Ordering Books & CD's

Below is a list of books and CDs that we recommend people read. Many of these we have people read before or when they initially stay with us. We consider these books to be the most refined, inspirational, and masterful teachings we've found about various aspects of GaiaYoga Culture. There are a few novels and autobiographies, but most are extremely practical teachings that you can apply in your own life. We hope you find value in them.

True Human Freedom: The Inspiration and Argument for GaiaYoga Culture, by Ano Tarletz Hanamana, Pan Piper Press, 2016. Paperback, $15, ebook $10.
(Bulk discounts available.)

How do you explain to a fish that doesn't realize why something just doesn't seem quite right and has swum in the same water it's whole life, that the water itself is polluted and poisoning him? How can you create a desire in that fish to do what it really needs to do which is not to find more fish to hunt or bigger fins or more offspring to scratch this ineffible itch, but that the water itself must be changed, the fundamental context it lives its life in IS the primary source of its dis-ease?

Just like this fish, we have been swimming in cultures for generations that make it impossible for us to experience True Human Freedom. We have been trained to be content with false human freedom and not live our full potential as individuals, families, or communities.

With all my heart, I ask you to explore the message, vision, and teaching in this book. I believe it is the meal that many of us have been yearning for, but haven't had the support or clarity to recognize and then take action towards. True Human Freedom is possible, but we must lift ourselves out of this "polluted water" (internally and externally) to pursue it and probably change the way we swim. It's possible, let me show you how... -- Ano

"True Human Freedom gave me the language to finally articulate how my life has not been serving me, and how deeply I long for change. I have been living, practicing and creating Domain 9 with Ano at GaiaYoga Gardens now for over 8 months, and I can't express enough how deeply I respect and value this vision. It is more than a lifestyle change, it is a total paradigm shift, and I am consistently amazed to participate in it!" - Isabel Bernstein, Pahoa

An Introduction To GaiaYoga™: A Holistic Vision for Living Sustainably as Spirit, Self, Community, and Earth, by Ano Tarletz Hanamana, Pan Piper Press, 2001. Booklet, $7.50.
(Bulk discounts available.)

This booklet introduces the practical steps anyone can take to create a sane and happy life that meets our most pressing needs – for integration with Spirit, personal actualization, a complete fabric of social bonding, and true stewardship of our planet.

"Bravo! This is what we need – an integrated vision that spans the chasm between environmentalists and spiritual practitioners. GaiaYoga is a well-rounded, mature form of human life, which I urge everyone to aspire to and begin practicing. Anything less will be incomplete."
– Steve Plocher, C.P.A.

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Instinctive Eating: The Lost Knowledge of Optimum Nutrition, by Zephyr, Pan Piper Press, 1996. Softback, $15. (Bulk discounts available).

This book thoroughly covers the practice of Instinctive Eating of raw foods, and presents Zephyr’s (Ano Hanamana's) early visions of how to integrate a raw-foods diet with permaculture lifestyle and Tantric community in a personal, intelligent, passionate, and humorous way.

"I am truly transfixed by your book. You have hit on some of the fundamental truths of nature, and your writing is so humorous and full of love. By living your truth, you may be paving the way for the survival of humanity. What you are doing and communicating has profound implications, beyond your own life."
– Jana Dixon, L.M.T., Author

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Living The Dreams by Nagdeo, Pan Piper Press, 2013, 10 song CD (also available as MP3s), $12.

Nagdeo is a word from the novel The Kin of Ata, which means that which supports good dreaming. Ano has been writing songs since 1988 and this is the first professional album of his songs, co-created with about 20 other musicians and artists. Ano describes the music as progressive, shamanic, folk-rock. Money back guarantee if you don't like it!

"You can't judge a book by it's cover, but an album you can:-)" -- Ano

We Want To Live: Volume One, Out of the Grips of Death and Disease (the story) & Volume Two, Healthfully (the facts), by Aajonus Vonderplanitz, Carnelian Bay Castle Press, 1997, Hardback, $30.

This is Aajonus' shaman-like story of healing himself and others through raw foods. His understanding – based on personal experience, observation of his clients, intuition, instincts, and ultimately, results – is very much in harmony with the wisdom of Instinctive Eating, yet includes other insights that seem to be of great benefit for modern people who are trying to heal from very unnatural circumstances. A fascinating story, coupled with a great deal of practical dietary advice.

"Aajonus is creating some of the most significant knowledge in the Healing Arts today. His contributions will stand with other great pioneers, like Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Weston Price, Vihjalmur Stefansson, Ph.D., and Dr. Bernard Jensen."
– Dr. John Finnegan, N.D., Author of The Facts About Fat and Recovery From Addiction

Transplant-Shock Therapy: The Poetic Pilgrimage of a Suburban Refugee, by Ano Tarletz Hanamana, Pan Piper Press, 1998-2014, Homemade and hand-bound, $30.

A complete collection of Ano’s song lyrics and poems (about 125 altogether). Most of these expressions articulate rites of passages and evolutions into new understandings and ways of being, with moods and voices that are subterranean, humorous, rough, sophisticated, intimate, loving, angry, liberated, and transformational.

Designed to be thought-, feeling-, and action-provoking. Check it out, you’ll be pleasantly shocked.

The Multi-Orgasmic Man: How Any Man Can Experience Multiple Orgasms and Dramatically Enhance His Sexual Relationship, by Mantak Chia and Douglas Abrams, Harper San Francisco, 1997, Softback, $15.

This practical, well-researched book is enjoyable to read and humorous. It's based on the Taoist understanding that orgasm and ejaculation are two separate events, and shows men how to have non-ejaculatory orgasms. The clear, step-by-step exercises help increase sexual prowess, as well as overall health and vitality.

"It really works! I have more pleasure, more energy, and a whole new realm to explore. I now understand much more the female orgasm, as it seems quite similiar to the new kind of non-ejaculatory orgasm I'm having.... and I haven't even finished the book!" — Ano Hanamana

The Multi-Orgasmic Couple: Sexual Secrets Every Couple Should Know, by Mantak Chia, Maneewan Chia, Douglas Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams , Harper SanFrancisco, 2000, Paperback, $17.

This is an easy to understand and practical guide to sacred Taoist sexual practice, co-written by a Western and an Eastern couple. It contains step-by-step techniques for levels of sexual pleasure, intimacy, and healing that many couples may not have known were possible.

"This book is a fine place to begin for anyone seeking a Taoist approach to sexual intimacy. It helps bring an ancient school of thought to the modern bedroom." — Paul Jannides, author of Getting it On!

Waking Down: Beyond Hypermasculine Dharmas - A Breakthrough Way of Self-Realization in the Sanctuary of Mutuality, by Saniel Bonder, Mt. Tam Awakenings, Inc., 1998. Paperback, $15.

The most accessible and empowering teaching we know of on spiritual realization. Saniel presents a very well articulated process of awakening to our inherent nature as infinite, unlimited Consciousness while fully embracing our reality as embodied, mortal, and limited human beings.

"Saniel Bonder is unusual in that he both respects and values worldwide traditions of religion and spirituality, while at the same time recognizing and articulating how they have failed to fulfill the human longing for release from suffering and limitation. His description of his own enlightenment, and the path to enlightenment he recommends for others, is refreshingly down to earth and human. Never before have I read such a direct account of spiritual awakening that is both human and immediate, yet philosophically profound and encompassing of the human condition. I wholeheartedly recommend this practical manual for spiritual growth."
–A Reader Review on Amazon.com

Of Water And The Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, by Malidoma Patrice Somé, Penguin Compass, 1994, Softback, $7 (used).

Among the Dagara people of Burkina Faso (West Africa) there is no distinction between the natural and the supernatural: individuals speak with ancestral spirits, and those with the proper knowledge routinely travel to other worlds. Malidoma was born in a Dagara village, only to be abducted as a small boy and taken to a Jesuit mission school, where for fifteen years he was harshly indoctrinated in Eurpoean ways of thought and worship. When he returned to his people, he had to undergo an initation so rigorous that it might have killed him. This book is the story of his early life, his reintigration with his people, and the profound process he went through in initiation.

"Here is a man who has experienced [ancient initiation] in our time. The spiritual depth of African culture becomes clear."
— Robert Bly

The Healing Wisdom Of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual, and Community, by Malidoma Patrice Somé, 1999, Softback, $8 (used).

Malidoma Somé is a medicine man and elder of the Dagara tribe of West Africa and husband of Sobonfu Somé. Educated by Western missiouaries, he returned to his people as a young adult to receive initiation and learn of his destiny to carry his people's wisdom to the West.

The Healing Wisdom of Africa is a fascinating journey through the traditonal life and practices of Africa. It is a powerful depiction of the Dagara's relationship to Spirit, community, nature, and the role ritual plays in their lives (as well as the role it can play for seekers in the West).

"Profoundly wise and fascinating . . . Malidoma Somé has delivered an incomparably meaningful gift to us wanderers and seekers in the West. . . the Healing Wisdom of Africa means the ancestors still care about us, and want to help us grow. They have sent Malidoma far from home to remind us where home is."
­ Alice Walker

The Spirit Of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships, by Sobonfu E. Somé, Quill, 1997, 2002 Paperback, $7 (used)

Sobonfu Somé, like her husband Malidoma, is a person who understands both the ways of her indigenous people, the Dagara, and those of the Western world. This book offers holistic medicine to Westerners. It looks deeply into the cause of imbalance and reocurring problems in relationship and life altogether. But instead of offering the kind of psychology and self-help that most teachings offer, Sobonfu turns us in an entirely different direction - to the necessity of community, ritual, and spirit for balancing and guiding our selves and our relationships.

"There is much wisdom about relationship here. Sobonfu Somé generously applies subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply to read what she has to say — about community, ritual, marriage, and intimacy — is to find something fresh and healthy for one's own life."
- Robert Bly, author of Iron John

Infant Communication: Raising Babies Without Diapers... and More, by Natec, Pan Piper Press, 2001. Booklet, $7.

Natec is a good friend of ours who has written this informative booklet about being intimately attuned and in communication with a baby. She clearly describes how to recognize a baby's signals for elimination, so you can help the baby urinate or defecate into a spot of your choosing. Imagine the savings in diapers and washing, and even more importantly, the incredible intimacy generated between the baby and the parent, relative, or friend.

"After reading this book, I really got a great awareness on the communication my child was giving me. Happily the elimination timing focus expanded to food, sleep and play. I am grateful that this book was place in my hands."
– Connie Cheever, Mother, Pahoa, Hawaii

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by Marshall B. Rosenberg Ph.D., 1999. Paperback, $20.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a safe way to honestly and fully communicate any feeling or idea, no matter how charged or difficult. This model for speaking and listening is taught and used worldwide. Helping people to go beyond repression, false niceness, blame, shame, or other forms of verbal contortion, NVC effectively lays the groundwork for true understanding and connection to take place. We consider this language an essential element of sustainable and holistic culture.

"The techniques in this book transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues."
– John Gray, author, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus

Nonviolent Communication Essay

Classes & practice groups offered.

Parenting From Your Heart: Sharing the Gifts of Compassion, Connection, and Choice, by Inbal Kashtan, PuddleDancer Press, 2003, Booklet, $8.

A brief yet illuminating guidebook for parenting using Nonviolent Communication. Most parents think they only have 2 choices: to be the authoritarian who tries to control the child or to be permissive and let the child control the parent. This book shows us a completely different way, based on fully embracing and meeting both the child's needs (for things such as choice, play, exploration, growth and learning, nurturing. love, respect, support, etc.) and the parents' needs (for things such as protection of the child, contributing to the child's well-being, respect, caring and sensitivity, rest, alone-time, balance, etc.). Chocked full of real-life situations and sample conversations of how to parent from a power-with rather than a power-over model.

"I wish every parent on Earth would read this book, and I wish I had from the very beginning of being a parent. This form of parenting gives me hope for a new generation of fully-empowered and truly free beings." - Mercedes Kirkel

The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost, by Jean Liedloff, Perseus Books, 1975. Softback, $8 (used).

A moving anthropological account of a woman’s numerous experiences with an indigenous Amazonian tribe. Through intuition and intellect, Jean coalesces her observations to form a re-creatable way of raising babies, based on establishing "continuum" – the field of living connection and trust that humans are all expecting to be born into. The continuum concept is a powerful guide for re-creating wholeness, for ourselves as well as our children.

"Deserves to be read by Western parents, child psychologists, and other social engineers concerned with restoring self-reliance and well-being. There are remarkable insights here."
The New York Times Book Review

The Kin Of Ata Are Waiting For You, by Dorthy Bryant, Random House/Moon Books, 1971. Softback, $6 (used).

A visionary and profound fictional story about a man who arrives in an enlightened, sustainable, island community from the bowels of American culture. The story beautifully describes his journey of self-discovery, as he resistantly awakens into their way of life. The integrated cultural vision portrayed in the tale is both a functional and inspirational model for us.

"A masterful novel . . . a beautiful, symbolic journey of the soul, the journey of a serious dreamer."

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Book prices do not include shipping. The following is our schedule for calculating shipping:

In the U.S., $6 for up to 4 books, $12 for 5 or more books.

Outside the U.S., e-mail us before placing your order, so we can calculate shipping.

Get all six Pan Piper Press publications:
(True Human Freedom, An Introduction To GaiaYoga, Instinctive Eating, Transplant-Shock Therapy, Infant Communication, and the album Living The Dreams)

In the U.S., shipping included, for only $75.

Outside the U.S., e-mail us before placing your order, so we can calculate shipping.

Order 7 or more books, booklets, and CDs: Take 15% off the total cost, before shipping.