There are several books that recommend the work of the Human Awareness Institute. Stan Dale, the founder of HAI, has written two books; “Fantasies can set you free” and “My Child, My Self: How to Raise the Child You Always Wanted to Be”. Stan also wrote a chapter of the extremely successful anthology “A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul” (the sequel to the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul”).
A book that breathes the HAI spirit is “The Ethical Slut” by Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy. Stan made a small contribution to this ground breaking and by now classic guide for all who want to live outside a traditional monogamous lifestyle. Stan also wrote the introduction for the couples Self-help guide “Intimacy: The Green Light for Red Hot Sex and a Lifetime of Loving” by Jeffre Talltrees and Orv Fry.
In her excellent Guide to Non Violent Communication (NVC) “Don’t Be Nice, Be Real: Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others,” Kelly Bryson strongly recommends HAI. The communication techniques used and taught in HAI workshops are closely related to NVC.
Yella Cremer recommends HAI in her new handbook “The Sex Guide: A journey through 35 sex schools and workshops to better your sex life, physical health and spirituality”. Based on her own experiences, Yella describes 50 different ways of working with love and sexuality in workshops, videos, and books. HAI is not a sex workshop per se, however, Yella felt that HAI’s approach to love, sexuality and intimacy is beneficial for a better sex life and relationships and chose to include HAI in her book.
Michael Chorost’s book “World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity. Machines and the Internet” weaves science together with his personal experience of addressing severe hearing loss by having cochlear implants. Interested in the symbiosis of man and machine, Chorost discusses in detail his experiences at HAI workshops and puts them in a scientific context: What effect has gentle touch, without a sexual agenda, on your hormones? How healthy is a positive self-image? For the lay person this book is not always easy to read but nevertheless fascinating.
Another interesting read is Martin Ucik’s “Integral Relationships: A Manual for Men”. Ucik refers to Ken Wilbert’s Integral Model that is aimed at men, contrary to the majority of relationship literature aimed at women. HAI is recommended in the annex.