January, 2012

A magical secret garden: Coral Castle

coral castle. awakening secret garden

The Coral Castle. Miami, FL.

I love secret gardens, all gardens, parks, wild pockets of nature in the city. These healing spaces make me feel at home. I grew up with my very own garden as a child, my love affair with nature started really young. Today I want to take you on a journey through an enchanting place I fell in love with recently..

Coral Castle

This photo with the sign entrance that pays homage to the nature of your discovery beyond the threshold that invites you in: “You will see unusual accomplishment,” belongs to the Coral Castle. All other photos were joyfully taken by me.

awakening secret garden

coral castle entrance

A space that fills you with awe

Some places find their way to our heart in an instant. The Coral Castle in Miami is one of those places, a rustic sanctuary built by a man as a testimony to the love of his life. He built a magical home and garden, a sanctuary to love itself. This man lived a very simple, stoic, and yet remarkable life. He was able to create magic with his own hands. A world unto itself, one that vibrates with love, a love you can feel, breathe and see with your heart.

A space that feeds your soul

The Coral Castle has a garden that is whimsical, playful, filled with ancestral  remembrance of what it means to be alive, connected to self, spirit, soul, earth & cosmos. Every detail was literally carved with love. And you can feel it. This garden furniture is made from coral rock. Even the rotating door!

coral castle furniture elements

coral castle furniture elements

A space of power

The Coral Castle is a secret garden that tickles your imagination, amplifies your energy and melts your heart. In the tradition of our ancestors who aligned with the earth and the stars in a harmonious way, Edward Leedskalnin, designed and built this coral castle with homemade tools from 1923 to 1951. Ed was able to achieve something mysterious and extraordinary, he was able to carry and carve a total of 1,100 tons of coral rock. He claimed to have the secret ancient knowledge of physics used to build the pyramids, to move and carve his stones, or how else could he have built all this by himself? He used a local material called coral rock or oolithic limestone. It is fossilized stone of beautiful organic forms.

coral castle garden fountain awakening

Beautiful moon fountain at coral castle!

A space that awakens your energy

I love the connection between matter, form and energy. Scientists say that an image that evokes a feeling or memory can light up the same part of your brain that lights up when you are physically there. We are still scratching the surface of energy.

The Coral Castle is a place for you to stop, slow down, meditate, walk, enjoy, breathe, watch the stars, discover, make space for beauty to dance in your heart. This is the power of a place made with love that vibrates your whole being to pulse alive as part of the whole web of creation.

sun dial, plant life, and Polaris telescope at coral castle

sun dial, plant life, and Polaris telescope at coral castle

Nature is so alive here. The beauty of the plant, animal and mineral world. Here you can see Ed’s truly astronomical creations: the gorgeous sun dial that lets you know the time of the day and the lovely Polaris telescope that lets you gaze at the North Star!

A space of high vibration

The Coral Castle  is nourishing, energizing, revitalizing. It is enchanting, surreal, and peaceful.  As you cross the threshold and enter the garden, you feel a child again. This place awakens your curiosity, your desire to touch, feel, and be fully alive. I feel the pull to go back and continue my exploration, the way you return to a book that becomes a friend, revealing new things with every read, every visit.

flowers awakening at coral castle

Lush flowers at coral castle. Tropical paradise!

The year of the water dragon

I started writing this post yesterday and it dawned on me that today marks the beginning of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. Today begins the year of the Water Dragon. Dragon, a mythical figure of great power. Here is a drawing I did many years ago. I have been drawn to the dragon for a while, it could be that I’m a dragon in the Chinese 4 pillars system (zodiac) or it could just be that I’m enamoured with what the dragon represents. This bird reminds me of the mythical feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, a being that moves comfortably between heaven and earth.

dragon mandala

What does the dragon have to do with the coral castle?

The Coral Castle and the Dragon are magical beings and places that remind us of our power to connect to heaven and earth, harness the forces of the universe, marvel at the magic that is available in every moment to create unparalleled beauty, for good.

I would love to know about the places that feed your soul & awaken your imagination.

The spaces that you long to revisit hold sweet medicine for your soul. I wish you an auspicious year of awakenings and magical creations. May you feel inspired to let your home become a symbol of love!



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