is a language that reveals
a state of consciousness.
About Carianne James
Carianne James is an artist, a teacher, a mother, and a deep spiritual seeker who has been practicing
meditation for many years. Her understanding of creativity and its power to heal and awaken inspired the creation
of her unique approach. Carianne’s classes are designed to help people access their inner wisdom, humor, playfulness,
fire, and joy, all as a means to enrich one’s life. Her style naturally reminds people of infinite possibility.
She has taught art and Awakening Creativity classes to children, teens and adults for the past 18 years, and is the
art teacher at the Ananda Living Wisdom School at Ananda Village. She also works part-time with
the guests at the Expanding Light Retreat.
My Philosophy on Art & Creativity
Creativity is so much more than painting. It is how we think, how we approach a challenge, how we allow spontaneity into our busy lives. The creative process isn’t about technique, it’s about learning to think outside of the box, to express yourself and bring to life something that has never before existed. It's about allowing the energy to flow through you.
When I paint, I ask to be a channel of joy into whatever I’m about to create and I let the process unfold. Of course, it’s not always easy!
At the Living Wisdom School at Ananda in Nevada City, California, this is how and why I teach. Empowering 5th-12th graders, as well as adults, to be themselves and help awaken the creative spark within.
This philosophy is the driving force behind the girls group, Spirit Warriors. My vision is to inspire women from around the world to form their own groups to help support, encourage, and uplift young girls through adventure, nature, yogic principles and creativity.