Frequently Asked Questions
Our open season for retreats reflects what we have found to be the friendliest and most accommodating conditions. Weather is generally warm and calm in the months of August, September and early October. With the reality that we don’t control the weather, if a storm does show itself we have a wigwam for protection with room for your comfort. We honor unexpected weather shifts as an opportunity to have talks with the group, meditate, listen to crystal bowls, etc.
What to bring to the mine?
Rain Jacket Boots or comfortable shoes for terrain/hiking/exploring
Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
Bathing suit (for river or mud bath if interested)
Journal & writing utensil
What quantity of crystals will I be able to collect during my adventure?
Each individual will be allowed to collect 5kg of crystals from the Auralite 23 mine. 4kg will be yours to take home and 1kg to donate to our Little Gems for Little Gems foundation, aiming to bring Auralite 23 crystals to Children’s Hospitals around the world.
What is the terrain of the land?
Nothing too steep but rocky. There is a rocky dirt road and path that leads you around the mine. You will find caves, rivers, ponds, pits, hills and forest trails along your way.
Is there cell phone service?
No, there is no cell phone service at the mine. The mine owner will be equipped with a satellite phone for emergency purposes only.
What happens in case of emergency?
The team at the mine will have walkie talkies to communicate in this no cell phone region. Due to the fact that the mine is removed from the hustle and bustle, electricity is non existent. If an emergency does occur we have a satellite phone to use under extreme emergency, in which case necessary protocols will be taken. Each team member will be trained in basic safety to ensure you are safe and comfortable at all times.
Are there animals on the land?
We rarely have any encounters with animals, but again you never know as there is active animal life in the forest. We are mindful about trash, foods we make and cook, as to not draw additional attention. Be sure to throw trash in assigned areas and that is why we stick to vegetarian cooking at the mine. Be respectful to mother nature, and mother nature will respect you.
Where is Thunder Bay?
Thunder Bay is located in Northern Ontario, Canada at the head of Lake Superior in the Boreal Forest along the Canadian Shield.
What is the Canadian Shield?
The Canadian shield hosts some of the earths oldest rock. The Canadian Shield was the first part of North America to be permanently elevated above sea level, and has remained almost untouched by successive encroachments of the sea upon the continent. It is the Earth's greatest area of exposed Archean rock.
What is the Boreal Forest?
Canada's boreal forest comprises about two thirds of the circumpolar boreal forest that rings the Northern Hemisphere, mostly north of the 50th parallel. The boreal region in Canada covers almost 60% of the country’s land area. The Canadian boreal region spans the landscape from the most easterly part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to the border between the far northern Yukon and Alaska. The area is dominated by coniferous forests, particularly spruce, interspersed with vast wetlands, mostly bogs and fens. The boreal region of Canada includes eight Eco-zones. While the biodiversity of regions varies, each Eco-zone has a characteristic native flora and fauna.
What if I want to purchase additional stones?
We will have rough and polished stones on display and available for purchase as well as the option to add-on an additional basket for collecting during your visit. Please talk to the mine owner for any additional information.
What are your washroom/bathroom accommodations?
There will be outhouses ready on-site at the mine to accommodate your group. Simple and efficient.
What are your accommodations for Handicaps/Special Needs?
Please be sure to let us know prior to your arrival as we do our best to accommodate the needs of everyone that comes to the mine. For those who need assistance walking or are in a wheelchair; due to the rough terrain of the land you must have your own transport and guide.
Is there an age requirement to attend retreats at the Mine?
Minors are welcome. If under 18 accompaniment by adult is required.
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