Jonathan Fakayode Hadas Edwards

Jonathan Fakayode Hadas Edwards has been called a country boy who happened to be born in the city. Raised in Manhattan, he followed his own weird thread through seven states and several countries before settling in the Appalachian Piedmont of North Carolina, where he supports his writing habit as a natural medicine physician trained in Classical Chinese and Western herbal currents. He is also a student and initiate of West African Ifá divination, a wisdom tradition that has profoundly shaped his life. He and his wife, Julia, run Heartward Sanctuary, a religious organization home to ritual arts, herb gardens, an apothecary and by-donation clinic, an evolving temple space and an incipient green burial ground and ancestral grove.