing material from Hesiod to Jorge Luis Borges to Elizabeth Bishop to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from myths and legends to very real and recent traumas both personal and historical, A Primer for Forgetting is a unique and remarkable synthesis.

Aphorisms:

To study the self is to forget the self.

Every act of memory is an act of forgetting.

In forgetting lies the liquefaction of time.

We dream in order to forget.

Of the curious images in the book:

I was led to invent my own imaginary Museum of Forgetting and to stock it with works of art, each accompanied by explanatory wall text.