The Enlightenment Project by Jonathan Robinson

New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Robinson, has interviewed everyone from Oprah to Adyashanti —over 100 gurus and spiritual teachers in all— to find out how to live a happy, peaceful, and meaningful life.

Through his popular podcast Awareness Explorers and for his bestselling books, Jonathan Robinson has made a career out of getting to know the greatest spiritual leaders of our time.

In his latest book, The Enlightenment Project: How I Went from Depressed to Blessed, and You Can Too, he describes what really works.

In his encounters with people such as the Dalai Lama, Byron Katie, Deepak Chopra, and the late Mother Teresa and Ram Dass, he shares stories of what he learned, as well as powerful methods that helped him out of his depression and into lasting inner peace.

“This book will inspire and support you to take the next step on your journey of enlightenment. It is fun, surprising, informative, and a real page turner.” — John Gray, the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

In this highly entertaining and practical book, you’ll discover:

• What awakening is, and how to easily have glimpses of such experiences

• How entering into higher states of consciousness is easier than you think (if you know the right technique)

• What it’s like to hang out with enlightened gurus and awake people

• The precise methods that most often lead to awakening

• How to let go of past conditioning that keeps you from inner peace

• How to use relationships, money, and your career to further your spiritual goals.

About the Author:

Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, best-selling author of 14 books, and a professional speaker from Northern California.  He has reached over 200 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages.   His work has appeared in Newsweek, USA TODAY, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as dozens of other publications.  In addition, Mr. Robinson has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show and CNN, as well as other national TV talk shows.   He has spent more than forty years studying the most practical and powerful methods for personal and spiritual growth.

Jonathan’s second book The Little Book of Big Questions became a New York Times bestseller, as did his book Communication Miracles for Couples.  Some of Mr. Robinson’s other books include:  Shortcuts to Bliss; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Awakening Your Spirituality,  and Find Happiness Now.  His most recent book is called The Enlightenment Project: How I Went From Depressed to Blessed, and You Can Too.

As a professional speaker, Mr. Robinson has spoken to companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Coca-Cola, Dell, Bank of America, Google, Wells Fargo and hundreds of other successful businesses and organizations. He speaks on 14 different topics, from mindfulness and depression, to communication and personal transformation. He is known for providing his audiences with immediately useful and powerful information, presented in an entertaining and motivating manner.

Poetry Reading with Katerina Canyon at the Lamplighters in Olympia, WA

Join Orca Books at the Lamplighters for a live reading and discussion with Katerina Canyon!

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. Her book Surviving Home which was released on November 9, 2021, is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame.

Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family.

“A harrowing collection by a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet… The poet’s language can also be visceral and gripping … An often cathartic and poignant set of poems about endurance and the cycle of abuse.” – Kirkus Reviews

Event date: 

Friday, April 29, 2022 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Event address: 

211 4th Ave E

Olympia, WA 98501

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An Evening of Poetry at Island Books in Mercer Island, WA

In honor of National Poetry Month, Island Books will be hosting their first IN-STORE, IN-PERSON poetry event on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:30pm!

We are thrilled to present three or four accomplished women poets who, between them, represent almost three or four generations of women writers.

  • Carol White Kelly, nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2004,  author of Out of Deep, Unordered Water will read from her new collection of poetry, Tell My Sister.
  • Mary Ann Woodruff, has followed her engaging and affective memoir (Last of the Good Girls) with an engaging and affective collection of poetry, Skylark.
  • Katerina Canyon, who teaches a poetry workshop in Seattle will read from her new book Surviving Home.
  • Heidi Seaborn, executive editor at The Adroit Journal, will read from various collections of her poetry including her latest An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe.

Books are on hand now and will also be on sale at the event.

Masks optional.

Event date:

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – 6:30pm

Event address:

Island Books
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown

A resonant call to explore the darkness in life, in nature, and in consciousness—including difficult emotions like uncertainty, grief, fear, and xenophobia—through teachings, embodied meditations, and mindful inquiry that provide us with a powerful path to healing.

Darkness is deeply misunderstood in today’s world; yet it offers powerful medicine, serenity, strength, healing, and regeneration. All insight, vision, creativity, and revelation arise from darkness. It is through learning to stay present and meet the dark with curiosity rather than judgment that we connect to an unwavering light within. Welcoming darkness with curiosity, rather than fear or judgment, enables us to access our innate capacity for compassion and collective healing.

Dharma teacher, shamanic practitioner, and deep ecologist Deborah Eden Tull addresses the spiritual, ecological, psychological, and interpersonal ramifications of our bias towards light.

Tull explores the medicine of darkness for personal and collective healing, through topics such as:

Befriending the Night: The Radiant Teachings of Darkness
Honoring Our Pain for Our World
Seeing in the Dark: The Quiet Power of Receptivity
Dreams, Possibility, and Moral Imagination
Releasing Fear—Embracing Emergence

Tull shows us how the labeling of darkness as “negative” becomes a collective excuse to justify avoiding everything that makes us uncomfortable: racism, spiritual bypass, environmental destruction.  We can only find the radical path to wholeness by learning to embrace the interplay of both darkness and light.


“In this book, Deborah Eden Tull offers the strong medicine of darkness which helps us navigate the uncertainty of our times. The over-lighting of our planet in its urban and more populated areas rob people of access to their own hidden depths, so needed in these times of growing peril.” —Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope

“A novel and inspiring exploration of darkness bringing grace and balance to the complexity of our time.” —Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race

“Deborah Eden Tull skillfully illuminates the wonders of the dark, shedding light onto areas of life where even angels fear to tread. Artificial light is destroying us, but the real light in this book can save us. By obeying the natural curfew of the night, and exploring the darkest corners of our mind, we can tap into natural resources previously buried in broad daylight. This book is a trustworthy guide to the treasures tucked within each of us.” —Andrew Holecek, author of Dreams of Light

Luminous Darkness is a wise, beautiful, important book. Through personal story, deep dharma teachings and social commentary, Deborah Eden Tull reclaims the power of darkness and the divine feminine and reweaves the often-overlooked threads—of potent mystery, fierce compassion, receptivity and relationship, imagination, and emergence—into the cloth of spiritual life. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to heal the wounds of inner and outer divisiveness, and engage our wide, aching world with a radiant, tender heart.” —Pamela Weiss, author of A Bigger Sky

“From natural to social systems, Luminous Darkness illuminates with vivid imagery and sensory aliveness how reorienting and rebalancing ourselves inwardly is necessary to help heal our ailing cultures and this world.” —Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers

“In this moving spiritual memoir, Tull lifts up the role of darkness as teacher, healer, and guide, revealing spacious and emergent possibilities. Each chapter offers mindful inquiry and experiential practice gateways to explore the potential in darkness to restore inner strength and wholeness. Drawing on spiritual traditions from Zen to shamanism, Tull invites readers to engage the luminous capacities of darkness to counteract the overlighting of the planet and truly learn to see in the dark.” —Stephanie Kaza, author of Green Buddhism

DEBORAH EDEN TULL, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives, bridging personal and collective awakening in an age of global change. She is an engaged dharma teacher, spiritual activist, author, and sustainability educator, who teaches dharma intertwined with post-patriarchal thought and practices, resting upon a lived knowledge of our unity with the more than human world. She trained for seven and a half years as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery and has taught engaged meditation for over 20 years. Eden has lived in sustainable communities and as an organic gardener/farmer for decades and celebrates the essential wisdom of nature. She currently resides in the mountains of western North Carolina, originally Cherokee land, with her husband. She offers retreats, workshops, classes, and consultations nationally and internationally, integrating presence and partnership with nature.

Eden’s first book The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution (Process Media) was published in September 2010 and her second book Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Ourselves, Each Other, and the Planet was published by Wisdom Publications in May 2018. Her newest book Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown was released on September 27, 2022.

Eden’s teaching emphasizes the personal, interpersonal, transpersonal, societal, ecological, mystical, and global impacts of awareness practice. Eden also facilitates The Work That Reconnects, as created by Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy for transforming our pain and love for our world into compassionate action, and teaches with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She offers experiential trainings in deep listening, relational intelligence, regenerative leadership, spiritual activism, eco-dharma, and the deep-feminine.  As one who has been practicing organic gardening and sustainable design/permaculture for 30 years, Eden believes these disciplines can inform how we relate with ourselves, one another, and the earth.

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To request a copy of Luminous Darkness to review or an interview with Deborah Eden Tull, please contact Kelsey Butts at Book Publicity Services at or (807) 807-9027.



Ryburn Dobbs Discusses The Sebastien Grey Novels – A Virtual Event – at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Ryburn Dobbs will be at Mysterious Galaxy on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00pm for a Virtual Event to discuss his books The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) and The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2).

The Comfort of Distance (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 1) by Ryburn Dobbs

Deep in the forests of the Black Hills, human remains are being discovered – one bit at a time. Rumors of a rogue man-eating mountain lion are spreading through the county and panic is starting to swell. Sgt. Hank LeGris of the Custer County Sheriff’s Office is feeling the pressure; he needs to find out who the dead are, and how they got that way. Hank suspects that the bodies are the result of a more sinister predator. But in order to solve the mystery, he will have to reach back into his own dysfunctional family history and pull in the only person who can get to the bottom of these strange cases – his estranged and disordered brother, the brilliant forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey.

When Sebastien arrives in the Black Hills, he takes his brother, and Detective Tiffany Reese, on a whirlwind tour of forensic thinking and deductive reasoning, not only solving the mystery of the human remains, but the murder of a local thug as well. In the process, Sebastien himself is forever transformed by his own success and by the charm and kindness of the lovely Detective Reese: “One day I hope you give yourself permission to be different, Sebastien. You’ll be happier.”

The Comfort of Distance is equal parts forensic mystery, police procedure and character study, with dashes of comedy and romance thrown in. Readers will be cheering at the end and ready for more. 

The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) was released in July 2021.

A skull in one place, a torso in another. Are they connected? Thirty years ago, the authorities didn’t think so. But the ingenious forensic anthropologist Dr. Sebastien Grey is now on the case, and he believes they both belong to the same victim – an unidentified man who was shot, dismembered, scattered in two states and burned. But time is not the only thing standing in the way of the truth. A pair of professional rivals, a spy inside the sheriff’s office and a local family with a dark secret are all obstacles to untying this murderous knot.

This second book in the Sebastien Grey series finds Dr. Grey once again in the Black Hills of South Dakota and teamed up with Tiffany Reese – a shrewd and tough detective who doubles as the love of his life and the only woman who can coax him out of his awkward social isolation. Will their relationship survive the pressure of high stakes cold case work?

About the Author:

Ryburn Dobbs taught biological anthropology and forensic anthropology at several colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and spent ten years as a forensic anthropologist, working dozens of death investigations. In addition to his anthropological pursuits, Ryburn also worked as an investigative analyst specializing in homicides and unsolved cases.

His work as a forensic anthropologist inspired him to write The Sebastien Grey Novels. The first book in the series, The Comfort of Distance, was released in September 2020, followed by The Boxwood Torso (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 2) in July 2021. Where the Blood is Made (The Sebastien Grey Novels Book 3) will be released in Spring 2022.

Readers can connect with Ryburn Dobbs on Instagram, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez, Poetry Reading – IN PERSON – at Village Books in Bellingham, WA

Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Bellingham, WA with Katerina Canyon and Raúl Sánchez for a poetry reading on April 16, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:00PM.

Katerina Canyon is an Award-Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, and essayist. She is a writer who has overcome some serious obstacles and trauma. She will be reading from her new book Surviving Home, which was released on November 9, 2021. Surviving Home is a collection of poems that serve as a memoir of the trauma she experienced and overcame. Concisely arresting and challenging the beliefs of family and the fantasies of tradition, the poems in Surviving Home show that home is a place that you endure rather than a place where you are nurtured. With unyielding cadence and unparalleled sadness and warmth, Katerina Canyon contemplates the prejudice and limitations buried in a person’s African American heritage: parents that seem to care for you with one hand and slap you with the other, the secret desires to be released from the daily burdens of life, as well as the surprising ways a child chooses to amuse herself. Finding resilience in the unexpected, this collection tears down the delicate facades of family. Katerina Canyon is a 2021, 2020, and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

Raúl Sánchez will be reading from his new collection When There Were No Borders. These poems present and re-present our “tongue,” our “language,” our “culture and pride.” Steeped in history and “blood blood blood” unforgotten and dignified, these poems are never what you expect yet are as familiar as an ancestral landscape. Deeply layered like culture itself, this book es una flor, multi-petalled, many-voiced – sin frontera and utterly unique. From rich love poems to Neruda-esque declamaciónes to canciones and cantos, this book represents as we were, and are, When There Were No Borders, by presenting the multiverse that is US of America through the voice of one, Raúl Sánchez, crossing borders.

Raúl Sánchez is the former City of Redmond Poet Laureate 2019 – 2021. He teaches poetry in Spanish through the Seattle Arts and Lectures (WITS) program, also through the Jack Straw Educational Project. In the last three years he volunteered for PONGO Teen Writing at the Juvenile Detention Center. He runs the “Poetry in the Park” event at the Meadowbrook Pond in NE Seattle. His work has appeared in a multitude of journals, magazines, and anthologies such as IN XOCHITL, IN CUICATL or Floricanto – “Flower and Song” 100 years of chicanx/latinx poetry, published by Editorial Polibea, Madrid, Spain. His new collection When There Were No Borders was released by Flower Song Press, McAllen Texas July 2021. His latest book is All Our Brown Skinned Angels.  

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don’t delay.

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires proof of full vaccination upon arrival to the Readings Gallery. Masking is optional. Thank you for your cooperation.


*Online registration closes one hour prior to event start time. There may still be seats available at the door.

Village Books is located at 1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

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