There were quite a few new things to see this time ~
The Labyrinth; an archetypal symbol found in spiritual traditions, forms a mysterious winding path on the way to the centre. Unlike a maze, which is a puzzle designed to be solved; there is only one way in to the centre of a labyrinth and only one way out. It takes about 20 minutes to walk the quiet path, plenty of time for reflective thought or self enquiry.
The fountain of peace; Crafted in Germany this fountain began its life in Bahia in northern Brazil where the rose quartz was found. The quartz was roughly cut there before being shipped to Germany and shaped to a perfect 310kg sphere. The granite base is from the Moggai river in Switzerland; it was carved to exactly match the sphere. Two holes were drilled in exact positions to allow the water to lift and turn the ball - it rotates 0.3mm above the base of the rock. The mystic lore of rose quartz is love and compassion and is is literally everywhere in the castle grounds.
Amethest geodes are everywhere too - some twice as tall as your average adult and weighing thousands of kilograms. This amethest began its life about 10 million years ago as a bubble in lava flow; the intense pressure and heat produced the crystal ~ it is believed that tiny amounts of iron give amethest its colour.
The mystic lore of amethest is peace. protection and intuition.
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of fortune, prosperity, wisdom and fertility.She is also the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm. She is always shown with a lotus, rooted in the mud but blossoming above the water. The lotus represents purity and spiritual perfection.
Nandi, the white bull, represents joy attained through celebration but also through strength and restraint. He is the vehicle of Shiva, one of the Hindu gods.
We spent hours wandering through the gardens then had a divine lunch on the deck looking out over the valley before having a peak at all the things for sale and listening to the crystal singing bowls before wandering along the rainforest walk and home again.