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, 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.
More than ever before, soulfully-initiated adults are essential as cultural visionaries and agents of change. As with The Bones and Breath, a work that is widely inclusive, River’s work in the past has not been focused exclusively on gay/bi/trans men. Yet lately he has shifted direction, fully acknowledging his unique role as a gay healer and the importance of weaving connections with the gay/bi/trans community.
Highly intuitive and empathic, L.R. Heartsong 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. After undergoing a healing crisis that led to a rigorous shamanic initiation and an in-depth apprenticeship with sacred plant medicines, he has stepped fully into 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, these days he lives in the California desert and leads sacred ceremonies for healing.
Visit the primary website for all facets of L.R. Heartsong’s work (and interviews): soulquests.com