Touch The Mind
The creation of The Medicine Buddha and
The Chenrezig Sand Mandalas.
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th December
Join us at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens from Wednesday 4th December as we welcome back the monks from the Sera Mey Monastery for the creation of two very special sand mandalas; The Medicine Buddha sand mandala and the Chenrezig (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara) sand mandala.
Join the monks each day at 10.30am for meditation and to hear their beautiful chanting. Then watch the amazing creation of the sand mandala daily from 11am. Each afternoon at 3.10pm there will be a meditation and sacred Kora walk around the World Peace Stupa.
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This clever, three-dimensional ‘trompe l’oeil’ mural, by award-winning local artist Peta Laurisen (assisted by Tiffany Calder Kingston), spans the whole of the west wall of the Crystal Castle courtyard.
Painted in her specialty style that gives an illusion of depth, tricking the eye into believing it is viewing a real scene, the mural features a grand archway inspired by the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia with a winding stairway leading up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang). Taktsang is one of the holiest Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan, especially venerated because the Guru Rinpoche was said to have flown to the monastery mounted on a flaming tigress. The tiger stands guard at the entranceway, bringing awareness to the plight of this majestic animal, which is on the brink of extinction.
Symbols from twelve of the world’s main faiths are etched in the stone of the archway to represent the Oneness of humanity.
This is a very popular spot for our visitor’s to take photos.
An extract from the New Crystal Castle Guidebook – interview with Madonna (aka The Crystal Oracle)
Many people find it beneficial to create an area in their home that they dedicate to fostering sacred space and a stronger connection to their spiritual side. This is a place where you can set an intent for the day ahead. It is almost like a little crystal altar — an area with a selection of your favourite crystals, fresh flowers, some inspirational pictures or words and maybe a candle or vessel for burning incense or oils.
This sacred space is where you can take a moment out of your busy day to relax and connect with the wisdom inside. This is a great way to start if you haven’t meditated before or even if you’re a practised yogi!
Creating this space can be a powerful tool for transformation in your life. It’s as simple as dedicating a small table, or corner in a room, to the enrichment of your spirit.
A good idea is to also create a central crystal focus such as a geode, a crystal angel or a quartz generator. This will help to integrate and transform energies for you.
A geode or altar piece can radiate very powerfully and can therefore be used to alter the frequency of a room. One beautiful suggestion is selenite.
Selenite assists us in creating a peaceful atmosphere, and a lovely large wand or ‘log’ of selenite is a welcome addition to any room. Selenite attracts and holds spiritual energies to create a safe sacred space. Perfectly positioned in any area of the home where you feel stagnant energies exist, she lifts both you and the room to higher planes of awareness.
Many healers and therapists, including counsellors, naturopaths and body-workers, often enjoy the calming, clearing benefits of having a large piece of selenite under their table or desk.
Others simply enjoy having a bowl of small tumble stones sitting on their coffee table, so that they can dip into them at leisure when spirit calls them to.
Some people enjoy placing stones in strategic spots around the home. One idea is to place two pieces of black tourmaline at the front door to protect the home and discourage any ‘negative’ energies from entering. Another idea is to set protective crystals in all four corners of your house, room or healing space.
I find rose quartz is brilliant for this. We have some lovely raw chunks of rose quartz which I use to grid in the four corners of my cabin and healing room... Madonna
Check out our extensive range of crystals, jewellery and gifts lines at the Crystal Castle Online Shop.
Green Tara String Mandala of Compassion
And the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa Birthday Celebrations
Monday October 7th through to Sunday October 13th
The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is honoured to welcome back our beloved friends of the Byron Shire the Gyuto Monks of Tibet after their whirlwind tour; including Glastonbury Festival in the UK and the release of their latest CD ‘Chants of Tibet’.
The Gyuto Monks will be joining us with another enriching daily program from Monday October 7th to Sunday 13th.
Saturday October 12th – First Birthday Celebration of the World Peace Stupa
Join the Gyuto Monks and us for this very special day. As we celebrate together the first birthday of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa.
Free entry for all visitors Saturday 12th October
The daily program will begin at 10.30 am and at 4pm, a very special ceremony will begin as we take a sacred walk to the World Peace Stupa for the Dissolution ceremony of the Green Tara String Mandala of Compassion.
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As Spring warms our hearts and souls now is the perfect time to do a little crystal and space clearing (Spring cleaning!).
Citrine is said to be the premier stone of manifestation, imagination, personal will and bringing prosperity into the home. Carrying the power of the sun, it is warm and comforting, energizing and life giving.
It stimulates the chakras like the sunlight of spring, clearing the mind and stirring the soul to action. Its frequency awakens creativity and imagination, and sustains the process of transforming dreams and wishes into tangible form. With its pure yellow energy, Citrine encourages fullness of life, fresh beginnings and new pursuits.
Cleanse your crystals and add a little Citrine to your collection this spring.
Check out our online shop range or find your next special piece here at the Crystal Castle.
Join us and very special guest Tibetan Buddhist nun, Venerable Thekchok Dolma, on Saturday 21st of Septmber.
Lama Dolma offers us her words of wisdom and presents a peace talk with quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at 11am. Then at 1pm she will take us on a guided Buddhist peace meditation.
Lama Dolma is a Tibetan Buddhist nun who was ordained by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche.An experienced teacher, she has studied Buddhism for 35 years, including 10 years full-time study. She has spent many years in solitary retreat, including a three-year retreat blessed by His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
Lama Dolma has been asked to teach by her most precious teachers, H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.E. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, who give her regular, ongoing guidance.
She teaches in a warm, clear, easy-to-understand style, interlaced with humour.
We really look forward to having her with us on this special day.
This Saturday, the 6th of July, we wish His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet a very warm and happy birthday, and a long and healthy life.
To celebrate this auspicious event, everyone who comes this weekend to the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens - we ask you to enter with the heart of a child.
Focus for the day on the childlike, yet wise, qualities we see in the Dalai Lama, and in all children….a sense of wonder, humour and hope.
Look upon the world with fresh, child-like eyes; be in awe; look deeply into others’ eyes; be generous in spirit; trust others; and be really…. Really… happy.
Please come and celebrate with us this weekend!
Join us on either day for the Peace Experience at 3.10 pm.
Be immersed in an enriching sound healing bath, a visualisation meditation and sacred ‘Kora Walk’ around The World Peace Stupa.
A unique Crystal Castle offering that deepens your inner and outer sense of peace. Be brought to a place that invokes your compassionate loving self - Enrich your Spirit
This beautiful experience is on offer every day.
The Peace Experience is free of charge once inside the Crystal Castle and runs for approximately 45 minutes.
Calling all green thumbs, Crystal Castle devotees and lovers of the outdoors!
Crystal Castle wants you!
As an endeavour to lower our carbon footprint and expand on our castle grown organic café produce, we will soon start construction on our very own Organic Food Farm, here on the Crystal Castle grounds. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in gardening and organic farming to assist us in this wonderful project!
We hope to find approximately 4-8 people to assist us 1-2 days a week (6 hour days) for a period of approximately 4-8 weeks, depending on how many volunteers are on the team. We are also offering the opportunity for volunteers to assist us in maintaining the gardens once they’re constructed.
Although no experience is required, we are hoping some of our volunteers may have experience and skills in construction and landscaping.
Our gardens team have a wealth of knowledge to share with you and these are some of the skills you may learn:
You will be warmly welcomed into our tribe by our unique and amazing team of people, and each day you will be given tea/coffee, cake and lunch “on the castle”.
Estimated start early July, but will depend on the response.
Please download the following application and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our head chef Kim standing on the site of the soon to be... Organic Food Farm here at the Crystal Castle