…a place of peace and natural splendor…sacred holy grounds is what I call it…
One day back in late Spring or early Summer of this crazy and chaotic year of 2020, I decided to take a drive through the Santa Cruz mountains. I needed to just think, feel free to be me and connect in nature, and you know..commune with God <3
As I was driving, I passed a part of the perimeter of this magical holy place! As not to take my eye off the winding road, I took a quick glance for about 2 seconds then eyes back on the road! I kept driving; As I already had a set destination in mind (which will be another cool blog post), so I didn’t stop, but the glance always stuck with me.
A month or so later the destructive wildfires of Northern California would ravage those same mountains. Among all the beloved places I prayed would be protected, this place was one of them. I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I stop and visit when I had the chance?!?” and “I hope this place does not get consumed by the raging forest fires!”
In Fall this year, once the wildfires were contained, I decided to google and check on the condition of this sacred place. By God’s grace and to my relief, it was sparred from the fires! One weekend soon after, on a whim, I decided to visit here with my family for a day outing and off we went; to embark on a light hike at Fasting Prayer Mountain of the World!
A small dream of mine came true that day, but I was not prepared for just how special and beautiful of a place this would be! This place is truly all I imagined and more! I feel so blessed to be able to share my divine experience here and so I’m sharing it with you all. This amazing place is located in Scotts Valley, California. Visit the website for hours, location, and events, as it encourages you to call the visitor office before a visiting. This is also a wise thing to do because it is located deep in the Santa Cruz mountains and you surely want to take the weather and road conditions into account. This place is also loved and used by church congregations whose members visit for spiritual retreats from all around the world!
Fasting Prayer Mountain website: https://www.fpmw-sv.com/about-us
PEACE AND NATURAL SPLENDOR AWAITS YOU <3 <3 <3 <3
The native plants here were so whimsically and seemingly placed with intention, either by God himself, a talented landscape artist, or mother nature. Well I guess many can agree God is the most talented landscape artist to exist in the entire universe!
All is forgiven for hearts that choose to open, eyes that wish to see, ears that choose to hear, and minds that pray and meditate for peace.
Isn’t this the most beautiful place to sip some green tea and just be grateful to be alive? To have made it this far… through all the adversity of 2020 and maybe even before too? The way the sun beams through the tree canopies is breathtaking! This cute seating area made from a hollowed out tree reminds me of something out of Alice in Wonderland or a Skittles commercial! Enchantingly holy grounds is what I would call it!
This place is used for spiritual retreats by various churches probably from all over the world. There are small cabins used for meditation and prayer. You must speak to the staff before using these, I think. It can surely be arranged by contacting them through the website. Seeing these reminded me of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I would definitely be up to participating in a spiritual retreat here!
Our spirits are even more resilient to the craziest chaotic times like this year, 2020; Even more resilient than these ancient redwoods bark is to the wildfires.
I truly believe this. Some leaves need to fall away to enable us to grow stronger and maximize our life the way God intends for us. We only get one life on earth. Make the most of it! So peace forever be with you.
Amen! Amen! Amen!