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OPEN YOUR CREATIVE CHANNEL! Onsite at the Expanding Light Retreat

May 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - May 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm


May 6th-8th.  ONSITE and HANDS ON

Join us at the Living Wisdom Center, on the campus of Ananda Village near Nevada City California.  Accommodations with delicious vegetarian meals are available at the beautiful Expanding Light Retreat Center. 

Discover Your ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC Creative Expression!

This immersive weekend takes a joyous leap into the sheer delight of childlike spontaneous self-expression.  As we free the blocks that keep us from expressing our own unique BEING- we open the channel for the flow of Divine Energy through us. 

The Video above was shot at the Ananda Village ‘Living Wisdom Center’ where our class will take place


What you will Discover:The face of Creative JOY!

The pure JOY of childlike spontaneous expression

Your own ORIGINAL artistic voice

How to OPEN the doorway to inspiration


It is only scary for the first 3 seconds.  The time it takes to say YES.  Once you are willing, the floodgates will open.  Dance while you paint, laugh while you create… PLAY!  The product is irrelevant.  This is not about making ‘art’.  It’s about recovering your inner vitality.  It’s about becoming a child so that you can enter the kingdom of God.

Expanding Light Retreat Paint Dance

“I always love it when people say ‘baby steps’ to imply they’re being tentative, when actually baby steps are a great unbalanced, wholehearted enthusiastic lurch into the unknown.”
Olivia Smith














Expanding Light Retreat Center
Expanding Light Retreat Center

Space is very limited!

Meals & accommodations are offered through the Expanding Light Retreat Center.  REGISTER HERE

For more information: joy@awakeningartsacademy.com 





Ananda Village Community
Ananda Village Community

Held at the Living Wisdom Center at Ananda Village just outside of Nevada City, California.  BOOK accommodations at at the Expanding Light Retreat Center    

The Living Wisdom Center is a gorgeous space designed to be a center for the Arts.  Ananda village is an intentional spiritual community founded in 1968.  Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.  The Expanding Light Retreat Center offers daily Yoga and Meditation as well as delicious vegetarian meals. 



The Crystal Hermitage
The Crystal Hermitage
The Living Wisdom Center
The Living Wisdom Center









Ananda Village is also home to the Crystal Hermitage which hosts the annual Tulip Festival, well known in Nevada County.  Our workshop takes place just a week after the festival so the gardens will still be lovely!


May 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am
May 8, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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