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Creative Immersion

September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Creator in Residence Program in Assisi, Italy

A guided ‘Artist in Residence’ program for creative exploration &  self discovery

A Creator in Residence’ is someone who is exploring their own creative unfoldment, no talent or experience is required.  We offer a nurturing space with loving support so you can take the time to delve into your inner world and bring forth your own unique creative expression. Whether you are an emerging artist or an adventurous spirit, this is a wonderful opportunity to spread your wings and fly!

The Creator in Residence Program in Assisi

In 2017 the CIR program is offered in Italy September 22nd through October 1st

Each Creator in Residence Program is a unique flow co-created by the participants.  The flow will include morning circles for inspiration and guidance, studio time (often silent, sometimes with music), occasional nights out for pizza in Assisi, excursions to the sacred sites of St. Francis and the artistic treasures of Italy.  Meals together are spiced with lively conversations; and there is also ample time for replenishing alone time- walks in nature, early morning meditations, etc. Precious time dedicated to delving deeply into our own inner process balances with sharing, laughter and fun. 


CIR TUITION   @ €400

Tuition covers your use of the studio and basic materials, guided catalyzing processes and a light structure that affords loving support of your process. 


We also offer an Artist in Residence Program

An Artist in Residence’ is a practicing artist (or writer, playwright, filmmaker, etc.) who seeks the time, space and inspiration that nourishes an emerging body of work.  As an AIR you can set your own schedule, taking advantage of the rich resources that surround the Academy- the beautiful and peaceful natural environment, the yoga and meditation at Ananda, the culturally vibrant towns and cities nearby.

In 2017 the AIR program in Italy is available October- May.

Our residency program provides a unique opportunity in an uplifting environment.  The Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness is located in the heart of Umbria, near Assisi- the international city of peace and home of St. Francis of Assisi.  We are also across the street from one of Europe’s most popular yoga and meditation retreat centers- Ananda. We offer a place for artists to ‘go to the mountain top’- to seek the highest font of Being as the source of their inspiration.  In this environment of beauty and spirituality, the heart and mind can open and expand. 

The Academy facility offers a spacious gallery & movement space with an adjoining studio classroom that opens out onto an earthen terrace with a panoramic view of Umbrian countryside.  During the summertime the Academy is alive with courses and various creative activities- music jams, concerts, theater, etc.  In the autumn and winter we shift gears from teaching and enter into a season of studio time.  We begin a sojourn into the creative process.

Depending on the time of your stay you may be the only artist present in the space, or you may be sharing the space with up to 5 others.  There is plenty of room for each to have their own table & work area in the painting studio as well as access to the large movement space in the gallery. When there is more than one, you can connect in a spirit of community and enjoy the contagious buzz of creativity flowing in the midst. However, we often work in silence and hold strongly to the principle that each creator has their own ‘corner of the universe’ that is free from observation or intrusion.  Our unique mission as a center for spiritual art means that we value silence, seclusion and the opportunity to delve deep within your own soul.

AIR TUITION   €175 per week/ €500 per month

Tuition covers your use of the studio including the kitchen and office, free internet access and use of common tools such as paint brushes, staplers, scissors, wire cutters, hammers, drills & other building tools, glue, wire, string, as well as some basic supplementary art supplies such as student grade colored pencils, chalk & oil pastels.  Artists will be responsible for their own art supplies such as canvas, paint, etc.  We can assist you in purchasing your supplies in Italy.


For those staying one month or more, we have made special arrangements at ‘Arcobelano’ (‘rainbow’), a guesthouse next door to the academy, for a limited number of rooms at a special price.  Each room includes a bathroom en suite.  Meals are not included, but you can use the kitchen at the Academy.

You can also stay at Ananda, the International Yoga and Meditation Center across the street. Your stay there includes room + full board  http://ananda.it/en/accommodations

Yoga & Meditation

Daily yoga & meditation are available through the Ananda Center. Please contact them directly for details as to schedules and costs.



Communications Director:    Panna Maestrini  

(Panna speaks Italian, French, German and English) 

 Pannaum@gmail.com     +39 340 9018077

Academy Director:    Dana Lynne Andersen  

 (English only)   info@awakeningartsacademy.com    


Travel Directions   https://awakeningartsacademy.com/come-visit/visit-us-assisi/


* Arte Spirito is open to all paths and honors all spiritual traditions.  We are adjacent to the international yoga and mediation center of Ananda (Ananda is based on the path of Raja Yoga and the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda)  Participants may choose their level of involvement with the Ananda community.



Arte Spirito in Assisi, Italy
Via Montecchio, 61
Nocera Umbra, Perugia I-06025 Italy
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