WHERE: Agnes Pelton House & Gardens, 68680 F Street, “Agnes Pelton Way” Cathedral City, CA 92234
WHEN: Saturday afternoons starting March 5, 2022, 2pm (during March & April) and Full Moon evenings at 7pm on Friday March 18, & Saturday April 16
COST: Free (pay what you can/ $20 suggested Peace offering at-the-door), on the website (www.simeondenwellness.com) and via Venmo (@Deogracio-Secretario) and Zelle (310-801-6538)
As a gift to the community, interdisciplinary artist, Simeon Den, will be hosting crystal “singing” bowl Sound Bath sessions at the historic Agnes Pelton House in the Cathedral City Cove on Saturdays at 2pm starting on March 5, 2022, during the months of March and April. Admission is free (pay what you can), first-come-first-served-basis with a suggested Peace Offering of $20 at-the-door or on Venmo (@Deogracio-Secretario) and Zelle (310-801-6538). The sound bath session includes a mindful meditation and an opportunity to experience the energetic vibrations generated by the crystal bowls that are tuned to balance the chakra energy centers and calm the mind and body.
Simeon Den’s crystal bowl sound bath meditations (photo image attached) reflect the spiritual legacy of Agnes Pelton’s Transcendental Painters Group, painters who attribute their artwork to visions inspired and informed by their meditations. Her own esoteric spiritual practices included Agni (Fire) Yoga, Numerology, and Transformational Astrology. For several decades (1930-61) her home on F Street was the center of an artists colony, whose members included notable desert plein aire painters John W. Hilton, Jimmy Swinnerton, and Sam Hyde Harris, who came to paint, teach, and sell their art during the Season. Her painting studio was one of the first art galleries in Coachella Valley and was the genesis of the Desert Art Center. The sale of her painting, “Smoke Tree In Bloom” funded the building of the Center that still exists today in Palm Springs after 70 years. Also, Pelton was an active member of The Hive, a community of Pasadena Utopian creatives; accomplished writers, musicians, dancers, and other painters, who produced spiritual works espousing lofty ideals and of ideal societies.
“Transcendental Being,” 1934 (photo image attached), recently shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Palm Springs Museum, was her personal meditation guide from which her abstract paintings were inspired and hangs today in her painting studio in the private collection of Peter Palladino, owner of the Agnes Pelton House and president of the Agnes Pelton Society, the non-profit arts advocacy established to advance her legacy.
In the same spiritual tradition, Simeon Den conducts public and private sound baths, creates and performs “transcendformance” rituals that celebrate and mark life events, performs and teaches the esoteric & meditational Butoh Dance discipline, and teaches his trademarked Ch’i Yoga™ classes at the Fountain of Life in downtown Cathedral City and remotely on Zoom.
Sound Bath visitors at the Pelton House can walk through the sculpture & meditation gardens, visit the Chuperosa Lane Murals Path with artwork by local artists commissioned by the Agnes Pelton Society, view her fabled painting studio, and witness Palladino’s phenomenal work-in-progress mosaics installed on the exterior walls of the structures added-on in the 1970’s. The original building and painting studio completed in 1938 is restored and maintains its historic integrity.