Situated between South Africa’s two largest cities—Pretoria and Johannesburg—the new Advanced Organisation and Saint Hill for Africa in Castle Kyalami stands on the region’s highest peak, offering 360-degree views of the African Highveld.
With an atmosphere exuding warmth and elegance, the entrance to Castle Kyalami greets visitors with its own inimitable style and grace.
RECEPTIONKyalami means “my home” in Zulu. Fittingly, this Reception area, with its Carrara marble and African red granite fountain, extends a warm welcome to all who cross the threshold.
DIANETICS & SCIENTOLOGY BOOKSTORE The Bookstore makes available L. Ron Hubbard’s works on Dianetics and Scientology. In total, Mr. Hubbard’s legacy spans tens of millions of published words in dozens of books and thousands of recorded lectures. Materials are available in 50 languages—most notably Afrikaans and Swahili.
The east wing of the Advanced Organisation and Saint Hill Africa is dedicated to the training and delivery of Scientology spiritual technology. This stunning new facility makes higher levels of spiritual advancement available on African soil for the first time in history.
PURIFICATION CENTRE L. Ron Hubbard developed the Purification Programme to free individuals from the mental and spiritual damage caused by drugs and toxins, using a regimen of exercise, sauna and nutrition—all of which are provided for in the Purification Centre. The Purification Centre presents the ideal setting for this programme and includes a detailed mosaic that depicts the Castle Kyalami bathed by a fiery sunset.
SAINT HILL TRAINING Africa’s new ideal training facilities comprise multiple course rooms devoted to different aspects of technical training. In full, they accommodate hundreds of students at a time.
Scientologists acquire a full mastery of auditing (spiritual counselling) skills in a course room dedicated to Scientology training.
Twelve turrets atop the highest point—with its striking Arthurian-style architecture, Castle Kyalami stands as a one-of-a-kind architectural accomplishment that is visible for miles around.
SOLO TECHNICAL DIVISION At the heart of the Advanced Organisation is an entire wing devoted to Advanced Courses, where Scientologists reach the upper levels of spiritual awareness.
The journey to the upper spans of the Scientology Bridge begins here, in the Solo Auditor course room.
In the Advanced Level course rooms, Scientologists will attain the upper levels of the Scientology Bridge to Total Freedom.
HUBBARD GUIDANCE CENTRE The Hubbard Guidance Centre provides for the ever-growing number of Scientologists receiving services through to the State of Clear—and the upper levels of the Scientology Bridge.
Each of the Hubbard Guidance Centre’s auditing rooms provide the ideal, distraction-free environment necessary to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
An entire course room is devoted to study of the religion’s fundamentals as Scientologists advance toward greater spiritual awareness.
THE CRANE CAFÉ The poolside Crane Café, taking its name from South Africa’s indigenous blue crane, offers a perfect gathering place for parishioners on breaks from training and processing.
Beyond serving as a spiritual home for Scientologists, the Advanced Organisation and Saint Hill for Africa is where parishioners join in the Church’s many humanitarian initiatives and outreach programmes, actively dedicating themselves to building a better world.
THE AUDITORIUM The Auditorium is an exceptional venue for weekly Scientology graduations as well as hosting a year-round calendar of Church and community events.
The Public Information Center offers over 500 films, providing a complete introduction to every aspect of Dianetics and Scientology. It includes the beliefs and practices of the religion, a biographical presentation on the life and legacy of Founder L. Ron Hubbard, as well as the many humanitarian initiatives and community outreach programs the Church supports.
State-of-the-art technology, superior acoustics and custom interior craftsmanship come together in the Auditorium—a world-class venue worthy of a world-class castle.
Paving the path for a better Africa, this hall welcomes like-minded individuals and groups from across the region working together to build a better world.
As the coordination hub of Church of Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programmes across Africa, the Auditorium serves as the perfect venue for seminars and conferences.
THE PROTEA RESTAURANT The restaurant, named for South Africa’s national flower, features a varied menu of local favourites and international fare.
The Protea Restaurant’s outside terrace provides spectacular views of the surrounding bush and is the perfect spot to experience stunning South African sunsets.
ACACIA GAZEBO & BRAAI Set amidst the Castle grounds, the beauty of African nature is highlighted in the Acacia gazebo. With its unique thatched roof, the grand gazebo serves as a venue for everything from tribal celebrations to traditional wedding ceremonies.
The braai is a South African culinary tradition combining barbecue and social celebration.
CASTLE KYALAMI LOUNGE The Castle Kyalami Lounge combines the grandeur of a royal residence with traditional African design, woven baskets, tribal-inspired woodcarvings and a colour scheme evoking fire-red South African sunsets.
ACCOMMODATIONS As a religious retreat, the Castle’s accommodations can only be described as “storybook.” Its rooms are replete with classic Gothic doorways and Camelot balconies.
The breathtaking360-degree view from this rooftop observation tower allows visitors to take in views of the Johannesburg skyline to the south and the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountains and Pretoria to the north.
THE OFFICE OF L. RON HUBBARD As is traditional in all Churches of Scientology, the Office of L. Ron Hubbard stands in permanent honour of the religion’s Founder. It symbolises this Ideal Advanced Organisation and Saint Hill’s commitment to forever uphold his legacy.
CONTINENTAL LIAISON OFFICE AFRICA Along with the grand opening of the Advanced Organisation, the Church also inaugurated a new Continental Liaison Office for the ecclesiastical management of Scientology across the region.
From here, the Church guides the activities of every sector of the religion across the continent, including Scientology Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, as well as the implementation and expansion of Scientology humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programmes.
This new recording studio is fully equipped for all audiovisual production to facilitate the growing demand for Scientology across Africa.
A state-of-the-art video editing facility is set up to provide for production in multiple languages, making Dianetics and Scientology available across the diverse nations of Africa.
The facility further serves as a centre for interfaith groups to unite in the name of continent-wide social betterment.
The new Continental Liaison Office is located right on the famed Kyalami Racetrack, providing a front row seat to high-speed races right from the balcony terrace.
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY JOHANNESBURG The Church of Scientology has deep roots in South Africa, establishing its first Church in Johannesburg in 1957. In 2003, Johannesburg became the world’s first Ideal Organisation.
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY PRETORIA Situated in the capital city, at the doorstep of the official seat of the national government, the Union Buildings (top, centre), is the Church of Scientology Pretoria. The Church, consisting of five heritage homes, opened in 2013.
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY JOHANNESBURG NORTH Perched on the hills of Randburg, the Johannesburg North Church opened on December 23, 2017. The 6,500-square-metre facility services Scientologists in this “City of Gold.”
L. RON HUBBARD’S HOME AT LINKSFIELD RIDGE In 1960, L. Ron Hubbard lived in this home on Linksfield Ridge. Today the landmark stands exactly as it did when Mr. Hubbard was in residence.
INSIDE OUR CHURCH CASTLE KYALAMI
Welcome to the Church of Scientology in South Africa at Castle Kyalami. This architectural masterpiece serves as a religious retreat for Scientologists from across the African continent.
Our Church realises Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision that all Churches of Scientology not only provide the ideal facilities to service Scientologists in their ascent to higher states of spiritual freedom, but they also serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.
To that end, from here we share our many humanitarian and community outreach programmes with like-minded individuals, groups, associations and organisations. We open our doors and make available our facilities to those who are committed to creating a better Africa and a better world.
We believe that together, we can achieve our common dream, one that Mr. Hubbard described as a civilisation without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights.