L.R. Heartsong is “a healer who writes.” For more than two decades he has deeply studied and practiced bodywork and the healing arts, both as a therapist and an instructor; he is also a holistic aromatherapist, an Ayurvedic educator, trained in somatic psychology, and a certified Watsu practitioner. In his nature-based soul work, he teaches an embodied, sensual connection with life, Earth, and the soul of the world.
A dynamic speaker and teacher, River is the author of The Bones and Breath: A Man’s Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (White Cloud Press, 2014), a book hailed as “an instant classic.” A conscious man’s guide to a road less traveled, it has been praised by men and women alike as a lyrical, heart-centered guide for an evolving masculinity.
River’s interviews include the award-winning Conversations Radio with Michael Stone (arewelistening.net), who speaks with thought leaders and social visionaries in areas of environmental restoration, evolutionary cosmology, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. He has also been a featured presenter in multiple, global online symposiums featuring various experts (scientists, shamans, mystics, psychologists, healers, and more) offering their wisdom, research, and personal guidance, all stitching us to a deeper connection with self, healing, and nature.
Highly intuitive and empathic, River has long been something of a reluctant mystic; experiencing direct revelations from Source, he is in-tune with the living, dreaming Earth and its communication. Clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient, he underwent an extreme healing crisis that led to a rigorous initiation and an in-depth apprenticeship with sacred plant medicines. He has now stepped fully into his visionary work as a ‘medicine man’ and spiritual guide, with a soul-based coaching practice and shamanic integration sessions, as well as ceremonies for healing wherein he works specifically with energies of plants, ancestors, music and sound.
Aside from his transpersonal work, River is also a French-trained cook (formerly a private chef for the rich and famous), a novice weaver who uses a Navajo loom and hand-dyed yarns from an heirloom sheep breed, and is learning the Celtic folk harp. West Coast native turned nomad, he has resided in France, England, and Spain, and though still looking for home, recently he relocated to Central Oregon.
For four and a half years, River penned The Soul Artist Journal, a weekly e-column/blog celebrating “a life for the senses.” Feeling called to write more in-depth about the healing journey, in January 2017 he closed the cover on the journal and launched TendingSacred: new writing that embraces a somatic connection with nature and mystery, transformation for body and soul, as well as exploring shamanic realms and the deep imagination. Likely there will be some recipes, too, healing concoctions from a chef and Green Man turned kitchen witch.
Currently he is editing a compilation from the Soul Artist Journal, and circulating his next book to agents/publishers, a soulful memoir about this reluctant mystic living in the English countryside with his longterm partner; a story that celebrates nature, healing, and good food, along with a bit of Old World magic.
Discover the primary website for all facets of L.R. Heartsong’s work (including sessions, retreats, media and interviews): soulquests.com
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