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Everything Mind

By on October 1, 2015

Late Friday at CoSM with Dixon’s Violin

You’ve never heard violin like this! A distinguished classically-trained violin master, Dixon followed his dream and invented a new music genre. Improvising a 5-string electric violin with a digital foot-pedal and looper, Dixon is a one-man symphony of other-worldly sounds. Premier visionary musician,

Dixon inspires audiences across North America, including two TED Talk performances, ten years performing at Burning Man, plus radio, TV, and film appearances. Guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation, the mesmerizing work of this impassioned artist will enchant us at CoSM this Friday night.

Join us at CoSM in Grey House where the Mushroom Cafe, and CoSM Shop will be open for extended hours, 6-11pm. Live painting, great music and friends. Bring a sketchbook and spend Friday evening with us at CoSM. Alex and Allyson will be live painting along with Visionary CoSMonaut artists.

Fall 2015 arrives at CoSM, thanks to Dave Digenger for these photos

Visionary Salon with Chris Grosso

It is rare that we get a call from our longtime friend, Ken Wilber, but he called us to introduce us to Chris Grosso, and urge us to read his book, Everything Mind.  Alex gave Chris this endorsement, “Chris Grosso’s tough life lessons inform his no-bullshit spirituality in Everything Mind.  A holy ferocity is in the heart of awakening, Chris takes us there and shares visionary tools to deepen with. Enter your true identity and wrestle with the tough questions as you enter Everything Mind.”

What does it mean to accept yourself fully in all of your imperfections? Can we take an honest, fearless look at our naked self and acknowledge the frailty and the glory? Chris Grosso, bestselling author of Indie Spiritualist (Atria/Simon & Schuster) and the brand new Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All (Sounds True) says, “I’m not a yogi from the Himalayas, a preacher from the pulpit, or a guru with dollar signs in my eyes, truth is, as a result of years of heavy drug and alcohol addiction, I’ve been to some extremely dark places that resulted in a literal life-or-death search for something more.”  Spend the afternoon with Chris who will guide us in using difficult life experiences to catalyze spiritual awakening with meditation, compassion, and dialogue. Make friends with the past, embrace skeletons in your closet, create an open space for healing, and most importantly, learn to love yourself and others in an essentialized teaching by this emerging spiritual leader.

Rich with hard-won wisdom and valuable instruction, Everything Mind invites us to join a spiritual quest that’s not about creeds or beliefs-it’s a raw, direct experience of the heart, mind, and soul. “Cultivating a spiritual lifestyle may be the most challenging undertaking you’ll ever face,” says Chris. “Spirituality isn’t a quick fix that magically makes life easy (no matter what you’ve heard), but it can teach us how to meet all of life with an open heart-which, when you get down to it, is pretty fucking amazing.”

In the evening, we will join Chris in a discussion about art and spiritual practice.  As a musical entertainer for two decades, and a spiritual leader, Chris takes a particular interest in healing and recovering addicts. Engaging seekers of higher consciousness at a wide range of venues including Wanderlust Festival, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, and Kripalu Institute, Chris is Advisor to the group, Drugs over Dinner and hosts The Indie Spiritualist on the podcast entitled Mindrolling, an “Insight Hour” on MindPod Network.


CoSM’s Labyrinth

Dutchess Outreach Food Drive at CoSM

CoSM is partnering with Dutchess Outreach to help stock local food banks this season. Collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items will continue throughout the season. On your next visit to CoSM, remember to bring contributions to the collection box in the foyer of Grey House.
Let’s FILL THE BOX and help those in need in our area.

Arched Opening to Sacred Mirror Room

On the third floor of Entheon this week, masons are creating the arched doorway opening to the room that will display the twenty-one Sacred MIrrors. The empty arched doorway will signify the twenty-second Sacred Mirror, the one that will make each of us a Sacred Mirror as we walk through the opening.

Alex & Allyson

This Weekend at CoSM

By on September 24, 2015

This Weekend at CoSM

Staying open late on Friday night till 11 o’clock is a new experiment at CoSM starting this Friday. CoSM artists will be live-painting and drawing in the house with DJ iPod. Bring a sketchbook and join them. Spend the evening at CoSM with friends enjoying the Mushroom Cafe in the comfortable library of Grey House or go for a moonlight walk on the grounds. Stay for the weekend and experience Creativity as a Spiritual Path. Full Moon Saturday night. Art Church Sunday afternoon.

Harvest Full Moon Ceremony

The Full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox is the Harvest Moon. The Super-moon will appear particularly large, rising orange in the sky and looking like a pumpkin. Examining the seasonal metaphor, we ask, “What we are harvesting in our lives?  What has been growing for us and is now time to call in for the reaping?”

Imagining a bountiful harvest, let us be generous to those who may need our help this season so they will not go hungry. CoSM is partnering with Dutchess Outreach to help stock local food banks this time of year. Canned goods and non-perishable food items can be brought to the CoSM collection box located in the foyer of the Grey House. Please remember to fill a grocery bag with non-perishables and bring it with you to the Full Moon ceremony or Art Church so, as a community, we can share our bounty with those in need. To give is a blessing both ways.

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Play the Didgeridoo

Didgeridoo player extraordinaire, Jerry Walsh gave an unforgettable performance at a Full Moon ceremony that haunted our memory and left us wanting more. He returns this Saturday for a Pre-Full Moon Workshop open to didge players at every level of experience. Bring your didgeridoo, but if you don’t own one, come anyway. Jerry will provide one for you to try. The workshop promises to cover the fundamentals like diaphragmatic breathing, the drone sound, harmonic overtones, cheek & ab rhythms, animal sounds and circular breathing.

Then, after all of those skills are practiced, Jerry promises to gift participants with a sound meditation using a variety of instruments that assist muscle memory as well as refresh and inspire. For the sound bath, Jerry will include the pan flute, the drum/shaker, the tank drum, singing bowl, jawharp, gong and didge directed to the energy centers.

To top off all of the good vibrations, Jerry will take the last part of the workshop to focus on beatboxing, a form of vocal percussion that sounds like a drum machine using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Singing through the didgeridoo with the full range of the voice is a specialized ability in the didgeridoo world that is rarely taught. Come for a fully rounded extravaganza of didgeridoo-ins‘ at CoSM before the Full Moon this Saturday.

Art Church: The Mission of Art

At this Sunday Art Church, we will discuss the highlights of Alex’s inspirational treatise on creativity’s power to bring about personal catharsis and spiritual awakening. Alex and Allyson will trace the evolution of consciousness through the history of art and examine the role of conscience and intention in the creative process. Topics this Sunday will include techniques for exploring the deeper purpose of artistic expression and address how art can be a spiritual practice. The Art Church program includes drawing (journaling also welcome). Bring a sketchbook and colors.

(The Mission of Art is available from CoSM Shop as a softcover or audiobook.)

Looking forward to seeing you soon.


Alex & Allyson

Autumnal Equinox 2015

By on September 18, 2015

With a chill in the air come seasonal shifts and ceremonial rituals throughout world culture. For Autumnal Equinox, CoSM honors the balancing of polarities, daylight and nighttime, and celebrates our precious planet Earth, the Sun and our Cosmos, source of light and life. On the morning of the autumnal equinox, the sun rises due east on every horizon. Past this point, our sun will move northward on the horizon, and into the darker colder Fall, astonishingly colorful in the Hudson Valley.

cosm autumnal equinox celestial celebration 2015

The Autumnal Equinox reveals a cosmic and spiritual order inside cycles of nature, aligning us foundationally in our psyches and planet. Join us for the opening program where we will discuss cross-cultural Equinox celebrations and share the progress of building Entheon, Sanctuary of Visionary Art. At CoSM we celebrate with music, painting, dance, communicating through all forms of creativity to bring higher dimensions of beauty to manifestation, bringing heaven to earth with our expressions. Come see all the extraordinary musical performers and visionary artists coming to CoSM for the Equinox. Live painters, including Amanda Sage, Joness Jones, Ken Zeltakalns, Seth Leibowitz, Martin Cash, Allyson Grey and Alex Grey. Come see the fire performers and musicians.
flyer cosm autumnal equinox celestial celebration 2015

CoSM’s first Chapel in New York City opened on the Autumnal Equinox in 2004. Now, eleven years later Entheon, the Sanctuary of Visionary Art is under construction amidst CoSM’s resplendent natural setting in Wappinger, New York. Last year the foundation of Entheon was poured on Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. This year, Rosh Hashanah was the day the concrete block walls of Entheon were completed all the way to the roofline. The galleries are taking shape and the roof is on it’s way, expected to begin assembly before the end of September. With your support, we are building sacred space together. 

Gratitude to the Great Spirit for one of the greenest most beautiful summers ever! Come celebrate the turn of seasons at CoSM this weekend!


Alex & Allyson