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.

Please note that the programs for the USA are in 2021!!

These programs are also offered in Italy in May and June 2019 and again in April, May and June 2020. Click here to learn more about the Academy’s art courses in Italy!

Many of these courses satisfy some of the requirements for the Transformative Arts Certification Program. For more information about the certification program, click here.

Dates The Center at Ananda Laurelwood Details Register
February 12 - 14, 2021 Open Your Heart Through Art
February 12 - March 12, 2021 Creator in Residence Program
February 19 - 21, 2021 Joyful, Authentic, Original Self Expression
February 21 - 26, 2021 Painting from the Heart and Soul
March 7 - 12, 2021 Free your Creative Spirit
March 21 - 26, 2021 Healing Journey

Dana Lynne Andersen, Renowned Spiritual Artist

Dana is the founder of Awakening Arts Academy with centers in Assisi, Italy and at the Center at Laurelwood near 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

Awakening Arts Academy in Italy

If you’re interested in the Transformative Arts Certificate Program, learn more about it here! or download our 2019 PDF brochure!


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

Open Your Heart Through Art

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

February 12 - 14, 2021
Using art and creativity to ‘become as little children,' we will PLAY with art- clay, collage, paint and pastel- focusing on the process, not the product. Through this creative process we can reach beyond the mind to touch the heart directly.

Creator in Residence Program

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

February 12 - March 12, 2021
Our CREATOR in RESIDENCE program offers a unique opportunity for self exploration, creative unfoldment and soul replenishment. No talent or experience is necessary. […]

Joyful, Authentic, Original Self Expression

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

February 19 - 21, 2021
Express your authentic Self! You have a very particular expression that is yours alone. Learn how to express your TRUE SELF.

Painting from the Heart and Soul

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

February 21 - 26, 2021
Unleash the joy and passion of your own unique expression.

Free your Creative Spirit

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

March 7 - 12, 2021
Creativity is the language of the Soul: It opens our hearts and lifts our spirit.

Healing Journey

With Dana Lynne Andersen, MA

March 21 - 26, 2021
A Creative Journey of Inner Transformation that takes us to the heart and soul of who we really are. Using all the modalities of the arts – pastel drawing, painting, clay, collage, singing, expressive dance, authentic movement, costume and theater- etc., as vehicles for self exploration, healing and spiritual growth.

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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