L.R. Heartsong is “a healer who writes.” For more than twenty-five years, in a variety of modalities—integrative bodywork, somatic psychotherapy, soul-based coaching, shamanic healing, energy and plant medicine—as well as men’s groups, workshops, and sacred ceremonies, he has helped others discover their authentic path of heart, wild soul, and deepest transformation. He teaches an embodied, healing connection with life, nature, and the Soul of the World.
A dynamic speaker and teacher, River is the award-winning author of The Bones and Breath: A Man’s Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine, and the Wild Soul (2018 Nautilus winner, Personal Growth and Self-Help), as well as the recently released To Kneel and Kiss the Earth: Inspiration from the Soul Artist Journal, and hosts the newly launched Embodied Soul Podcast (ESP).
Heartsong has been a featured presenter in multiple, global online symposiums featuring change-making influencers (scientists, shamans, mystics, psychologists, healers, and more), all stitching us to a deeper connection with self, healing, and the ‘more-than-human’ world. His interviews also 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.
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 SAJ and launched TendingSacred: lengthier 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.
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 – including extended time in the Peruvian Amazon, working with Shipibo shamans and vegetalistas. He has now stepped fully into his visionary work as a ‘medicine man’, with a soul-based coaching practice and Full Spectrum Healing, as well as sacred ceremonies for healing wherein he works specifically with energies of plants, ancestors, music and sound.
Aside from his transpersonal work, River is also a Paris-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, in 2018 he relocated to Central Oregon.
Alongside the launch of Embodied Soul Podcast, River has plunged into writing a bold new book as companion to his newest offering: the 9-week Evolutionary Health signature program. Drawn from his Full Spectrum Healing approach, and employing the very tools he used to heal himself from a health crisis in 2015, this utterly unique synthesis focuses upon healthy cuisine and detoxification, the human biofield, cellular transformation, and deep soul work to support getting “clear”—to fully embody one’s soul purpose in the world.
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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