Creator & Artist in Residence Programs

Awakening Arts Academy is an international nexus for art, creativity & consciousness.

We have two beautiful Art Centers- one near Portland, Oregon USA and one near Assisi, Italy. Our centers include a gallery venue for exhibitions, concerts and events as well as a visual arts studio and classroom for hands on work. Both locations offer access to daily yoga & meditation and surrounding beauty with gardens, nature trails, etc.  Both offer CREATOR in RESIDENCE and ARTIST in RESIDENCE programs.

Artist in Residence Program with Dana Lynne Andersen

Our AIR welcomes professional artists interested in the spiritual, healing or consciousness raising aspects of the arts, or who seek an inward journey of self discovery.

Creator in Residence Program with Dana Lynne Andersen

A unique opportunity for self exploration, creative unfoldment and soul replenishment. No talent or experience is necessary.

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Enjoy the pastoral beauty of the Oregon countryside with easy access to one of America’s most culturally alive cities (@ 45 minutes). Its official city motto, “Keep Portland Weird”, ensures you can experience the gamut. Try some Kombucha on tap with a shot of fresh turmeric juice!

Our beautiful light filled studio is located on a campus dedicated to ‘Education for Higher Consciousness’. In addition to the space equipped for visual arts, there are also adjoining spaces for movement, music and theater- including a performance auditorium.

Ananda LaurelwoodIn Portland room and board are included in the program fee. The Academy has its own facility on the campus of the Ananda Laurelwood retreat center and spiritual community. You can choose your level of involvement in this ‘living laboratory’ of intentional spiritual community based on the universal teachings of Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda (author of “Autobiography of a Yogi”). The campus includes beautiful views of rolling hills, nature trails, gardens and orchards, chickens and llamas- life in the country!



TUITION is $700 a month.

This is offered March-May in Portland and September-November in Assisi.

This includes classes, morning circles, creativity catalysts, guided studio time, personal attention and most art materials- paints, brushes, magazines, scissors, glue, glitter etc.

In Portland full room and board is an additional $1,100 per month, $1,800 per month program total.

In Assisi, room and board are separate, in the range of $700-$3,000 per month depending on your choice of options.


TUTION is a $350 per month studio fee.

In Portland, full room and board are an additional $1,100 per month, for a $1,450 per month program total.

In Assisi room and board are separate and there is a kitchenette in the studio for meal preparation.

For more information about our Assisi Art Center, follow this link:

SHARE YOUR WORK We also serve our local communities by bringing international artists to our region. We invite participants to share their presence and their work in some way & we provide opportunities for this sharing (assistance in organizing a presentation, class or community project).

To read a personal account of an Artist in Residence experience, follow this link:

Disciplines and media offered:

Visual Art
Educational Programs
New Media
Performing Arts
Transformative Arts Facilitation (similar to Expressive Arts Therapy)