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quoteA 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

The Retreat
A 655-acre Nature Cathedral

Questhaven Retreat

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 to draw closer to God in the beauty of nature.

The Training
The Way of Christian Mysticism

The Christward Ministry

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 Presence of Christ. Above learning, we emphasize living the Christward Way.

The Mystic
Flower A. Newhouse, Founder

Flower A. Newhouse

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.


Easter 2014
Christward - April 18-20

Christ 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

Good Friday

Join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Quest for a presentation of music, drama and dance, followed by Holy Communion.

Holy Saturday

A day of activities to lead us to the momentous morning of Christ's Resurrection.
8:30 a.m. – PanEuRhythmy dance next to the Labyrinth.
9:30 a.m. – Opening remarks and Prayer in Chapelito. Trails are open for walking and journaling.
11:00 a.m. – An Easter Experience through music, in the Church of the Holy Quest.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (bring your own sack lunch). Friendship House is open for your use.
2:00 p.m. – Guided Meditation in the Church of the Holy Quest, led by Sarah Graybeal.
2:00 p.m. – Easter egg dyeing for the children outside of Friendship House.
3:30 p.m. – Videotape viewing (in the Academy) of one of Flower’s Easter talks followed by discussion with questions and answers.
6:00 p.m. – Labyrinth walk led by Gary Palisch and Flossie Park.

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunrise Service We will gather meditatively and joyously greet the sunrise.
6:20 a.m. – Sunrise Services in two locations.
A Seven Stations Contemplative Walk up to Inspiration Point (plan to begin walk before 5:30 a.m.)
Service for non-hikers near the Academy Building.
Breakfast will follow in the Friendship House.
8:30 a.m. – PanEuRhythmy dance next to the Labyrinth.
10:45 a.m. – Sunday Church Service in the Church of the Holy Quest at 10:45 a.m.
Ever Christward: The Work Before Us – Rev. Blake Isaac
Potluck luncheon to follow the service. Please bring a dish to share.

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The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Volume II
Book and Digital Downloads Available Now!

Collected Works There are so many questions that we ponder about life and our beginnings, for which we long to have a better understanding. What is our purpose for being on earth? What are the Inner Worlds really like? Who are our invisible helpers–Angels and Masters?

Printing is completed on the second volume of the Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse that provides greater clarity and answers to many of these questions through Flower's insights and sharing of the deeper teachings of Christ. Flower is uniquely qualified to bring us this knowledge, having remembered her past lives. These included a life of training under Pythagoras and her life in Palestine in Jesus' household, where she belonged to the inner circle of His followers.

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The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse consists of an edited compilation of Flower's teachings and experiences. These volumes contain a continuing collection of the deeper truths Flower presented through her speaking and writing over the course of sixty years. Volume One–Christian Mysticism, which was published in 2006, distills material related to this direct pathway to God and the inner realities that it encompasses. This volume is available through the Ministry office and is highly recommended for your research and study.

In Volume Two–The Esoteric Teachings, Flower shares the truths behind our existence, revealing to us that we are evolving beings with a divine purpose. The term esoteric means hidden, secret or understood by only a few. These mystery teachings revealed in this book flow from the fountainhead of all wisdom and have been relayed from advanced enlightened adepts to their conscious pupils from time immemorial. Their mission is to unveil the living truth, opening our minds to vast vistas of reality that pertain to our total evolution, extended faculties, and superphysical orders of life. Flower was a conscious recipient of these instructions, which she has passed on to those ready to receive. This book will be available in late September. We are so grateful to have such a wealth of knowledge available through Flower's writings and lectures, enabling us to grow in our own awareness.

In this era of enlightenment many of these truths are known and accepted widely. Others may be foreign to you, so it is important to come to this book with an open heart and mind to find what resonates within you. Flower would say, Lift your gaze to the stars, because there is so much above you to go toward. Do not stand too long in your tracks. Move upward.


Christmas 2013
From Our Hearts to Yours

A Merry Christmas blessing from our hearts to yours. These pictures and scenes highlight our preparation for Christmas 2013 at Questhaven Retreat.

Christmas Retreat Highlights from our Voice and Bell Choirs and Sacred Dancers are provided in our Inspiration Newsletter, with a Christmas Keynote for a New Year.
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Much of this Christmas Retreat was inspired by a talk given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse in 1955. You can download this talk here:
Audio DownloadThe 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.

quote The value and scope of esoteric Christianity appears when we perceive how fully it explains variations, as well as other facts related to living, that cannot be answered by any other level of interpretation. We discover in this higher approach the practice of realizing God within us as well as around us, and try through love, humility and reverence to be at one with that Presence.
Flower A. Newhouse, The Collected Works, Vol II


Michaelmas Retreat 2013–Highlights
Natives of Eternity–The Kingdom of Angels

Composer Richard Wagner received much of the inspiration for his music from his sensitive reception of heavenly concerts. As you experience his powerful The Ride of the Valkyries, observe powerful Warrior Angels with their absolute dedication to the Christ cleansing the atmosphere and doing battle against darkness and evil. Fireal or Inspirer Angels with Their fiery powers work on the Causative Level to inspire humans. Allow this great Angel music to bring you to higher levels of courage and power than you have ever experienced before.

One composer who caught the flow of the harmonies Angels sent out was the great Ludwig van Beethoven. Although he had many lives as a human, he was originally a nature deva, a being who evolves through service to the Nature Kingdom. He never quite came to balance between his deva and human lives, and he was often unhappy because he did not know exactly where he belonged

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which he wrote when he was deaf, was his most triumphant work. He overcame so much in giving this particular music to the earth. This music brings in Angels Serving the Holy Spirit. The Angels you will see are Awakener Angels, also called Remliel Angels. They work with us to overcome destructive habits of our personalities and ready our minds for expanded receptivity to the higher frequencies of the Inner Worlds. What an invaluable service these Awakener Angels perform for us because it is Their mantling that helps open the gate that allows us to develop our insight, intuition and creative perception. The colors of this music are a very Christ blue with parts of it becoming more electric blue.

Because of the breath-taking classical music of long ago, it is easy for us to assume that only composers from the past were able to tune in to Angels of Song, so you may be surprised to learn that modern composers also may bring through the inspiration of these great Angels. Flower says of The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein, "They must have been in attune with a true instructive music Angel because that's one of the best and most authentic nature recordings that I know. The whole thing is expressive primarily of devas' appreciation of mountains and the grandeur and majesty of nature." Witness the delight of nature beings with a beautiful deva in their mountain homeland.

Some humans in every century possess gifts that allow them to tune in to heavenly concerts. One of these gifted humans attuned to the higher spheres was composer César Franck who received great inspiration for the music he brought to earth that clearly reflects Angel messages. His deeply sacred Panis Angelicus brings to those who are able to see color through sound a true Christ-blue and a beautiful lavender. These colors weave in and out, never losing their own individual identity and having the effect of spiritualization upon us. Panis Angelicus brings to us the music of the Angels Serving our Lord Christ, such as Angels of Adoration, Song, Prayer, Healing and Angels of the Christ Presence.

What channels such musical masterpieces is the sixth sense of a composer who is sufficiently awakened to capture the strains of the Music of the Spheres. It is said by mystics that planets, stars and galaxies move in rhythm with the Music of the Spheres. Some composers tuning in to this glorious music will receive intimations of the work of the Angels of Destiny, who work directly with humans, including the exceedingly beautiful Angels of Birth and Angels of Death or Transition. Possessing unspeakable beauty and outshining love, Angels of Death administer an electrical force that severs the inner bodies from the physical form when the time comes for our incarnation to end. They so lovingly welcome each one of us to the long forgotten dimension of existence that is our true Homeland.

Death and Transfiguration, by Richard Strauss, was one of Flower's favorite musical pieces. She first heard this music when she was a young woman at the moment her grandmother was released from life. She did not recognize the melody until later when she was present at the deaths of others and realized that it accompanies us at the time of our transition to the higher worlds.

audioListen to Flower as she describes how clearly Strauss's music captures what takes place at death.

quoteWere we spiritually awake we should observe the verdure of the earth peopled by beings, exquisitely small and dainty, moving in harmony with the soft, diffused music of the heavens.
Flower A. Newhouse

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NewsCOLLECTED WORKS, VOL II–The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Volume II (Esoteric Teachings) has been released! Available in hardback and digital eBook formats!

Collected Works, Vol. II

There are so many questions that we ponder about life and our beginnings, for which we long to have a better understanding. What is our purpose for being on earth? What are the Inner Worlds really like? The second volume of the Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse provides clarity and answers to many of these questions through Flower's insights and sharing of the deeper Christ teachings.

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NewsSPECIAL LOVE OFFERING EBOOK–The Armor of the Spiritual Life by Flower A. Newhouse has been released in digital eBook formats!

The Armor of the Spiritual Life

Originally published in 1948, this five chapter book gives us insight into the spiritual laws and techniques that can help us integrate Truth into our lives. This is a wonderful introduction to Flower A. Newhouse and the way of mysticism.

The book begins with these words: "We are here in life for but one reason–to learn to climb through ascensions of consciousness into the true Selfhood which is within us–the Selfhood which belongs to the eternal, the Selfhood which is our real nativity, our home in God's spirit."

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Sunday Program

Church of the Holy QuestSunday 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.

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Lent - Keeping Alive to Christ

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Speaker Mar 9 Regeneration Through Christ
Rev. Blake Isaac

Speaker Mar 16 The Spirit of God
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire

Speaker Mar 23 The Christ Spirit
Rev. Hal Lingerman

Speaker Mar 30 The Holy Spirit
Rev. Myrna Triggs

Speaker Apr 6 The Unfoldment of Christhood
Rev. Miara Wiltshire

Speaker Apr 13 Palm Sunday The Christ Cause
Rev. Lucy Wold

Easter Retreat

Speaker Apr 18 Good Friday: Communion Service
Speaker Apr 19 Holy Saturday: Devotional Activities
Speaker Apr 20 Ever Christward: The Work Before Us
Rev. Blake Isaac

Spring Program

Speaker Apr 27 The Transformation of Mary Magdalene
Rev. Elizabeth Wood

Speaker May 4 The Call of Maytime–Be Open
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire

Speaker May 11 Mother's Day Awakening to the Spirit of Grace and Mercy
Sarah Graybeal

Annual Retreats

Holy FestivalsWeekend Retreats are held annually to celebrate Christmas, Easter, Michaelmas, and the Vernal season. These 3-day retreats include devotional services and activities.

Retreat Apr 18-20, 2014 – Easter Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Resurrection
Retreat Jun 20-22, 2014 – Vernal Retreat
Celebration of Beauty, Arts and Nature
Retreat Sep 26-28, 2014 – Michaelmas Retreat
Celebration of the Angelic Kingdom
Retreat Dec 19-21, 2014 – Christmas Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Coming

Ongoing Activities

ActivitiesClasses and Workshops are offered regularly on Christward principles, prayer, meditation, healing, and artistic expression.

Calendar View our Calendar for an up-to-date list of the Classes and Workshops currently being offered.

Event 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.

Class Finding Your True North Classes are held Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Academy. Classes include lessons, meditation, and prayer to support our mysticial journey with Christ. Original lessons are available on meditation.

Class Wisdom Classes are held seasonally on alternating Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Chapelito. 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.

Clinic 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.

Event PanEuRhythmy is danced most early 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.

Event Servers in Action Days are on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and service to Questhaven.

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