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Deities & Demons Ball in New Orleans

By on October 31, 2014


Deities & Demons Ball in New Orleans

Just celebrated the 10th Anniversary Deities & Demons Masquerade Ball at CoSM in Wappinger, New York and it was an enchanted night of angels and ecstatic monsters dancing to extraordinary beats. Now we are heading to New Orleans, for a Louisiana Day of the Dead version of CoSM’s Deities and Demons Ball in New Orleans Saturday night.

Old friends Third Eye Productions and Area 51are hosting this “Celestial Circus” as a fundraiser for the building of Entheon! Electronic musicians David Starfire, Thriftworks, MiHKAL will be lighting up the night with uplifting vibrations as we paint, made up like the Reapers. Come in exotic dress!

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In NOLA, followers of Voodoo engage with spirits who protect and connect us with invisible dimensions. The Day of the Dead coincides with All Souls’ Day and shares the spirit and season of Halloween. Remembering the deceased, practitioners pray for souls residing within a realm between heaven and hell. Day of the Dead festivities include graveyard celebrations with dancing and music, to elicit trance-like states.

Followers of Voodoo tradition serve food before a headstone cross and chant incantations. Eventually the food is consumed and shared with the needy. Voodoo practiced as a family tradition asks the dead for life-altering gifts of transformation.

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In 2011, Alex & Allyson prayed at the tomb of New Orleans Voodoo Queen, Marie Leveau [1794-1881], whose power was so renowned that she was called upon by politicians and business leaders of New Orleans to pray on their behalf. It is now a custom for visitors to pay respects at her graveside and make a request by drawing three X’s with chalk on her grave. When the wish is fulfilled, the supplicant must return and circle the X’s in gratitude.

Our XXX’S were placed, praying for the building of Entheon. Now three years later we are pouring the foundations of Entheon, which began auspiciously on the September New Moon, 2014 and is progressing exquisitely.  We are going back to thank the Spirits!

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Tarantata Workshop & Performance

This Sunday, CoSM presents RHYTHM IS THE CURE, a healing dance and percussion workshop led by Alessandra Belloni, world renowned leader of dance and music rituals from her homeland.  Alessandra travels the world offering this transformative practice from her Ancient Mediterranean roots to serve and empower women. In the homey Library at CoSM this Sunday, you can learn Southern Italian folk dance rituals and chants that invoke the healing power of the sun and moon. Come for the afternoon workshop. Stay for the early evening performance.

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Entheon Foundation

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Brian James, building manager, with Alex as the foundation is being poured, September 2014.

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Visionary Permaculture Autumn Report

By on October 29, 2014

Under the October new moon, the visionary permaculture learning guild assembled at their sanctum sanctorum, the holy grounds of CoSM. Here is a short collaborative note from students in the program…We are so grateful for the community and sacred space that CoSM gives this world! So much love and happiness radiates from the team here and we are excited to spread light everywhere we go.

Our education is crystallizing more clearly into our own lives as well as our collective vision.The mushroom workshop was fabulous and inspiring to go out and teach others how to grow their own!   We learned a lot about the flow of water, air, weather, and love while gaining confidence in our ability direct the flow of our landscapes and lives.We are looking forward to seeing the progress of Entheon and sharing space with you in February!

ganesha cosmThe group shared past stories and created new ones. Classes took place in the gardens, woods, and artful installations along the Wisdom Trails, and the classroom included thousands of species of plants, animals, insects and all manner of microclimates.

mushrooms permacultureExploring permaculture foundational concepts, ethics, principles, design methods, patterns, ecological understandings, strategies and techniques, the group shared in a transformative educational adventure that inspired a whole new way of viewing the world.

chris dyer spray paint muralLearning together around so many visionary art works, class members became more conscious global citizens in a creative and artful way.

nature dreamweaver nest cosmPermaculture class Fall session in the Meadow Nest.

permaculture class cosm dining room chefsSharing many epic yummy and healthy meals from the incredible Amanda and her CoSM Kitchen team including Ivan, Tony and Oscar was a course highlight for all.

shiitake mushroom logsMartin Bridge led a series of dynamic mycology lessons, miraculously matching mushrooms shared holistically in a indoor slideshow with mushrooms found on the ground during a medicine walk on the grounds and culminating in a hands on installation of Oyster mushroom logs and coffee grounds.

permaculture class vinemanMaestra permaculture herbalist Dina Falconi led a medicine walk, sharing an intimate and intentional meeting with some powerful healer plants in the CoSM environment, all of which grow throughout the cool climates as wild plants.

permaculture martin bridgeIt was a powerful permaculture activation looking at design of homes, gardens, farms, communities and wild spaces for climate, water and the ecological crisis. Exploring permaculture principles and strategies in nature and in the invisible structures of the world, the group imbibed the permaculture post-paradigm in their own creative and visionary way as reflected in this World Tree / Core Model art done by Martin Bridge.

permaculture mapping cosmThis visionary think tank combined forces to explore possible applications of permaculture to CoSM with a dynamic mapping and design charette. Permaculture’s Autumn Session was a splendid, touching and emotional circle full of wisdom, gratitude, love, affirmations and conscious creativity.

Thanks to Eli Blank for the photos!

10th Annual Deities and Demons Masquerade Ball

By on October 23, 2014


10th Annual Deities and Demons Masquerade Ball

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Mr. & Mrs. Reaper painting “Skull Being”

Celebrate with Mr. and Mrs. Reaper this Saturday, Oct 25th at CoSM’s 10th Annual Deities and Demons Masquerade Ball! Come as your favorite creature, or archetypal spirit, and enjoy outstanding electronic musicians Andreilien, Gladkill, Soulacybin, Sporeganic and many CoSM favorites. Look for incredible visual projections, deco, many extraordinary live painters, and the fire art of Phantomime. We will also be joined by the projection palace know as the Puffer Dome, and have a very special dance performance by the amazing Ka. We hope to see you there! Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Alex and Allyson