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Questhaven Retreat

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

The Christward Ministry at Questhaven Retreat

Esoteric Christian Training and Retreat Center located in San Diego County

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 Retreat 2016

Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Me!


It was through Christ that all of us came to the worship of Deity. For that reason we highlight in all our worship the Lord's approach to an Ever Loving Divine Creator. Christ had two great interests: Man's rediscovery of Spiritual Reality, and his conscious return to the Kingdom of God from which he originally emerged. Therefore, we seek to know and experience God, and, knowing Him live higher in thought, feeling and conduct. We seek to live truer, live more nobly believe because God is and we are part of Him—one aspect of His creation.
Flower A. Newhouse

Easter Retreat Flier

Lenten Series Flier

Christ has Risen, He has Risen Indeed!


Each Sunday we explored 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.

IconFeb 14 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Peter and Andrew
Rev. Julie Hilt

IconFeb 21 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Thomas and Matthew
Rev. Blake Isaac

IconFeb 28 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Phillip and Bartholomew
Rev. Lucy Wold

IconMar 6 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples James the son of Alphaeus and Thaddeus
Rev. Hal Lingerman

IconMar 13 Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples James and John
Rev. Elizabeth Wood

IconMar 20 Palm Sunday Lay Down Your Nets and Follow Him—Disciples Simon and Judas
Rev. Jonathan Wiltshire

IconMar 27 Easter Sunday Christs Victory in Us: The Second Coming of Christ
Rev. Blake Isaac

Our Wednesday night classes were 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.

IconFeb 10 Ash Wednesday The Way of Discipleship to Christ—Why I Come to Questhaven (Disciplines)
Carol Willis

IconFeb 17 The Well of Everlasting Life (Dedication)
Capt. Dan Willis

IconFeb 24 Follow Me (Holy Obedience)
Rev. Felice Reynolds

IconMar 2 Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God (Faith)
Randy Nixon

IconMar 9 Let Us Put on the Armor of Light (Choice)
Rev. Bette Harper

IconMar 16 I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me (Self-giving)
Richard Boult

Christmas Retreat 2015 Highlights

A Mystical Journey: The Birth of the Christ Consciousness Within

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.

IconDec 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.


IconDec 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

A Video Christmas Card

Christmas Retreat 2015 Flier

Advent 2015 Flier

Michaelmas Retreat 2015 Highlights

A Bright Messenger From Another World–Incarnations of 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.

Michaelmas Video Review: A Bright Messenger

Michaelmas 2015 Newsletter

Michaelmas 2015 Flier

75th Anniversary Retreat Highlights

1940 – 2015


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!

75th Anniversary Flier

Questhaven Celebrates 75 Years Newsletter

A Ministry Built on Love

IconThe Questhaven Story–A Saga of Triumph and Faith by Joy Day

Vernal Retreat 2015 Highlights

Travel with Inner Perceptiveness


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.

Golden Moments while Traveling with Inner Perceptiveness

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European Trip Itinerary

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Sunday Program

ImageSUNDAY SERVICES are held 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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May 1 Christ the Unifier of All Faiths
Reverend Hal Lingerman

May 8 - Mother's Day Mysteries of Creative Prayer—Giving Wings to Our Thought Forms
Reverend Felice Reynolds

May 15 - Pentecost Have Ye Received the Holy Spirit Since Ye Believed?
Reverend Blake Isaac

May 22 Gnosticism: What is it? What Is its Importance to Me?
Reverend Jonathan Wiltshire

May 29 Life and Death: Our Journey to Wholeness
Reverend Elizabeth Wood


Jun 5 Overcoming Darkness by Embracing the Light
Dan Willis

Jun 12 God's Doorkeepers
Reverend Julie Hilt

Jun 19 - Vernal The Importance of Experiencing Beauty in Our Lives
Reverend Hal Lingerman

Jun 26 Finding our True Self through Christ
Reverend Miara Wiltshire


Jul 3 - Independence Day The Divine Mantling of George Washington
Reverend Blake Isaac

Jul 10 Finding Center: The Necessity of Facing Our Dark Side
Reverend Jonathan Wiltshire

Jul 17 Testings: Our Sacred Assignments
Reverend Lucy Wold

Annual Retreats

WEEKEND RETREATS are held annually to honor the Living Christ, the Angel Kingdom and Nature with devotional services, performances and activities.

ImageEaster Retreat
March 25-27, 2016
Easter is the most powerful of our sacred days as we celebrate the Christ Resurrection and honor Him with Holy Communion and Easter Sunrise Service.

ImageVernal Retreat
June 19, 2016
We honor the Summer Solstice to usher in the change from spring to summer and celebrate the Beauty of God through art and nature.

ImageMichaelmas Retreat
September 23-25, 2016
Michaelmas is the Feast of the Angels where we celebrate and express our appreciation to these glorious Hosts of Light through dance and music.

ImageChristmas Retreat
December 23-25, 2016
Christmas symbolizes the birth of our Lord in our own beings. We celebrate His birth with a Candlelighting service to honor and draw closer to our Living Christ.

Ongoing Activities

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ImageIconPaneurhythmy is danced every Thursday at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. near the Labyrinth. This sacred dance of life unites heaven and earth through a series of movements in rhythmic circular walking dance. Learn more.

ImageIconWorld 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.

ImageIconWisdom Classes are held seasonally on alternating Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Chapelito for serious students. 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.

ImageIconPranic Healing Clinics are conducted on the first Sunday of the month, except on holiday weekends, at 1:00 p.m. in the Questahven Academy. Learn more at

ImageIconFinding Your True North Classes are held seasonally on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. in the Academy. Classes include lessons on meditation and prayer to support our mystical journey with Christ. Sign Up Now for our Online Classes and purchase the "Finding Your True North - Ways Into God's Presence" Resource Kit.

ImageIconServers in Action Days are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon, when lunch is served. This is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and service.

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