We asked founder Reza Niam what books were on his bedstand.

(If you’re joining us on a retreat, why not pick up one of his recommendations to discuss over dinner…)

Breath by James Nestor

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you re, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. There’s nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again!

The Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald H. Pollack

World renowned scientist, Dr. Pollack takes us on a fantastic voyage through water, showing us a hidden universe teeming with physical activity-providing simple explanations for common everyday phenomena, which you have inevitably seen but not really understood.

For instance, have you ever wondered how do clouds made up of dense water droplets manage to float in the sky? Why don’t your joints squeak as they rub together? Why do you sink in dry sand, but not in water sand? How does capillary action manage to raise water up a 100 foot tree?

Pollack uses a recent and fundamental scientific finding-EZ water-to help explain these and many other head-scratchers. When touching most surfaces, water transforms itself into so-called EZ (Exclusion Zone) water, also known as structured water or fourth phase water. EZ water, whose formula is H3O2, differs dramatically from H2O. And, there is a lot of it, everywhere.

This award-winning book provides ample evidence for the existence of EZ water. 

Bitter-Sweet by Susan Cain

In her latest masterpiece, the author of the bestselling phenomenon Quiet reveals the power of a bittersweet, melancholic outlook on life, and why our culture has been so blind to its value.

If you’ve ever wondered why you like sad music …
If you find comfort or inspiration in a rainy day …
If you react intensely to music, art, nature, and beauty …

Then you probably identify with the bittersweet state of mind.

Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke

“The paradox is that hedonism, the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, leads to anhedonia. Which is the inability to enjoy pleasure of any kind.”

This book is about pleasure and pain, and how to find the delicate balance between the two. Condensing complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand metaphors, Lembke suggests that finding that balance means keeping dopamine in check.

Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispense

How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon, marries some of the most profound scientific information with ancient wisdom to show how people like you and I can experience a more mystical life.

Readers will learn that we are, quite literally supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction. When we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we should experience a greater expression of our creative abilities.