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.
"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
This 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, will lead us on this holy trek. We will also be treated to an inspired sacred dance by Questhaven's Temple Dancers.
The Sacrament of Beauty
SATURDAY June 21
9:00 AM - Noon / Meet in Friendship House
Choose one of three avenues to deepen your experience of Beauty and connection with God:
Trail Treasures A guided walk led by naturalist Gwen Hulbert, sharing Flower's insights about the Inner life of nature, as well as interesting facts about plants and their uses. Following this will be individual meditative walks in which we may discover special trail treasures/symbols, then gather to create unique talismans significant to each of us. Kristin Sundsten, creator of art inspired by the natural world, will lead this activity.
Framing Beauty Bring your camera and walk Questhaven's beautiful wilderness trails to capture the unique color, forms, textures that deepen our reverence for the Divine Creator. Award-winning photographer Grant Hulbert will lead this event as he has in past retreats that have produced images of great beauty.
"Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit." –Ansel Adams
Unleashing the Creative Flow Using a fluid watercolor technique, we will pour color onto watercolor paper to see what forms may flow from our unconscious. In past sessions some very beautiful and telling images have emerged. This experience is meant to open us to those energies that move through us in times of creativity. No experience is required. There will be a $15 fee for materials and advance signup is required. Resident artist Jonathan Wiltshire, who served as one of Flower's principal illustrators since 1975, leads this event. His visionary paintings may be seen at Questhaven and at www.innerworldart.com.
NOON Friendship House Bring a lunch and gather together to share experiences.
1:30pm 3pm / Church of the Holy Quest
Experiencing the Holy Presence in Music - Discover the beauty in divinely inspired music with Rev. Hal Lingerman. Well versed in sacred music, Hal will share Flower's clairvoyant insights into music and play pieces meant to lift consciousness, to heal, even transform the listener. Hal was ordained by Rev. Newhouse in 1982. He has written numerous books, including The Healing Energies of Music.
SUNDAY June 22 Church of the Holy Quest
10:45 This retreat will conclude with our Sunday devotional service and a summarizing talk,
"Reflections of Divine Reality–A Sampling of Beauty Expressed" by Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire.
Join us for an 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.
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 Cιsar 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.
EVENTS CALENDAR – view up-to-date schedule of events.
AUDIO DOWNLOADS – download newly digitized lectures 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.
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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.
Jun 29 Christ LIfts Up All Faith Paths
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Jul 6 The Spiritual Purpose of America
Captain Dan Willis
Jul 13 The Sacred Meaning of the Spiritual Sun
Rev. Elizabeth Wood
Jul 20 Your Precious Birthday: Opening to Its Mystical Power
Rev. Lucy Wold
Jul 27 Mystic Poetry: Language of the Ineffable
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire
Aug 3 Remembering The Purity of Divine Presence Within
Rev. Miara Wiltshire
Aug 10 Invisible Helpers
Rev. Hal Lingerman
Aug 17 The Chalice: An Early Look at Flower A. Newhouse's Life
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 & 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.