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 MS, MFA, LAc is a writer, natural medicine practitioner, ritual drummer and initiate of West African Ifá divination. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has followed a winding path across several continents in search of healing, wisdom and insight into the roots of our planetary spiritual crisis.
He began studying traditional Asian medicine in 2006, continuing under Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and then to Nepal on a Fulbright fellowship in 2008-2009. While abroad he had a moving experience with a last-of-his-lineage Ayurvedic physician which inspired him to apply to clinical programs in Asian medicine. He graduated from NUNM's Classical Chinese Medicine program in 2014, during which time he was also immersed in plant spirit medicine and Ifá tradition. He has since pursued post-graduate herbal studies as well as training in Ancestral Lineage Healing, through which he met Julia (set up by the ancestors!).
Aside from writing, healing and priestly work, Jonathan 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!"