Go Deeper

Blog posts, music, books and more… Go deeper into your understanding of death, ancestral healing, and ritual connection with the resources in these page.

Heartward Blog

Becoming what we love

Becoming what we love

As we enjoyed our first wild blackberry feast on the Solstice, I smiled remembering how our beloved Pablo loved eating them with me, straight off the vines. Never mind those briars: dig your face right on in. A huge heart housed in sheer force, Pablo had resonance...

Reflections on Dying: Part 1

Reflections on Dying: Part 1

By Julia Hartsell Back in April, I got the J & J shot. Two days later, they pulled this particular vaccine because of potential blood clots in women. For a day or two, I was a bit shaken and fearful. With no undo button, I had to find a path to acceptance. I...

Musical Journeys

Joy, grief, connection, transition – music helps us through all of life’s experiences. Enjoy this collection of sets from Heartward Sanctuary’s Julia Hartsell, available on Spotify.

Seeds from the World Tree

Writings by Heartward Sanctuary Co-founder Jonathan Edwards


Julia lends her voice to two episodes of “Walk Through Grief with Grace” podcast with Jenn Cormier. Hear her talk about grieving the loss of a business and sacred space as well as talk about inviting movement for healing, focus and connection.

Death Resources

Julia and Jonathan have collected a wealth of resources on death and grief. You can see their list of recommended books here.

Video Conversations

Exploring soul, incarnation, dying, ancestors, reproductive and death rights, grief, dance and healing

ANCESTORS, INCARNATION & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: A conversation with Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine.

Dr. Daniel Foor is the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing, founder of Ancestral Medicine and an internationally respected teacher of ancestor reverence and ritual. In addition to ancestral healing, his offerings center the personhood of the other-than-humans.

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