On Being Human book cover


“Jen Pastiloff is the only human ray of sunshine who could ever make me earnestly consider incorporating unpalatable things like ‘manifesting joy’ and ‘listening’ (UGH) into my life. This book is a treasure.”

—Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life and Meaty

On Being Human: Jennifer Pastiloff in Conversation with Laura Donnelly

Monday June 10, 2019
07:00 pm

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In her inspiring and profoundly honest memoir, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard, Pastiloff tells her life story, one that is at once captivatingly personal and astonishingly universal. She is joined by 2019 Tony-nominated actress and lead in HBO's The Nevers, Laura Donnelly.


Through her journey, Pastiloff conveys a powerful experience that most of us are missing in our lives: being heard and being told “I got you,” a sentiment that now lies at the core of her work. Her bold yet relatable ideas have won her a loyal social media following and thousands of devotees who often travel across the globe to attend her workshops and retreats.

Exuberant, beautifully written, and extraordinarily brave, On Being Human is a celebration of happiness and self-realization over darkness and doubt.

On Being Human is beautiful and tender, profound and absorbing. I never wanted to put it down. In writing with such clarity and honesty about her jagged path to becoming, Jennifer Pastiloff has told the story of not only herself, but so many of us. I was consoled by this book and also inspired. On every page I felt the presence and the power of Pastiloff’s brave and gigantic heart. This is a book friends will tell friends they have to read for years to come. It’s an important, enthralling debut.”  

—Cheryl Strayed


Jennifer Pastiloff travels the world with her unique workshop On Being Human, a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing aloud, letting the snot fly, and the occasional dance party. Jennifer is a frequent contributor to SHAPE Magazine, including SHAPE Escape at Miraval Resort and the Women Run the World initiative, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, New York Magazine, Health Magazine, CBS News, and others for her unique style of teaching, which she has taught to thousands of women in sold-out workshops all over the world. Jen is also the guest speaker at Canyon Ranch, and she leads Writing and The Body workshops with author Lidia Yuknavitch, as well as retreats with Emily Rapp Black. Founder of the online magazine The Manifest-Station, when Jen is not traveling she is based in Los Angeles with her husband and son and a cup of coffee, but her heart is still on the east coast, where she was born.


Laura Donnelly is a stage and screen actress who was recently nominated for a Tony award in the Best Leading Actress category for Broadway's The Ferryman.She also won the 2018 Best Actress Olivier Award for the same role.

Laura Donnelly will lead the much-anticipated Joss Whedon series on HBO, The Nevers.