Into Your Heart

Let’s keep waking up and showing up, whatever circumstances bring us here, and wherever we find ourselves on this path of becoming more fully who we are.

Let’s take this journey “Into Your Heart” together. 

Julie Ann Stevens

What it is:

“Into Your Heart” is an experiential workbook with eight sessions of art, meditations, and exercises to support you and help you:

  • Access your inner wisdom and experience self-compassion.
  • Welcome daily stressors and circumstances beyond your control with greater equanimity and vitality.
  • Expand your capacity to be present to reality just as it is with a daring level of awareness.

The exercises will help you observe your own stream of consciousness and recognize patterns within that block your natural response of love. You’ll learn to release these patterns as your creativity draws you into participation with the flow of life. You will be gently invited to go deeper at your own pace by the spacious artwork and beautifully-guided conversations of the workbook.

Where it comes from:

This work comes out of my own experience in a recent hallway of transformation. I chose to leave a marketing role with a global consulting firm in 2010 at the age of 51, intending to have another role within a year. 

Instead, I failed to realize my plan and increasingly lost touch with aspects of my identity highly valued by myself and the marketplace. On this path not of my own making, I started painting and studying Contemplative Spirituality. 

In 2016, after completing the Living School for Contemplation and Action founded by Richard Rohr, I sold my Loring Park condo and relocated to Watson, Minnesota where I made my art studio on the edge of a cornfield. The artwork, meditations and exercises for Into Your Heart were born out of my two and a half years on the Western Minnesota Prairie⏤a time I recognize as both Godforsaken and God-filled.

In 2019, I sold my prairie home and studio and moved back to the city where I continue on my path as a Contemplative Artist and Facilitator.

“Julie’s work is a dance between the words and images.  She calls forth the words which lie underneath the usual words and coaxes images hidden deep in our psyches.

These open meditations offer interplay of light and shadow, of becoming and letting go, of rising and falling, of expansion and withdrawal.  

Her images of skies, landscapes and horizons are archetypal of the soul and provide the open spaces so necessary to do transformative inner work.  I have deepened my own inner conversation through her wise guidance.”

The Rev. Carolyn Metzler
Spiritual Director,
The Living School for Action and Contemplation

Email Julie at for information about Into Your Heart workbooks, and private sessions.