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.
NBN news came along for the Stupa construction day on the 29th March.
Here is an extract from the full story aired that evening.
A sacred Buddhist monument designed to last 1000 years is taking shape at the Crystal Castle.
The Kalachakra Stupa, is the first of it’s kind in the Southern Hemisphere and is meant to be a good omen in times of war, conflict and natural disasters.
Today monks placed sacred scrolls and objects inside the monument, before it was sealed shut.
“The Tibeten buddhist believe just seeing a stupa, being involved with it or just touching it or being around it in any form is good for Karma and spiritual development”
The monument should be finished before the end of the year.
Story: Anna Rosendahl
Gyuto Monks Of Tibet
‘Standing For Peace’ The next stage of the World Peace Stupa
Thursday March 29 To Sunday April 1
Come and be part of history, helping to bring peace to our world.
Gates open 8.45 am this Thursday 29th & Friday 30th March
Free Entry both days until 10 am!
Join the monks in a historic event !
An extraordinary milestone in the completion of the World Peace Stupa will take place this week.
Thursday will see most of the body of the monument erected in one amazing day.
On Friday work continues and on Saturday at 6pm, join the monks in a remarkable Harmonic Chanting Performance, an evening fundraiser for the stupa. Pre-book your evening ticket here
The monks will continue their wonderful program right through Sunday April 1st
Click here for the full program.
Buddha Relics Tour - February 17th - 19th
Presented by Karmapa Australia & Crystal Castle
This weekend we have a rare opportunity to view a precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters, currently touring the world. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. You may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the pearl-like crystals of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the head as a personal blessing.
Click here for more details.
The Buddha Relics Tour will be at the Crystal Castle during the Byron Spirit Festival. We are offering free entry and a free shuttle bus service for the weekend. You can hop on the shuttle at the Mullum Civic Centre. For more info on this great new festival go to www.spiritfestival.com.au
Heart of Yoga - Tuesday and Wednesday, February 21st & 22nd
After headlining Byron Spirit Festival, Mark Whitwell returns to the Crystal Castle for a two day workshop 'Developing a personal practice'
This workshop is a unique opportunity to work with one of the most experienced yoga teachers in the world. No matter what style of yoga you are currently practicing, you will be able to incorporate the insights gleaned from this personal practice development to make your yoga more efficient, powerful, and safe. Everyone, from beginners to experienced practitioners, is invited to attend.
This intimate workshop has a maximum of 25 places available.
Click here for more details.
The Gyuto Monks Return - January 25th - February 5th
Sculpting For Peace
The next stage of the World Peace Stupa will see the monks sculpting the symbolic artwork onto the exterior levels of the stupa base, as well as a daily program in the Discovery Room.
Harmonic Chanting PerformanceA fundraiser for the World Peace Stupa
Saturday January 28th, 6.30pmThe monks will also offer a Harmonic Chanting Performance on Saturday January 28th. Trained over many years, each monk has developed the extraordinary capacity to chant in three octaves at the same time. The deep, stirring sounds produced have been called the ‘sound of heaven’ are reputed to have a transformative effect on the physical as well as the emotional body.
Click here for more information and the Monks daily program.
Spring has sprung, and it is the perfect moment to take some nourishing, relaxing time out to really enjoy it. Here at the Crystal Castle the gardens are even more beautiful than ever.
The autumn pruning has made way for some exotic new plantings, creating a tapestry of colours and a heady array of delicious fragrance.
With so many flowers in bloom it’s hard to choose where to feast your eyes. And there is a fresh buzz in the air as we prepare for a very special year ahead.
The Stupa preparations have progressed even further with the most recent visit of the Gyuto Monks of Tibet and you can now see where this unique monument will be constructed in the months to come.