Creation is not in the business of making things that fail.
That includes you.


Celebrating Solitude

Rachel’s Recommendations

The following is an evolving list of resources that you may find helpful in our work together.


Celebrating Solitude: How to Discover and Honor Your Highest Self by Rachel Astarte
If the Buddha Dated by Charlotte Kasl
A Little Book in the Human Shadow by Robert Bly
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach
Shadows on the Path by Abdi Assadi
Shamanic Drumming: Calling the Spirits by Michael Drake
The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner


Alan Watts Collection:

Depression: The Secret We Share Andrew Solomon (TED Talk)
A Gathering of Men with Bill Moyers and Robert Bly
The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner Courtesy of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies


This is by no means a comprehensive list. I hope these pieces will spark a desire to seek out other divine madmen and -women who make an art of reflecting the human condition. (See Healing Modalities.)

Iconoclasts Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou (Full episode)
In Ruins Eddie Pepitone
It’s Just a Ride Bill Hicks
Reality, What a Concept Robin Williams
Spatial Reggie Watts
“Stop it!” Bob Newhart (comedy sketch)
What’s So Funny About Mental Illness? Ruby Wax (TED Talk)

Mental Health Organizations

The following are mental health information and counseling resources. Nothing here is meant to replace professional care.

Addiction and Recovery Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcohol Help
Narcotics Anonymous
SAMHSA’S Treatment and Recovery
Addictions and Recovery


The Depression Center
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Help for Depression

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The Anxiety Network


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Gift From Within
Trauma Survivors Network