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The Building of Entheon Resumes

By on April 9, 2015

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The Building of Entheon Resumes

At CoSM, the last remaining piles of snow are slowly melting, nearly gone reminders of an intense winter. Springtime has been ceremonially welcomed over the past couple weeks with hundreds of friends. Thanks to the generous support of community, next Monday, the building of Entheon, CoSM’s Sanctuary of Visionary Art, resumes. As the flowers sprout and blossom, the concrete walls will rise throughout the spring and early summer. During the summer the roof will be installed, enabling the interior work to occur uninterrupted by freezing winter.

Brian James, Chief Builder for Entheon shares the coming phase:

“In the case of Entheon there were a few special considerations with respect to the structural design. The number one priority was to adequately protect the art work in the building. It may have been cheaper from an economical perspective to build a wooden roof, but considering that the roof would be protecting a collection of artwork that the COSM community regards as priceless talismans and relics, a wooden superstructure was not adequate. The second consideration was the added weight of the sculpture that is to be attached to the roof. In the case of Entheon the sculptural panels could potentially add 15 lbs a square foot to the overall weight of the roof. In consideration of the extra weight and the protection of the collection, we decided to go with a steel superstructure. The steel roof assembly is scheduled to be erected in June of this year.”

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Entheon structural steel roof plan, by Mark Day 2015

ENTHEON Fundraising Journeys
The distributed intelligence of the Love Tribe is helping CoSM pay for Entheon by coming to one of the fun events around the country this Spring!  We look forward to seeing the community of Chicago this weekend as we paint onstage with PAPADOSIO.  Then we are visiting our friend and board member, Robert Barnhart, in Austin for the APRIL 14, 6:00 pm screening at the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE of his film, A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin.  Then we are off to San Francisco for the annual Bicycle Day event with Beats Antique…
Tickets are going fast for these electrifying events, maybe near you:

— 4.11.15 – Re:Vision
CHICAGO @ Concord Music Hall
with Papadosio, Thriftworks,
Desert Dwellers, Psydell
& Jonathan Singer on visuals

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— 4.18.15 — Bicycle Day
SAN FRANCISCO @ The Warfield
with Beats Antique
Emancipator, Thriftworks,
Desert Dwellers
& Jonathan Singer on visuals

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— 4.26.15 – Entheon Benefit w/ Duncan Trussell
BROOKLYN, New York @ The Bell House
Jib Kdder
Space Jesus & Supersillyus

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— 5.8.15 – Purple Hatter’s Ball
CENTRAL FLORIDA @ Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Nahko and Medicine for the People

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— 5.16.15 — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
BOULDER, COLORADO
with Tipper and Android Jones
& Jonathan Singer on visuals

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VISIONARY ART INTENSIVE – 5-DAYS

@ OMEGA INSTITUTE

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Reminding all Visionary Artists to check out our June offering at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.
Since the summer of 1990, this 5-Day art immersion distills the greatest overview of our teaching in the space of five days. Like-minded creators of the mystic realm gather to practice art as a spiritual path, to explore access to visions and to communicate this mental imagery through art.
Join us for an unforgettable, full-time, togetherness art journey with A & A.
Think:
— favorite thing to do this summer
+ all the best people that want to make art, like you really do
+ fantastic food and services
+ natural beauty & tranquility
+ community
=  the best time ever.

eomega.org

Love,

Alex and Allyson

Rites of Spring

By on April 2, 2015

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As Springtime days are warming, we start to notice the tiny flowers of CoSM heroically poking their heads up. The spirit of green is beginning to bud from the grounds to the trees. Two upcoming holidays honor the new spring by addressing the spiritual meaning of rebirth and liberation.  Passover is celebrated every year on the Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox. Easter is celebrated on the Sunday after the Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox. Join us this weekend for music, art and a meditation on personal and global freedom from “the tight place.”  Maybe the tight place, symbolically, is the constriction of fears in our ego that keep us from courageously pursuing our highest possibility.  Tales of spiritual trial and transcendence encourage us to keep wrestling with the Creator.

The Magic of Mushrooms

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As new life is springing from the earth, the kingdom of fungi is playing a critical role in building and sustaining a healthy ecosystem. Martin Bridge, CoSM’s Mycological Ambassador, will discuss how mushrooms offer significant medicinal and nutritional value to our diet and the environment. Find out how mushrooms improve the soil, how mushrooms are cultivated and how mushrooms could save the planet. Learn to identify a number of species and participate in a hands-on demonstration of log cultivation that will be gifted to CoSM.

Full Moon Ceremony and Beyond

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CoSM’s 148th consecutive Full Moon Ceremony will include music, performance, wisdom, blessings, declarations and more. After the performative “spiritual variety show,” connect with the community, chat with Alex and Allyson, enjoy lounge vibes, get your posters and books signed…  Then, fire up your ecstatic dance groove with Yheti’s live ever-morphing detailed sound sculpture of electronic music, accompanied by mind-bending Visual Projections. Alex will offer one Supportrait during the evening. Some of our favorite Visionary Artists will be Live-Painting in the Visionary Victorian. Have your Tarot read. Hang out around the fire circle and witness heroic fire spinning and great vibes.

Yoga with Shipra Saraogi at CoSM

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Attune before Art Church at Shipra’s not-to-be-missed yoga session.
The class is growing. Come early.

Art Church — Seder/Easter Interfaith Ceremony

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The Passover Seder is a Jewish ceremonial dinner celebrating liberation. Ritual food commemorates both the ancient history of the Jewish people and reminds us of the freedom from oppression we have been seeking or have found in our personal and spiritual lives.

Easter, considered by many Christians as the most important holy day, celebrates the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, his liberation of the flesh three days following his death by crucifixion. The mysterious death of Nature’s greenery in Winter, and joyous rebirth in Spring is mirrored in the celebrations of the season.  We will examine how artists have depicted classic moments from the Bible, and how depiction of scripture is one of the foundations of sacred art.

Join us for Seder/Easter Art Church this Sunday where we will draw from divine spirit as we examine “the tight place” that oppresses body, mind and spirit, and vision our liberation. Bring a sketch book and colors.

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“Order” by Allyson Grey

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Christ, from the Sacred Mirrors by Alex Grey

JOIN US ON THE ROAD

After a winter hiatus from travel, we are gearing up for some very special events across the country.  Join us at these locations:

In Chicago with PAPADOSIO at Concord Music Hall
    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8-2am

In San Francisco — Annual Bicycle Day Celebration @ The Warfield
    Saturday/Sunday, April 18/19
   A & A with Beats Antique, Emancipator Ensemble, Thriftworks, Desert Dwellers,
   Visual Projections by Johnathan Singer

In Central Florida — Purple Hatter’s Ball
    Spirit of Suwannee River Park
Friday, May 8th only
   A & A with Lotus, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Random Rab….

In Boulder, Colorado
    Red Rocks Amphitheatre,  Morrison, CO
    Sat, May 16, 4:30pm
   A & A with Tipper and Android Jones

It’s going to be an epic Spring! Hope to see you soon!

Love,

Alex & Allyson

How Rituals Make a Difference

By on March 26, 2015

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In 1985, on our maiden MDMA voyage, when MDMA was still a legal therapeutic pharmaceutical, we lay on our bed with our blindfolds on, not talking or touching, and both witnessed in our mind’s eyes, a mandalic Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Sharing the astonishment over a simultaneous vision, we made our commitment to build a transformative environment to exhibit the Sacred Mirrors paintings. For many years, we shared with friends about our deep intention to build a sanctuary of visionary art.

It wasn’t until January 2003, following the advice of our shaman, Alex Stark, that we commenced CoSM Full Moon Ceremonies in our home in Brooklyn.  At that first ceremony, with about ten supporters, Alex Stark created a “Despacho,” a bundle packed full with intentionally enfused elements of every variety intended to communicate to venerated forces of Nature and Higher Realms. On the New Moon, our shaman walked the despacho up a mountain and left it as a special offering.  Within four months of CoSM’s first Full Moon, a space was offered for the first Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. It was in Chelsea, by night, New York nightclub central, by day, heart of the art world.  Within Full Moon Ceremonies and Celestial Celebrations (Equinoxes and Solstices], rituals have guided us to join with community in creating a contemporary, radically welcoming, trans-denominational sacred space, a testifmonial to the power of ceremony and ritual.

For decades, Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, has led hundreds of ceremonies and rituals around the world and in her hometown of New York City.  The National news media has covered her public events standing hundreds of eggs on end at City Hall Plaza on the Equinox. She founded Mama Donna’s Tea Garden in “Exotic Brooklyn,” a hub for celestial celebrations in the Big Apple. With Donna’s light heart and a serious commitment, city dwellers are honoring passing seasons and giving homage to our relationship with the cosmos. Join us at CoSM this Saturday, March 28th to learn and experience the art of creating rituals and holding ceremony with our dear friend Donna, the Urban Shaman.

Saturday Afternoon: Spelling it Out: Ritual Rules of Engagement

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The need for ritual is a basic human instinct, a compelling urge to merge with the infinite. Ceremony — solitary or shared, public or private — offers us a way to relate intimately with the primordial force, and to embrace that sacred power which informs and fuels all existence. Ritual is our lifeline to the divine.

Ritual adds richness to our lives. Special times call out for special ceremonies — whether to consecrate new beginnings and growth, to honor relationships and responsibilities, to celebrate achievements and joys, or to ease times of pain and burden. There is great value to be gained by taking the time and making the effort to infuse these milestones with significance and sanctity. By ritualizing our profound passages, we honor our personal journey, our loved ones, our affiliations, and our connection to Spirit.

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Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Join renowned ritualist Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, as she guides you through the meaning, the mind-set, the mood, the method, and the magic of establishing a ceremonial order to your life. You will experience an intimate, imaginative, and engaging taste of the potent rewards of establishing a personally resonant ritual practice. And you will gain the spiritual and practical wherewithal to enable you to design and enact meaningful, transformational rituals and rites of transition for yourself, your family, your business, your organization, and your community.

The Vernal Equinox Celebration at CoSM this past weekend was one of the most beautiful, because of all the loving smiles from so many friends.  Thank you to the community for building sacred space together!

Love,

Allyson and Alex