Throughout history, humanity has built sacred spaces as expressions of our spiritual and creative evolution. From the earliest painted caves, pyramids, stupas, synagogues, mosques, and cathedrals to the most modern temples, sacred spaces have served a vital role in connecting community members with each other and with the wisdom traditions so important to their survival. These architectural wonders offered by our ancestors remain pilgrimage sites where people refresh their souls. Holy places of peace and ceremony can activate healing, comfort, love, harmony with the cosmos, and Oneness with the Creator.
Join Alex and Allyson as they present an illuminating overview of sacred space from around the world, from caves to cathedrals. Learn the “Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture” according to Keith Critchlow. Examine the archetypal shapes and metaphors that connect sacred space from every culture.
At this pivotal moment in history, creating sacred space that honors the mystic core of all religions and cultures will activate feelings of inter-connectedness and empower us with faith to solve the problems confronting humanity and the web of life.
Building a Temple gives people a symbolic focal point to transcend their differences and create something beautiful together. The collective awareness of a dawning planetary civilization and universal spirituality is calling for an uplifting twenty-first century vision of World Spirit. Chapel of Sacred Mirrors is answering that call.
Design for the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
1pm – Program Begins
- Meditation on the Temple of the Body and Soul — music by DJ Jon Ohia
- BRING DRAWING MATERIALS including colored pencils, pens or watercolor and a sketch book or pad.
- Journaling and poetic expression also encouraged.
- Meditation Ends with Closing Reflections
- Break —
- Sacred Architecture — an illustrated talk by Alex & Allyson
- Discussion on Archetypal Shapes and Perspective
- Altar Drawing — music by DJ Jon Ohia
- Closing Ceremony — Program Ends at 6pm
Alex Grey, world-renowned artist, poet, and author, is best loved for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. His books, Sacred Mirrors, The Mission of Art, Transfigurations, and Art Psalms, trace the development of his work and mystical experiences that shaped his spiritual artistic life. Alex's most recent monograph, Net of Being, addresses how his art is evolving the cultural body through icons of interconnectedness. www.alexgrey.com
Allyson Grey, artist, writer and social sculptor, has co-written and edited a dozen books and all seven volumes of CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture. Since 1975, Allyson has been artistic partner and studio mate of artist, Alex Grey. With a Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University, Allyson has been an educator and muse to artists for over 30 years. Alex and Allyson are the parents of actress, Zena Grey. allysongrey.com Together, the Grey co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, an interfaith church since 2008, celebrating creativity as a spiritual path.
Rooms are available for rent in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.
CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.