Soul Quests

Journeys into Healing


The Soul of Healing
For more than 20 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, retreats and teaching, as well as books and public writing, his offerings continue to evolve and reflect an ongoing journey of discovery.
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, 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 he shares with clients the information he receives during sessions. While practices like shamanic journeying and soul retrieval have not been the primary avenue for his work in the past, he is apprenticing with sacred plant medicines to more deeply embody his work as a curandero (medicine man, 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

Tending Sacred

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

The Soul Artist Journal

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

The Sacred Masculine for GBT men

Site, blog, and upcoming e-course

Healing Sessions

Hands-on healing work; Watsu, etc.

Retreats and Workshops

Collective healing with ceremony, council, and nature


An invitation into the depths of mystery and healing

"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

River3_cropL.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 (, who speaks with thought leaders and social visionaries in areas of environmental restoration, evolutionary cosmology, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. {Find the audio interview here.}  

He was a featured presenter at the Heartbeat of Mother Earth Summit, 6 - 20 February, 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 the video interview here.}

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 and plant spirit medicine; 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 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.

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. 


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