Making Meaningful Art
with Randal Roberts & Morgan Mandala

In this class, we will explore using drawing as a meditative practice, and how to develop our own unique and personal artistic language. We will also go in-depth on acrylic painting techniques and offer art-life tips and tricks, designed for both beginners and experienced painters. Our aim is to impart everything we know about creating artwork that is meaningful – to the artist, as well as the viewer!

Over the course of the retreat, we will create several drawings using guided meditation and simple exercises. Participants will delve into creating a painting from conception to completion, employing classical methods such as using references and layering and glazing, as well as intuitive and spontaneous approaches. Open studio will be a casual forum to work on our art together, discuss concepts and technique, and to mingle and get 1 on 1 consultation and critiques. Dedicate this time to being an artist – creating art to be present – and being present to create art.

Suggested Materials List

· Sketchbook / journal
· 1 stretched & primed canvas (any size from 16” x 16”  – 36” x 36”)
· 1 to 2 ideas and/or sketches of a subject matter/ visual reference of interest to the participant (could be an object, person, icon, philosophy, practice, etc.)
· Acrylic paints, brushes, palette, rags, etc  (various colors & sizes, to your personal taste).
· A work-in-progress painting / drawing from home, to work on during open session (optional)
· A portfolio, prints, and/or finished painting to share with the group
· Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish or preferred transparent glazing medium (recommended)

Drawing tools:
Pens, pencils, and kneadable eraser.

Brushes (Recommended, not required):
· 2-4 filberts in assorted sizes
· 1-2, 1/4″-1/2″ angle shaders
· 1-2 small rounds/liners
· 1-2 , 1″-2″ flat brush for glazes

* All levels of painters welcome.
Some materials & colors will be available for shared use.

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Randal Roberts

Randal Roberts is an internationally recognized self-taught painter. Having identified as an artist his whole life, at the age of 30 he was inspired to at last quit the factory job to dedicate himself to art full time after meeting Alex and Allyson Grey. After a yearlong soul-searching road trip across the U.S., Randal found a community at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, where he lived and worked for seven years.

During this time, he began building a body of artwork fusing various wisdom traditions, iconic symbolism, and profound personal experiences and relationships with the flow of ornamental design.
Since then, he has become a celebrated live-performance and studio painter. The organic sensibility and attention to detail in Randal’s paintings reveal his intuitive direction to “emphasize what you love about each brushstroke.”   He has lived in the beautiful NY Hudson Valley, the beloved San Francisco Bay, and is currently based in Boulder, CO.

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Morgan Mandala

Morgan Mandala was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois,USA, but has called the front range of Colorado home for a decade.  She is most well-known for live painting, circular canvases, and imagery of fantastic naturalism combined with geometry. Morgan has toured throughout the United States and beyond the borders, teaching, painting, and constantly learning, often in collaboration with artist and partner, Randal Roberts.

Morgan earned a double BFA in painting and art History with a minor in philosophy at Colorado State University. Her studies sparked her interest in the relationship between art and spirituality, and how this relationship manifests itself throughout global cultures with special interest in shamanism. Many paintings are informed by her world travels, symbolic studies, and experiences with plant medicine.

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Rooms are available for rent in the Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian.

Accommodations for this event must be booked directly through Guest Services, and may only be booked once event tickets have been purchased.For assistance in booking your stay, please call 845-297-2323 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]


Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.


CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappinger, NY 12590.