Crystal Space, Silsden

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Crystal Space one month on

Since my last posting, plans for the healing space upstairs are going very well. Kam, Sandie and I met up to talk about the 'Our Space' nights and we have agreed to open a group on Facebook to promote 'Our Space'. This is what I have posted so far on the group page:

 “Welcome to Our Space, initially formed by a group of like-minded people who want to share the rich experience of spiritual development and healing with others. We can offer meditations and an introduction to alternative healing in an environment dedicated to bringing harmony to mind, body and spirit.
From the new year we plan to meet every week, upstairs at Crystal Space, Silsden, West Yorkshire and either offer a meditation or invite a speaker on a relevant topic e.g. crystal healing, shamanic healing, complimentary therapies such as aromatherapy and reflexology and massage and also reiki, tarot and soul path reading. We would also like to offer taster evenings where a therapy can be experienced first-hand for a fraction of its usual cost.

If you would like to join Our Space to attend our evenings, please click 'friend request ' to Ally and/or email Ally for more information via Facebook or

Kam and I met on Wednesday to sort out the Facebook page. I wanted to create an independent page for 'Our Space' but just couldn't do it for some reason. So anyone who wants to join the online forum for this group, please find me on Facebook, ask to be my friend and I will hook you up to the group. This means you will get notifications of postings and can add posts to the forum. All details of 'Our Space' nights will be posted on my website and advertised in the shop and also on

I have also met up with Joanne Purdie, who I first found at the recent Ilkley Complimentary Medicine festival. Joanne is going to be offering a range of healing therapies at Crystal Space, including Reiki and Shamanic healing. Please see my website and also Joanne's website for more information on her inspiring approach to healing. Coming up very soon is the opportunity to participate in a Reiki 1 course with Joanne and also in the New Year a 6-week course on tarot reading. Please see my website for more details on these very exciting courses.

I also met up with Catherine Wells, who is a practising reflexologist and aromatherapist and also offers the Bowen Technique. Please see my website for more details. Catherine will be available on Wednesday afternoons.

We had our first meditation last Monday. Sandie ran the meditation and it was absolutely wonderful. There were seven of us in attendance. Everyone wanted the opportunity to return weekly so Sandie has kindly offered to run the group every Monday. She is going to build up the length of the meditation every week to break us in gently. However, new people can come in at any point as an explanation and support will be given every time.

I must make a mention of a surprise visit from Simon and Kate from Alchemy Incense. I was delighted to see them both and I hope Simon will come and give a talk on incense and oils on one of our Thursday 'Our Space' nights.

This week my friend Tanya came in with some of her lovely crystal jewellery, which I am going to sell in the shop, starting with a lapis lazuli range to link with the current Sagittarius star sign.

Yesterday a lady called Karina came in the shop and we talked for some time about her experience of giving reiki from a distance. Karina is a reiki master and crystal healer and I hope she will be able to do some work at Crystal Space and also join us on Our Space nights.

I have been very busy working on my website over the past few weeks and I still hope to be able to start online sales by December. I also need to inform you that opening times at Crystal Space have changed slightly. The shop is now open on Mondays 1.00 - 6.30 and Tuesdays 1.30 – 4.00 and 10.00 – 4.00 Wednesday to Saturday. I will be opening late on Thursdays instead of Mondays from the beginning of December.

Finally, I want to share with you a marvellous place Pete and I visited today in Keighley: Cliffe Castle museum. Karina told me about it and mainly I wanted to see the fabulous selection of crystals there. Karina mentioned a piece of Malachite carved into a face, which was quite stunning.  I was so impressed with all the crystals, particularly the pieces of labradorite, quartz, hematite, azurite and many more rare specimens.

In addition to the crystals there are so many other interesting things to see (see photos below). Entry to the Castle and parking are both free and I highly recommend you go along and see for yourselves. You could easily spend a whole day wandering around the castle and the beautiful park that surrounds it.  

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Crystal Space ~ update.

It has been just two weeks since I opened the shop & so much has happened already. Initially, it felt very daunting being in the shop on my own but two lovely local ladies, Sandie & Laura, have adopted me & we seem to have formed the seeds of a community at Crystal Space. It feels absolutely wonderful to have such hands-on support right now. In fact, we have planned an initial committee meeting for tomorrow that Sandie, myself &, hopefully, Kam & Jo ~ two other therapists ~ plan to attend. We aim to develop the idea of a shared space for talks, circle meetings, meditations & workshops & to offer a membership to what we have decided to call ‘Our Space’, where most activities will be offered at a reduced price for members.

The directory of therapists & healers, which I am developing at Crystal Space, is continuing to grow. We now have aromatherapy offered by Sandie, soul path reading by Kam, tarot reading & clairvoyance by Rossana & Hot Stones massage, Swedish massage & Indian head massage from Jo. By the end of this week I hope to have three more therapists on board offering reflexology, reiki & various other therapies. I have also met a lady called Eve who does tarot, oracle & crystal reading & she, too, is interested in coming along to Crystal Space. I would still like to hear from any local practitioners qualified in crystal healing &/or any of the aforementioned therapies.

Our first meditation group starts on 14th November & already a number of people have expressed an interest in coming along. We may need to put on a second session later in the month on a different day.

After a week’s advertising on Fresh Radio I headed off to the Fresh Radio studios for a live interview. Initially I was absolutely petrified but after the first few questions I felt more at ease & the interview went really well … I think!

The local cafes & newsagents in Silsden have been very supportive towards Crystal Space & I have also put us on The shop really seems to have come to life & feels to be brimming with positive energy. So, to everyone who has been in the shop & supported Crystal Space in any way at all, thank you so much.

Next week I really need to get my head down to my bookkeeping & other administrative chores but I also hope to have some space to start my first, weekly ‘about crystals’ blog on my website. Each week I plan to highlight one crystal & write about its characteristics and properties. I will happily dedicate any crystal to anyone if you can let me know if there is a particular crystal that you would like to know more about. Alternatively, if you could let me know what kind of healing you might need, I could search for the most appropriate crystal & dedicate it to you on my blog.