Code: KC0007602
Duration: 5 GIORNI
Cultivating Devotion through Creative Expression - With world-renowned spiritual artist Dana Lynne Andersen
Open your heart to God! Through the self-offering and surrender that happens in a creative flow you can feel a profound connection with the Divine.


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In the studio we become as little children, able to enter the kingdom of God.  Guided inspiration in creative process brings us into the present moment where we are open hearted and free.  Creating a beautiful alter, we’ll use art-making as a meditative practice. 

“Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”   Matthew 18:3

In addition to time creating in the studio we will also cultivate inner sweetness through devotional chanting, sacred movement and immersion in spiritual poetry such as Yogananda’s poem ‘Samadhi’.  During the week we will join the Ananda Community in the celebration of Krishna’s Birthday (The Indian Holiday of Janmashtami) in the temple of Light.  

This course is held in the Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness, which is about 300 metres from Ananda.

The price of the all-inclusive stay per person is 540 euros (108 euros per day)* in single room and 400 euros (80 euros per day)* in double room, shared only with those you indicate.

We have prepared for you a little guide that you can download and that will help us to welcome you in the best way. You can find it in the MATERIALS section.

* Price of membership card not included

Your teacher:
Dana Lynne Andersen is known in the United States and in India as one of the foremost spiritual artists of our times. She has distinguished herself in the realms of painting, writing and playwriting, book illustration, and as an advocate for "Joyful Arts". Her paintings have been exhibited on three continents, and some have been chosen by Swami Kriyananda as covers for his book. She is the founder of “Awakening Arts Academy” – a center of Art, Creativity & Consciousness just across the street from Ananda.  

Dana received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy, and her Master’s Degree in the Study of Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University. She is known as a loving and inspiring teacher.
17:30-19:30 Spiritual Practices
19:30 Dinner
20:30 Orientation

7:00 - 8:45 Morning Spiritual Practices
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00 - 13:30 Morning lesson
13:30 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Afternoon lesson or workshop
17:45 - 19:30 Energization and meditation or lesson in the techniques
19:30 Dinner in silence
20:30 - 22:00 Evening activities 

7:00 - 8:45 Morning Spiritual Practices
8:45 Breakfast in silence
11:00 - 13:30 Morning lesson
13:30 Lunch

*Every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 we have a long meditation, with a break to enter at 7:30 and the Purification Ceremony at 8:30.


The price of the all-inclusive stay per person is 540 euros (108 euros per day)* in a single room and 400 euros (80 euros per day)* in a double room, shared only with those you indicate. 

We will offer you:
- full board from the evening of arrival to lunch on the day of departure
- all meditations and guided sadhana
- Ananda Yoga classes
- the course and materials (if any)
- the essentials for your practice: meditation cushions, yoga mats, Aum-board
- kirtan and other evening programs

* Price of membership card not included

Accommodation: information and prices

To facilitate your booking, you can calculate the price of board and lodging with this simple calculator.
To get the total price (with the course price included) you can go to the edition of the course that interests you.

Cost table

Attention: During the Covid-19 period the prices below are no longer applicable. The correct all-inclusive price for each course can be found on its individual page.


Single room with bathroom € 72.00
Single without bathroom € 61.00
Double room with bathroom €  56.00
Double without bathroom €  48.00
Triple room with bathroom €  48.00
Triple without bathroom €  41.00
Dormitory (4-5 beds) €  36.00

Note: To the price of lodging and food, you have to add the price of the seminar, that includes all activities: Energization Exercises Lessons, yoga and meditation and evening activities (on most evenings).

Payments can be made in cash, by Eurocheck, credit card (MasterCard and Visa), Bancomat. We can’t accept cash over 1000.00 euros.


Next time you come to Ananda, sign up for the program Yoga in Action to get a taste of community service and receive a discount on the cost of the course. You can choose the option Yoga in Action for any course where this program is available and you can continue with this option as long as you wish. Your service project might change each day.

When we learn to serve with the right attitude, this is a spiritual practice and is called Karma Yoga. The daily practice of Karma Yoga is a joyful and practical spiritual discipline that will benefit every aspect of your life.

At Ananda, there are two levels of the Yoga in Action option:

Yoga in Action Level 1

75€/course of 5 days

With Level 1, you will serve for a period of one and a half hours. This experience gives you a chance to contribute to the beautiful atmosphere of Ananda.

Yoga in Action Level 2

35€/course of 5 days

Yoga in Action Level 2 is only available if you have had prior experience of the Yoga in Action Level 1 option, or any of the Community Living Programs. With Level 2, you will serve for a period of three hours, split into two periods of daily service.

How to Register for This Program

In the page of the course you want to participate to, you will find, if available, the special price of the course with Yoga in action level 1 and 2. When you sign-up on the website or call or write us to book the course, just indicate that you wish to participate to the Yoga in Action Level 1 or 2 program. It’s that easy. Once you arrive at Ananda you will need also to complete a Yoga in Action Form and return it to our reception office.

How to book

You may make your reservation directly here on the website or by phone (+39 0742 813620) or email ( Your booking needs to be confirmed by our reception office. For courses held online, there is no need to indicate the details of your stay (date of arrival, departure…).

For courses held at our center in Assisi, please indicate your arrival and departure dates and times, the program you wish to attend, your preferred accommodation, your address, phone and email. If you need to modify your reservation, please inform us at least one week in advance.

Our reception office is open from:
Monday to Saturday 9:30-1:30pm, 2:30-5:30pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30am, 2:30-5:30pm

For on-site courses, the programmes start on the evening of the day indicated.
If you cannot arrive during office hours, please let us know in advance.

Please contact us to check what translations are available. Courses, both on-site and online, may be cancelled if there are fewer than five participants.

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