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The Oak and Bone School of Initiation Syllabus is a dynamic and constantly evolving document, shared here in the interests of full disclosure as to the bodies of theory and praxis which inform the school, as well as providing a recommended reading list for those interested in the school. While we are not necessarily reading all these books during the school, we will be drawing from each of them in some capacity throughout the year.



"Sand Talk" - Tyson Yunkaporta

“Soulcraft” - Bill Plotkin

“The Book of the Vision Quest” - Steven Foster and Meredith Little

Martin Prechtel - as much as you can possibly absorb

"The Spell of the Sensuous" and "Becoming Animal" by David Abram

“Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia” - Martin Shaw

“Come of Age” and “Die Wise” - Stephen Jenkinson

“Apocalyptic Witchcraft” and "Rewilding Witchcraft" - Peter Grey

"The Brazen Vessel" - Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech

“The Secret History of Dreaming” - Robert Moss

"The Dream and the Underworld" - James Hillman

“Evolutionary Herbalism” - Sajah Popham

“Braiding Sweetgrass” - Robin Wall Kimmerer

“The Hidden Life of Trees” - Peter Wohlleben

“Women Who Run with the Wolves” - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“If Women Rose Rooted” - Sharon Blackie

"Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her" - Susan Griffin

“Wisdom Sits in Places” - Keith Basso

“Desert” - Anonymous (only available here)

"The Tao te Ching" - Stephen Mitchell’s and Ursula K. Le Guin's translations are recommended

"Tao: The Watercourse Way" -  Alan Watts

"The Tao of Pooh" - Benjamin Hoff

"Heraclitus: Fragments" - Heraclitus

"What the Robin Knows" - Jon Young

"Tracking and the Art of Seeing" and "The Wild Within" - Paul Rezendes



David Whyte

William Stafford

Adrienne Rich

John O'Donahue

Rainer Maria Rilke


Linda Hogan

Robinson Jeffers

Mary Oliver

Wendell Berry


"Nordic Mythology" - Neil Gaiman
"The Chronicles of the Celts: New Tellings of their Myths and Legends" - Peter Berresford Ellis

"Taliesin: The Last Celtic Shaman" - John and Caitlin Matthews
"The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion" - Thorkild Jacobsen
"Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer" - Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Kramer
"Beowulf" - Seamus Heaney

"The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes" - Jackson Crawford

"Book of the Hopi" - Frank Waters


Deep Nerd Tier

Paul Shepard - all of it. But especially “The Tender Carnivore and The Sacred Game.”

"Catafalque: Carl Jung and the end of Humanity" - Peter Kingsley

"The Red Book; Liber Novus" - Carl Jung

"Against His-story, Against Leviathan" - Fredy Perlman

"Elements of Refusal" - John Zerzan

"Origins: a John Zerzan Reader" - John Zerzan

"The Technological Society" - Jacques Ellul

"Wandering God" and "Coming to our Senses"- Morris Berman

"The Idea of Wilderness" - Max Oelschlaeger

"The Art of Tracking and the Origin of Science" - Louis Liebenburg

"Tending the Wild" - Kat Anderson

"Wandering on the Way" - Victor Mair

"Memories, Dreams, Reflections" - Carl Jung

"The Mirror of Magic" - Kurt Seligmann

Friedrich Nietzsche - all of it. But especially “Ecce Homo,” “Twilight of the Idols,” and “The Antichrist.”

"Real Alchemy" and "The Way of the Crucible" - Robert Bartlett

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