Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February
With the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Sera Mey Monastery in South India
Join us at the Crystal Castle as we welcome the monks from Sera Mey Monastery for the creation of the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala.
“The Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing. He heals not only physical sickness but also mental sickness like anger, pride and jealousy. The mandala is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism and is a sacred form of art used by Tibetan monks & artists, & is translated as ‘circle of harmony. It is a palace, and all of the patterns in the mandala have symbolism and meaning.” Geshe Ngawang Gedun, Sera Mey Monastery in southern India.
Join the monks each day at 10.30am for chanting and meditation to invoke the divine energy of the Medicine Buddha, who resides within the mandala itself. The mandala is, as such, a divine palace of residence.
The monks request the Medicine Buddha's blessings for healing for all beings; for the people who come to see it; for the local community and for the region; for our country and for the world.
Daily Program Monday 11th to Saturday 16th
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm to 4.30pm ~ Dedication prayers
Sunday 17th February
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm ~ Dissolution ceremony of the sand mandala
After the sand mandala is finished you are invited to join the monks and collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world.
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Free Entry for all until midday!
The Crystal Castle is proud to be a part of the UPLIFT 2012 Festival, in Byron Bay. Coinciding with the final days of the 5,125-year cycle of the Mayan calendar (December solstice 2012), UPLIFT 2012 focuses on the opportunity for sustained positive change.
The festival will be broadcast to an international audience via live streaming and will also serve as one of the anchor hubs for the global event Birth2012, founded by leading evolutionary Barbara Marx Hubbard, and will unite a massive global audience on December 22nd. www.birth2012.com
Given that Byron Bay, Australia is one of the most eastern points in Western civilization, it will be the first continent to welcome the light of this new chapter of global cooperation and co-creativity.
The Crystal Castle Connection
We will be synchronizing with the festival on Saturday December 22nd with the 'Crystal Castle UPLIFT DAY' to be held here in the grounds of the Crystal Castle.
Saturday December 22nd - Gates open at 9am (NSW time)
Morning Meditation With The Gyuto Monks
9.15am – 9.45 The Discovery Room
Jonathan Goldman - The Science Of Sound Healing
10am -11.30 Live streaming from the Uplift festival
Sound healing expert Jonathan Goldman will launch his 24 hour 'Chant for Mother Earth' live from Byron Bay on Friday 21 December. This global chant will be initiated at the exact time of the summer solstice (10.11pm) and will resonate across the world for 24 hours so people everywhere can join in this sonic wave of unity and healing.
‘Refresh the Spirit' Ritual By The Gyuto Monks12pm – 12.45 The World Peace Stupa
Gyuto Monks- Jab Khru Ceremony1pm – 2pm The Discovery Room
Whether taken as a healing, a cleansing, a blessing or simply a meditation, this powerful tantric ritual can really shift or move things right along in your life. Gen Lama Thupten Phuntsok, one of the original pre 1959 Tibetan elders from Gyuto Tantric Monastery offers this final opportunity before returning to India. Open to all adults.
Singing In The Divine with Leandra
2.30 pm -3.30 Begins At The Discovery Room
Sound alchemist Leandra will guide you on a journey of sacred sound in the beautiful gardens of the Crystal Castle. You need no experience, please join us in the power of sound.
Chicchan - Crystal Singing Bowls
4 pm – 5 pm The Discovery Room
Be part of a Sacred Sound Meditation with Chicchan and her crystal singing bowls. 'We are Divine Beings of Light and Love; spirals of Light and Sound, radiating vibrant colours and harmonious vibrations. Let us come together with our intentions to become One Heart and One Consciousness in this, Humanity's evolutionary quantum leap in Time and Space'. Chicchan
Crystal Castle Open For You Until 6.30 pm !
The Crystal Castle will remain open until 6.30pm for your enjoyment and extended shopping hours. The Lotus Café will be open until 5.30pm.
Join us here at the Crystal Castle on this auspicious day of inspiration, celebration and positive action for change.
This is a free Crystal Castle event, with Free Entry until midday.
After midday, normal admission applies, but once inside, everything offered is Free ! (Jab Khru by donation)
Uplift 2012 - Thursday 20 to Sunday 23
December 2012 - Byron Bay
UPLIFT 2012 is a festival presenting conscious leaders from all walks of life - science, economics, hip hop music, medicine and more - who come together to unite, enquire and discover a new paradigm where the collective wisdom and consciousness of us all can shine freely and reveal a whole new way of living together.
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Colour is a universal, cross-cultural language that holds memories, feelings and develops the imagination. Indulge your senses as Julie guides you on an experiential personal journey using the language of colour.
Explore colour in a deeper way, through visual meditation and creativity through colouring. Connect with your colours, express through feelings, intuition and then colour your own 'visual meditations' or 'doorways' to your unique expression.
Experience special meditation techniques using colour and imagery to learn about the language and vibration of colour, as it connects to us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Using Julie's Journey in Colour cards, you will be given insights into your purpose and creativity, develop your intuitive awareness and balance emotions to discover a playful way to the spirit!
These processes can be useful as tools to use in our personal and professional lives and also for Art therapists and Counsellors.
When: Saturday 24th November
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: $159 ~ Includes lunch, coffee or tea, entry and your own set of Julie's Journey in Colour Cards to use for future inspiration.
Online booking facility is now closed. You may still book in on Saturday 24th in person at the Crystal Castle. Please ask for Jo at 10am sharp.
Facilitator ~ Julie Pretyman
Julie became a school teacher in 1975 and taught for 15 years before exploring her interest in art. This led her into creating very expressionistic, colourful paintings which then led into the most exciting journey of her life!
As she 'tuned' into the vibration of colour, the paintings became meditations and tools for spiritual awareness. The 45 Kaleidoscope cards were created and became part of programs for both adults and children.
Julie has taught both adults and children in workshops in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Come and be part of our inspirational team!!
Love the wonderful gardens and rainforest here? Want to learn about gardening in the sub-tropics?
Come and be a part of the Crystal Castle team and culture, learn about the gardens, the crystals and the statues.
Work together and feel connected to Mother Earth. Enjoy tea, coffee, cake and lunch "on the castle".
Relax or meditate to absorb and appreciate the beauty and peace of the magical Shambhala Gardens.
Our next volunteer program begins Thursday 4th October and runs for four Thursdays.
8.30am to 3pm. Morning tea and Lunch is on the Castle.
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Here is what one of our recent Shambhala garden volunteers had to say about her time here….
An amazing experience! All the staff are super friendly and educating. Awesome environment!
Sacred Sound Journey Workshop with Lyz Cooper (UK)
Sound has been used for healing and meditation for thousands of years. In this experiential workshop we will explore how sound can be such an effective tool for deep inner healing and raising consciousness.
Throughout the day we will experience sound baths using crystal bowls, voice and Himalayan bowls. The aim of these sessions is to enable you to discover more about yourself as the sound facilitates a dialogue with the different levels of your being. Identify and help release energy imbalances that may have held you back for lifetimes and come away with many different techniques you can use to explore your inner and outer universe.
No experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners to advanced sound practitioners.
When: Saturday 25th August
Time: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Price: $149 - Includes lunch, coffee or tea and entry.
Spaces are limited, and bookings essential
Book before the 17th August and receive a $25 voucher to spend on crystals at the Crystal Castle.
Lyz Cooper was the first person in the UK to offer professional training courses in sound therapy. The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) was formed in 2000 following many years of research and development. Lyz is a published author and specialises in bringing together ancient knowledge and teachings with cutting edge science such as quantum physics, psychoimmunology and neurology to help explain why sound is such an effective transformative tool.
Lyz travels all over the world presenting her work and is delighted to be bringing the BAST methodology to Australia.
Available now at the Crystal Castle and our Online shop only $9
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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.