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Visionary Permaculture with Delvin Solkinson

By on March 2, 2015

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The second Visionary Permaculture Design Certificate Course at CoSM was just completed. A Learning Guild was assembled at CoSM for a few days in each of the four seasons to learn about how nature designs itself and how to become a regenerative designers themselves.

Permaculture studies how traditional and modern peoples design home, gardens, farms, communities and landscapes using Ecological Design principles which care for the Earth, it’s People and it’s Future.

This Visionary Permaculture Cartography Wing has worked together to become conscious of the CoSM land. They continue exploring and documenting the plants and animals as well as the energies and influences that pass through it, including sun, wind, water, sound, views and smells. There were workshops on beekeeping, mushroom cultivation, medicine making as well as the ethnobotany and land use practices of the First Peoples.

The year long course exploring the permaculture post-paradigm generated many ideas for possible future designs at CoSM, both of the visible structures including land and buildings, as well as the invisible organizational structures.

The visionary permaculture learning ring set up a learning installation in the Parlour Library of the CoSM Grey House. This includes two custom tomes which serve as ecological guidebooks to CoSM through the permaculture philter. These work with a permaculture wing of the CoSM library containing books on four season organic gardening and id books for the plants, insects, animals and mushrooms of the land. Together they form a Visionary Permaculture Grimoire, a multidimensional toolkit for learning permaculture and contributing to this consciousness at CoSM.

Anyone can participate in the permaculture mapping and design of CoSM by observing the land, making art or taking photos of the plants, animals and landscapes or writing down their perspectives on permaculture at CoSM and emailing delvin@cosm.org

There is an introduction to visionary permaculture full moon workshop in May 2015. A third visionary permaculture design certificate course will be offered at CoSM in the new year.

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GeneStull-Matt-visionary-bee-workshop18Workshop on Beekeeping with Matt Dudin


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photos : Gene Stull

Voice of the Self

By on February 26, 2015

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Our voices are the resounding instruments of our truth.  When we trust our voices and explore the mysterious unknown of improvisation, we can cultivate an intimate familiarity that echoes ancient sacred sounds. Since time immemorial, every spiritual tradition of the world has used sound for healing. Sound can play an integral role in the healing power of shamanic practices and can be a tool of integrative medicine to enhance pain management and improved well-being.

Saturday afternoon at CoSM, Stephanie Rooker will lead her Vocal Empowerment Experience. A classically trained vocalist, composer, music educator, and sound healing facilitator, Stephanie founded Voice Journey Sound Center in Brooklyn, New York.  Stephanie has long-studied cross-cultural archetypes and practiced incisive listening and mindful facilitation to demonstrate music as a healing force. Performing since childhood, achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College, Stephanie is classically trained and practiced in jazz, blues, and gospel vocal styles. Come for an expedition into the fifth chakra with a mystic wizard of sound and voice.

Full Moon Workshop Teacher Stephanie Rooker

Full Moon Workshop Teacher, Stephanie Rooker


March Full Moon Gathering

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Come see why CoSM’s Full Moon Ceremony is the anchoring event for our creative community.

ART CHURCH: Portraying the Self

ART CHURCH- Portraying the Self

Join us for Art Church this Sunday afternoon as we explore the self-portrait, an artist’s soul voyage toward revealing their own true nature. Few pictures through the ages are more honest or experimental than self portraits. A self portrait can nobly and expressively convey the deepest feelings with sincerity.  The mirror enables an artist to capture their most personal view of reality. Facing one’s moods, expressions and shadow, the artist can go beyond likeness and represent inner turmoil, inner spirit, and higher possibility. Capturing physical features, environmental conditions and the artist’s inner world in a self portrait, can offer a subjective record of self-scrutiny that is objectified through the creative process. Alex will demonstrate the drawing of a face.  Bring a sketchbook and colors.

Love,

Alex & Allyson

Seeing the Holy

By on February 19, 2015

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The cloud chamber is a device developed by physicists to detect atomic particles. The human brain and mind is a biological device developed to detect God.  This is why a mystical visionary experience is one of the greatest and most meaningful events in a person’s life. The body has been used for the purpose it was created, God detection. The mystic’s consciousness is flooded with infinite love, energy and wisdom to affirm and ignite the soul.

God IS when people acknowledge God IS.  If there are no people acknowledging God IS, does God exist? Yes, because the Universe is infinite intelligence evolving into creative manifestation, whether we acknowledge it or not. The forward thrust of time presents us with a kaleidoscopically re-crystallizing theophany every second through-out the infinite space/time continuum. It is our privilege to witness it.

Having decoded many of the secrets of nature and given humanity all important tools and technologies, science offers humanity truth as clearly as possible, based on the best existing evidence.  In 2006, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published Dr. Roland Griffiths rigorous Johns Hopkins University study confirming that psilocybin can deliver a mystical visionary experience to 65% of spiritually inclined people in a conducive set and setting.

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“Vision Crystal Tondo” by Alex Grey

Current suicide rates for returning veterans from Iraq & Afghanistan are unprecedented, alarming, unacceptable. Last month, The Journal of Psychopharmacology published a study entitled “Classic psychedelic use is associated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality in the United States adult population.”  Doctors responsible for the study evaluated over 190,000 respondents from 2008 to 2012. Lifetime classic psychedelic use was associated with a significantly reduced odds of psychological distress and holds promise in the prevention of suicide and in support of mental health and well-being.

In the early 1950’s, a Mexican Mazatec healer named Maria Sabina dreamed that Jesus Christ visited her and instructed her to reveal the secrets of the psilocybin mushroom to the Western world. Jesus told her, “Humans are destroying the earth and the mushrooms will teach them to pay better respect to the environment and nature.”  Sabina revealed the secret of the mushroom to a banker and mycologist, Gordon Wasson in 1955. Wasson sent the mushrooms to Sandoz chemist, Dr. Albert Hofmann who discovered the psychoactive agents in the mushroom and named it psilocybin. Modern science is finally joining shamanic cultures in recognizing the unprecedented healing potential of this sacred natural fungus.

Sufi poet, Hafiz said, “You asked me if I thought your visions were true. I would say that they were if they make you become more human, more kind to every creature and plant that you know.”

Visionary Mystical Experiences are humanity’s most direct contact with divinity and are the source of all religions and sacred arts. The accurate depiction of these dimensions of awareness are why Visionary Art matters. Join us in our mission to house Visionary Art in a sacred setting.  Entheon, now under construction, will contain glimpses of our higher collective consciousness, home of the Love Tribe, pointing toward a peaceful planetary civilization.

VISIONARY SALON WITH DENNIS MCKENNA
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CoSM is excited to welcome Dennis McKenna this weekend who will share his wisdom for the fortunate who were able to land tickets for this sold-out event!

Love,

Alex and Allyson