L.R. Heartsong is a healer who writes. For more than two decades he has deeply explored bodywork & the healing arts (both as a therapist in private practice and as an instructor), exploring creativity and the depths of soul. He teaches an embodied, sensual connection with life, nature, and the soul of the world. A dynamic speaker and teacher, he 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).
L.R. (who generally goes by his middle name of ‘River’) has been interviewed on 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. [Listen to the audio interview on the Sacred Masculine here]
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. [Find his video interview, Embodying the Sacred Masculine, here]
River is trained in somatic psychology and Hakomi Integrative Somatics (now called Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). Over the years he has developed a unique work that he refers to as Soul Embodiment coaching, which could roughly be outlined as a somatic approach to eco-depth psychology. Deeply attuned to soulful nourishment, relationship with place, and sensate perception, he holds that nature and a conscious connection with the body are essential to our re-wilding, healing, and transformation.
More than ever before, soulfully initiated adults are essential as cultural visionaries and agents of change. As a body-centered therapist, River has worked extensively with men in both individual and group settings, leading men’s groups, workshops and ‘soul initiation’ work. Much of his current focus is upon evolving our notions of masculinity and weaving them into a sustainable, spiritual ecology. Something of a reluctant Earth mystic, he guides others to open their senses and heart to embrace the deep mysteries — celebrating the body as ecstatic resource and exploring what it means to be fully human.
As with The Bones and Breath, which is widely inclusive, River’s work in the past has not been focused exclusively on gay/bi/trans men. Yet lately he has shifted his direction, fully acknowledging his unique role as a gay healer and the importance of sharing that path with his gay brothers. Hence this new website, which largely replaces his former Soul Quests site.
A shamanic practitioner, a Watsu therapist, Ayurvedic educator, and aromatherapist, River is also a French-trained chef, a weaver, and backyard beekeeper. He is the pen behind the weekly Soul Artist Journal, and his writings have been featured in elephant journal and the Good Men Project, as well as White Crane Journal (an award-winning publication that focused on gay spirituality).
River delights in sharing about conscious living and embodiment, soulful nourishment, food and healing, myths and stories, authentic Eros, awakening the Sacred Masculine, and the way of the Soul Artist. Currently he is circulating his next book to publishers, a soulful memoir about living in the English countryside with his longterm partner; a story that celebrates love, nature, and good food, along with a bit of Old World magic.
Visit the primary website for all facets of L.R. Heartsong’s work: www.soulquests.com