Journey to Shangrila

Thursday 7 November 2013

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.

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Crystals In Your Home

Monday 21 October 2013

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.

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The Gyuto Monks of Tibet

Monday 16 September 2013

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.

Click here for the daily program...

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Citrine for spring...

Thursday 5 September 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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Organic Food Farm Volunteer Program

Wednesday 19 June 2013

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:

  • Organic & permaculture principles
  • Garden bed construction
  • Soil amelioration
  • Composting
  • Propagation



  • Planting
  • Mulching
  • Pruning
  • Plant Thinning
  • Harvesting



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

Application Form

Our head chef Kim standing on the site of the soon to be... Organic Food Farm here at the Crystal Castle

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Madonna, affectionately known as the ‘The Crystal Oracle’, is a valued member of the Crystal Castle team. She trained with the famous crystal healer and pioneer, Melody, and also delights in learning directly from the crystals themselves. We asked her to share some of her wisdom and insights into crystals and their special qualities.

Can you suggest crystals for prosperity and manifesting dreams?

Citrine is the stone of abundance and we find that people starting out in business and beginning new ventures are really drawn to it as it allows you to receive all the good things life has to offer.
Clear quartz is the stone of clarity. It is the most programmable of all the crystals. You can set an intent, a positive statement, into the clear quartz and it amplifies that intent. If you place it beside another crystal you can program it to magnify the qualities of the other crystal and they will work in synergy to assist you on your journey.

What are some of the other crystals that you particularly like?

Moldavite is great to connect you with your galactic consciousness. Moldavite is gem quality tektite and it is considered to be material from outer space that slammed into Mother Earth and fused. It holds the spirit of Gaia and the galactic spirit entwined. It helps us to tap into the galactic knowledge that is in each and every one of us. It fast tracks you to a higher level of understanding. Moldavite is one of my favourite crystals because it makes me feel protected and loved and constantly expands my levels of awareness.

I have a beautiful Larimar pendant in which you can clearly see the face of a being that actually looks like it is jumping for joy. This is one of the qualities of Larimar – joy and lightness – and my Larimar pendant has really helped me to connect with my own inner joy. Larimar has taught me not just about being happy but also about connecting to my heart. I also have a Sodalite pendant in which you can glimpse half a face hiding behind a veil. I can clearly see the smile and the eye. Only some people notice this face and it is interesting to observe who does and who doesn’t. For me, Sugilite has been strongly connected with coming out of the shadows because I am naturally very shy. She has also unveiled messages about my divine purpose, which I really appreciate.

How would someone decide which is the best crystal for them?

Crystals are tools that can help you to connect with your spirit and the divinity that is all around. So while we can suggest specific crystals, you will know the best crystal for yourself when you touch or tune into them and really feel a connection with a particular crystal.

A small crystal can be just as powerful as a larger crystal. It’s all about what you are attracted to. Choosing a crystal is a very personal process, kind of like how you are drawn to make a new friendship.
I once found a double terminated clear quartz healing wand, a bit dusty and neglected, down at the back of a bottom shelf. I hadn’t ever noticed it before but as soon as I saw it I felt like it was an old friend returning. Now it has been cleansed and loved it has pride of place on my amethyst slab. It’s not much to look at, not so attractive, but it is incredibly precious and powerful to me.

Many things and people may have unattractive exteriors or behaviours but actually have the most gorgeous centres. It’s the same with crystals so don’t always judge by what you see; also consider how a crystal feels to you energetically.

How do people use crystals?

The ways to use crystals are many. You can place them in your home or workplace, near computers and televisions, on your body as jewellery or in your clothing and your car. Of course, they are the perfect tool to meditate with as well.
It is wonderful to have crystals with you in your bath. One of my personal dreams is to have a bath completely carved from mookaite. Mookaite is a really interesting jasper and it’s only found in Australia, in remote western regions, and I have been told that it is very sacred to the Aboriginal community in that region. Mookaite is known to invoke ancient wisdom and eternal youth. It is also said to slow the ageing process. It really connects into the spirit of the earth and the energy portals around the planet, such as Uluru and Avebury, and even here at the Crystal Castle.

You can also sleep with your crystals; they can be great for enhancing one’s dreams. It is important to always respect crystals. Be careful what you ask from them and be clear about your intent because they hold a great deal of energy. I like to dedicate my crystals to the highest good of all.

How should people care for their crystals?

Crystals need to be cleansed on a regular basis, depending on what you are using them for, and there are different ways to do this. Not all crystals can be cleansed in salt water, and some, like Selenite and Calcite, can’t be put out in the rain for weeks on end as it will negatively affect their structure. Bathing your crystals in the moonlight is a great way to cleanse, clear or charge them. Selenite, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, is one crystal that especially likes to be charged by moonlight (as long as it is not raining).

Sunlight is also good for cleansing most crystals, as is salt water; if this is not available then just use running water from the tap. You can smudge your crystals using the Native American process of burning white sage, which is phenomenal for all crystals. If you have crystal jewellery you can place it on an amethyst cluster when you are not wearing it and the amethyst will gently cleanse the piece.

If you are wearing a crystal on your body continuously, going through a difficult period or spending time in toxic environments then you may want to clear it daily. Other times you may not need to cleanse a piece of jewellery for a couple of months and some may not need it more than once a year. I like to cleanse my crystals by the cycle of the seasons, such as on the equinox, on full moons or on specific galactic events. Another way to clear your crystals is to bury them in the earth to help them cleanse and reboot.

Have you always been so passionate about crystals?

My love for crystals began when I was very little. I was given a sheet of paper that had tumbled stones stuck to it. I remember being really frustrated because I wanted to rip the crystals off the paper because I couldn’t hold them properly. My first crystal pendant was also given to me – a pink Rhodonite crystal. Interestingly, when I came for my initial interview to become part of the Crystal Castle team I pulled a crystal card to give me insight into what this would mean to me and what lessons would I learn. Amazingly, the card I pulled was Rhodonite.
Rhodonite is a crystal that connects you to your talents, helping you to uncover your true, unique gifts, the ones that allow you to align with your purpose and move to the next level of your soul’s journey.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the level of exploration, awareness and acceptance at the Crystal Castle – there are not many places like it. I personally call it a modern-day mystery school. The people who come to visit are amazing, open to new ideas, and so appreciative. I love to have the beauty of nature as my working environment and all the crystals are incredible. My time here feels like a constant evolution, and the team at the Crystal Castle is like a goddess circle into which I have been welcomed.

In a nutshell, living in such magnificent natural surroundings and working in such a beautiful place that’s filled with life force and tranquillity helps me to feel supported in so many ways. It has really fast tracked my connection to my spirit and my own healing journey....Madonna

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