Our Studio Retreat Center in Italy

*Note about programs in the Pandemic

      In this uncertain time, none of us can know for sure what the months ahead will bring.  Making our best guess for planning, we are aiming to resume our onsite courses in June of 2021.  Italy has led the world in facing a challenge of epic proportion and shown her courage, creativity and resilience.  The world was uplifted watching Italians sing from their balconies, nourishing the sense of community amidst the forced isolation.  Thank you Italy!  We look forward to when you can once again open your doors to the world.


The ARTS & CULTURE of Assisi

+ nearby Gubbio, Perugia, Florence, Sienna, Rome & more

Our classes, workshops and retreats have so much to offer because we are located in the heart of Umbria- an area of rich cultural & artistic heritage as well as an area of outstanding natural beauty and deep spiritual significance.

Assisi is the International City of Peace, home of St. Francis of Assisi the worlds most beloved saint and the renown painter Giotto who prefigured the Renaissance.  Assisi is a treasured destination for both art lovers and spiritual pilgrims from around the world.

Our center is located in the hills above Assisi. Our uplifting Art Gallery features the work of inspirational and visionary artists and serves as a venue for concerts and cultural events.  Our spacious and light-filled Art Studio opens onto an earthen terrace with a panoramic view of the glorious Umbrian Hills.

Drink in the ‘la Dolce Vita’ –‘the sweet life’ of Italy!   Relish the beauty of art and nature, and the joy of your own flowing creative expression.


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• Explore your creativity in a spacious and inspiring art studio!

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Awakening Arts Academy enjoys panoramic views in the beautiful hills above Assisi.  The expansive beauty that surrounds us, and the nurturing space of the studio provides a peaceful oasis for the exploration of your creative spirit.

Opportunities in the area

• Receive the heart opening blessings of St. Francis of Assisi in his hermitage and walk in his footsteps on Mount Subasio.  • Visit the Portziuncola (the chapel built by St. Francis) and  the Cathedral of Santa ChiSummer temple from aboveara (Saint Clare).  • See the 2,000 year old Minerva Temple and the ancient Roman Ruins beneath the streets of Medieval Assisi.  • Witness the astonishing beauty of the Frassasi Caves- Europe’s largest and most magnificent.  • Discover Sienna, where time stood still- and make your own Stained Glass artwork in one’s of Italy’s oldest Glass Art Studio’s...and much more!

Yoga & Meditation

The Ananda Yoga and Meditation Retreat center, an International center renown in Europe, is just across the street.  Delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga classes and meditation in the beautiful Temple of Light.  You can also enjoy cappuccino’s, homemade chocolates & pastries in the Ananda Piazza- all a three minute walk away.

Bring Your Own Groups

We also offer a wonderful opportunity for art teachers and workshop leaders who work with creative process.  You can rent our inspiring art workshop space -including a large presentation space and a hands-on art studio. Our gallery classroom space can hold over 100 participants, or provide a spacious area for movement and experiential work.  We can help you to organize your meals, accommodations and day trips to the treasures of Italy that surround our studio.



Some of the many Festivals in and around Assisi:

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We can help you plan a time that overlaps with one of the many colorful and fun festivals held in Assisi, Perugia, Bavagna, Spello, Gubbio, etc.

Create a once in a lifetime experience for your group!

Contact us for a conversation:  info (at) awakeningartsacademy.com