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 that has been 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. Recently, he was a featured presenter at the Heartbeat of Mother Earth Summit, 6 – 20 February, 2017, a global online symposium featuring 36 experts (scientists, shamans, mystics, psychologists, and more) offering their wisdom, research, and personal guidance, all stitching us to a deeper connection with self and Nature.
Highly intuitive and empathic, River has long been something of a reluctant mystic, in-tune with the living, dreaming Earth and its communication. In recent years, he has become more open about his clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient gifts when he lays hands upon a person, and the energy he channels during healing sessions. While practices like shamanic journeying and soul retrieval have not been the primary avenue for his work in the past, he is apprenticing with sacred plant medicines to more deeply embody his work as a curandero (medicine man, healer) and spiritual guide.
Beyond healing work, River is also a French-trained cook (formerly a private chef for the rich and famous), a backyard beekeeper, and a novice weaver who uses a Navajo loom and hand-dyed yarns from an heirloom sheep breed. West Coast native turned nomad, he has resided in France, England, and Spain, and though still looking for home, he is often found near Big Sur, California, either wandering in nature or relishing the beauty of what he has gathered in the kitchen.
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 deep 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 circulating his next book to agents/publishers, a soulful memoir about living in the English countryside with his longterm partner; a story that celebrates love, 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 (and interviews): soulquests.com