Julie Ann Otis is an intuitive healer and artist committed to an experience of ease for every body. Julie Ann founded Samana Consulting in 2014 with the mission of empowering people to radically change their reality. Through civic engagement art, courses, and one-on-one sessions, she has partnered with leaders all over the world to change the landscape of what is possible in healing and innovation.
For more than 20 years, Julie Ann has offered embodied and empathic guidance to powerful leaders in universities, non-profits, and lobbing organizations, as well as entrepreneurs investing in social justice. She has developed her practice of embodied receptivity practices - creative visualization, meditation, neurobiology, and somatic feedback - by studying with remarkable teachers around the world. These include Seven Stones Leadership, the Focusing Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and Dell'Arte International. She received her Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Drama from Tufts University. Julie Ann brings to her work as a guide over a decade of experience in not-for-profit management, Vipassana and Metta meditation practices, and body-mind integration work including Authentic Movement, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, and Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Julie Ann's installation “American Therapy” catalyzed public compassion by translating everyday stories of people living in the U.S. into a 200 square-foot mural of poetry and portraiture. Her civic engagement art installations have garnered her national and local press as an experimental artist working at the intersection of peacebuilding and public art. She has also performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston City Hall, Harvard University, and festivals in Mexico and Honduras.
Julie Ann has published two poetry collections, elastic communion and Sermons of the Real / Sermones de lo Real, and recorded two studio albums, Bodyful Journey, a guided embodiment meditation album, and Sermons of the Real, a live-audience recording of highlights from her full-length poetry collection of the same name.