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After 7 years of dreaming, remembering, sifting, and creating by Crystal Castle owners Sono and Naren King, Castle staff, and many friends, we proudly present….
“The Crystal Castle Experience” – A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated Guide to the Crystal Castle.
Printed on high quality paper, the Crystal Castle Experience features 120 A4 size pages of gorgeous photos and in-depth information about all aspects of the Crystal Castle - it’s amazing crystals, awe-inspiring statues, magical Shambhala Gardens, fascinating history, the Gyuto Monks and the World Peace Stupa, the diversity of wildlife, the café, and the wonderful staff who bring all of these wonders to life.
With much gratitude to Northern Rivers Tourism and Destination NSW, who have helped sponsor this publication, in appreciation of the Crystal Castle's contribution to alternative, meaningful, creative tourism in NSW.
The main intention of this guide is to deepen and enrich the experience of all of our visitors and it is a must to take home as the ultimate memory of your visit to the Crystal Castle, or an inspiration to visit us if you haven't yet been here.
'My desire in creating this guide is to offer you something to deepen your experience here at the Crystal Castle. I have attempted to answer the multitude of questions that our visitors frequently ask. As you will see, we have endeavoured to represent many paths, hopefully all leading towards bringing peace and harmony into our lives. We have a wonderful canvas to play with - the magic of nature, the joys of spiritual art and the wisdom of alternative paths of consciousness. We are not affiliated with any religion but we honour, respect and feel all around us, grace, beauty and the presence of something greater. I hope you enjoy reading this guide to the Crystal Castle. It has been a dream for many years to create it for you.'
Sono King CCE
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We are happy to announce the Labyrinth has had a total renewal, due to the beautiful work of Mick, John and Warwick of the Crystal Castle team, and Patrick from Interactive Landscapes. It is looking absolutely fantastic, and feels better than ever.
Referred to as A Walk of Spiritual Reflection, the labyrinth can be used simply as a peaceful walk or as an opportunity to quietly reflect and allow the space for an answer to arise. A suggestion is for the walker to hold a question in their mind whilst allowing themselves to be receptive or 'invite in' guidance.
In the Middle Ages an eleven-circuit labyrinth design divided into four quadrants became popular. It was often found in Gothic Cathedrals but over time many of these eleven-circuit designs were destroyed or intentionally removed. The most famous labyrinth still in existence today is at Chartres Cathedral near Paris. Its labyrinth was built around 1200 AD.
Created in 2000, the Crystal Castle’s labyrinth is based on this same design. The walker meanders through each of the four quadrants several times before reaching the goal. An expectancy is created as to when the centre will be reached. At the centre is a rosette design which has a rich symbolic value including that of enlightenment.
This amazing place has been the site for wedding ceremonies and solstice rituals with its mystical setting and rose quartz flower of life at the centre.
Our Crystal Castle team at work
Raising Men - Pathways to Manhood
This is not a Crystal Castle event, but we just have to share it as it's such a profound offering from our friends at Raising Men.
Raising Men is a 6 Day bush camp for boys aged 12 - 15 and their fathers or a male mentor, and Crystal Castle owner Naren and his son Toby will be attending this December (there's also a camp in September). Developer and Facilitator Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development.
Pathways to manhood programs have been running since 1994 and thousands of families have been touched by this life changing event. We are proud to share about the next generation of camps, Raising Men, which will also include a structured follow up to provide ongoing support and opportunities for the young men.
All the facilitators are pathways trained and we hope that like so many others you will experience this life changing event.
Says Naren "I have known Arne and several of the facilitators for many years, they are extraordinary individuals doing great work. I have seen a lot of young men emerge tall and strong from this week in the bush, after an extraordinary life-changing journey. I believe initiation of our young men is sadly lacking in our present culture, and this fills that gap."
Please share & invite other interested people to this event.