Annual Day of the Dead at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens November 8


The Crystal Castle is hosting the Natural Death Care Centre’s annual Day of the Dead celebration on Sunday 8th November with free entry from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.

The Natural Death Care Centre’s annual Day of the Dead will be celebrated this year on Sunday, November 8th at the Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens with free entry from 3:30pm for those attending this vital community event.

The annual Day of the Dead ceremony is an opportunity for everyone to come together to honour and remember loved ones who have died, are dying, or who are lost to us in some way. Although it has the same name as the South American celebration, this is a uniquely Australian cultural experience, open to any religion, spirituality, belief or culture.

It is an opportunity to remember, honour, celebrate and create positive social and cultural change. The Day of the Dead is a wonderful way to introduce children to death and bereavement in a gentle and positive way.

Local celebrant and Deathwalker, Zenith Virago will facilitate the event starting at 4.00pm with the creation of community art, personal memento making and writing messages to add the community shrine for loved family members or friends.

From 5.00pm till 6.00pm Zenith will conduct an inclusive Ceremony of Remembrance accompanied by the Mullumbimby Choir. At the close of the ceremony participants can join a silent, candlelight procession along the Rainforest Walk to a sacred grove, The Forest of Friends and Family, to leave their crafted mementos, which will slowly return to the earth. Children are welcome, but please keep them with you during the ceremony. Please note, this walk not suitable for those with mobility issues but their mementos can be given to delegates to carry and place on their behalf.

The Natural Death Care Centre charity has an “inspirational dream, that every individual, community and service provider has the knowledge and capacity to do death well.” They believe in a holistic, empowered approach to death, dying and loss and encourage people to be informed of their options and to make good choices, and to participate as fully as they choose, for an easier bereavement.

All are welcome to the Day of the Dead celebrations on Sunday 8th November.

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In addition to the Day of the Dead celebrations at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, the documentary Zen and the Art of Dying will be shown at 6.00pm on the following Tuesday, November 10th at the Byron Pighouse Flicks.

When: Sunday, 8 November 2015
Where: Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens at 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cost: Free Entry from 3:30 pm

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