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 and workshops; 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.
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… 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.