Questhaven Retreat is a secluded nature preserve located in the coastal wilderness of San Diego County, providing a sacred setting for individuals and groups of all faiths to experience peace and renewal.
Sincere seekers visit throughout the year to harvest its energies and wisdom, prayerfully walk the labyrinth and trails, stay in one of the many cottages, and draw closer to God in the beauty of nature.
The Christward Ministry is a spiritual training center dedicated to sharing the esoteric Christian teachings as taught by Questhaven's founders, Flower and Lawrence Newhouse.
Following the path of Christian Mysticism, we strive for a direct experience of God through a deepening relationship with the Living Christ. Above learning, we emphasize living the Christward Way.
Flower A. Newhouse is a well-known twentieth-century Christian mystic. She wrote and lectured extensively to reawaken humanity to the reality of the Living Christ, the Inner Worlds and the Angel Kingdom.
Her exceptional synthesis of inner perception and Christ-centered character was consecrated to the rediscovery of esoteric truth and the training of students in the way of Christian discipleship.
Let us commune with the reality of Angels, and be open to the purity, the wonder, the mystery and the almightiness of their God-given life and purpose. –Flower A. Newhouse
On the wings of Angels we are lifted following our Michaelmas Retreat experience this past weekend at Questhaven. The opening service Friday night beautifully prepared us for a higher awareness of the Angel Kingdom through words, music, dance, and a creative portrayal of souls, representing each of the seven rays, being awakened to their life purpose and guided by their Guardian Angels.
Participants had an opportunity on Saturday to explore a deeper connection with their own Guardian Angel as well as other Angels through activities, which included proprioceptive writing and creating mandalas, followed by sharing and lunch. In the afternoon there was time for deeper meditation and reflection as we gathered in the church for sacred silence interspersed with Flower's insights on the Angels set to uplifting music. The day concluded with a group labyrinth walk, followed by a sharing in the Academy.
Sunday's service was filled with the music of Angels through the handbell choir, the voice choir, the congregation, and a sacred dance. Four of our beautiful women ministers led the service with Rev. Myrna Triggs opening, and Rev. Lucy Wold, Rev. Elizabeth Wood, and Rev. Miara Wiltshire each sharing a different aspect to increase our Angel awareness. The retreat concluded with a potluck lunch that filled the Friendship House to overflowing with joy and fellowship as old friends reconnected and new friends were discovered in our ever-growing spiritual family.
For me it was a gentle, soothing quiet weekend. I felt a wonderful feeling of peace after we played the bells on Friday. Randy's meditation (on Saturday) led me deeper into a tangible aspect of presence, so much so that I just wanted to sit and enjoy the feeling. There was a beautiful vibration throughout the grounds at Questhaven during this Michaelmas. I felt directed to the posted sayings about Angels on the grounds. A truly lovely experience, and you could feel the love and thought put into the music, dance, and guided activities. May our shared presence manifest as peace to all my brothers and sisters at Questhaven.
During the proprioceptive writing, I felt my Guardian come through strongly. As She directed me, my hand seemed to fly across the page and expression came freely and bountifully. I was so deeply touched by Her tender, warm and compassionate response to my inquiries. I experienced healing on many different levels. What a blessing it was! I am so grateful.
Practice the stilling of the entire self. You must command your body to be still, and your energies or nervous electrical impulses. Stillness, when commanded of the emotional nature, means restfulness and purity in that department. It is mental stillness which amounts to an emptying, a draining out your own thoughts where it is possible, which requires your greatest effort. When the mind is perfectly calm, and open and emptied of the negatives with which you might fill it, then it is a mirror for the soul to work upon and reflect through from its own superior height. You are attentive to the purpose of your concentrations. You will quiet yourself and liberate yourself in order that through emptying you can be filled from Our Wellsprings. The mind, therefore, will be in control of the whole man and yet will, as sentinel, point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and point to the everlasting. There is a reason to be quiet and attentive. The reason is attunement to the threshold of God Consciousness. Remind yourselves frequently of your reason and let the door open itself to release its power.
–The Wise and The Strong
The Masters' Purpose and Blessing Through Questhaven
There is a purpose behind all evolving life that calls for refining and perfecting. It is a spiral journey leading to mastery. A wonderful reality dawns with the knowing that there are humans who have achieved such perfection over their lower vehicles and personality-selves. They work with our Lord Christ to awaken humanity to the presence of God. These Masters also work with spiritual groups in various ways to deepen and inspire their highest ideals to come forth. Let us explore Their impetus behind Questhaven, for this is Their Work.
–Reverend Blake Isaac
Sharings from Attendees of the Masters' Silent Retreat
Each year the connection I feel with the Masters deepens. It was profound to read through my journals from previous years and see how true guidance really did come through for my life.
This retreat was an opportunity to go much deeper into oneself and connect to God through the wisdom of the Masters.
The whole weekend culminated in an inspired idea for a new direction to help release some old wounds for which I am deeply grateful.
"Take in everything before you and let your eyes be drenched with beauty, and as you love beauty in a reverent way it becomes a sacrament to you." –Flower A. Newhouse
A weekend of experiential events to increase our awareness of Beauty as an aspect of the Divine is an ideal preparation for our summer travels, both outwardly and inwardly.
FRIDAY – June 20 / 7:30 PM / Church of the Holy Quest
A unique meditative tour to the inner side of Earth's mountain regions as clairvoyantly observed by Flower Newhouse. Richard Boult, devoted student of Flower's and a well-traveled lover of nature, leads us on this holy trek, followed by an inspired sacred dance by Questhaven's Temple Dancers.
The Sacrament of Beauty
SUNDAY – June 22 – Church of the Holy Quest
The retreat concludes with our Sunday devotional service and a summarizing talk,
"Reflections of Divine Reality–A Sampling of Beauty Expressed" by Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire.
Service includes inspired gathering of music, art and reverent adoration of the Most High.
Reflections of Divine Reality: A Sampling of Beauty Expressed
The Lord Christ and the active influence of the Christ Spirit awakens us to the Divinity within man and draws us Christward.
– adapted from Christward by Flower A. Newhouse
Please enjoy these highlights and impressions from Easter Retreat
"The opening with the Angel Dance brought in such beauty and power. Each performer was overshadowed by an Angelic Host. At the end of the dance, I looked at the Christ portrait. In utter amazement, I saw a radiant Light that formed around the Christ and moved out to fill the entire Chapel with His blessing. The power was overwhelming and brought me to tears."
"For me last night's service was extremely powerful and humbling. Every aspect of the program was well done. I applaud and thank you for once again bringing Christ and the Inner Worlds closer."
"The Lenten Meditations began the rhythmic movement which wove the tapestry of Sacred Energy so gracefully revealed yesterday in all its Glory! Everything was impeccable, reflecting the love and lightness of Questhaven's provision of The Light! I give great thanks for the privilege of participating."
"I reside today in the richness of remembrance of all that took place on many levels. It is a memory and reflection of true wonder, fullness and beauty."
A Merry Christmas blessing from our hearts to yours. These pictures and scenes highlight our preparation for Christmas 2013 at Questhaven Retreat.
Much of this Christmas Retreat was inspired by a talk given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse in 1955. You can download this talk here:
The Heart of Christmas
Flower Newhouse taught that the Christmas season gifts us with increased energies from higher worlds, sent to help raise our awareness of Divine Reality. This opportunity is fulfilled not in traditional stories, restrictive dogma, or even family gatherings, but rather in the empirical experience of meeting the Lord Christ. To know Him more fully is to experience love as the essence of Reality.
COLLECTED WORKS, VOL II
ARMOR OF THE SPRITUAL LIFE
SUNDAY SERVICES are held weekly at 10:45 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Quest. Services include music, choir, meditation, prayer, and an inpiring message.
Listen to Podcasts of past Sunday talks.
Oct 5 Becoming a Better Helpmate
Rev. Blake Isaac
Oct 12 Joy and Creativity
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Oct 19 Descent and Return: Cycle of the Monad
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Oct 26 Returned to Life: The Extraordinary Impact of Near-Death Experiences
Rev. Lucy Wold
Nov 2 Initiate Souls: Portals to the Divine
Rev. Miara Wiltshire
Nov 9 The Secret, Power and Effect of Love
Rev. Myrna Triggs
Nov 16 Christ Magnetizes God's Light in You
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Nov 23 Responding to the Starlight Rays of Our Soul
Rev. Blake Isaac
Nov 30 Keeping Vigil: The Mystical Practice of Wakefulness
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Dec 7 The Anunciation of Mary
Dec 14 Walking in Oneness: Christ and You
Rev. Miara Wiltshire
Dec 21 Christmas Retreat Joy to the World, the Lord is Come!
Rev. Blake Isaac
WEEKEND RETREATS are held annually to celebrate Christmas, Easter, Michaelmas, and the Vernal season. These 3-day retreats include devotional services and activities.
Apr 18-20, 2014 – Easter Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Resurrection
Jun 20-22, 2014 – Vernal Retreat
Celebration of Beauty, Arts and Nature
Sep 26-28, 2014 – Michaelmas Retreat
Celebration of the Angelic Kingdom
Dec 19-21, 2014 – Christmas Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Coming
CLASSES are offered regularly on Christward principles, prayer, meditation, healing, and artistic expression.
View our Calendar for an up-to-date list of the Classes and Workshops currently being offered.
World Prayer takes place every Friday at noon in Chapelito. We invite you to join our prayer circle, linking with other "pray-ers" to form a beautiful chain of energy encircling the world, blessing and transforming world circumstances.
Wisdom Classes are held seasonally on alternating Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Chapelito for serious students. These devotional classes are dedicated to the path of mastery that all life is evolving upon. We draw insights, instruction and meditation from Those who have achieved evolution's goal of perfection.
Finding Your True North Classes are held seasonally on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Academy. Classes include lessons on meditation and prayer to support our mysticial journey with Christ. Sign Up Now for our Online Classes and purchase the "Finding Your True North - Ways Into God's Presence" Resource Kit.
Pranic Healing Clinics are conducted on the first Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the Questahven Academy. Learn more at pranichealingsd.com.
PanEuRhythmy is danced on most mornings near the Labyrinth. This dance-exercise-meditation opens us to the presence and power of Spirit within ourselves and the universe. Learn more at paneurhythmy.us.
Servers in Action Days are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon, when lunch is served. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and service.
Questhaven Academy is wholly dedicated to the purpose of preparing and training individuals to follow the way of discipleship to Christ.
The Academy offers a comprehensive Correspondence Training Program formed from a synthesis of Flower A. Newhouse's lectures and writings to help students apply these deeper Christ teachings.
The Lord Christ is responsible for the spiritual evolution of all people, even those who do not revere Him. Within His keeping are the keys for the development of this humanity.
Christian Mysticism is simply a method of reverence and devotion to God. It is a path of attainment which leads to the Divine Reality–to first-hand knowing of God. The mystical path stresses the way of Divine union with God through illumination.
The Living Christ is the Lord of Angels and of men and the model of our own becoming. His service is the broadcasting of the Divine Christ Spirit, the light of redemption. His influence awakens in us the Christing of our own natures.
The Angelic Kingdom consists of beings created by God. They, like mankind, press toward the goal of perfection and union with the Supreme Spirit. Angels are purer and more spiritual than man. Their very spirituality readily makes them mediators between Heaven and Earth.
Nature provides healing and enlightenment. When wisely trod, the path to God through nature employs every faculty inherent in man. In nature, beauty shines in all its pristine essence before us. It is for us to newly discover and translate this beauty to our spirits and our senses.
The Way of Discipleship is a way of drawing ever closer to the Divine Presence. It is a voluntary surrender of the entire self to the service of God. It pays great attention to spiritual realities and goals inspiring us toward inner growth.
Meditation and Prayer are the disciplines that most directly draw us Godward and into the inner worlds. During these moments, we consciously purify ourselves of worldly or personal preoccupations and center ourselves wholly upon consciousness of God.
Reincarnation is the realization that life is a school, striving to awaken and quicken the Divinity within us, striving to bring man from primitive stages of unfoldment to that of greater and more glorious awareness.
Questhaven and Questhaven Retreat are owned and operated by
the Christward Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Any amount you spend or give in love helps preserve the nature, heritage and expression of Questhaven. We have operated in this way as a nonprofit with no membership since 1940.