Soul Quests

Journeys into Healing


The Soul of Healing


For 25 years, Soul Quests has been the online home of L.R. Heartsong, a healer who works in a variety of formats and modalities. Via hands-on sessions, ceremonies, retreats and teaching, as well as books and public writing, his offerings continue to evolve and reflect an ongoing journey of discovery, while upholding the archetype of the Sacred Masculine.
Healing assumes many forms, from physical to emotional to spiritual, and from the individual to the collective. In our own ways, each of us is looking for healing. We might call that a quest for meaning, or wholeness, or connection; it might be a spiritual path or searching for our place in the world. Yet all of these are simply other facets of healing and the process of finding our own light, along with the gift we have to offer.
Highly intuitive and empathic, River has long been something of a reluctant mystic; he has experienced direct revelations from Source, and 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 shamanic initiation and an in-depth apprenticeship with sacred plant medicines. He has now stepped fully into his visionary work as a 'medicine man' (curandero, healer) and spiritual guide. 
Healers, allies, and teachers come in many forms, human and other, helping us move beyond the places where we get stuck, clinging to our patterns. River holds that our work is not only to heal ourselves, but to bring more awareness and transformation to the planet. We are here to heal the generations.


Facets of L.R. Heartsong's work


A Healer's Path. New writings and new directions

The Bones and Breath

A Man's Guide to Eros, the Sacred Masculine and the Wild Soul

Kneel and Kiss the Earth

Coming soon! An inspiring compilation of posts from the Soul Artist Journal

The Soul Artist Journal

River's former weekly blog, celebrating "a life for the senses"

Private Sessions

Shamanic integration sessions and soul-based coaching

Events, Courses and Trainings

Workshops, online course, and year-long mentorship


An invitation into the depths of mystery and healing

"And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?" ~ Rumi


Friend, everything you've 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


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 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 TendingSacred and, formerly, the Soul Artist Journal, a weekly e-column he posted for nearly five years. Interviews with him include the award-winning Conversations Radio with Michael Stone, who speaks with thought leaders and social visionaries in areas of environmental restoration, evolutionary cosmology, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment.

He  has also been a featured presenter in multiple, global online symposiums featuring various experts (scientists, shamans, mystics, psychologists, healers, and more) offering their wisdom, research,  and personal guidance, all stitching us to a deeper connection with self, healing, and the 'more-than-human' world. 

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 French-trained chef. Currently he sees his work as falling into four main areas: healing work and plant spirit medicine; soul-based, integrative coaching; writing (blogs and books); and co-creative work with Nature (related to the original Findhorn work). While these areas and approaches overlap to some extent, they are also distinct from each other.  

RiverMaui1More 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... and awake.

West Coast native turned nomad, he has resided in France, England, and Spain, and though still looking for home, recently he relocated to Central Oregon. He is circulating a new book to agents/publishers, a soulful memoir about this reluctant mystic living in the English countryside with his longterm partner; a story that celebrates nature, healing, and good food, along with a bit of Old World magic. 



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River at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico this summer!

"Sacred Earth: Heart, Senses, and Soul"

An intimate summer workshop with L.R. Heartsong at historic Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, former residence of the Modernist painter Georgia O'Keeffe. This exclusive retreat is limited to 12 participants, and will be held at the secluded Casa del Sol on the property, situated at the foot of the painted cliffs.

This is the first opportunity in several years to work directly with River in a small, public group format. Set against the stunning backdrop of Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, participants will spend three days engaging consciously with soul and landscape—exploring what it means to be a "conscious evolutionary," embodying the Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine within ourselves, while deepening into relationship with place and celebrating the ordinary sacred.   CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS 

August 14–17, 2018

Videos and Interviews

"The Bones and Breath" video trailer

"The Sacred Masculine," Conversations Radio with Michael Stone (, 2015 {audio}

"Embodying the Sacred Masculine: Heart, Soul, Senses and Earth," The Heartbeat of Mother Earth Summit, 2017 {video}

"Shamanic Healing, Plants, and the Song of the World," Remembering the Truth of Who We Are, a Global Awakening Event, 2018 {video} 

"The Shamanic Path: Initiation, Evolution and Enlightenment," The Modern Shaman Mystery School, hosted by EntheoNation, May 2018 {video}