Julia Hartsell is a dancer, a catalyst for soulful, earth-honoring community and the founder of The Flowjo, a sanctuary for embodied practice in Carrboro, NC. With a background in performance art and world religions, Julia has spent her adult life seeking the mystical through movement. Trusting the body’s inherent wisdom and sacredness, she utilizes these diverse practices to help access the body’s intuition for emotional expression and transformation. This spiraling path has spun her around the world, into non-ordinary states of consciousness and deeper into devotional dance as a healing practice. With an animist worldview, her work is focused on reclaiming relational ways of living and ancient forms of medicine in service of personal and ancestral healing. Julia is a Dance Facilitator, Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner, Death Doula and Home Funeral Guide and is committed to reclaiming the beauty, sacredness and meaning at end-of-life passages. She has developed Community Grief Ceremonies, Ritual Dances and Ancestral Dance practices for reconnection with elemental forces and ancestral allies. With love of the earth’s waters, Julia is an Initiate of Osun and Obatala in the Ifá/Òrìsà tradition of Yoruba West Africa.
Jonathan Hadas Edwards, LAc is a writer, herbalist and NC state-licensed acupuncturist with over a decade's experience in East and Southasian medicine and related healing arts. His Masters is from NUNM's School of Classical Chinese Medicine.
While in Nepal on a Fulbright fellowship in 2009, he had a moving experience with a last-of-his-lineage Ayurvedic physician which showed him both how potent traditional healing arts can be, and how at-risk their lineages can be in the modern world. Inspired him to pursue serious clinical training in Asian medicine, he matriculated at NUNM, during which time he immersed himself in western herbal traditions and in mantic arts such as the I Ching. He has since pursued post-graduate herbal studies as well as training in Ancestral Lineage Healing, through which he met Julia.
Having experienced the power of these diverse healing traditions firsthand, he is passionate about making their profound benefits available to others through his work with Heartward and in private practice.
Alongside from writing and healing work, Jonathan is Heartward Sanctuary's resident gardener, apothecary, and incense artisan. He is a believer in the sacredness of play, and tries to remember Zen teacher D.T. Suzuki’s words: “What we’re doing here is important, we'd better not take it too seriously!"
More at JonathanHadasEdwards.com.