Beautiful Italy Tour Sept/ Oct 2012

 Experience ‘La Dolce Vita’ ~ the Sweet Life of Italy September 28- October 12, 2012

Experience the breathtaking art and beauty of Renaissance Florence, Siena & Assisi along with their world-famous cuisine. Enjoy the natural beauty of Umbria including the stunning caves of Frassasi. Receive the heart-opening blessings of St. Francis of Assisi as we visit his hermitage and walk in his footsteps on Mount Subasio. Relax in the inspiring spiritual vibrations of the Ananda Assisi World Brotherhood Colony.

As we relish outward beauty we will also discover the beauty within, opening to the joy of our own flowing creative expression. In the studio of the Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness you will be guided in simple, yet profound creative processes that spark inspiration from within. Daily yoga and gentle meditation complete your restorative journey of expansive self-discovery!

Learn more~

* Contact us now if you are interested. As this is a special journey we insist upon an intimate group limited to 16 and we are already half full. $500 deposit holds your space, price guarantee of $2,080 if registered by May 15.

Email: dana@awakeningarts.com

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The Artist’s Role in Watershed Times By Academy Director Dana Lynne Andersen MA

We live in interesting times. Our fundamental paradigms of science are shifting and knowledge in every field is burgeoning. From cosmology to quantum physics, the world we live in has expanded by exponential proportions. Meanwhile, the old world is unraveling- socially, politically, economically, environmentally. We are not facing merely a change of systems, but a profound transformation of civilization itself. In these turbulent times a new vision is struggling to be born. We need precisely what the arts have to give; the capacity for profound insight, generative creative possibility, expanded vision, epiphany and revelation. In these transformative times we need our prophets and visionaries, our artists and troubadours, seers and mystics. We can no longer afford a shallow and superficial kind of art. For decades the Arts have pursued the ‘cutting edge’, a mercurial periphery of fashion and fad. The arts, hijacked by materialism and nihilism, must rise from these ashes to re-inhabit the spaciousness of the soul- a territory alone sufficient to meet the pressing needs of our time.

The role of the artist living in watershed times must be to awaken. We are moving from an age of matter to an age of energy. We are operating in a world that is fundamentally different than the world of our forebears. We must all learn to navigate in territories outside the boundaries of what we already know and this is the province of the Arts. Throughout the ages the Arts have propelled the human mind to territories beyond the confines of ordinary reality. Art has the power to penetrate to core levels of our Being, reaching below the surface to the primeval substrates of the subconscious and above to the highest levels of super-consciousness. Graced among our many human endeavors, the arts have a unique capacity to transport us past the confines of matter, time and space. Intuitive revelations, discoveries and inventions, ‘super-conscious’ solutions and inspired visions stream from this potent font of Being beneath the surface of Becoming.

In a decadent culture ‘originality’ is synonymous with breaking the rules, and ends in a contest of shock value. But true originality is ‘from the Origin’- that which springs directly from the Source. The ‘Origin’ is that empyrean in the human heart that intersects with eternity. This source is the font of Being within each individual, the fountainhead of existence where we touch “God, whose center is everywhere, circumference nowhere.” Mystic, seer, shaman and scientist meet at this confluence; the wellspring is within. When artwork springs from that deep fount, it draws from the same creative potency that exploded the stars into being. Connected with the highest Source within it transmits unswervingly both Truth and Beauty. Art that touches this origin reverberates in our soul.

‘Awakening Artists’ recognize that art has the capacity to transform consciousness- both personally and collectively. Around the world ‘troubadours of transformation’ are bringing forth a new renaissance of art, culture and consciousness. The Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness is at the forefront of this movement- a honeyed hive for artists of vision who will pollinate the future. At the Academy we approach the Arts from the ‘inside out’. We work from the source within to bring forth a mighty flowing stream of creativity. Students with no talent or experience work alongside practicing artists, together discovering the joy of this inexhaustible fountain within. The results are tangible; radiant smiles, laughter and childlike joy in the freedom of self-expression. When we open the aperture of the inner life we access a vitality and sense of purpose that reinvigorates our lives. When we activate the genius of our innate creativity we can apply it to every area of our lives- and to the transformation of the world around us. At the Academy we use all the modalities of the arts as vehicles for uplifting consciousness. In this soul-centered approach, we learn to act as channels for a Divine flow. This approach is simple- available to everyone regardless of skill or experience. It is also profound and life changing.

Artwork and text © Dana Lynne Andersen. Please contact Dana Lynne Andersen for more information.

Dana Lynne Andersen is the founder of the Awakening Arts and the Awakening Arts Network as well as the director of the Academy of Art, Creativity and Consciousness.

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Frequencies: fabrication (of spirituality) by Beatrice Marovich

Embodied in the Garden

Embodied in the Garden - Digital print by Rob Burton

The poetic couturiers of religious traditions (theologians, prophets, mystics) are master stylists with clever techniques for fitting and shaping their most cherished abstractions onto the thick, meaty body of life in (as we often glibly name it) “the world.” As someone who is fixated on the daily art of costuming I have an eye for a certain kind of metaphor. I’m a collector of a particular sort of confession: that the spirit, spirits, or spirituality work like fabric. That spirituality acts in the manner of a textile—it can get intimate with our skin without ever, really, fusing. It can brush up against us like a sumptuous shred of velvet. Or, perhaps, it scrapes at us like raw wool. Maybe the myth of the perfect fit corresponds to the apocalyptic hope that, one day, the most elusive curves of truth will be revealed.

But what bothers me about most of these metaphors is they’re terribly out of date, out of style. They fit, today, like a lifeless frock. Or, perhaps, they’re like whale-boned corsets that leave no room for movement. More to the point, spirits tend only to move like textiles, to work like textiles. And they reject the crude, brute weave of even the finest silk as something too literal, too objective, too much of this world. An actual cut of fabric is too much a thing, itself. It is not an object relevant to the world of spiritual things. Spirituality travels above, outside of, the industrious textile. Fabric, itself, is spiritually irrelevant.

Some examples, perhaps, are in order.

There is, of course, the famous New Testament passage from Romans 13. The Apostle Paul puts forth the challenge to don the spiritual armor of light—to make a garment of the lord Jesus Christ. He does not mean, of course, that Christ is a thing you can pick up and put down, zip up or unbutton. Instead he means only to utilize the language of costume to make this spirited force more approximately tangible. The cloak that is Christ is better (more powerful, more eternal) than your favorite pair of jeans. As an application of this model, I gesture toward the life narrative of 4th century Saint Syncletica. We, readers, are meant to admire this rich girl who had the discipline to turn her eyes, entirely, from the sumptuous weave of multicolored garments all around her and clothe herself, instead, in nothing but her own humility.

Feminist theorists Judith Plaskow and Carol Christ have, in a more contemporary register, deployed the metaphorics of fabric production to illuminate something about feminist spirituality as cultural work. Together women alter the social fabric of ancient intellectual and religious disciplines. Plaskow and Christ use the figure of weaving to describe this women’s work—toying with the old stereotype that it is the network of women who weave (or hem, or mend) the garments that shroud us. But this remains, too, a metaphor that speaks to specific social struggles and configurations. And, by and large, the intellectual work of 20th century feminist spirituality has little to do with the social production and distribution of actual textiles, fabrics, or garments.

This is, I think, a shame. For it is right through the weave of fabric that the most pressing spiritual questions we face today are passing.

If, in another era, the most pious option was to be as indifferent as possible to the act of daily costuming, the same ethic no longer applies. We are today zipped up and tucked into garments marked with the labor of fingers that met this fabric in a sweatshop. Fingers that, most likely, were undercompensated for their work, allowing us the privilege of paying next to nothing to hide our nudity. And we are, increasingly, aware of this. Our hems and seams are backstitched with human pain. How can any vision of a good life refuse to take this weight that sits on our shoulders (or wraps around our thighs) seriously? It is too easy, now, to toss a garment off, to throw our fabric away. Which is, perhaps, why it makes less sense—ethically—to do so. The Trans-American Trading Company, which operates out of Clifton, New Jersey, reportedly processes 70,000 pounds of used clothing in its factory every single day. Each year, the company claims to ship 17 million tons of American textile refuse overseas. The life cycle of some of these garments will be extended, through further human adventure and creative re-use. But most will end up in landfills, destined to spend centuries in the expenditure and decomposition of their synthetic fibers.

The life cycle of garments, of fabric, is not spiritually irrelevant. Our garments are witnesses to, testimonies of, destructive waste and injustice. I won’t deny that there’s something sensible, something inspiring, about the antimatter of a spiritual veil that turns against the rich seductions of glamour. I have a penchant to flitter toward anything shiny and pretty, like a moth around a bald light bulb. It is helpful, I suppose, to tell myself that these attractions are all meaningless, transient, unnecessary… all just passing away. But the life cycle of a garment is not meaningless. It is, rather, a site where meanings—which tailor our spiritual lives—are produced. The era in which we simply fabricated spirituality is, I think, over. We look now, in moments of contemplation, into the folds of the fabric that hides us.

Article from Frequencies: fabrication (of spirituality) by Beatrice Marovich published in Frequencies.

 

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News from Awakening Arts: Blessings at the Autumn Equinox

Blessing at the Autumn EquinoxOld worlds are dying

Like dessicated leaves we cling to hardening branches

till swirling in winds of change we spiral to a soft ground, listening…

The Autumn of Creation

Listening for the heartbeat of unborn worlds, a future in gestation

curling embryos of what we may be…

Autumn Equinox is a time of turning within… 

The profusion of summer’s riotous colors deliquesce to tones of grey and velvet green withers into brown.  Flowering forms shrivel and fall away as roots deepen into the earth.  As a part of all that is, our energies also seek to go within.  Attune to the energy of this season.  Take time to feel the deeper pulses flowing beneath the surface.  Listen; to the wind, to your heart, to the still small voice and to the silent whispers from Eternity.

Creative Odysseys!
This fall Dana will be giving a number of workshops on the West Coast of the USA including a very special Vision Quest New Years Retreat at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.  In January join Dana on the big Island of Hawaii for 9 days of rejuvenation, adventure and transformation;  “Wayfarers; an Inner Odyssey at the Heart of the Pacific”  or experience a soothing 12 day Ayurvedic retreat in Kerala India “Yoga, Art & Creativity”

On Tour!  Workshops in the US & India
October

Free Your Creative Spirit!    El Dorado, California           16 

Spark Your Creative Genius    Nevada City, California       21-23 

Maskmaking   San Francisco, California                             29  

                                             November

 Creativity will Save the World    Palo Alto California        4

Quantum Genius    Palo Alto, California                            5 

Imagineering on 11·11·11             TBA                      11

Mandala; Centering the Self    Portland, Oregeon             20 

Art in Community    Portland, Oregon                           21- 26

                                            December

 New Worlds    Seattle Washington                                 1,2

Shamanic Imagineering      Seattle Washington              8-10

New Years Retreat      Petaluma California                      Dec 30-Jan1

January

Wayfarers Art Retreat      Hawaii                             12-21

Yoga, Art & Healing      Kerala, India                           Jan 28- February 9

March

Symposium on Art & Consciousness  New Delhi, India     12-21

About the Autumn Equinox
Autumn in the Garden of Eden

Autumn in the Garden of Eden by Dana Lynne Andersen

An equinox occurs twice a year, when the day and the night are equal, deriving from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).  It is the moment when the latitudes +L and -L north and south of the Equator experience nights of equal length.
Though the term equinox is commonly used to describe the entire day of this passage, it actually occurs at a precise moment in time.  This moment comes twice a year, when there is a location on the Earth’s equator where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around September 22/23 each Autumn and around March 20/21 each Spring.  At this Equinoctial point, the Sun arrives to where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect.

 This year, the Autumn Equinox will occur on
September 23rd at 9:04 UTC

*UTC  (Coordinated Universal Time)  is a time standard based on International Atomic Time (TAI) used when scientific precision is required.  As the difference between UTC and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) must remain within 0.9 seconds (GMT) is considered essentially equivalent.

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Amelie Anke Merzbach …Sensual beauty that evokes the light of the soul

Evocative images by Amelie Anke Merzbach

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1 Giant Leap …What about me?

“I just need enough to tide me over until I need more” Bill Hoest

http://www.1giantleap.tv

Find out more about the amazing ‘1 Giant Leap’ and their project ‘What about me?” here.

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Beautiful Italy! September 23-30 2011

Join us for a trip of a lifetime!

             As we travel to the most beautiful sites of Italy

                          we will also journey within…

Experience the breathtaking art and beauty of Renaissance Florence, Siena & Assisi along  with their world-famous cuisine. Enjoy the natural beauty of Umbria including the stunning caves of Frassasi. Receive the heart-opening blessings of St. Francis of Assisi as we visit his hermitage and walk in his footsteps on Mount Subasio. Relax in the inspiring spiritual vibrations of the Ananda Europa World Brotherhood Colony.

As we relish outward beauty we will also discover the beauty within, opening to the joy of our own flowing creative expression. In the studio of the Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness you will be guided in simple, yet profound creative processes that spark inspiration from within. Daily yoga and gentle meditation complete your restorative journey of expansive self-discovery!

A journey of Art and Spirit, a pilgrimage of beauty within and without;

Rejuvenate your spirit in ‘La Dolce Vita’ of Italy.

RESERVE YOUR SPACE EARLY! As this is a special journey we insist upon an intimate group limited to 20.

Guided by Dana Lynne Andersen MA, director of the Academy of Art, Creativity &  Consciousness in Assisi. Dana, a renown spiritual artist who has taught and exhibited on three continents, is known as an inspiring, knowledgeable and nurturing facilitator.

Cost including lodging (charming, comfortable, modest & very unique)+ most meals (including very special & memorable meals!), transportation (within the trip), museum entrance fees, special program fees, all art materials and inclusive of all workshop instruction is Euro 997.

For further information please email dana@awakeningarts.com

Places can also be booked through Fine Art Surrey or contact info@fineartsurrey.com

 

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