Our Team

The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness is a labor of love, requiring many hands to make the miracle of our work. 

Each year we have visiting artists who offer a course or show their work in our gallery.  We have a growing faculty of Transformative Arts instructors, students from the world, and lovers of art who come to partake and appreciate…. And we have YOU- interested, curious, stumbling across our words or images – and something in your soul responds.  Follow that little spark!


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Creative Director, Dana Lynne Andersen

Dana Lynne Andersen has taught and exhibited on three continents. Her paintings have been featured on the covers of books,  magazines and calendars and her artwork, as well as her visionary thinking, have been featured in newspapers, radio and television.
Dana is known as a loving and inspiring teacher,  a ‘vesuvius of creativity’ and as “an important visionary for the consciousness community” (Robert Mc Dermott president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies)  Dana received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy from Colorado College, and her Master’s Degree in the Study of Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University.  See her work at DanaLynneAndersen.com

In 1986 she founded her first “Transformative Arts Studio” (HeartCore Studio 1986-1989 Berkeley, California) – a nexus for the pioneering integration of Art and Spirituality. In subsequent studios (Tree of Life Studio Denver, Colorado 1989- 1996), and at Ananda Village (1996- to present) she created studio laboraties for the evolution of consciousness through whole brain/whole Being creative process. In 2002 she founded  “Awakening Arts”, an international network of artists committed to the creation of art that is uplifting and transformative. In 2009 she began teaching in Italy and India, establishing The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness and developing a certification program in Transformative Arts approach.  The Academy has two centers; near Assisi, Italy and Portland, Oregon.

Communications Director, Calypso Kalyani Rossoni

Calypso Kalyani Rossoni has always felt a strong affinity to the arts, nature and spirituality. In 2008 she embarked on a journey to become an art therapist. After acquiring a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Royal Holloway in London, she returned to Athens to further her studies in art and dance. In her search for a more holistic approach in art, she came across Awakening Arts and undertook the Transformative Arts Certificate in Italy which offered her a profound  journey of personal transformation but also laid the foundation for her future as a midwife of the creative process. She later received a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Tobias School of Art & Therapy in Sussex.

Ever since, she has been conducting therapeutic art workshops in various settings including mental health organisations, schools and hospices, in which she weaves art in all its forms with mindfulness, movement and poetry for transformation and healing.

Shantidev headshot Co-founder, Shantidev Oliver Graf

Since his early teens, Shantidev Oliver Graf has dedicated his life to his spiritual quest. Looking for an alternative-living model to suit his high ideals, he found the spiritual community of Ananda Assisi as the perfect laboratory for blending high-thinking, simple life, and practical idealism. In his 22 years of experience in this community, he has served in many areas. Seeing the need for new economic models, he co-created the Yoga and Natural-Living commercial product line, “Inner Life”, for which he served for many years as director and administrator. As Art is one of his foremost passions, he co-founded the Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness, understanding the great need society has for expressing new, transformative ways of expressing creativity.  He is now focusing on ‘Meditation Art‘, his line of illuminated yantras and sacred geometry lamps.