Only 7 spots remain in this historic learning adventure into permaculture at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Join us for a journey of becoming conscious planetary citizens with the second biennial Visionary Permaculture Design program at CoSM. A ring of learners will meet up once a season for a few days at a time to learn about how nature designs itself and how we can become regenerative designers ourselves.
See the new updated version of the visionary permaculture book begun by the 2012 class here: http://gaiacraft.squarespace.com/visionary-permaculture-book-20/
or download the free, open source PDF here:
Listen to the Winter Solstice 2013 CoSMic address here:
Listen to the CoSM February 2014 Full Moon visionary permaculture rant here:
There are course readings but no tests, written work but no grades. The main personal project is to start a year long map, and begin the design for, your home or land regardless of its size or location. The flexible group project includes adding to the map of CoSM and envisioning potential permaculture designs for the grounds. This is an awesome way to make an enduring and positive contribution to the CoSM project that is creative, fun and educational. We will gather at this inspiring Church of Creativity and Art to transform our understandings of what is possible. We will be living, learning and eating together. The course will include tours of the CoSM land and a studio visit with Allyson and Alex Grey. Delvin Solkinson is volunteering to offer this program in support of CoSM's mission to build an enduring sanctuary of visionary art to inspire every pilgrim's creative path and embody the values of love and evolutionary wisdom. This course is for those who want to make a uniquely creative contribution to CoSM while earning a permaculture design certification. Contact [email protected] for details.
Delvin Solkinson has completed a PDC, Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and done advanced trainings with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton, Patricia Michael, Robyn Francis, the Bullock Brothers, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, Larry Santoyo, Scott Pittman, Michael Becker, Robin Wheeler, Starhawk and Robin Clayfield. He is an accredited teacher through the Permaculture Research Institute and a Field Mentor through Permaculture Institute USA. Recently he completed a PDC in Portland with Toby Hemenway and a second Diploma through PI USA. Currently he is working on a Doctorate in Permaculture Education www.gaiacraft.com www.permacultureglobal.com/users/707-delvin-solkinson
Guest Teacher and Teaching Assistant Martin Bridge is an artist educator and mycologist who creates works celebrating the sacredness inherent in nature and our duty to act as stewards for future generations. Guest Teacher Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. She has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for over twenty years. foragingandfeasting.com
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Magic Hat Event with Vice Magazine in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Alex Grey and Allyson Grey live painting at the Magic Hat Brewery's event celebrating a new springtime beer label at Vice Magazine event space in Brooklyn, NY.
Allyson, Lee Downey and Alex chillin' in Lee's Artifactual booth a the Gem Show. Lee lives most of the year in Bali where his business has infused and supported the economy of a village of bone and antler carvers. Look for Artifactual in CoSM Shop on-site and soon online.
The Net of Being book appeared at the Inner Traditions booth at the Pueblo Gem Show, where many of our friends had their booths. Inner Traditions Publishing publishes Sacred Mirrors, Transfigurations, Net of Being and the Sacred Mirrors Card Set, all available in CoSM Shop.
Backstage with CoSM friends (L to R), James Oroc (author of Tryptamine Palace and of CoSM's Wikipedia entry), CoSM Off-site Event Manager, Eli Morgan and Jen Ingram, Visionary Art Curator and founder of Tribe 13 Art Collective.
As cold temperatures plummeted and snow piled up at CoSM and in the Northeast U.S., Mystic Islanders and the worldwide Love Tribe worshipped the Divine in the exquisite paradise of warmth and natural beauty. It was one of the most spiritual and intimate family gatherings in memory.
CoSM yoga instructor, Brionna Marie, started off the weekend with a yoga session for the group. YAR leaders, Claudette and Tracy, led a guided meditation, bonding the group into closer union. Their CoSM journey continued with group art projects focusing on self confidence and body image. Maggie Keller, CoSM Hospitality Coordinator, led a gallery tour of Grey House to start a discussion about the artwork throughout. Brian James, CoSM Site Manager, led a fire circle complete with his extraordinary fire performance. Although it was a chilly weekend in upstate New York, the young women bundled up to explore CoSM grounds, including the wisdom trail, the labyrinth, nests and art installations spotted throughout CoSM's wooded grounds. Refreshed and invigorated, YAR offered love and gratitude for their experience as they enriched the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors with their spirit of possibility for bright futures.
Our thanks to Nancy Marcus Newman and the Marcus Family Foundation for generously funding this retreat. We also thank Dawn Cook-Gagnon for making CoSM's connection with YAR and to the YAR leaders, Claudette and Tracy for co-creating the retreat with CoSM Staff. YAR is most warmly invited to make this pilgrimage a regular event at CoSM.
Translation of review in Liberation, the French National newspaper: Once a medical artist at Harvard, Alex Grey has, over the last thirty years, painted "theocentric" personnages based on his own experiences of meditation, prayer and use of LSD. His work has appeared on album covers of the rock band Tool and it has inspired the creation of a Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, a "church" where one is invited "to see the world and oneself as reflections of the divine."
See the full article in here: http://mobile.argus-presse.fr/coupure/fichier/iCoupureFichierId/11545686/sOAuthConsumerKey/NGZjNTkxN2Y1MDI1ZDRmYzU5MTdmNTAyNjM0LjQwNzMyNDgz/bIsForcerTelechargement/0
An Inspired New Year - by James Oroc I’m one of those people who rarely has a good time on New Year’s eve. I live in New Orleans, which is pretty much a 24/7 365 days a year kind of a party town, and for some reason nights like New Year’s, after the fireworks are done, quickly degrade into a senseless kind of drunken debauchery that’s not really my cup of tea, and I have for many years referred to New Year’s as ‘Amateur Night’. Thus when I was presented with the opportunity of joining Alex and Allyson and the rest of the CoSM crew in Oregon for a New Year’s Eve event at a venue as splendid as the Portland Art Museum I jumped at the opportunity, and in all truth I would have to say that ‘InspireTruth’ not only exceeded my expectations but perhaps even changed my opinion about New Year’s itself!
Produced by Elliot Rasenick and the team who put on the highly regarded Beloved Festival each summer in Oregon, InspireTruth turned out to be a visionary event of the highest caliber. Held over three floors of the Portland Art Museum, an old Masonic Temple that is in itself an outstanding piece of architecture, InspireTruth sold out before the event at somewhere around 2000 people, with people coming from all over the country attracted by a musical line up that included head liners like Tipper, Eskimo, and Nanko and the Medicine Men, and the chance to bring in the New Year with Alex and Allyson Grey.
The Portland Art museum is the oldest art museum on the West Coast, and as Alex pointed out to a full-to-capacity Main Room during his presentation, currently has on display the most expensive publicly auctioned painting in history – a triptych by Francis Bacon called “Three Studies of Lucien Freud” that recently sold for over $142 million dollars! (And no, they didn’t have it on view for the party). Considering the insurance implications of that mere fact, I was even more amazed that the Beloved producers had managed to obtain the museum as a venue for this event, for one could not think of a finer place to showcase not only visionary artists like Alex and Allyson, and Autumn Skye and Eric Nez who was also painting on the main stage with them on this night, but of Visionary Culture itself, since the combination of Jonathan Singer’s visuals on the main stage and the audience, many of them dressed in their finest tribal gear, along with the various stilt-walkers and other performers, turned the entire night into one giant avant-garde art piece in itself no matter where you looked.
Highlights for me included Tipper’s set which was well represented by a good chunk of the West Coast ‘Love Tribe’ on the dance floor as well as an astonishing number of people who had flown in from all over the country, and Alex and Allyson’s rendition of the World Spirit Invocation from Art Psalms, accompanied by Nankho and the Medicine Men, which was probably the surprise hit of the night. This happened just before midnight, a superb rendition in which Alex and Allyson’s words floated out in perfect rhythm above their accomplished ‘backing band’ as the poem took on a subtle intensity that held the large Main Ballroom on the third floor captivated — making me think that I for one would love to hear a whole album of Alex and Allyson’s words put to music. Also worthy of note was the hard-to-get-into ‘Secret Library’ and Gallery space, while the dance floor on the ground floor of the museum seemed to hold down the funkiest vibe all night, with fine sets from J Pod, Sasha Rose, and Rising Appalachia with the Human Experience.
Somewhere after midnight I must have drunk from the wrong cup of KoolAid, for the next few hours passed in a manic blur as I went round and round the rabbit hole, often just watching the beautiful people wandering by, still amazed that we could be allowed to roam virtually unhindered in such a magnificent space. (I’m sure some folks got some really fun photos on this night!) Alex and Allyson were on stage painting virtually the whole time — their endurance continues to astonish me — and then suddenly Random Rab and his band came to an end on stage and the magical night was suddenly over.
Or so you would think, especially if you were kicking sixty and had just flown in from the East Coast that day. But I swear Alex and Allyson would have stayed there chatting with friends and fans until the sun came up if I hadn’t reminded them that they still had another event the next day. Finally gathering up their canvases and other assorted things, leaving the museum took some time since everyone wanted to thank Alex and Allyson, and Alex got in an extended discussion with a security guard who had been had been watching him paint all night and was astonished at how fast Alex can paint. As I held the canvas up for Alex and the Security Guard to get a better look at it, I was reminded again about Alex’s powerful way with people, that seems (to me anyway) to come from a sincere desire to ‘connect’ with everyone he meets, whether they know who he is or not, and even if it is 5 o’clock in the morning. Finally we got Alex and Allyson through the crowds and down a couple of blocks to their hotel, telling them to get some sleep since they still had a big day ahead. As I waited outside the hotel for a taxi, I thought to myself I had just started 2014 by putting Alex and Allyson Grey to bed. New Year’s Eve will never be the same again!
Many thanks to the Beloved Producers for throwing what I am sure was the best New Year’s Party in the country and to CoSM for having me along.
Alex Grey and the Sacred Mirrors series featured on http://hyperallergic.com/ :
...Elsewhere, Alex Grey’s series of mixed-media paintings, “Sacred Mirrors” (1980), whose four tableaux feature complex compositions, appears to ruminate on the theme of where the human soul — that old, romantic-spiritual thing — might fit into a high-tech future that is already here today.
Artist Alex Grey’s “Sacred Mirrors” series of paintings, left to right: “Material World” (1985–86), lead silhouette and leaded, etched mirrors; “Psychic Energy System” (1980), acrylic on linen; “Spiritual Energy System” (1981), acrylic on canvas; and “Universal Mind Lattice” (1981), acrylic on canvas (collection of the artist, photo by Dan Meyers)
Looking at Grey’s paintings and other works on display, Hoffberger said, “Given the way technology is moving, do we want to become like machines? With each new high-tech invention, how do you download a ‘you’ into an ‘it’?” Grey’s powers-of-the-universe paintings, with their images of trees as fecund bodies, along with choruses of prehistoric animals, suns, eyeballs and planets, evoke an eternal, all-unifying, omnipresent spirit. Grey’s art seems more all-embracing than the ecumenical posturing of those praying, chanting, bead-rattling leaders of so-called organized religions who sometimes pause to look beyond their own belief systems and pay a little lip service to the dream of
Read the full article online here: http://hyperallergic.com/101560/human-soul-machine-big-brother-watching-and-other-digital-discontents/