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 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.
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.
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.
One of the most beautiful traditions we have at Christmastime is the singing and sharing together of Christmas carols. Many of us have grown up singing these beautiful songs each year and loving them. Yet have we ever thought to delve deeper into their esoteric meanings or even into how they were brought through to us from above? Flower has said that Christmas carols are "songs that possess latent power for unifying men with the higher Orders of Life who are likewise singing praises to the Lord of all the religions of the earth."
Each week of Advent we will be sharing the story behind the creation of a Christmas carol. How did it come to be, who wrote the words, who wrote the music and why did a certain song come to a specific individual? These stories remind us once again how the Divine works continuously through humanity to raise, lift, bless and bring us closer to the heart of He who is the Radiant Exemplar of our becoming.
The office at Questhaven is offering Gifts that Lift for the Christmas Season. We invite you to come in and see a wonderful selection of ornaments, sacred stones, jewelry, artwork and so much more—all lovingly prepared and ready for gift giving.
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.
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.
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.
Casa de Angeles, our most utilized guest facility, was built nearly 20 years ago. These accommodations are currently receiving some much needed loving attention and renovation. We are adding new flooring, color and an Angel theme to uplift each of its' single and double occupancy rooms.
In an effort to raise funds for this project, we are releasing a series of talks from our digital archives given by Questhaven's past Director, Dr. Stephen Isaac on integrating spiritual teachings and psychology.
Dr. Stephen Isaac, became a lifelong student of Flower A. Newhouse after meeting her when he was only ten years old. He not only became a minister of the work here at Questhaven but also its director following Flower's passing. For over 50 years he taught, counseled, lectured and wrote by her side. As a psychologist, he took his love of Flower's teachings on the Christward Way and his fascination with the study of human nature into his life and lectures.
We invite you to listen to them online. If you are benefiting from them and would like to make a donation toward the Casa de Angeles Renovation project, we would be so grateful. These talks focus on overcoming our human tendencies and struggles to find our way more readily with God. This is a theme that really speaks to our times.
Available podcasts by Dr. Stephen Isaac:
03/23/69 The Disciples of Jesus
A correlation is drawn between what happened in Palestine so many years ago and the drama taking place in us today. We need to keep this grand perspective in order to fully appreciate not only the Lord Christ but His influence as it was expressed upon and through His Disciples.
03/18/79 Discernment–Distinguishing Between Good and Evil
Dr. Stephen Isaac discusses the meaning and importance of the spiritual quality of discernment.
06/07/70 Where Personality Ends and Character Begins
This talk illustrates the creative power to change that is innate within us–how at the center of our nature is a desire to do good.
Thank you in advance for all your support. We are striving to have every part of Questhaven welcoming all who come, in the highest expression of loveliness.
If you would like to help, please visit our Donations page. Thank you for your donations!
We are in the process of digitally remastering audio lectures of Flower A. Newhouse. Each downloaded talk is available for $5.00 and can be played on all computers and mobile devices (mp3 format).
If you are interested in hearing directly from Flower on a spiritual topic, then please enjoy downloading one of her talks on that subject (new downloads added monthly).
All current downloads and CDs are available on our Lectures page page, listed in the right column.
Many of us were discussing recently how helpful and unique the esoteric teachings are from Flower that help us navigate through life. How grateful I am for all she shared and had the foresight to record. What treasures she has left for generations to come!
Your Brother in Christ,
Reverend Blake Isaac
Events Calendar is updated to provide our up-to-date schedule of events.
Sunday Podcasts are available along with minister bios, in case you miss a service.
Audio Downloads can now be purchased for newly digitized talks given by Rev. Flower A. Newhouse!
Every dollar 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.
COLLECTED WORKS, VOL II–The Collected Works of Flower A. Newhouse, Volume II (Esoteric Teachings) has been released! Available in hardback and digital eBook formats!
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.
SPECIAL LOVE OFFERING EBOOK–The Armor of the Spiritual Life by Flower A. Newhouse has been released in digital eBook formats!
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."
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.
Lent - Keeping Alive to Christ
Mar 9 Regeneration Through Christ
Rev. Blake Isaac
Mar 16 The Spirit of God
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Mar 23 The Christ Spirit
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Mar 30 The Holy Spirit
Rev. Myrna Triggs
Apr 6 The Unfoldment of Christhood
Rev. Miara Wiltshire
Apr 13 Palm Sunday The Christ Cause
Rev. Lucy Wold
Apr 18 Good Friday: Communion Service
Apr 19 Holy Saturday: Devotional Activities
Apr 20 Ever Christward: The Work Before Us
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.
Dec 20-22, 2013 – Christmas Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Coming
Apr 18-20, 2014 – Easter Retreat
Celebration of the Christ Resurrection
Jun 21-21, 2014 – Vernal Retreat
Celebration of Beauty, Arts and Nature
Sep 26-28, 2014 – Michaelmas Retreat
Celebration of the Angelic Kingdom
Classes and Workshops 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Questhaven and Questhaven Retreat are owned and operated by
the Christward Ministry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.