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

New Years Creative Vision Quest

With Dana Lynne Andersen

December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Will You Follow the Compass of Your Soul? This year make your New Year a time of NEW VISION Discover your highest DESTINY This unique workshop uses the power of right brain modalities to access the wisdom and creative genius of your own internal compass. Transform your PAST, PRESENT &…

Collage ~ Archetypes of Soul and Spirit

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 1 - 3, 2019
Through creative play we connect with the source of vitality and radiance that is always at the core of our Being.  We’ll use collage and theatrical improvisation to discover and embody the inner archetypal energies that can heal, nourish and guide us.   Activate your Intuitive Wisdom.   Experience Revelations…

Joyful, Authentic, Original Self-Expression

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 8 - 10, 2019
Book now and get $50.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Dec 31, 2018.
Express your True Self with freedom and JOY! You are unique in all the world!  You have a very particular expression that is yours alone.    Come learn how to truly express yourself-  your joyful, authentic, original TRUE SELF…the real you that is your Soul Nature. In one short weekend…

Painting from the Heart and Soul

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 11 - 15, 2019
Liberate your own unique, authentic creative expression! This full-immersion intuitive painting workshop gives you the freedom to express your inner Self without self-criticism. Proven techniques will overcome blocks and open the doorway to inspiration. Discover the bliss of losing yourself in the vibrant flow of creative energy. Experience true originality…

Free Your Creative Spirit

With Dana Lynne Andersen

February 18 - 22, 2019
Book now and get $100.00 off listed prices. Offer valid until Dec 31, 2018.
Open the channel to your own unique creative self expression! Creativity is the language of the Soul!  When we are in a high vibration creative flow our hearts open and our spirit expands.  Awaken the artist inside you, and use your innate creativity as a powerful tool for personal and…

Transformational Journey: the Evolution of Consciousness

With Dana Lynne Andersen

March 9 - 16, 2019
Discover the the Seven Realms of Being within… The Inner Path comes to life in this extraordinary Retreat! 


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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