Fasting Prayer Mountain of the World

…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

This is the sign you will see at the beginning of the narrow road leading you directly into the park/retreat grounds.
IMPORTANT: While beautiful, the road is quite narrow and steep so use caution and proceed with slow speed as you ascend. Make sure you have your headlights on so the opposite/descending traffic will see your vehicle.

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!

Just looking at these images and remembering my emotional experience and the crisp mountain air here is probably the closest I’ve ever felt to heaven!
All around the park, you will be comforted by holy scripture. With every breeze, I’m certain you will experience God’s presence, even if your belief or awareness that a higher power in the holy highest watches over and loves you no matter what. If you don’t have a specific belief, that is OK – Come as you are, as long as you come in peace. <3

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!

For every ending, there is a birth to something new, if we are willing to approach life with a yearning and willingness to evolve.
Never lose your inner child, but even if you do, that child can always be found again, as long as you have open heart!

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!

Rose Self-Care/Beauty Products I’m Obsessed with in 2020!

1. Moroccan Magic Argan & Essential Oil Lip, Rose

Why I’m obsessed:
  • Aromatic like fresh cut roses but is not overpowering.
  • It is totally flavorless. No weird taste of fragrances or unhealthy artificial sweeteners.
  • It doesn’t slide around like a cheap grease and it doesn’t bleed outside the lip area.
  • It absorbs so well yet keeps your lips smooth, sleek, and hydrated.
  • This is the only lip balm I don’t have to constantly reapply, but I do anyway because of how beautiful I feel when I do.
  • Perfect to wear alone or under lipstick and matte lip paints, if you’re into that.
  • It’s organic! Take a look at the ingredients. You’ll fall in love.
  • Easy to purchase; sold at Target for about $4; also available on Amazon.

2. Rose-Geranium Balancing Ritual, by evanhealy

This is a beautiful skin-care starter set that says is compatible with all skin types. I’m in my early 30’s and I have combination skin and I absolutely in love with this set and the results it gives, even from the first use. I’ve been using it for about 2, almost 3 weeks. It balances and soothes the skin and the rose geranium essential oils are divine to the senses. Now this is self-care!!

This set includes 5 items:

  • Rose Cleansing Milk
  • Organic Rose-Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul
  • Organic Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum
  • Rosehip Vetiver Day Moisturizer
  • French Rose Clay
Rose Cleansing Milk
Why I’m obsessed:
  • The cleansing milk leaves face feeling so soft and nourished.
  • The skin on my face feels clam and balanced.
  • Skin feels soft and supple; minimized pore size.
  • The facial serum is so luxurious. It absorbs so well without a greasy feel and leaves behind a beautiful glow.
  • Applied alone it can be very concentrated so that would be great for those with mature skin.
  • For myself, I like to rub about 5-6 drops and a 3-5 sprays of the HydroSoul between my palms and then massage onto my face, neck and d├ęcolletage.
Organic Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul
Why I’m obsessed:
  • The HydroSoul is in a spray bottle and is nice to spray on after cleansing or any time your face needs nourishing a drink of moisturizer.
  • Tones the skin very well
  • It’s like a rose petals kissed your face and left a heavenly botanical scent.
  • Can be used to custom dilute the concentration of the facial serum to fit individual and changing skin needs
  • Can be used to mix with the french rose clay mask powder and to soften the clay mask right before removing
  • It’s organic!
Organic Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum
Why I’m obsessed:
  • The facial serum is so luxurious.
  • It’s organic!
  • Smells like fresh cut roses of course
  • Absorbs so well without a greasy feeling and yet skin has a beautiful ethereal glow.
  • I could apply make-up on after this and it did slip around my face (I wait for it to fully absorb for a few minutes before applying any make-up).
  • It works very well on the face, neck and the d├ęcolletage/chest area. I like to rub about 5-6 drops of the serum and a 3-5 sprays of the HydroSoul between my palms and then massage into skin….Amazing!
Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer
Why I’m obsessed:
  • Quick absorption
  • The texture of the formula is like a firm cream/jello pudding. Maybe that sounds weird but I love it on my skin. (not actual pudding…)
  • A feeling of cool/chill, even when applied at room temp.
  • Skin feels supple and appears slightly matte after applying.
  • Like a big drink of rose infused water for the skin.
French Rose Clay
Why I’m obsessed:
  • After rinsing, skin feels super soft, and lifted.
  • My pores appear much smaller and skin glows from within!
  • It’s in a dry powder form so shelf life is longer than if it was premixed with a liquid. (Just be careful, as the powder is super fine and easy blows away, once cap is off as with any powder product).

3. Thayers Natural Remedies, Facial Toner – Rose Petal

Why I’m obsessed:
  • Generous bottle size but also available in a cute mini misting bottle (Target)
  • Alcohol-Free, natural, gentle, and effective! Uses witch hazel (a botanical), instead of harsh alcohol.
  • No Parabens or Phthalates
  • Made with rose hydrosol, not fake fragrance.
  • I love using this daily and especially for monthly hormonal skin breakouts.
  • Minimizes my pores

4. All Things Lavender Seattle – Lavender Rose Deeply Moisturizing Lotion

Why I’m obsessed:
  • Gentle on all skin types
  • Organic locally sourced ingredients that are mostly botanicals
  • Smells very “Rosey” but with captivating and calming lavender notes
  • Absorbs so nicely; non-greasy formula
  • Note: Once the pandemic hit, they packed up their stand in Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA) and moved to the east coast. The store now operates exclusively online at allthingslavenderseattle.com

These are my absolute favorite ‘Rose’ self-care/beauty products that bring beauty and nourishment during these crazy pandemic times that I love and I think you will love them too!

If you enjoyed my photos of roses on this post, then stay tuned for my next post about where I visited to capture these shots and how you can visit too!

This is probably my favorite shot! Look at this soft and innocent dandelion among these beautiful roses! How cute is this??!! I feel magical when I look at this picture, seriously though how sweet is this. It reminds me of a child surrounded by strong protective women like mamas, aunties, and grandmas or something or something poetic like, “Its’ OK to be a dandelion among all the roses. Bloom where you are, as you are!”