Awakening Arts Academy

General information

Brief description of organisation

Awakening Arts Academy is an international nexus for art, creativity & consciousness. We have beautiful centers near Assisi, Italy and Portland Oregon.
We believe in art as a vehicle for inspiration and upliftment. We offer a studio and classroom, a fine art gallery, a venue for performance, a gathering place for artists and visionaries, musicians, writers, film-makers, dancers, poets & playwrights, and a living laboratory for exploration and collaboration.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Awakening Arts Academy is an international nexus for art, creativity & consciousness. We have two beautiful Art Centers- one near Portland Oregon USA and one near Assisi, Italy. Our centers include a gallery venue for exhibitions, concerts and events as well as a visual arts studio and classroom for hands on work. Both locations offer access to daily yoga & meditation and surrounding beauty with gardens, nature trails, etc.
Both offer CREATOR in RESIDENCE and ARTIST in RESIDENCE programs.

• Our ‘CREATOR in RESIDENCE’ program offers a unique opportunity for self exploration, creative unfoldment and soul replenishment. No talent or experience is necessary. Our unique ‘soul centered’ approach focuses on the transformative process of creativity. We believe every human being is an artist, and that engaging the creative process awakens our joy, vitality and creative genius. This program is gently guided by faculty from the Academy.

• Our ARTIST in RESIDENCE program welcomes professional artists interested in the spiritual, healing or consciousness raising aspects of the arts, or who seek an inward journey of self discovery. Studio time in a beautiful and serene environment (holistic, vegetarian, drug and alcohol free) with options for daily yoga and meditation allow for a tangible experience of inner peace.

In Assisi:
Experience the breathtaking art of the Renaissance and the golden Umbrian light that has drawn artists for centuries. Feel the heart opening blessings of St. Francis of Assisi, visit his hermitage and walk in his footsteps on Mount Subasio. Our location is perfect for day trips to Florence (1.5 hours by train) as well as other wonders of the world such as the Frassisi caves. We are also across the street from the Ananda Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center, which makes this an ideal place for a spiritual art retreat.
Our spacious and light filled center overlooks the majestic Umbrian hills. Our facilities include a studio classroom with an adjacent art gallery and space for music, dance, theater, performance, etc. The studio is equipped with tables, easels, brushes, etc. AIR’s enjoy a book and video library, kitchenette, office with free WiFi and access to video equipment, camera’s, design and editing software. The studio opens onto an earthen terrace with a panoramic view.
Participants are invited to join in a vibrant community life that includes inspiring music, dance & theater performances as well as spontaneous kirtans & creativity jams. An afternoon in the piazza often entails rich & revelatory conversations with community members or retreat center guests from around the world. The community includes ‘Terra di Luce´- an organic farm and regenerative agricultural project. Room and board are separate from the studio tuition, and you can choose from several options. We will work with you to arrange for this.

In Portland:
Enjoy the pastoral beauty of the Oregon countryside with easy access to one of America’s most culturally alive cities (@ 45 minutes). It’s official city motto “Keep Portland Weird” ensures you can experience the gamut. Try some Kambucha on tap with a shot of fresh turmeric juice! Our beautiful light filled studio is located on a campus dedicated to ‘Education for Higher Consciousness’. In addition to the space equipped for visual arts, there are also adjoining spaces for movement, music and theater- including a performance auditorium.
In Portland room and board are on campus and included in the program fee. The Academy has its own building on a campus operated by the Ananda community. You can choose your level of involvement in this ‘living laboratory’ of intentional spiritual community based on the universal teachings of Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi). The campus includes beautiful views of rolling hills, nature trails, organic gardens and orchards, a pond, chickens and Llamas- life in the country!


TUITION is $200 per week or $700 a month.
This include classes, morning circles, creativity catalysts, guided studio time, personal attention and most art materials- paints, brushes, magazines, scissors, glue, glitter etc. This is offered March-May in Portland and September-November in Assisi.
In Portland full room and board is an additional $1,100 per month, $1,800 per month program total. In Assisi Room and board are separate, in the range of $700-$3,000 per month depending on your choice of options.

TUTION is a $350 per month studio fee.
In Assisi room and board are separate and there is a kitchenette in the studio for meal preparation. In Portland, full room and board are an additional $1,100 per month, for a $1,450 per month program total.

• SHARE YOUR WORK In both Assisi and Portland, we also serve our local community by bringing international artists to our region. We invite participants to share their presence and their work in some way & we provide opportunities for this sharing (assistance in organizing a presentation, class or community project).

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Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Transformative Arts Facilitation (similar to Expressive Arts Therapy)
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Friends can stay nearby and take other courses at the Ananda Center- or simply enjoy the beauty

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Food

Basic equipment and studio supples are provided, participants may want to supplement

Expectations of the artist
  • Cleaning

Participants are encouraged to teach and exhibit, but it is not required.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Supplies
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure


Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency


RuralWe are in the countryside, but next to a vibrant intentional community

  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Musical Instruments
  • Optional daily Yoga & Meditation
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Shared Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions
  • rehearsals, communty gatherings

How to reach

By train

To Center in Assisi:

By plane

To Center near Portland:

To Center in Assisi:

By car

To Center near Portland:

To Center in Assisi:

Nearest airport

Rome FUM or Portland PDX

Contact information

Awakening Arts Academy
Italy and USA
ITALY: 06025 / USA: 97119 In Italy: near Assisi. In the USA near Portland Oregon

Phone: Skype Number 503- 746-8721 / ITALY # 366 36 22 473

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