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Become A Member or Volunteer at CoSM

By on July 16, 2015

BECOME A MEMBER OR VOLUNTEER AT CoSM

It takes a lot of angels to build a Chapel of sacred art. CoSM members are those angels. Members are the wings that will make this dream fly. Art can be a spiritual path with Chapel building as the ultimate expression of mystic communion. Become a member of CoSM and come build with us. Membership is $100 for a calendar year beginning with the date of purchase and includes:
• Exclusive Membership Card
• Free General Admission
• Entry to Full Moon events for one year
• Entry to Art Church events for one year
• Discount Admission CoSM events
• Discount for Room Rentals Monday through Thursday with Coupon Code
• Discount to MAGI, Mystic Artists Guild International Programs
• The Latest Issue of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture
• Members Quarterly Newsletter
• $10 Discount on Celestial Celebrations for Members


Join us for the Members BBQ Full Moon Event on August 1st!

Letters from CoSM Members:



Hello my name is Patrick Ryan.
I became a CoSM member last year because membership means supporting the CoSM mission, creating a sacred space for art, knowledge, communication, spiritual exploration & healing. By becoming a member I am pledging a certain amount per year to help with the overhead costs, the construction of both Entheon and the final Chapel which will be built in the meadow in the future. It makes me feel good to be able to help in any way.
CoSM Membership means you are fundraising for the future of this sacred place. Anytime you purchase something in the store, or online, tickets to a Solstice or Equinox, even a sandwich in the Mushroom Café. You are making a difference helping CoSM become a strong independent spiritual center for all who attend.

Membership is also the best way to go if you are planning on attending both the Full Moon Ceremonies and Art Church, because you end up saving money in the long run, but there is much more than discounts. You will become part of a fantastic group of people who all believe in the same things: peace, equality, interfaith, and finding the divine within ourselves. CoSM welcomes all and all ages, I have had some of the greatest moments of my life here in this beautiful setting. It makes my commute from Boston seem like the blink of an eye cause I know when I get there I will meet awesome people.

Letter from Katie:
My name is Katie Clark. I was born and raised in Stowe, Vermont. I grew up outdoors and surrounded by nature and wouldn’t change it for anything :) I have been fortunate to travel all over but find myself once again in Vermont for a beautiful summer. I will be moving to New York City in October to pursue a career in music. My journeys have brought me far and wide but I am deeply rooted to the East Coast and the larger New England area.

My CoSM journey started in the Fall of 2013. I was speaking with a new friend about new and interesting things we could do and he mentioned visiting CoSM for the Full Moon Autumnal Equinox. I entered the experience excited and unsure of what to expect. I left the next day feeling fulfilled in ways I had never been: this is a feeling I look forward to every time I leave CoSM. I found a home in CoSM that I was unaware I had ever been looking for.

My visits have not been as frequent as I like, but each experience has opened my eyes to the beauty of not only the Grey’s art but to the beauty in human form. One thing I am always amazed by is the people I meet at CoSM. A place where I can meet someone from all walks of life who is taking part in something bigger than we can imagine. This is one reason I wanted to become a member. Not only to support the Grey’s and all of their fantastic work. I wanted to get to know fellow enthusiasts who feel that deep connection to CoSM. I am so excited to be moving closer to CoSM and the always wonderful CoSM community.

VOLUNTEER AT CoSM
Volunteering can be a rewarding opportunity to connect with the mission of CoSM and co-create sacred space.
Many long term friends and members of CoSM were first introcuced to the community when they came to volunteer.
We are so honored to have the help of so many wonderful individuals who make such a great team, and are an important part of making sure our events run smoothly and successfully. To be a volunteer at CoSM, please complete and submit a volunteer application by clicking here, or write to volunteer@cosm.org.

CoSM’s Volunteer Team after our 2015 Summer Solstice Celestial Celebration

Come see us at CoSM soon!

Love,
Alex & Allyson

Mysteries of the Lost Civilizations

By on July 8, 2015

Mysteries of the Lost Civilizations
World expert in vanished cultures, Dr. Robert Schoch, returns to CoSM this weekend. For a quarter century, Dr. Shoch has been exploring the enduring mysteries of the most ancient civilizations. At the upcoming CoSM event, Robert will first review his groundbreaking work recasting the date of the Great Sphinx, supported by his recent studies of the 12,000-year-old site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. He will share his latest research at Gunung Padang in Indonesia and his reassessment of the indigenous culture of Easter Island. All findings from Dr. Shoch’s exhaustive studies confirm that true civilization dates back to the end of the last ice age. Advanced civilizations circa 10,000 BCE did not last. In fact, they all but totally disappeared in a flash.

Why? 
In the second session of the event, Dr. Schoch will give his reinterpretation of the mysterious Rongorongo Texts of Easter Island, connecting the message of the glyphs to cutting-edge research in plasma physics, combined with a plethora of geological data (including detailed analyses of ice cores and sediments cores), which elucidate the cataclysms that occurred. Solar outbursts and plasma discharges brought about the rapid end of the last ice age and the demise of the early civilizations of that remote period. Pockets of survivors escaped by literally going underground, as attested by the caves and subterranean cities in the Cappadocia region of Anatolia and elsewhere. Humanity was thrown into a solar-induced dark age (SIDA) which lasted thousands of years before the re-emergence of civilization circa 4000 to 3000 BCE. Plato’s legend of Atlantis and many other ancient myths are confirmed. Natural events beyond our control have and will continue to radically affect cycles of civilizations offering profound implications for our world and future.

Dr. Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. (1983) in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He also holds an M.S. and M.Phil. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale, as well as degrees in Anthropology (B.A.) and Geology (B.S.) from George Washington University.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Schoch stunned the world with his revolutionary research that recast the date of the Great Sphinx of Egypt to a period thousands of years earlier than its standard attribution. In demonstrating that the leonine monument has been heavily eroded by water, and despite the fact that its location on the edge of the Sahara has endured hyper-arid climactic conditions for the past 5,000 years, Schoch revealed to the world that mankind’s history is greater and older than previously believed. More recently Dr. Schoch has determined the astronomical cause of the demise of antediluvian civilizations, which he describes in his book Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, along with the scientific and archaeological evidence that supports his conclusions.

Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on ancient cultures and monuments across the globe, including Egypt, Turkey, Bosnia, Romania, England, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile (Easter Island), Indonesia, and Japan. His research has been instrumental in spurring renewed attention to the interrelationships between geological and astronomical phenomena, natural catastrophes, and the early history of civilization. Dr. Schoch has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and is featured in the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, which first aired on NBC in 1993. He is a sought-after speaker for national and international conferences.
Come meet visionary genius, Dr. Robert Schoch at CoSM this Saturday for an immersion into the deep human story.

Entheon Walls Keep Rising

Artist Burgundy Viscosi stopped by to see how Entheon is going

It is thrilling to see the walls of Entheon rise and the interior spaces begin to take shape. The elevator shaft is evident. Brian James, CoSM Manager of Buildings and Grounds, is planning  the third floor frame-out.  Help CoSM build Entheon with a generous contribution.   http://cosm.org/support/entheon/


Balcony will offer a view of the first floor gallery (left) from the second floor of Entheon.

Years from now, Entheon will be covered in sculptures and relief murals. Help bring this vision to concrete form with a generous donation to CoSM.
http://cosm.org/support/entheon/

CoSM Begins its “Secret Garden”

The Green Hands of CoSM, a volunteer gardening team, assembled an impressive garden in just three weeks. Vishwa, CoSM Volunteer and Dan (of Mountain Man Herbs and Teas) brought some orphan plants to CoSM. Chef Mike and Peter, the Unstoppable Force of CoSM Shipping, are already harvesting greens from the garden to serve at the CoSM table.  Eli, CoSM Permaculture Certified Graduate, cleaned out the fence area and endured a bad poison ivy rash. Thank you to all and bunches to Eli, for taking that uncomfortable hit for the team.
With loving care, these amazing friends are “greening” CoSM abundantly. Bless CoSM Gardeners!
For more information about gardening and yard work possibilities at CoSM this summer and fall, contact Caren Charles, CoSM Volunteer Coordinator at  caren@cosm.org

Green Hands — Peter, Dan, Vishwa, Mike, Eli in the CoSM Garden

“Mountain Man” Dan brought his herbal Garden to CoSM including mint and spices for his natural teas served at CoSM events.

THIS WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA

In California? Come see us painting on stage with Beats Antique at the Chalice Cup, music, glass and art.
— NOS Events Center, San Bernadino, California, July 11 & 12.

Love,

Alex & Allyson

Rick Doblin on Science and Sacraments

By on June 11, 2015

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Rick Doblin on Science and Sacraments

Long-time friend of CoSM, Rick Doblin, returns for this Saturday’s Visionary Salon. Founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, MAPS, Rick is among the most intelligent and effective advocates for the healing properties of psychedelics. MAPS, founded in 1986, is a non-profit research and educational organization developing medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the conscious uses of psychedelics and marijuana. MAPS envisions a world where psychedelics and marijuana are safely and legally available for beneficial uses, and where research is governed by rigorous scientific evaluation of their risks and benefits.

Research funded by MAPS is responsible for the treatment of shattered U.S. veterans returning from Iraq, plus victims of sexual assault and violence, helping patients to resolve their psychic trauma within 1-3 treatments with supportive therapists. Rick brought psychotherapists from war-torn Jordan, Palestine and Israel together to learn about the remarkable healing properties of MDMA for soldiers suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. MAPS has always embraced visionary art as an important outgrowth of psychedelic culture and just published a new book about Visionary Art featuring H.R. Giger and many others, written by Stanislav Grof with a foreword by Alex Grey.

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Rick Doblin got his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His dissertation was on “the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana.” For Rick’s Master’s thesis, he surveyed oncologists comparing smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in controlling nausea experienced by cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. Rick also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment, and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork  practitioner by its originator, Dr. Stanislav Grof.

When CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, first opened in New York City in 2004, MAPS was the first organization to hold their benefit party there.  At Burning Man in 2006, MAPS and CoSM worked together to build Entheon Village. Rick joined Johns Hopkins scientist Roland Griffiths at CoSM in 2008 to discuss the future of psychedelic medicine.

Come to CoSM this Saturday for a very special afternoon and evening of talks by Rick Doblin, an unstoppable super-hero of mind expanding compassion and one of our most profound teachers.

Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism & Psychedelics
A newly updated edition of the book, Zig Zag Zen, published by Synergetics Press is being launched at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York on Wednesday, June 17th. Get a personalized copy of this groundbreaking book when you join authors Allan Badiner, Alex Grey and Julie Holland at the Rubin to discuss the deep spiritual connections between psychedelics and Buddhism.

 
rubin museeum alex grey zig zag zen

Electronic Music Training at CoSM
Derek Van Scoten, aka DVS, great friend of CoSM, has performed his amazing blend of live guitar and electronic mixes at numerous CoSM events.  Now DVS is sharing his Ableton wisdom in a special workshop on live looping, performing and music production at CoSM.  Sign up and study with this skillful wizard to advance your musical mastery. Music, art and the exquisite nature of June in the Hudson Valley weave together a memorable opportunity for musicians at CoSM.

dvs cosm producing electronic music


Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice tickets are still available and going fast.  Purchase tickets online now (before it is too late) for this annual multi-sensory extravaganza in the CoSM woods.  Come for the opening at 8pm when we will share a multicultural perspective on the Solstice, followed by live-painting and performances by many friends.  Check out all the extraordinary music producers and performers.  Align with the Cosmos and celebrate the longest day of the year at CoSM!

summer solstice gaudi cosm 2015

Much Love,

Alex & Allyson