Our Holistic Moms Network Chapters across the country strive to create inclusive and intentional communities. We believe holistic parenting begins with an understanding and respect for how all living things are connected and how we impact one another.  Get inspired to connect with and build your local holistic community by picking up one of our favorite books on community below. From step by step tips to help grow meaningful relationships to inspiring connections to our natural world, this list of books should help you more fully understand the human need for supportive community and encourage you to work to build the world you desire.

  • “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer – This book explores the intersections of indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the natural world, emphasizing the importance of community and interconnectedness.
  • “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World” by Peter Wohlleben – While not explicitly about human communities, this book offers insights into the interconnectedness and community-like behaviors of trees in forests.
  • “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible” by Charles Eisenstein – This book explores the concept of interbeing and how we can create a more beautiful world through interconnectedness and community. Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. 
  • “Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds” by Adrienne Maree Brown – This book explores how we can learn from nature’s patterns to create resilient and adaptive communities.
  • “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” by Eckhart Tolle – While not directly about community, this book emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment, which can foster deeper connections with others and a sense of community.
  • “The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair” by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea – This book offers a framework for building community through circle gatherings, emphasizing the power of listening and storytelling.
  • “The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature” by Starhawk – This book explores how we can deepen our connection to nature and community through earth-based spirituality.Filled with inspiring meditations, chants, and blessings, it offers healing for the spirit in a stressed world and helps readers find their own sources of strength and renewal.
  • “The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging” by Charles Vogl – This book offers principles and practices for building strong communities based on belonging and shared purpose.Drawing on 3,000 years of history and his personal experience, Charles Vogl lays out seven time-tested principles for growing enduring, effective and connected communities. He provides hands-on tools for creatively adapting these principles to any group—formal or informal, mission driven or social, physical or virtual. 
  • “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters” by Priya Parker – A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond.
  • “How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community” by Mia Birdsong – Through research, interviews, and stories of lived experience, How We Show Up returns us to our inherent connectedness where we find strength, safety, and support in vulnerability and generosity, in asking for help, and in being accountable. Showing up–literally and figuratively–points us toward the promise of our collective vitality and leads us to the liberated well-being we all want.
  • “Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit ” by Lyanda Lynn Haupt – In Rooted, cutting-edge science supports a truth that poets, artists, mystics, and earth-based cultures across the world have proclaimed over millennia: life on this planet is radically interconnected. Our bodies, thoughts, minds, and spirits are affected by the whole of nature, and they affect this whole in return.Each chapter provides tools for bringing our unique gifts to the fore and transforming our sense of belonging within the magic and wonder of the natural world.