"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?" ～ Rumi
Friend, everything you have clung to is too small for you.
Will you risk facing your shadow and opening wider to a more expansive version of yourself?
"I take the path that ecstatic human beings have taken for centuries." ～ Mirabai
L.R. Heartsong is "a healer who writes." For more than two decades he has deeply explored bodywork and the healing arts (both as a therapist in private practice and as an instructor at multiple colleges), 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, 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). He is the pen behind the Soul Artist Journal, and his writings have been featured in elephant journal and the Good Men Project. Interviews with him 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.
From his initial bodywork education at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in the 1990's, River then trained in somatic psychology and Hakomi Integrative Somatics (now called Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). He is also a certified Watsu therapist (warm water bodywork), an Ayurvedic educator, aromatherapist, and a shamanic practitioner. Currently he sees his work as falling into four main areas: intuitive hands-on healing as a curandero; soul-based coaching and retreats with GBT men, invoking the archetype of the Sacred Masculine; writing (blogs and books); and co-creative work with Nature (related to the Perelandra garden of Machaelle Small Wright and the original Findhorn work). While these areas and approaches overlap to some extent, they are also distinct from each other.
More than ever before, as humanity struggles to evolve, soulfully initiated adults are essential as cultural visionaries and agents of change. There is a Great Work at hand, and each of us has a part to play in its unfolding. In all that he offers, River guides others to open their senses and heart, to embrace the deep mysteries of soul and healing — celebrating the body as ecstatic resource and exploring what it means to be fully human.
A man who walks and weaves many paths, River is also a French-trained chef, a weaver, and backyard beekeeper. He delights in sharing about conscious living and embodiment, soulful nourishment, food and healing, authentic Eros, awakening the Sacred Masculine, and how Nature (and Spirit) transforms body and soul.
West Coast native turned nomad, he has resided in France, England, and Spain, and though still looking for home, he can often be found near Big Sur, California. 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.