Awakening Arts

Dana Andersen


Awakening Arts Academy offers lively weekend workshops and relaxing retreats that use all modalities of creative self expression (intuitive painting, movement & somatic awareness, clay, collage, poetry & pastel, writing, mask-making, theater, sacred music and dance, sound healing, etc.) as vehicles for self discovery, healing, personal growth and spiritual awakening.




Dana Lynne Andersen, Renowned Spiritual Artist

Dana is the founder of Awakening Arts Academy with centers in Assisi, Italy and at the Ananda Center at Laurelwoodnear Portland, Oregon.

We use creative process to access our authentic self expression, our soul intuition and ‘whole brain’ creative genius.  Simple, joyful and profound, no talent or experience is necessary– and once your creative channel is open you can apply your inspiration to all aspects of life.

Our light and spacious arts studio is nestled in the beauty of nature.

Laurelwood campus offers a peaceful rural setting with daily yoga and meditation, healthy vegetarian food, lovely gardens, and the living laboratory of an intentional spiritual community (based on the universal teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi).  Your inward journey will be uplifted by the high vibration and joyful energy on this ‘campus of higher consciousness’.

“Art has the power to transform culture and consciousness.  At Awakening Arts Academy, we engage all modalities of the Arts as vehicles to uplift the human spirit and to awaken higher consciousness.” Dana Lynne Andersen

About Dana Lynne Andersen




About Awakening Arts

Academy website here.

If you’re interested in the Transformative Arts Certificate Program, please learn more about it here.


The world is on the verge of a cultural transformation. Read more about this shift:

“A New Zeitgeist” Article published in Veritas Magazine
The Role of the Artist in Watershed Times





“Our culture pursues the ‘cutting edge’ – the endless periphery. Awakening Arts pursues the Eternal Radiance ‘whose center is everywhere, circumference nowhere.”  Dana Lynne Andersen



Upcoming Awakening Arts Programs

Artist in Residence Program

With Dana Lynne Andersen

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Our ARTIST in RESIDENCE program welcomes professional artists interested in the spiritual, healing or consciousness raising aspects of the arts, or who seek an inward journey of self discovery. Studio time in a beautiful and serene environment (holistic, vegetarian, drug and alcohol free) with options for daily yoga and meditation…

Creator in Residence Program

With Dana Lynne Andersen

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Our CREATOR in RESIDENCE program offers a unique opportunity for self exploration, creative unfoldment and soul replenishment. No talent or experience is necessary. Our unique ‘soul centered’ approach focuses on the transformative process of creativity. We believe every human being is an artist, and that engaging the creative process awakens…

Painting from the Heart and Soul

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 21 - 25, 2018
Unleash the joy and passion of your own unique expression.

Free your Creative Spirit Workshop

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 28 - March 3, 2018
Creativity is the language of the Soul: It opens our hearts and lifts our spirit.

Dance with Freedom and JOY!

With Dana Lynne Andersen

March 16 - 18, 2018
Connect with the rhythms of the Universe and let yourself melt into the flow.

The Seven Chakra Dance

With Dana Lynne Andersen

March 17 - 18, 2018
 We'll dance freely to music that moves through the chakras - from tribal drumming for the first chakra, watery flow music for the second chakra...

Centering: Mandala and Labyrinth

With Dana Lynne Andersen and Amy Saha

March 21 - 25, 2018
In this deeply experiential week we will use the ancient forms of the mandala and labyrinth to guide us home to the center within our own Being.

Art, Rebirth & Transformation Workshop

With Dana Lynne Andersen

March 30 - 31, 2018
As spring blossoms burst forth from barren branches, our souls rejoice in the miracle of rebirth. Let go of what is old and dead, open to what is new and alive.

Healing Journey: An Inner Journey of Self Discovery and Transformation

With Dana Lynne Andersen

April 13 - 20, 2018
A skillfully and lovingly facilitated journey into the depths of your heart and the heights of your Soul.

Transformational Journey: the Evolution of Consciousness

With Dana Lynne Andersen

May 20 - 27, 2018
Discover the the Seven Realms of Being within… The Inner Path comes to life in this extraordinary Retreat! 

Spirit, Art & Nature

With Dana Lynne Andersen and Hosanna White

May 30 - June 3, 2018
A week of creativity and communion in Nature.  Blissful days of painting and learning to co-create with the the devas and nature spirits.


Past Awakening Arts Programs

Healing Journey: An Inner Journey of Self Discovery & Transformation – May 2017

Soul Wisdom Intuitive Painting Workshop & Retreat – April 2017

Art, Rebirth, and Transformation Workshop – April 2017

Journey of the Soul Retreat: Spirit Vision, Soul Collage, and Dreamwork – April 2017

The Flowering of Children’s Natural Creativity – March 2017

Art as Spiritual Practice – April 2016

Spirit & Soul Collage Weekend Workshop – March 2016

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