Who We Are

North Atlantic Books (NAB) is an independent, nonprofit publisher committed to a bold exploration of the relationships between mind, body, spirit, and nature. Founded in Vermont, in 1974, NAB aims to nurture a holistic view of the arts, sciences, humanities, and healing. Over the decades, it has been at the forefront of publishing a diverse range of original books in alternative medicine, ecology, and spirituality, with a pioneering publishing program that encompasses somatics, trauma, raw foods, craniosacral therapy, shamanism, and literature. NAB was incorporated as an educational nonprofit in 1980 as the Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences.

Over the years NAB has supported a wide-range of like-minded organizations through its grant-making Seeds of Transformation program.

Acquisitions, editorial, production, and marketing staff manage all books from the Berkeley office while Penguin Random House handles sales and distribution.

Mission Statement

The Society for the Study of Native Arts and Sciences (dba North Atlantic Books) is an educational nonprofit based in Berkeley, California, that collaborates with partners to develop cross-cultural perspectives; nurture holistic views of art, science, the humanities, and healing; and seed personal and global transformation by publishing work on the relationship of body, spirit, and nature.


NAB imprints

Blue Snake Books

Blue Snake Books, inaugurated in 2005, is one of the largest publishers of internal and historical martial arts books in the world. Notable titles include T’ai Chi Ch’uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health and Self Defense by Cheng Man-ch’ing; Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Qigong for Lifelong Health, Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong (Volumes 1 and 2), and Taoist Sexual Meditation: Connecting Love, Energy and Spirit by Bruce Frantzis; and Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form: History, Philosophy, and Practice by Bira Almeida.


Evolver Editions

Evolver Editions, launched in 2011, presents leading voices of the transformational movement, with publications such as José Argüelles’s Manifesto for the Noosphere: The Next Stage in the Evolution of Human Consciousness and Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition.


Sacred Activism Series

The Sacred Activism Series, launched in 2013 in collaboration with Andrew Harvey, encompasses books such as Empty Hands, A Memoir: One Woman’s Journey to Save Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa by Sister Abegail Ntleko and Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for the New Generation by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox.