A time arrives in the life of every true seeker when it is not enough to simply believe in God. The greatest need is to know God.
Flower A. Newhouse
Questhaven is a 655-acre nature retreat located in the coastal wilderness of San Diego County. This sacred setting provides sincere seekers a place for study, worship and renewal–to draw closer to God. The Christward Ministry is dedicated to sharing and living the universal teachings of the Lord Christ as taught by Questhaven's founder, Flower A. Newhouse.
Easter's continuous miracle flows through countless men and women who have died to low aims, selfish purposes, and pride, and who have been reborn to spiritual constancy, integrity, and dedication.
Flower A. Newhouse
Our Lord Christ revealed life's highest purpose – to achieve the mystical realization, “I and the Father are one.” We are destined to meet this transcendent experience because the Holy Spirit gives wings to our efforts, especially during the holy days of the year. At these times divinely charged frequencies ray into our inner atmosphere to inspire and accelerate our growth.
This year's Easter program at Questhaven is uniquely designed to guide us to greater use of these frequencies. Leading up to Easter will be a series of lessons organized to increase our steps toward discipleship to Christ. The program series will unfold in two parts - evening classes held the six Wednesdays and the six Sunday services of Lent preceding Easter.
Sunday Services (10:45 a.m.)
Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him
Each Sunday we will explore the metaphysical meaning of the 12 disciples and their relation to Jesus. Based on the teachings of Charles Fillmore and Flower A. Newhouse, we find each disciple represents a center of power that functions within us. Our calling is to understand the right use of these powers and to employ them in service of the Christ Spirit within us.
As our Lord sent the disciples out to teach two-by-two, so each Sunday service will focus on the paired disciples. We will learn how their powers complement one another and how we may relate them to our spiritual life today.
Feb 14 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Peter and Andrew
Rev. Julie Hilt
Feb 21 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Thomas and Matthew
Rev. Blake Isaac
Feb 28 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Phillip and Bartholomew
Rev. Lucy Wold
Mar 6 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Mar 13 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples James and John
Rev. Elizabeth Wood
Mar 20 Palm Sunday Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Simon and Judas
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Mar 27 Easter Sunday Christ's Victory in Us: The Second Coming of Christ
Rev. Blake Isaac
Wednesday Evening Classes (7:30 p.m.)
In Christ, I come!
Our Wednesday night classes will be based on the disciplines outlined in Dr. Stephen Isaac's, The Way of Discipleship to Christ. These are powerful insights into those qualities that lead to our spiritual refinement and growth. And to apply our knowledge, each evening lesson will also suggest an activity or practice to perform during the week that follows.
Central to discipleship is the act of doing. Knowledge must be applied, exemplified and lived until one is what one knows.
Dr. Stephen Isaac
Feb 10 Ash Wednesday The Way of Discipleship to Christ—Why I Come to Questhaven (Disciplines)
Feb 17 The Well of Everlasting Life (Dedication)
Capt. Dan Willis
Feb 24 Follow Me (Holy Obedience)
Rev. Felice Reynolds
Mar 2 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (Faith)
Mar 9 Let Us Put on the Armor of Light (Choice)
Rev. Bette Harper
Mar 16 I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me (Self-giving)
Join us for this Easter opportunity to unite your inner powers, to draw nearer to the Presence of Christ and behold that which surpasses all understanding.
A Christmas Blessing
What a year, marking 75 magical years of love, blessings and service!
Thank you for all the loving support you give to help Questhaven be a beacon for Christ in this world.
Dec 18 A special program entitled, A Mystical Journey: The Birth of the Christ Consciousness Within was presented to explore the esoteric side of Mary's annunciation, Joseph's inner dream, the role of the shepherds and wise men to help each of us understand something of the preparation and need for the coming of Christ within us. This was followed by a candle-lighting ceremony, singing of carols, and a live nativity walk.
Dec 20 The Living Lord Christ: The Supreme Catalyst for Good
Reverend Hal Lingerman
The Lord Christ and His Company of Heaven bless all lives anew with Their radiance. They are reaching into our hearts with a heightened intensity of love and caring. In observing ourselves and others during this beautiful season, what can we learn from Christ's invitation "to love one another even as I am loving you"? What can we do further for Christ to embody God's Goodness and Peace on Earth?
The days which precede and include Christmas shall be consecrated to the deepening of spiritual Love for all the Lives which God has created and the handiwork He has made. From the practice of such inward preparation, may we be filled with the spirit of peace, love, and of reverence for God. Then with clear-sightedness and accelerated intuition we shall approach Christ's day to testify through His inner cleansing.
Flower A. Newhouse
When Angels reach a certain advanced rank in Their Kingdom, They are given a choice. They may choose to continue toward Godhood as an Angel, a path that is unobstructed but very gradual. Or they may choose to cross over to the human line of evolution where growth is arduous but greatly accelerated.
Flower A. Newhouse
We are so grateful to all of those who came to honor and celebrate the Kingdom of the Angels! Every Michaelmas we honor Angel Prince Michael and all of the Angels by commemorating the vital role They play in our lives–guiding us, protecting us, loving us, instructing us, correcting us and helping us draw ever closer to God. For the celebration of Michaelmas and the 75th anniversary of the founding of Questhaven Retreat, we honored these Beings in a unique way–by portraying the story of a remarkable soul who began life in the Angel kingdom and who chose to cross over to the human line of evolution.
We traveled far back in time and space to the Kingdom of the Angels where Flower's momentous decision to begin life as a human being came to fruition. Dr. Stephen Isaac, Flower's successor and a most gifted scribe, skillfully weaved the story Flower revealed to him about her incredible journey through many human lifetimes. Each lifetime played an important role in opening up her most remarkable esoteric gifts culminating in the founding of Questhaven Retreat and the Christward Ministry.
What a rare privilege it is to witness a re-creation of the evolution of this Holy Work on these Sacred Grounds culminating in the Training Center of Christian Mysticism called Questhaven Retreat. Lifetime after lifetime Flower's esoteric gifts grew as she applied what she learned from the Great Ones who were her teachers. Just as the trajectory of her life changed dramatically when she joined the human line of evolution, so, too, have the trajectories of our lives changed from common and ordinary to lives filled with meaning and purpose as we grow in our understanding of why we are here. Master Souls tell us this is Their Work and They called us from distant places to be a part of It. They ask us to take over where They left off assuring us that Their hand is always on our shoulder. Now it is our turn. We each have a role to play in carrying on the teachings through our own direct alignment. It is time for us to be about our Father's business.
August 7-9: 75th ANNIVERSARY RETREAT–Questhaven celebrated its 75th Anniversary!
We are still riding the currents of inspiration, spiritual love, and renewed sense of purpose brought forth from last week's 75th anniversary celebration here at Questhaven. The retreat began with a powerful Friday evening service that included sharings from individuals and the presentation of three new works of art, honoring Questhaven and its founders, Flower and Lawrence Newhouse. This was followed by a very moving video presentation of Questhaven's evolution since its birth in 1940. The service concluded with a rededication to Christ through an oil ceremony.
Saturday we had a well-attended Open House to introduce Questhaven and its history to the local community. This drew many to the Retreat for the first time, as well as giving us the opportunity of welcoming back some old friends. Tours of the grounds and facilities were offered, and poster presentations and scrapbooks showing Questhaven's history were on display in the Friendship House. Many of our ministers and other friendly greeters were there to welcome visitors and answer questions about the Retreat and Ministry.
Our anniversary celebration concluded on Sunday with a special service held in the Oak Grove as a tribute to the dedication service originally held here by Flower A. Newhouse on August 4th, 1940.
The service included joyful, uplifting music from both our vocal and hand bell choirs, two sacred dances, and inspirational sharings by three of our ministers on the Angels, the Masters and Christ as revealed by Flower. Following the service the Friendship House was full as we gathered for food and fellowship.
This retreat reminded all of us who love Questhaven that we have a special opportunity this life to contribute each in our own small way to ensure the continuance of Questhaven's purpose as we move forward into the next 75 years.
What a privilege that is!
Days are of little consequence unless you objectively come closer to the shining nearness of God's Presence Indwelling.
A group of 28 spiritual seekers made their way through Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, visiting Castles, Cathedrals and Lords of the Mountains.
Vernal Retreat highlighted their trip with a slide show presentation accompanied by music and dance along with shared personal experiences from their journey, traveling with inner perceptiveness.