Influences + Reading List

From historical movements, manifestos, artists, activists and vagabonds both dead and alive, this list of heavenly influences includes a recommended reading list, audio and videos.

"The literature of the near future will probably ignore the country and seek inspiration from the town. . . and those who care for the earth with sincerity may wait long ere the pendulum swings back to her again." — E.M. Forster, 1910

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Current Movements


Traditions & Earlier Movements

  • Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant, Charleston House

  • Virginia Woolf & Leonard Woolf, The Hogarth Press

  • The Bloomsbury Group

  • The Blue Stockings

  • Shunryu Suzuki, Soto Zen

  • The Arts and Crafts Movement

Artist’s Manifestos

Marina Abramovich, An Artist's Life Manifesto

Bauhaus Manifesto 1919

Mierle Laderman Ukeles Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969

> More manifestos are discussed on the blog.

Influential Texts

Dougald Hine & Paul Kingsnorth, Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto

St Theresa of Avila
Mary C. Earle, The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness
Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Wendell Berry, It All Turns on Affection, Why I am Not Going To Buy A Computer

C.G. Jung, Aspects of the Feminine

Rebecca Solnit, The Mother of All Questions and Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable
The Bahá’í Faith’s 1977 message Two Wings of a Bird
Sharon Blackie @sharonblackie, If Women Rose Rooted
Stephen Jenkinson, Die WiseMoney and the Souls Desires - A Meditation on Wholeness
Charles Davies, I thought I was on the way to work, but I was on the way home
Martin Shaw, A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower, Scatterlings


Matthew Walker @sleepdiplomat, Why We Sleep


Johnathan Martin, @theboyonthebike, Son of a Preacher Man
The Sacred Podcast
Stephen Jenkinson, Orphan Wisdom

Björk interviews Arvo Part, How strong is music?
Sanctuaries of Silence, Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton