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Arts & Creativity


     Under the direction of renowned spiritual artist Dana Lynne Andersen, the Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness has been established at Ananda Assisi. The purpose of the Academy is to use all of the arts as instruments for awakening higher consciousness in the individual and transmitting that consciousness into society.  A 3 minute walk from the Ananda Center,  the Academy features a gallery of art, a studio classroom and a venue for concerts, performances and other cultural events.

     Academy courses include painting, sculpture, theatre, music, dance, poetry, film...ALL modalities of the Arts.  Courses are open to all levels of experience. No artistic experience or talent is required. For those who wish to discover and express their creative nature, weekend introductions offer a playful yet profound experience. 5-7 day courses dive deeper.  In addition the Academy offers certifications in 'Transformative Arts', Art for Peacebuilding' and 'Teaching Creativity to Children'.  All of these programs are useful tools for those in teaching, healing, counseling and art education professions.


Dana Lynne AndersenDana Lynne Andersen is known in the United States and in India as a luminary in the emerging field of Art & Consciousness. She has taught and exhibited on three continents.  Her inspiring spiritual paintings are often grande in scale and convey a sense of cosmic vision.  Several were chosen by Swami Kriyananda as covers for his books. She is the founder of “Awakening Arts”, an international network of artists committed to the creation of art that is inspiring and transformative, and is known as a loving and inspiring teacher. Dana received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy, and her Master’s Degree in the Study of Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University.

In addition to the courses offered through Ananda, the Academy also hosts programs with guest teachers, artists, muscians and healers.  The Gallery is also a venue for concerts, performances and other special events.  During your stay at Ananda be sure and come by for a visit. 

For more information, please visit Awakening Arts Academy or inquire info@awakeningartsacademy.com

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Courses in Arts & Creativity

Art and The Chakras - A Creative Adventure into the Seven Inner Realms
Rhythms of the Universe - Awakening through Art, Music and Movement
Mandala - Coming to the center of yourself and your life
The Divine Romance - Cultivating Devotion through Art & Creativity
The Powers of Creation - Manifesting your world with Light, Color and Sound
Spirit, Art, and Nature - A weekend of creativity and communion
Sacred Geometry Symposium - With Dana Lynne Andersen and Shantidev Graf
Evening of Enchantment - A Fundraiser for the Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness
Choral singing and Vocal Production Intensive—Sing Swami Kriyananda's Music - With Peter Treichler and Cristina Aanadi Pacciarini
The Gong - Experience The Sound of the Universe - With Peter Treichler and Aanadi Cristina Pacciarini
Tibetan Bells: Their Sound and Your Voice - With Peter Treichler and Aanadi Cristina Pacciarini
Spirit, Art, and Nature: Retreat and Laboratory - Create Beautiful Art in Nature- immersed in a 'studio laboratory'

Workshops with Guest Teachers

Sacred Dance Concert - With Paramjyoti
Music that can transform your life! - With Daniele Poletti and Dyuti Marra

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