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November 2020

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Kind Friends,

It's time for re-membering, for honouring our ancestors, and deep dives into the heart of things. Time to connect with what really matters to us, and to the hurting and healing people and creatures and plant-beings of our great Nature. May your "home and heart fires" be lit, and welcoming and warming for others. Breathe deep and get outside...

We welcome you at the store—and for convenience shop our webstore at any time. We ship out orders every weekday.

Banyen Books is overflowing with lots of bright new books, and a diversely lovely array of gifts, arts, healing tools and meditation supplies—most of which are displayed and available to purchase on our website too.

Just this week, a new issue of Branches of Light is published, with some 240 new book reviews—the cream of the crop of new and recent highlights in all our subject fields, from Acupuncture and Buddhism to Yoga and Zen. About 3,000 of you will receive it in the mail soon. Drop by the store to pick up a copy or peruse it online here. This larger issue of our printed-on-paper catalogue marks "50 Years of Being: Here: Now" (Banyen first opened in December of 1970.)

With all our learning events now online, people are joining from all over the world. And a number of them are recorded—check out Banyen’s podcasts and webinars here—and enjoy! Far more folks can tune in to our author talks now than before, when in-store events could handle only about 80 people.

There are some exciting events coming up! Margaret Atwood, Gabor Maté, Wade Davis, Thomas Húbl, and more! And be sure to join us this Saturday for an intimate conversation between Joan Borysenko & Mark Matousek on life in a pandemic and the mystical journey...Check out our Upcoming Events.

Banyen staff member Kari Gundersen has just launched her online Therapeutic Counselling and one-to-one Yoga Therapy practice. She says, "My style of Therapeutic Counselling is a combination of methodologies: Transpersonal Psychology, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, Inner Child work, and Trauma-Informed practice. A therapy session with me can also include breathwork, meditation, or creative visualization." Click here to learn more about Kari's offerings.
It’s been a rough year for everyone. Be kind, be calm, be curious—and be joyous—to lighten our world and warm our welcome with one another and the Living Earth.

Heart-smiles from all of us at Banyen !

Kolin Lymworth


Upcoming Events:

Joan Borysenko & Mark Matousek
This Sat, Nov 14, 10am
FREE Live Webinar
Mark Matousek & Joan Borysenko discuss Matousek's landmark memoir on life in a pandemic & the mystical journey. Read more...

Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor

Wed, Nov 18, 6:30pm
FREE Live Webinar
Lisa Iversen, family constellations facilitator, shares a panel with contributors of the new book Whiteness is Not an Ancestor. Read more...
Margaret Atwood & Lorna Crozier

Thurs, Nov 19, 4pm
Live Webinar
Margaret Atwood & Lorna Crozier discuss their new books, Dearly and Through the Garden. Read more...

Gabor & Daniel Maté
Nov 13 (Talk), Nov 21-22 (Workshop)
Live Webinar
Gabor & Daniel Maté share insights for fostering healing relationships with parents and their adult children. Read more...

Wade Davis

Sun, Nov 29, 11am
FREE Live Webinar
Wade Davis, award-winning author & Member of the Order of Canada, discusses Magdalena: River of Dreams. Read more...

Opening to Grief
Sat, Dec 5, 11am
FREE Live Webinar
Claire Willis, Buddhist author & social worker in the fields of oncology & bereavement, shares wisdom for opening to grief. Read more...
Thomas Hübl ~ Collective Healing

Sun, Dec 6, 11am
Live Webinar
Thomas Hübl discusses & leads practices for healing collective trauma & intergenerational wounds. Read more...

The 7 Spirit Guides
Sat, Dec 12, 10am
FREE Live Webinar
Yamile Yemoonyah, spirit guide medium & Hay House author, shows how to communicate with spirit guides to help in every facet of your life. Read more...

Leonard Cohen
Sun, Dec 13, 11am
FREE Live Webinar
Michael Posner, award-winning biographer, discusses the life of Leonard Cohen, beyond the mythology. Read more...
more upcoming events...
  "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you,
it will be enough."

~ Meister Eckhart

New Oracle Deck

Tarot of the Divine
A Deck and Guidebook Inspired by Deities, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
from Around the World

Yoshi Yoshitani, 78 colour cards + guidebook
The path of enlightenment is unique for each of us, but many of the lessons we learn are shared stories passed among cultures & generations. With rich, vibrant art and a keen understanding of traditional tarot archetypes, illustrator Yoshi Yoshitani infuses Tarot of the Divine with worldly insight and an intriguing selection of fables & folktales from cultures across the globe. more info...

New + Featured Books

Chakra Healing Therapy
Awaken Spiritual Energies and
Heal Emotional Wounds

Glen Park, Paperback

The author’s system of Chakra Therapy offers practical exercises to nourish and balance each chakra, so it can be integrated and in harmony with the entire chakra system. Read more...
River of Dreams

Wade Davis, Hardcover

A captivating new book from Wade Davis that brings vividly to life the story of the great Rio Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future in the process.
Healing Collective Trauma
A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds
Thomas Hübl, Hardcover

Healing Collective Trauma presents a fresh perspective on trauma integration along with practical tools for beginning the journey to wholeness. Read more...
The Practice of the Wild

Gary Snyder, Paperback

The nine captivatingly meditative essays in The Practice of the Wild display the deep understanding and wide erudition of Gary Snyder in the ways of Buddhist belief, wildness, wildlife, and the world. Read more...
The Wim Hof Method
Activate Your Full Human Potential

Wim Hof, Hardcover

With The Wim Hof Method, this trailblazer of human potential shares a method that anyone can use—young or old, sick or healthy—to supercharge their capacity for strength, vitality, and happiness. Read more...
Life in the Fasting Lane
How to Make Intermittent Fasting a Lifestyle—and Reap the Benefits of Weight Loss and Better Health

Jason Fung, Hardcover

Life in the Fasting Lane is a unique and life-changing guide to developing a sustainable and beneficial fasting routineRead more...
There is Light and Only Light
Teachings to Illuminate Your Inner Journey

Gemma Polo Pujol, Paperback

This is the first book from a brand new voice whose crystalline and powerful spiritual teachings mark her out as the female equivalent of Eckhart Tolle. Read more...
The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, Paperback

Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. Read more...
Welcoming the Unwelcome
Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

Pema Chödrön, Paperback

In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humour and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. Read more...
The Buddhist on Death Row
How One Man Found Light in the
Darkest Place

David Sheff, Hardcover

David Sheff explores Jarvis Masters' profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one of America's most inspiring Buddhist practitioners, who has helped prisoners—and guards—find meaning in their lives. Read more...
Finding Inner Courage

Mark Nepo, Paperback

Finding Inner Courage is work from the heart that helps us find our own courage and experience how connection to our own core connects us to all of humankind, as well as to nature and spirit itself. Read more...
Eye of the Heart
A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm

Cynthia Bourgeault, Paperback

Eye of the Heart investigates the imaginal realm— well known to the mystical traditions but often forgotten in our own times. Read more...
more latest reviews...

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Cozy up with a throw in the chilly winter days ahead.
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Once the World Was Perfect

Once the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world.
Then we took it for granted.
Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind.
Then Doubt pushed through with its spiked head.
And once Doubt ruptured the web,
All manner of demon thoughts
Jumped through—
We destroyed the world we had been given
For inspiration, for life—
Each stone of jealousy, each stone
Of fear, greed, envy, and hatred, put out the light.
No one was without a stone in his or her hand.
There we were,
Right back where we had started.
We were bumping into each other
In the dark.
And now we had no place to live, since we didn't know
How to live with each other.
Then one of the stumbling ones took pity on another
And shared a blanket.
A spark of kindness made a light.
The light made an opening in the darkness.
Everyone worked together to make a ladder.
A Wind Clan person climbed out first into the next world,
And then the other clans, the children of those clans, their children,
And their children, all the way through time—
To now, into this morning light to you.

~ Joy Harjo
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