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WSOHOIDPS (A SHIP IN THE WOODS) est. 2010,  is a non-profit incubator working to engage the community through elevated dialogues in art, science, music, new media and culture based in Escondido, California. Through diverse curated events, residency programs, and interdisciplinary collaborations, WSOHOIDPS has become a thriving community of innovative thinkers and supporters interested in exploring our ever-evolving world view.  Our events now attract 600-700 visitors partaking in interactive art exhibits and world class musical acts.  We've recently been awarded grants from the City and County of San Diego, and celebrated an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our new location in 2016 with former San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Collaborators and Supporters: 

Green Peace, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego Zoo, UC San Marcos, La Paloma Theatre, Cabrillo National Monument, Helmuth Projects, Space4Art, Bread and Salt, Felicita County Park, UCSD, FABLAB, and many more.

Notable Past Artists: 

Chris Johanson, Johanna Jackson,  Crispin Glover, Alan Sonfist, Harrell Fletcher, De La Torre Brothers, Shaun O'Dell, Mariah Garnett,  Eve Fowler, and many more. 

Notable Past Musicians: 

Built to Spill, Bill Callahan, Shabazz Palaces, the Mekons, Xiu Xiu, Sam Coomes, Sun Foot, Prayers, HTRK, Ritual Howls, Pall Jenkins, Kera and the Lesbians, Tommy Guerrero, and many more. 


Dr. Bronner’s, Trilogy Sanctuary, Stone Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Lost Abbey Brewing Company, Fall Brewing Company, Sips, Whisknladle, Universal Printworks, Polk Audio, Wells Fargo Bank, San Diego CityBeat, M-Theory Records, + many more...

Notable Figures and Events: 

Patrick Cavanagh - world renown vision scientist (Harvard)

DJ Douggpound - (comedian, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!, Portlandia)

Dennis McKenna - ethnopharmacologist, book release

1+1=3 EEGSYNTH (Swedish Arts Council)

HELM - series of solo art exhibitions curated by Dr. Lara Bullock

Rhodopsin #1 - featured at ArtSD'14,

Rhodopsin #2 - WoW Festival at La Jolla Playhouse '15

Rhodopsin #3 at UCSD Filmatic Festival 16' promoted by ArtPower

Convergence - group exhibition at Cabrillo National Monument

A Tribute to Philip K. Dick

FELICITA - Grand Re-Opening group show

Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) after party w/ cast of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots


A SHIP IN THE WOODS is expanding our programming with the development of new projects, events, and spaces. Help make an impression on the San Diego cultural landscape. Engage in our creative process by underwriting A SHIP IN THE WOODS Programs. Naming opportunities are available for multi-year support over a minimum of three years. A SHIP IN THE WOODS relies on your contributions and each donation supports our many programs from individuals, corporations, foundations, and public agencies.



A SHIP IN THE WOODS seeks investors to help expand its current home headquarters into a 5 acre art incubator with outdoor contemporary art installations, sculpture gardens, ecological programs, artist residency and venue within the north county oak grove bordering Felicita Park in south Escondido, California.  

A SHIP IN THE WOODS is interested in expanding its property and adding an expansive 3 acre oak grove.   Through this expansion we can also aid in helping Felicita County Park preserve this historical site that is home to one of the oldest Kumeyaay Indian settlements in the county. Not only does it offer land but this property has a large house that can accommodate a full fledge interdisciplinary residency program.  This expansion will help create a permanent arts and culture sanctuary unlike anything in the county.  

The foundation proposes to utilize the existing colonial home and land to enhance their future goals. In turn we can strengthen our community based program and take it to the next level. Our goals for the the property are as follows:

· Work with local organizations to create an educational center that serves the underserved community such as the veterans, seniors, and youth in and around San Diego County.

· Build and develop a year round residency program and workshop for innovative multidisciplinary thinkers such as artists, filmmakers, new media innovators,  scientists, psychologists, political scientists, musicians, ect… 

· Enhance and preserve the natural habitat and wildlife, create interpretive walking trails and plant organic gardens.

· Allow space for artists to create outdoor interactive installations and large scale sculptures for the community to engage with during our public events.

· Collaborate with organizations such as the Museum Of Contemporary Art, the New Children’s Museum, High Tech High and California College of the Arts (San Francisco), to create innovative community events that can bridge the City of San Diego population with North County and beyond.

· Provide an opportunity for high tech companies and scientists to test their new projects and ideas. A SHIP IN THE WOODS can be a living lab in a natural environment fostering new innovations.




Expand and enrich our multidisciplinary collaborations such as our ongoing RHODOPSIN project inspired by world renown vision scientist Patrick Cavanagh (Harvard) and John Reynolds (Salk Institute).  Designed by our friends at Paradox Urban Design Laboratory, this spherical exhibition space would be a permanent home for the large scale immersive installation that incorporates science, music, art, and other diverse disciplines. 


360° projection

sound chamber

VR Room

more information on Rhodopsin Here. 



concept rendering by Paradox Urban Design Laboratories

concept rendering by Paradox Urban Design Laboratories


Contribute to the construction of a professional sound recording studio and creative art space with an observation deck looking out over the oak grove of Felicita Park.  This unique space will provide local, national and international artists an opportunity to develop cutting-edge work within a natural setting.  WSOHOIDPS will help execute and promote the music to an expansive audience and feature in-session musicians during our annual 2 day music/art festival in Felicita Park .  The completed project will be a hub for the North County music community and for other non-profit organizations seeking an inspiring and functional space.


Developed by the SHIP team with help from local leading student architects.  We look to design/build inspired micro spaces within the natural landscape of the SHIP grounds.  Ruins, bunkers, land art, alien quarters in nature;  these micro structures and environments can be used by guest artists to inhabit and exhibit work.   Funding will go to materials and site preparation.  


Artist Studios in an Oak Grove... Unique spaces for artists to work and exhibit within nature.  

Glamping Art Experience...members/patrons will have an opportunity to spend a weekend or overnight experience with an artist or other innovative thinkers and immerse themselves in an environment that promotes dialogues and observations about our ever changing world view. 

Immersive Dinner Experience... have a unique dining experience curated by guest cultural leaders.  EAT/DRINK/GLAMP... come to discuss current events with local educators, media, politicians...come to share conspiracy theories, alternative ideas, have an overnight group board meeting for your company.