The Art of Money Book

Winner of 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal
Winner of 2017 Nautilus Book Award Silver
Published by Parallax Press | Distributed by Penguin Random House

The Art of Money is the book your money-savvy best friend, therapist, and accountant would write if they could. Bari Tessler’s integrative approach creates the real possibility of “money healing,” using our relationship with money as a gateway to self-awareness and a training ground for compassion, confidence, and self-worth. Tessler’s gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big-picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty-gritty money practices. Guiding readers through a step-by-step journey, The Art of Money will help anyone transform their relationship with money and, in so doing, transform their life. As the author writes, “When we dare to speak the truth about money, amazing healing begins.”

The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness is the emotional and practical financial education you deserve … but probably never got.

It gently guides you through an elegant, integrative 3-phase methodology: Money Healing, Money Practices, and Money Maps. This holistic approach welcomes your whole self into your money relationship, so you can:

  • Let go of your “money shame” with a simple (yet profound) mindfulness practice
  • Take small-yet-mighty steps forward, in your emotional healing and To Do list
  • Use ritual, forgiveness, and contemplation to cultivate a sense of wholeness and peace
  • Personalize your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly money tasks so they feel like rich, creative self-care practices
  • Learn how “money dates” with your honey (or family or biz partner) can actually bring you closer together (oh, yes!)
    Put money in its rightful place: supporting your cherished values and Big Life Dreams.

So many of us lack a truly integrative understanding and approach to money. Bari Tessler’s gentle techniques weave together emotional depth, big-picture visioning, and refreshingly accessible, nitty-gritty money practices. She offers readers a new approach to their relationship with money—as a path of mindfulness, a doorway into self-awareness, a training ground for self-worth, a key to unlock intimacy, and a potent opportunity for radical un-shaming, self-care, and compassion. Both she and her book are warm, fun, reassuring, and full of surprises!”

~ From our publisher, Parallax Press

Hi, I’m Bari Tessler,

I’m a Financial Therapist and have a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology. I am also the founder of The Art of Money, a year-long money school.

I earned my Masters degree from Naropa University, working in the mental health field and the bereavement side of Hospice for over a decade. Then, I ran a bookkeeping business for therapists, coaches and artists and realized my mission was to merge emotional literacy with financial literacy.

In 2001, I created my first Financial Therapy methodology and have been teaching it in small to large groups for 21 years. I am also the author of The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness and The Art of Money Workbook (published in 2022).

I’m so thrilled to share this book with you. It includes my entire, 3-phase financial therapy methodology along with teaching stories from my dear community and insights from my personal money journey.

The Art of Money is …

  • Winner of the 2017 Benjamin Franklin gold medal, one of the highest national awards for excellence in independent publishing.
  • Winner of the 2017 Nautilus Book Award silver medal, which honors “exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living & green values.”
  • Published by Parallax Press: beloved Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s publishing house.
  • Lovingly printed on recycled paper.

Sit back … and let me read the first few pages to you.

You really can bring all of your heart, wisdom, and creativity into your money practices. In fact? It’s essential.

This book is for women and men of all ages and economic backgrounds. For couples, individuals, and creative entrepreneurs. For people brand-new to working on their “money stuff” or veterans of the financial and personal growth worlds. For anyone who is ready to (finally) look money in the eye and make friends with it.

The Art of Money Audiobook is Live

The Art of Money is available in Hardcover, Paperback, and Audio Formats

You can purchase The Art of Money through the retailers below:

Art of Money Book Translations:

  • Korean (paperback), Uknowbooks, 2020
  • Poland, Agora SA, 2022
  • Czech Republic, Euromedia Group, 2022

Kind Words from Money Visionaries

Tara Mohr Circle

Reading The Art of Money is like being brought into conversation with the most loving and wise money  guide you can imagine. This book will be useful for everyone, but I am particularly excited about it’s potential to empower women around this critical part of our lives that we often avoid or neglect. Through this book, Bari has completely changed the way I understand my relationship to money, for the much, much better.

~ Tara Mohr,  Author of Playing Big:
Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead


The Art of Money offers a sacred and essential bridge between money pain and shame and our deepest dreams for financial well being. Intuitive and wise, warm and practical, Bari Tessler has the rare gift of holding space for healing AND inspiring action. If you desire a new relationship with money – an empowering one, worthy of your highest self – this is the perfect place to start.

~ Wokie Nwabueze, Speaker & Creator of The Courage to be Seen & Heard


The Art of Money is a must-read. I’ve always said, “if you don’t deal with money, your money will deal with you.” Bari’s heart-felt stories and practical approach will give you just what you need to get a handle on money. Bravo!

~ Barbara Stanny, author of Overcoming Underearning and
Sacred Success: A Course in Financial Miracles.


 I’ve taught about business and money to thousands of heart-centered and spiritual entrepreneurs, and I’m really struck by the humanness, the practicality and the depth of what you’ve written here. The stories, the empathy, the clarity and the nitty-gritty come together in a beautiful alchemy of usefulness. I know I’m going to be recommending this book to our clients and community as a primary resource.

~ Mark Silver, M.Div. Founder and CEO, Heart of Business, Inc.


Money has always been personal, but the rules of money have changed. That is why finding financial happiness is both complicated and beautiful. With “The Art of Money,” Bari Tessler reminds us all that one of the best personal finance decisions you can make is to get to know yourself better. Her book, her methodology, helps you to do just that – using money as the genesis for self-discovery, self-examination, and self-love.

~ Jaquette Timmons, Financial behaviorist and author of
“Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate”


The Art of Money on the road

Book Tour Travelogue - Boulder

I hit the road in the summer and fall of 2016 to celebrate the birth of my book. Check out stories and photos from the book tour right here.

Interviews & Media

Check out the dozens of podcast interviews, articles, reviews, and book profiles that are part of the (ongoing) virtual book tour right here.

Book clubs are popping up around the world!

Oh, this warms my heart! People from all different ages, backgrounds, religions, political views, and income brackets are gathering together and forging bonds by getting vulnerable about money. See real-life examples and get a full, free guide on how to create your own Art of Money book club right here.

Book selfies from YOU, our community

Thanks so much to YOU, my dear community, for supporting this work and letting it into your life. This is truly a dream come true.

Articles about my book creation experience.
My book’s first birthday: 30 things I’m celebrating

I’m so grateful that so many people are loving this book, and I can’t wait for you to read it, too!