Finding Enlightenment in Nature
Questhaven offers nearly twenty nature trails that wander through chaparral and oak-lined canyons reaching woodland sanctuaries, and rocky outcrops and hilltops offering panoramic mountain and ocean views. These trails are not intended for recreational use, but rather, are dedicated to one's spiritual quest to discover God in Nature.
Walking these trails in reverent silence, aspirants are lifted in consciousness by practicing these five necessary qualities: attention, attunement, beholding, reception, and at-one-ment.
O God, I desire to find Thee everywhere. Let Thy treasures be opened to me and let my mind be laid open to Thee.
When the heart is appreciative and the whole being is desirous of God, then the temples of nature open their doors and every voice of nature speaks to us of its own transcendent, God-filled purpose. To sense the Divine within the inner side of Nature, our attitude is lifted and purified, through the expression of appreciation and fondness for all that we are conscious of, present in the out-of-doors.
To help us develop our inner perception and sense the Divine in Nature, Questhaven offers a Sunday Nature Service. We meet seasonally under the oak tree outside Chapelito for a short lesson followed by a reverent walk along one of our many nature trails in order to draw closer to God in a beautiful, peaceful, sacred natural setting.
Questhaven is located in an area known locally as Elfin Forest, named for the small trees and shrubs referred to as chaparral. Our trails wander through one of the most diverse stands of chaparral in San Diego County with species from four distinct chaparral associations known as southern maritime, southern mixed, chamise, and scrub oak chaparral. Southern maritime chaparral is comprised of species such as Wart-stemmed Ceanothus, Del Mar Manzanita, and Summer Holly. Southern mixed chaparral includes Chamise, Toyon, and Mission Manzanita. Chamise chaparral is characterized by large stands of Chamise and additional shrub species such as Mission Manzanita and our Lord's Candle (Chaparral Yucca). Scrub oak chaparral is dominated by scrub oak and understory species including poison oak and bedstraw. Our common rock outcrops provide distinct microhabitats that support plant species generally absent or uncommon throughout the surrounding chaparral.
Questhaven is truly a peaceful holy ground to find God in nature. Thank you for providing such a sacred environment to journey inward...to find my own self and my loving Creator.