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A Transformative Weekend at CoSM

By on November 18, 2016

Friday Night @ CoSM:

Dixon’s Violin
Friday, November 18th, 8pm – 10pm

This Friday, CoSM will feature “Visionary Violin: A Transformational Journey by Dixon.” Not your ordinary fiddler, Dixon has taken the instrument to the next level, providing an extraordinary and unique concert experience.

Improvising on a 5-string electric violin alongside a looper, Dixon creates an all-live, one-man symphony. Guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation, he shows the beauty of accomplishing his seemingly impossible sounds. Dixon improvises, responding to the environment, making the audience essential to the music itself. Immerse yourself in an interactive musical journey of enchanting, passionate energy that mesmerizes and inspires.

Friday night, CoSM will be open noon-6pm with dinner and Dixon to follow. Come early and purchase a meal ticket (reserve two hours in advance, please) and enjoy snacks and sweets in The Mushroom Cafe. Browse the CoSM Shop until 11pm.

 

A & A Join Synergetic Press & Alchemist Kitchen, NYC

Understanding Ayahuasca:
From Indigenous Origins to Neo-Shamanism
with Alex, Allyson & guest presenters
Saturday, November 19th

Celebrate the launch of The Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine. Editors and select authors and artists of this volume plus leading experts on ethnobotany and ayahuasca will come together at Alchemist Kitchen in Manhattan on Saturday for an enlightening afternoon Symposium and stimulating evening Salon exploring plant medicine from multiple perspectives.

The program will trace the cultural history of ayahuasca, including traditional and neo-shamanic practices. An artistic and literary examination will highlight the inspirations from “Mother Aya,” a muse of the mystical mind. Over the course of one day, speakers will enlighten us on the therapeutic potential for profound healing and inform our understanding of scientific principles that frame the ecological context supporting the precious value of this sacred brew of the Amazon.

Click on the banner and join us for this unique convergence of higher minds.

Order your very own copy of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine!

 

Coming up next week @ CoSM:

Body Soul Drawing Ritual:
Journey Through the Chakras
with Alex & Allyson
Friday evening through Sunday lunch, November 25 – 27th

As artists, we are the scintilla of universal creativity. In alignment with the Cosmic Order, following the natural flow of our own uniqueness, vision takes form. The practice of art is a healing force, connecting with and manifesting the visions of our essence.

The Body and Soul Drawing Intensive is a day-long gathering of artists envisioning our subtle light body.
Draw the invisible energy of a beautiful yogini accompanied by evocative music that resonates with each chakra,

Join Alex Grey and Allyson Grey for a drawing meditation that will include:
• Basic Instruction on proportions of the head and body,
• Vision practices that allow us to glimpse the interplay of body and soul,
• Drawings of the subtle chakra centers posed by a yogic model,

Participants will take home drawings that may be touchstones of the 
harmonic integration in psyche and soma.

All levels of ability welcome.

 A basic materials list will be sent upon registration.

 

 

Join Alex & Allyson for a weekend of drawing from life. All levels of experience welcome. Click here for more information.

 


Original Watercolors
by Alex & Allyson are available in CoSM Shop!
All purchases at CoSM support building a sanctuary of Visionary Art.

 

Love,

Alex & Allyson

November Full Moon Weekend

By on November 10, 2016

Friday Night @ CoSM:

Pure Flow
An Evening of Sacred Water Consciousness
7pm – 10pm

 

Imagine a purifying healing rain of life energy showering over you from the highest heavens washing away fear, anger and any heavy negativity so you have complete access to all the light, love and creative energy of your soul. At this precious freaky time come together with CoSM community to pray for the waters of life.

Raise awareness for Earth’s sacred waters and learn about how fossil fuels are threatening our waters. Show support for Earth Guardians. Raise funds for indigenous youth at Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Indian reservation in North and South Dakota.

Rachel Marco-Havens, Co-Director of Earth Guardians, Director of Youth Engagement, will address the massive build out of fossil fuel infrastructure in New York State and point out the direct connection between the issues in New York and the No Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL) movement.

Through song and prayer lead by Bethany Yarrow of Bethany & Rufus, they will be sharing experiences at Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota and bring attention to the AIM Pipeline being installed in the Hudson Valley.

CoSMonauts are committed to providing support by taking action in our own back yards. Live painting at the event will be CoSM artists Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, Caren Charles, Alexa Spaddy, Louie Izzo, Hilary Astrid and more. An art auction will follow to raise funds for Earth Guardian’s mission: To bring leadership training, moral and emotional support to Standing Rock’s Youth.

Join us at CoSM on Friday night for this “Pro-activation” dedicated to the Sacredness of Water. Enjoy the CoSM woodlands by day (noon-6pm) and stay for an evening of art, music, compassion and prayer.

 

Saturday Full Moon @ CoSM:

November Full Moon Workshop:
Technologists of Attention
with Michael Garfield
3pm – 6pm

 

Regardless of the medium, art ultimately acts on attention — it gathers, gardens and transforms, coordinating each of us within the body of the social super-organism.

Join scientist-turned-multimedia-artist, Michael Garfield, as he draws from his experience as both a natural history illustrator and live painter to empower the Creative Life with deeper understanding of psychology, cognition and communication. Seek and discover new opportunities to change the world by changing how framework and contents of perception.

Learn how to bridge art, science and spiritual practice through fun live painting exercises and develop new eyes for the extraordinary power you channel as an artist. Admission to the workshop includes dinner prepared by the house chef and entry into the Full Moon Gathering. See you then!

 

 

Paleontologist turned psychedelic “performance philosopher,” Michael Garfield’s mind-expanding work maps the evolutionary landscape and our place in it. Former editor in chief for visionary art hub SolPurpose.com and contributor to many more (including Big Think, Reality Sandwich, H+ Magazine, and KenWilber.com), Michael writes about (and from) the intersections of emerging planetary consciousness, accelerating technology, transpersonal psychology, and the lived experience of cosmic participation that transcends our narratives entirely.

 

November Full Moon Gathering @ CoSM:

Full Moon Ceremony
Saturday, 7:30 to 9:30pm
with hosts Alex & Allyson and a “Spiritual Variety Show”
of Music, Poetry, Wisdom and more

 

Join us for the 172nd consecutive CoSM Full Moon Gathering, a performative evening of wisdom, poetry, music and surprises. Embracing the richness of diversity, we share art and spirit with community. Alex & Allyson lead the Opening Ceremony in the library from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Seating begins at 7pm.

Full Moon After-Celebration
10pm to midnight

 

Enjoy live music, interactive art making, performance painting and the outdoor — fire circle and fire performances. Alex Grey loves to create one “Supportrait,” a drawing that supports CoSM of one guest or couple. Chat with Allyson about Art & Life during the After-Celebration. Check the progress of live painters Brian Zickafoose, Joness Jones, Juan Carlos Taminchi, Linzy Miggantz and Perry Kroeger. Celebrate the fullness of the moon with friends at the high-tide of the spirit in CoSM’s visionary substratosphere.


painting by Brian Zickafoose

Sunday @ CoSM:

Morning Yoga
with Shipra Saraogi
Sunday, 10am – Noon

 

CoSM offers the ultimate out-of-body experience — Yoga with Shipra, late-morning on Sunday. Be gently guided toward your body’s own potential. Deepen any asana practice and rejuvenate with friends of all levels of experience. Be comfortably nurtured and challenged by a sublime yogini. Shipra rocks steady.

Yoga begins at 10am, $10 donation requested. Mats available.

 

Art Church:
Self & Godself
hosted by Alex & Allyson
Sunday, 1pm – 5pm

 

Depicting the physical self through art can reveal the eternal self, sometimes masterfully, as we see in the work of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo. The process of looking into a mirror and drawing or painting a portrait allows for an authentic reflective encounter with our true nature, our Godself.

Esteemed architect, Christopher Alexander, said that the greatest art is a reflection of the “Eternal Self.” Our sense of self conditions how we shape our reality and is a central organizing element in our worldview. The perennial philosophy, as put forward by Aldous Huxley, states that humanity has two aspects of self — a contracted egoic smaller self, which is protective of its boundaries and defensive in order to survive, and the eternal self, the self with a higher or transcendental aspect, the Godself. The Mighty I AM presence, holds the thought, vision and relationship with Divine Presence within and above us, an image of the idealized Self.


Self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

At Art Church on Sunday afternoon, we will draw or paint our expressive appearance, our shadow and our higher possibility. Examining the masters of artistic self-revelation, we will confab about the higher self. Come at noon to enjoy CoSM indoors and out. Lunch at The Mushroom Cafe and join Art Church for drawing and revelation about how artists have portrayed the self. Program begins at 1pm.

 

Love,

Alex & Allyson

Luis Eduardo Luna Visits CoSM

By on November 10, 2016

The sky was crystal clear Sunday afternoon as CoSM welcomed author, Luis Eduardo Luna to the Hudson Valley. Using visionary art as a catalyst, Luis has been traveling all over the country with a team of artists giving presentations and preparing art exhibitions. Luis elaborated on the importance of visionary art introducing some of the dedicated individuals who are part of his team.


Luis Eduardo Luna presenting at CoSM.

A visionary salon on Sacred Plants: Intelligence in Nature, folks made a visit to gather insight on shamanic culture, entheogens and art. Luis began the talk with a presentation of his own background, describing is academic career. Through life experiences and mythologies, he has since dedicated his life to spreading awareness on the potential benefits of plant substances. A Q&A session facilitated by Alex & Allyson provided the opportunity for open discussion.

Creative spirits were in full ignition by the end of the program. Thank you to Luis Eduardo Luna for your efforts in making this world a more peaceful place.


Art by Anthony Debernardi

Be sure to check out the latest version Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, co-edited by Luis Eduardo Luna. Receive a copy today!