The specific reading lists for each course will be distributed a month before the class starts and changes from class to class. The list below consists of books that have been used in the past or are being considered for the future. 


Welcome to Your Brain by Sandra Ammodt, PhD, & Sam Wang, PhD

A general book that describes many ways the brain is working in our daily lives. One of the authors is a former editor of Nature Neuroscience. It answers many of the questions that the general public has about how the brain actually works. 


Brain Facts

is a public information initiative produced by the Society for Neuroscience, the Kavli Foundation, and Gatsby. It is available as a free download at:


Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life by Carol Adrienne, PhD

This book is written by a woman with a PhD in Psychology who practices as a Life Coach in California. In the book, she discusses recognizing the synchronies in our world and how they relate to our purpose in life.  Our purpose in life is a concept that will be a main topic of discussion and serves as one of the main principles of this course. The idea that we are programmed to do something specific with specific skills and talents, is an integral part of this training. Adrienne's other book, The Purpose of Your Life, has also been used in this course.


Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope

Yoga is an important part of this course, not just as a physical practice (asana) but as we learn to take yoga off the mat and put it’s wisdom into life practice. Much of the philosophy (or wisdom) of yoga can help give us direction in life, find peace, and learn to honor our own path and the wisdom in our body and hearts. This book, buy Stephen Cope, is an excellent compliment to this course. Stephen Cope is a Kripalu yoga teacher, the tradition in which I (Mandy Wintink) am also trained, as well as a psychotherapist. He provides a great interpretation of the teachings of yoga as describe in the Yoga Sutras thousands of years ago by Patanjali.   


Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD

Tal Ben-Shahar is a leader in Happiness teaching and research. His book, Happier, is a result of the Positive Psychology movement that attempts to give pop psychology credibility by weeding out the nonsense from the scientifically-supported advice. This book is also a practical guide with many exercises aimed at increasing happiness. 


Authentic Happiness by Marting Seligman

Marting Selgiman is known as the Father of Positive Psychology. This is a follow-up from his previous book, Learned Optimism, which has been used in this course before. Both excellent introductions to positive psychology and tackle concepts such as focusing on personal strengths and positive situations. They also help readers identify negative patterns that are automatic and stand in the way of happiness. Both of these books are more theory based rather than practical tool-based. 


Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by J. Mark G Williams, John D. Teasdale, Zindel V. Segal, & Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) world-renowned, scientifically-supported program, and its sister program, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This book serves as a practical guide for using mindfulness to change one’s life. Although geared toward those with depression, the concepts are vastly applicable to the general population. MBSR and MBCT use meditation and yoga are part of their program. 


Business Model YOU by Timothy Clark, Alexander Osterwalder, & Yves Pigneur

This book is an adaptation to the popular Business Model Generation Book. It offers a unique way of considering life and career choices through the use of the “canvas”. It is a great book to cap off the course and help guide everyone to the next chapter of their life. *Required for Coaches in Training ONLY


Becoming a Professional Life Coach by Patrick Williams & Diane Menedez. This book is required only for those going on to do the Coach-in-Training Program.

*Required for Coaches in Training ONLY.