We are a North Carolina-based 508c(c)1(a) non-profit dedicated to midwifing metamorphosis, tending life's thresholds and sacred transitions. Our projects include personal and group ritual offerings, a sliding-scale acupuncture and herbal clinic, ancestral healing work, community dances, an evolving temple space and an incipient green burial ground and ancestral grove. 

Committed to fostering relationship with the other-than-human world and tending our beloved dead through expressive and ritual arts, we are artists, ritualists, healers and writers seeding a new culture nourished by ancient roots.  More about us

White Lillies

Oct 31 - Nov 1

 in Silk Hope, NC

 Potent Medicine

from the Heart

in Silk Hope, NC and remotely

Open-air Dance Sanctuaries

in Silk Hope, NC

dates TBA

Dance has traditionally been a way to honor and connect with the earth, sun and lunar cycles, our other-than-human kin and the ancestors. Music and dance have been essential ways of grieving, celebration and healing. Ancestral Dance is a ritualized movement practice that offers opportunity to remember and reclaim our ancestral, animist ways. Engaging with the ancestors can support  healing of ourselves, the dead and the earth. 

Custom retreats for individuals or couples seeking a healing immersion in a scenic natural setting on the Haw river in North Carolina’s Eastern Piedmont. 

Retreats are built around your needs and goals; a typical schedule includes 2 sessions per day, with plenty of time and space in between to rest, reflect and integrate while enjoying the river and natural surrounds.

Acupuncture, spiritual readings (divination), herbal consultations, ancestral healing, custom personal ritual support and death doula work are available.  

Heartward Sanctuary

 508(c)(1)(a) non-profit

religious organization

Founded in North Carolina in 2019

All rights reserved


Kathleen Hunter

Anna Maynard

Julia Hartsell

Jonathan Edwards


© 2019 Heartward Sanctuary