Oceanside, California is a place of natural beauty and wonder. This is the location for a unique spiritual retreat, Mount Ecclesia. This is the site of the Ecclesia Temple which is the international headquarters for Rosicrucian Fellowship and the Order of the Rose Cross. The Ecclesia “Healing Temple” has been listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.
Rosicrucian philosophy is a form of Christian mysticism that followers say “establishes a meeting ground for art, religion and science, ” the Rosicrucian Fellowship works “to help prepare mankind for the coming age of Universal Brotherhood, the Age of Aquarius.” Their teachings and philosophy place a high importance on service to others and spiritual healing of disease.
Oceanside, California has many beautiful points of inspiration and the Ecclesia Temple is at the top of that list. Whatever philosophy one subscribes to, this is an ideal locale for anyone to take in a remarkable view and experience peaceful solitude. And, for those in need, meetings to find healing are held here on a regular basis.
The grounds and meditation walk provide an amazing respite from everyday cares and stresses. Easily soothe a worried mind with a stroll around the mount. Beautiful Torrey pines, oaks and cedar trees along with a special rose garden make this one of the most captivating 35 acres in all of Oceanside. The roses symbolize the Order of the Rose Cross. Positioned on a high mesa overlooking the San Luis Rey River Valley, the views here are expansive and thrilling. Mountains, valleys and the ocean all come together to provide that spiritual sense of oneness with nature.
The Ecclesia is a solar temple, facing the rising sun. Columns combine Ionic, Doric, Corinthian and Tuscan influences. The round building has a dome adorned by a golden globe. Ground was broken on the property in 1911 with designs by architect Lester Cramer. The round 12-sided building features round arches and narrow round inward windows. There is also a great dome crowned by a golden globe cupola and a finial of lights. The temple was dedicated in 1920 and added to the historic register in 1995.
The property also houses a bookstore and cafe, often offering a vegetarian lunch. Christian esoteric classes are also available. Guests touring any spiritual grounds are encouraged to maintain a respectful decorum and quiet demeanor at all times. For more information and service dates and times, visit www.rosicrucianfellowship.org.