Our Story

The Ahimsa Collective is a startup independent bookstore & design collective.  We specialize in compassionate living and design.  Our name is inspired by the transcendentalist authors of the 1800s including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, and Margaret Fuller.   

American transcendentalism was a philosophical and social movement.  Simply put it was a belief in individualism, idealism, and a deep connection with nature.  Some influence came from eastern religions especially the Upanishads.  Transcendentalists believed that everything is connected and happens for a reason.  They believed in the inherent goodness of man.  That in nature we can see the essence of life.  They stressed the importance of self-reliance, social justice, and encouraged free thought based on personal values.

Our bookshop will stock a full selection of new & used books, while our cafe will offer plant-based small plates with a tea & tonic bar.  Our online store is open for business as we strive to create and find products bibliophiles will adore.  If you are a vendor or investor interested in partnering with us, we'd love to hear from you! 

 

Ahimsa~ Compassion.  Reverence for all living creatures.  Avoidance of harm or violence.