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We seek and practice

inner peace and centering calm

through love for

God All Good. 

-Rev. Elizabeth Crandall, Executive Director

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Prayers for Peace Park

The Essene Retreat Center is located in Prayers for Peace Park, part of the American Universalist Temple of Divine Wisdom's mountain trails, valley forests and community living for healing in Valley Center, California.


Regular Events

The Essene Retreat Center hosts regular socially distanced, spiritually based programs, including:

Sunday Service

Chanting Circle

Sound Bath


Land-based Volunteering

Constellation Work


See calendar for additional healing and speaking events by resident and visiting practitioners. 

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Sunday Service

A weekly devotional service and meditation led by Rev. Elizabeth Crandall in the Crystal Chapel, 11a-12 noon.


Sound Meditations held on the first Sunday of each month, during the second half of the service.


Chanting Circle

Connect with the Divine through our regular chanting cirlces, planned on or near every solstice and equinox, and many full moons.

Bring an instrument, a friend (and a blanket during cooler months). We sometimes host potluck afterward, too. 


Healing Events

Meditation, herbal remedies, breathwork, family constellation and more, detailed in our calendar below.

'Service Saturdays'

Spend a morning tending to the trails, tilling the land, or clearing the streams, among a list of ongoing volunteer projects supporting the Essene Retreat Center's service mission.



Come hand pick this nutritious and potent plant growing abundantly on the mountain top. Email us to schedule a picking appointment.


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Temple Hours

Saturday Service

Time to come together and be in service to the land and surroundings

Volunteers welcome between 8:30am-11:30am

Sunday Service

Time set aside to open to The Divine

Chapel of The Crystal Ray



29455 Pamoosa Lane

Valley Center, CA 92082

Visitors please email or call before arrival

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