Heart of Yoga Workshop
with Mark Whitwell
at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March
9:30am to 4:30pm
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 to design your own personal yoga practice.
No matter what style of yoga you are currently practicing, you will be able incorporate the insights gleaned from this personal practice development to make your yoga more efficient, powerful, and safe.
You'll also learn to integrate breath, asana, and bandha as a seamless process and as you deepen into this understanding, personalised for you, you discover more completely that yoga is your direct connection with reality - an entirely abundant, regenerating, and nurturing power.
Everyone, from beginners to experienced practitioners, is invited to attend.
According to the great “teacher of our teachers” T. Krishnamacharya, yoga must be adapted to the individual, not the individual adapted to the style of yoga. For your yoga practice to be most fruitful, it must be in harmony with your body type, age, health, and even cultural background.
Click here for workshop details and to book tickets.
On Friday 23rd January 2015 a small group of Crystal Castle family and friends came together in a gentle rain, guided by Squalo Canapa, Representative of Damanhur Federation of Communities, to create the sacred Damanhur spiral.
900 bush rocks were lovingly passed from hand to hand to be placed by Squalo onto specially prepared ground, spiralling outwards from the majestic Smoky Quartz throne pictured above to the entrance gateway between monolithic Aventurine and Blue Quartz crystals.
On its completion, the spiral was sealed for 12 hours while a sacred ritual was performed at Damanhur to activate the spiral as a sacred portal linking the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens with the Damanur community.
On the morning of Saturday 24th January the group came together again to participate in a final ritual, and then each of us walked the sacred spiral.
The moment of stepping into the spiral is a powerful moment of shifting energy, and the walk inwards to the centre a deep healing journey. For me, the journey back outwards from the centre after lying back on the Smoky Quartz throne and gazing up at the sky through the trees was just pure lightness and joy.
Walking the Damanhur Spiral truly is an unforgettable and transformative experience.
Click here for full information about the Damanhur Spiral.
Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th & Monday 26th January
We are delighted to welcome Squalo Canapa, an ambassador for the Federation of Damanhur and a member of the community for over thirty years, who will be visiting the Crystal Castle on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th of January and will be giving fascinating talks about the Federation of Damanhur at 1pm on each of these days.
During his presentations Squalo will show a video of the amazing subterranean temples, which he helped to dig out of the mountain. Regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Underground Temples of Damanhur are hand-dug, art-filled Temples of Humankind, which are like a large book of knowledge dedicated to universal spirituality. The images and symbols within the temples are said to awaken the sense of the sacred that is the fundamental inheritance of every human being. The artwork on these walls depicts the history of the world.
Squalo will also speak about the community, their artistic and creative pursuits and their research into healing and the music of the plants. Click here for more information.
Launching Saturday 29th November
and same time on Sunday 30th
~11:30am & 2:15pm~
Then continuing as a daily experience at 2:30pm
It is with the greatest excitement and delight that we announce the launch of the deeply moving, often life-changing Music of the Plants experience at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.
Naren, Sono and Toby King from the Crystal Castle recently journeyed to northern Italy, to collaborate with the Federation of Damanhur in bringing to the Crystal Castle the Music of the Plants. Damanhur is an eco-spiritual community, famous for their Temples of Humankind and their research into plant communication.
What is Music of the Plants?
Music of the Plants is a form of expression, beauty and artistry like no other, a display of the innate intelligence of the plant kingdom.
After 40 years of research Damanhur was able to create a device that can read the biorhythms of plants and trees and transform these into beautiful sound. A device for the plant to use as an instrument.
“When the public first encounters a plant musician, they connect to nature in a way never imagined. The realization that plants and trees can actually produce music and interact in a unique and entertaining way is both moving and memorable for every audience.” said Tigrilla, Damanhur coordinator of Music of the Plants
“Contact with the intelligence of the plant world provides deeper insight into ourselves and the world around us. You will never forget the moment you are finally able to hear the invisible sounds of nature. It is a profound encounter that can only be truly understood once you have experienced it for yourself.”
Click here for more information about the Music of the Plants.
The 9th Annual Day of the Dead Ceremony will be held at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
on Sunday 9th November 2014
with Free Entry from 3:30pm for this community event
The Crystal Castle is delighted to be hosting the 9th annual Natural Death Care Centre Day of the Dead event, which will be held on November 9th 2014 in the beautiful Shambhala Gardens at the Crystal Castle.
The Day of the Dead event combines community art, personal memento making, message writing, a ceremony of remembrance with Zenith Virago and a candle light procession.
Day of the Dead Schedule of Events for 9 November 2014
3:30 pm Free Entry to Crystal Castle
4.00 pm Gather to create personal mementoes, community art and written messages to loved ones to enshrine as
5.00 pm Ceremony of Remembrance with Zenith Virago, Music from the Mullumbimby Choir
5.45 pm Candlelight procession to the Forest of Friends & Family
Placing of photos and spoken tributes to loved ones
6.30 pm Return to the Lotus Café for coffee, tea and cake to conclude the evening
Click here for more information and resources.
It was a deeply enriching weekend at a special place as the community and the Gyuto Monks came together at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens to celebrate the second anniversary of the building of the World Peace Stupa, writes Candida Baker of Verandah Magazine.
“Noooo. It can’t be two years since the Gyuto Monks blessed the beautiful Kalachakra World Peace Stupa – can it?
Apparently it can be, and was, because some of the Crystal Castle’s most beloved friends, the Gyuto Monks of Tibet have just spent five days at the Crystal Castle and the Shambhala Gardens offering their heart-filled program of chanting, meditations and activities, in order to celebrate the Peace Stupa's second birthday on Saturday October 11, 2014.
For those of us who were there for the blessing of the site back in December 2010, with its beautiful indigenous ceremony and consecration by the Monks, watching the Stupa rise from its foundations to the eight-metre high glorious gold and blue monument it is today, has been an enriching experience. Before the Stupa existed on its large, naturally amphitheatre-styled space, the Crystal Castle and its gardens were still a special place – but the Stupa has brought with it, not just the presence of the monks, but a sense of spiritual peace even when they are not in residence. For me, the ritual of walking clockwise around the Stupa three times, turning the golden metal prayer wheels as I go, has an immediate calming effect, and I drop into a meditative state almost immediately. Click here for the full story.
Naren and Sono and the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens thank everyone who joined us and participated in this ancient custom and powerful ceremony for personal, regional and world transformation.
Photos by Tao Jones
From Wednesday October 8th through Sunday October 12th the Gyuto monks will be offering a beautiful daily program of morning and afternoon chants, meditations and fun and enriching cultural activities.
During their stay the Gyuto Monks will be creating a number of large Mani Stones, which are round, flat stones inscribed across two rows with the syllables of the sacred Avalokiteshvara mantra, Om mani padme hum, carved in Tibetan script, and visitors will be invited to participate. On Sunday, the final day of their visit, these sacred stones will be placed around the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa, forming The Mani Way.
On Saturday 11th October we will celebrate the second birthday of the Kalachakra World Peace Stupa with Free Entry to the Crystal Castle for everyone, all day for this special community event.
The monks will perform a universal cleansing ceremony, Theng Khru Yol Khru. This puja to create peace energy and cleanse the Buddhafield will first take in the area the World Peace Stupa sits within, then widen to encompass everything from sea level to the skies. The monks will chant for approximately two hours including an invitation to the Buddhas to join with them in reciting the requisite prayers.
This is a unique opportunity to participate in an ancient custom and a powerful ceremony for personal, regional and world transformation.
We are delighted to announce that Costa Georgiadis, the very popular host of ABC Gardening Australia, will be visiting the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens on Saturday 6th September. He will be giving a talk at 12.30pm in our organic vegie garden about Holistic Gardening, including organics, growing our own food, permaculture, the importance of a healthy soil, composting and worms, and there will be an opportunity for questions afterwards. After his talk he will join us for lunch in the Crystal Castle’s Lotus Café.
Costa is a Landscape Architect and an Environmental Educator, who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people, and believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature's cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.
In his own words: “I really want to drive the importance that for everything we do we’ve got to ask one simple question: is my action building and supporting life or not? Am I eating food that’s going to make me more alive or am I eating processed dead food that’s been transported across the world using a lot of energy and then been infused with all sorts of chemicals to preserve it so that it supports an industry that’s very destructive? It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got six small pots, six square meters or 60 square metres, you can provide health changing nourishment for your body and soul by growing your own simple salad greens that are pretty much bullet proof.
Come and join us for this not-to-be-missed event!